(CNN) – The Biden administration is expected to announce on Friday that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will lift its requirement for travelers to test negative for Covid-19 before entering the US, according to a senior administration official.
The move goes into effect at midnight on Sunday for air travelers to the United States.
The CDC is lifting the restrictionThe travel industry had campaigned against this for months after determining it was no longer necessary “based on the science and the data,” the official said. The CDC will reevaluate its decision in 90 days, and if officials decide they need to reinstate it, say because of a worrying new variant, they will. The measure was effective since January 2021.
The 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.
Travel industry officials have increasingly criticized the requirement in recent weeks, directly urging the Biden administration to end the measure, arguing it has a chilling effect on an already fragile economy, according to Nick Calio, chief executive of Airlines for America. whose group recently met with White House officials.
The travel industry and some scientific experts said the guideline had been outdated for months.
Lawmakers, including Democrats, had also voted in favor of removing the requirement in recent weeks.
Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto said, “I’m glad the CDC has suspended the onerous coronavirus testing requirements for international travelers, and I will continue to do what I can to support the strong recovery of our hospitality industry.”
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