In a huge win for the travel industry, the Biden Administration announced today that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will lift its requirement for travelers to test negative for COVID-19 before entering the U.S. beginning at midnight Sunday, June 12.
The testing requirement has been in place since January 2021. The CDC is expected to reassess its decision in 90 days.
AHLA, along with Airlines for America, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and U.S. Travel Association, lobbied the Administration and Congress to make this change. The testing requirement had long been out of date, and was having a chilling effect on inbound international travel to the U.S.
Thank you to Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) for their leadership in pushing the Administration to lift the requirement.
We will continue to advocate for policies to reignite travel and keep our industry on the road to recovery.