The USA has discontinued pre-flight testing requirement to arrive in the country effective June 12, 2022

In early 2021, the US required to present a negative test for arrival in the USA to prove that you were not travelling while being infected into the states. Later, the requirement was amended to present a test within a calendar day of departure to the US. Over time, as the world opened up, everyone questioned this requirement that the US was imposing while the rest only required a vaccination proof for entry.

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US CDC repeals requirement for pre-departure test effective Sunday, June 12, 2022

The US CDC has dropped the pre-departure COVID-19 test requirements for international arrivals, effective Sunday, June 12, 2022, at 12:01 a.m Eastern Time.


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The US will position this as a suspension of the requirement over a complete withdrawal at the moment. The CDC, however, still requires most non-U.S. citizens to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel to the United States.

The US recently dropped the requirements for wearing masks on airplanes, as a court overturned the mask mandate.

The US requirements lasted longer than they needed to, and it is good that they are going away. Over time, it had become a price-gouging effort at various airports, with no one except the contractor making money. For instance, when I put my mother-in-law on the plane to the United States, where an INR 100 test had an INR 350 facility fee attached to it.

Bottom line

The United States has ended its international pre-departure testing requirement as of June 12, 2022. The travellers bound for the United States will no longer be required to present a negative coronavirus test result within one day of travel. This should make it easier for those travelling to the US and let go of the anxiety of being stuck on these grounds.

What do you think of the US lifting its pre-departure travel testing requirement?

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  1. Finally the superstitious terror is slowing down. Now approximately 2/3 of the european countries lifted all immigration requirements, they don’t even require a vaccination. I hope India will lift at least the strange random testing of 2% of the passengers of each flight on arrival. It seems to be nothing, but many foreigners (I know some of them) are scared to travel to India just because of that.

  2. A day’s layover in HEL en route to JFK would’ve meant shelling out EUR 80 for a fresh test. Quite relieved this has been negated. Whew.

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