(RepublicanInformer.com)- According to various reports that surfaced early Friday morning, the Biden administration will no longer require passengers coming into the United States to have a negative test result for the COVID virus.
Later on Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will release a formal statement announcing that the mandate will no longer be enforced, and the change will go effective at midnight on Sunday. If a traveler tests positive for Covid before boarding a flight, the current protocol requires them to wait at least ten days before entering the United States.
In the past few months, a number of European nations, as well as Canada and Mexico, have all abandoned regulations that were comparable. According to CNN, a senior administration official stated that the mandate, initially adopted in the United States in January 2021, is no longer essential “based on the research and evidence.”
For some months, airlines and the tourism sector have been pressing for the need to be eliminated.
Following a meeting on May 31 at the White House, the group issued a statement saying that the requirement that inbound travelers submit to a Covid test “is no longer consistent with the present epidemiological context.” Our business sector has been urging Washington to end this policy that was put in place during the pandemic, which continues to hurt our country’s economy and makes it more challenging to fly to the United States.
While the requirement to take a pre-departure exam before boarding an airplane remained in effect, there was no such requirement for travelers entering the United States from Canada or Mexico via land borders. Because of this, some American tourists who contracted Covid while abroad were incentivized to fly into Canada or Mexico and then pass into the United States by land to avoid being trapped overseas for an additional ten days.
According to Roger Dow, president of the U.S. Travel Association, the Biden administration is to be praised for this step, which will welcome back tourists from all over the world and hasten the revival of the U.S. travel industry.
Businesses and employees all around the nation that have struggled to recover losses from this lucrative industry rely heavily on international inbound travel.
What took them so long?