The Biden administration will soon eliminate the requirement that U.S.-bound air travelers present a negative COVID-19 test before departure, according to a senior administration official.
The elimination of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s requirement will go into effect Sunday, June 12, at 12:01 a.m. The official stressed that the requirement could be reinstated if necessary. CNN first reported the policy change.
The senior administration official said the CDC made the determination based on science and data that this requirement is no longer necessary at this time. The CDC will do a reassessment of the decision in 90 days. The official pointed out this move is possible because of advancements in treatments and vaccines.
International air travel has been severely impacted by this restriction. Removing this will benefit airlines, airports and business partners just in tie for the summer travel season according to operators at JFK Airport.