The White House is expected to announce on Friday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will lift their COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers re-entering the United States from other countries, according to CNN.
The new ruling will go into effect on Sunday, June 12 at midnight. The testing measure was put into effect in January 2021.
President Biden met with travel industry experts in May about the rule, and asked him to end it. The current rule requires travelers returning from trips to foreign countries to test for COVID-19 within 24 hours of their return flight. The American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) has been a leader in the push to remove the testing rule.
“We are thrilled to see the end of the CDC’s inbound testing rule, which has been standing in the way of our industry’s recovery for too long,” said American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) president & CEO Zane Kerby. “Since the start of the year, ASTA has been engaged in a multi-layered advocacy campaign to get to this point, including direct lobbying of Congress and Administration officials, grassroots action and pressure through national and local media. We commend the Biden Administration for taking this long-overdue step and thank ASTA members across the country for their hard work in helping get this across the finish line. While plenty of challenges remain in terms of rebuilding the travel agency business, today is a great day.”