US Stops Covid Test For Incoming International Travelers
WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) – International air travelers to the US will no longer require a Covid test before entering the country.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will re-evaluate the decision in three months.
The US will allow people flying into the US not to take a Covid test before take-off, at least until the summer travel season is over.
According to the CDC, vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers had to get a Covid test done before they entered the US to date.
The only exceptions were children under two years old, who did not have to be tested.
The UK also allows travelers not to take “any Covid-19 tests” upon their arrival in England. Countries like Mexico, Norway, and Switzerland have a similar lack of requirements.
Meanwhile, two new Omicron sub-variants are on the rise in the US, adding to the concern of health experts about whether they may fuel a summer surge in Covid-19 cases.
The two sub-variants represented the highest percentage of cases in a region that includes Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana, according to the CDC.