For months, various travel groups have been calling for an end to the Covid-19 testing requirements for international travel. The United States is the latest major country to remove pre-travel testing for visitors and returning citizens from trips abroad. However, there are still some factors you should know about international travel.
United States Travel Testing Requirements
Starting June 12, 2022, the CDC no longer requires air passengers arriving from a foreign country to have a negative pre-arrival test. However, the agency recommends getting a viral test no more than three days before departure.
Previously, any traveler at least two years old needed a negative Covid-19 test result.
Removing the testing requirement is possible as the pandemic threat is lower than in previous months. The relaxed policy can also encourage an increase in international travel, which has yet to return to pre-pandemic levels.
Many countries across Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean ended their pre-travel testing requirements earlier in 2022. In several regards, the United States is late to the game.
Additionally, the removal of mandatory pre-arrival testing follows no longer needing to wear a mask on flights.
Proof Of Vaccine Requirements
While pre-arrival testing is no longer mandatory, international visitors must have the coronavirus vaccine. This requirement applies to travelers at least 18 years old. However, U.S. citizens, nationals, and lawful permanent residents can be partially vaccinated or unvaccinated and return to the United States without restrictions.
Mandatory Contact Information
The United States government continues to require all travelers (U.S. citizens and visitors) flying into the United States to furnish their contact information to the airline. The airline retains this information for 30 days and can provide it to the CDC upon request.
A negative pre-arrival coronavirus test is no longer needed to fly to the United States. However, foreign visitors must be fully vaccinated. Additionally, several international destinations still have mandatory testing. Checking the requirements before traveling is best.
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