On January 26th, 2021, the Biden regime instituted one of its stupidest COVID-19 policies.
All air passengers two years of age or older arriving to the United States had to provide a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding their flight.
After 17 months, the Biden regime and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finally dropped the nonsensical requirement.
The change goes into effect at midnight on Sunday, officials said.
CDC finally ends the non-sensical covid testing requirement for air travel into the US.https://t.co/taXznwQ0Qq
— Martin Kulldorff (@MartinKulldorff) June 10, 2022
Now get rid of the ridiculous vax mandatehttps://t.co/Rmq6PcYQ31
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) June 10, 2022
The CDC is lifting the restriction that the travel industry had lobbied against for months after determining it was no longer necessary “based on the science and data,” the senior administration official said. The CDC has the ability to reassess the order at any time and potentially reinstate it, especially if a new variant develops and poses concern. The measure has been in place since January 2021.
That official said the Biden administration plans to work with airlines to ensure a smooth transition with the change, but it will likely be a welcome move for most in the industry.
In a statement to CNN, the CDC said, “The Covid-19 pandemic has now shifted to a new phase, due to the widespread uptake of highly effective Covid-19 vaccines, the availability of effective therapeutics, and the accrual of high rates of vaccine- and infection-induced immunity at the population level in the United States. Each of these measures has contributed to lower risk of severe disease and death across the United States.”
Travel industry officials have been increasingly critical of the requirement in recent weeks and directly urged the Biden administration to end the measure, arguing it was having a chilling effect on an already fragile economy, according to Airlines for America chief Nick Calio, whose group met recently with White House officials.
The travel industry, and some scientific experts, said the policy had been out of date for months.
Lawmakers, including Democrats, had also advocated for lifting the requirement in recent weeks.
Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto said, “I’m glad CDC suspended the burdensome coronavirus testing requirement for international travelers, and I’ll continue to do all I can to support the strong recovery of our hospitality industry.”
Non-U.S. citizens must still show proof of COVID-19 inoculation when traveling to the United States by plane.
Per the CDC:
You must be fully vaccinated with the primary series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine to travel to the United States by plane if you are a non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa). Only limited exceptions apply.