US government official revealed today, Friday, that the government of President Joe Biden will eliminate the requirement for international travelers to undergo a test of COVID within a day before taking their flights to North American soil, the step will relax one of the last government mandates aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus.
The mandate will expire in the first minute of Sunday, June 12, Eastern Time said the official.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that the requirement is no longer necessary.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to advance the formal announcement, said that the CDC would reevaluate the need for the requirement trial every 90 days and that could be reset if a new variant emerges worrying about COVID.
The Biden administration implemented the COVID testing requirement last year, moving away from the more severe restrictions that prohibited non-essential travel from several dozen countries (most of Europe, China, Brazil, South Africa, India and Iran) to focus on labeling travelers for the risk they represented to others, it also enforced the requirement that adult nonimmigrant aliens traveling to the United States must be fully vaccinated.
The initial mandate allowed those who were fully vaccinated to show a negative test within three days prior to the trip, while the unvaccinated people They had to submit a test performed within the previous day to the trip.
In November, when the variant omicron highly contagious spread around the world, the Biden administration tightened the requirement y demanded all travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, to get tested test within the day before your trip To united states.
The organizations of airlines and tourism have been putting pressure on the government for months to remove the requirement testing, claiming it was deterring people from booking international travel, many other countries have lifted their testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers in order to boost tourism a little.
Industry organizations argued in February that the testing requirement was outdated due to the high number of omicron cases that already existed in every US state, higher vaccination rates and new coronavirus treatments.
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