You No Longer Need a COVID Test to Return to the U.S.

As of today, the U.S. government dropped the negative COVID-19 test requirement for air travelers. Now, for international visitors to gain entry or for U.S. citizens returning home you no longer need a negative test at all.

Could the negative COVID-19 test requirement be reinstated for air travelers?

The decision to lift the testing requirement was made at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC determined the testing requirement is no longer necessary. A Biden administration official announced the decision will be reevaluated in 90 days. For now, the CDC will continue to make assessments as needed.

The official said that new, concerning variants might require a reinstatement of the negative COVID test requirement.

Do I need a negative COVID-19 test to return by ferry or land port?

Requirements for travelers arriving by land or ferry remain unchanged. All non-U.S. citizens, nationals and permanent residents must still be fully vacciated before entering the country. There is no testing requirement for land points of entry or ferry ports.

How did the travel industry receieve the news that COVID-19 testing is no longer required?

The travel industry met this news with enthusiasm, at a time when people are returning to travel in large numbers. The travel industry continues to rebuild after the decimation of the last 2 years.

Do travel restrictions stop the spread of COVID-19?

The efficacy of travel restrictions has been a bit of a mixed bag for the pandemic. The public health benefits of travel restrictions continues to be assessed.

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