U.S. Inbound Testing Requirement to End on Sunday

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this weekend will end negative Covid-19 test requirements for inbound passengers to the U.S., according to multiple reports citing senior Biden administration officials.

The requirement for all inbound travelers to present a negative Covid-19 test taken within a day of travel will be lifted after midnight on Sunday, June 12, as first reported by CNN on Friday. The CDC will take a second look at the decision in three months to see whether the requirement should be reinstated, such as if an aggressive new Covid-19 variant has arisen, according to the report.

The move comes after a heavy push from the travel industry to end the requirement. U.S. Travel Association president and CEO Roger Dow called it a "huge step forward for the recovery of inbound air travel and the return of international travel," noting the repeal could boost inbound travel throughout the rest of this year by 5.4 million visitors and $9 billion in spending.