CDC Lifts Order Requiring International Air Travelers to Present a Negative COVID-19 Test

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CDC Lifts Order Requiring International Air Travelers to Present a Negative COVID-19 Test

by Caroline Lee

by Caroline Lee

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has rescinded a 17-month-old requirement that people arriving to the United States by air test negative for COVID-19. The order rescinding the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test is effective as of June 11, 2022.

Pursuant to a January 26, 2021 CDC Order, all air passengers ages 2 and older traveling to the U.S. from a foreign country were required to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken from a sample taken no more than one day before departure, or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, prior to boarding a flight. Citing changed circumstances, including the “widespread uptake of effective COVID-19 vaccines and accompanying vaccine- and infection-induced immunity,” the CDC concluded that it was no longer necessary to leave the Order in place, but continued to recommend that travelers remain up to date with vaccination against COVID-19 and get tested for infection with a viral test before and after traveling.

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