The American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) is asking the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to lift reentry rules for international travel into the United States.
With the European Commission (EC) saying they were considering lifting a ban on American visitors, ASTA wants to help those visitors feel comfortable about planning their trips to Europe and other international destinations.
The current rules from the CDC require travelers returning from other countries to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of return.
“Doing so will help the travel industry make the most of this development while protecting public health and reducing the risk of Americans stranded overseas at their own expense,” ASTA president and CEO Zane Kerby told Travel Weekly.
The U.S. State Department and CDC are working to align their policies, and the ASTA said they will continue to follow their guidance.
“ASTA remains an advocate for the development of a risk-based, data-driven roadmap for restoring international travel,” Kerby said. “The government has historically used broad-based risk indicators to inform their warnings. We believe that the State Department needs to be more precise when it comes to making decisions about travel warnings.”
ASTA is hoping to meet with the CDC and State Department to share their concerns about how new rules are announced.