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US Rescinds Testing Requirements for Travelers

The Biden Administration will no longer require travelers to provide a negative COVID-19 test result to enter the United States. The news was leaked to CNN and Reuters early Friday, June 10, 2022, and was confirmed on Twitter by White House Press Secretary Kevin Munoz. The new policy takes effect on Sunday, June 12, 2022, after midnight.

According to administration officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that testing is no longer necessary, based on the latest science. Despite that, the CDC will review its recommendation every 90 days, evaluating new concerning variants, to determine the necessity of reinstating the pre-departure testing requirement.

On June 10, an official notice of the change in policy had not yet been posted to the CDC’s website, the US State Department’s travel site, or the White House Press Room site. The changes should be reflected by June 12.

Since January 2021, all travelers entering the US, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, were required to present a negative COVID-19 test result. Noncitizens must still provide proof of vaccination.

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