US ends Covid-19 testing requirement for international travellers

The move will come into effect Sunday after midnight

Today, the Biden administration announced it is dropping the Covid-19 testing requirement for inbound air travellers from abroad on Sunday.


The rule, put in place by the Trump administration in January 2021 and later tightened by the Biden administration, most recently required inbound travellers, including U.S. citizens, to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test a day before boarding flights to America.


The travel industry, one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, has been lobbying for the administration to drop the requirement, arguing it was hurting demand for international travel.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will reassess the decision in 90 days, according to a senior Biden administration official.