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.
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.
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.
At @DelhiAirport if you need a RAT test done, you pay INR 450, inclusive of an INR 350 “facility fee” charged by the testing company Thalamus. The test is just INR 100. Does this have your blessings DIAL? And yours @ArvindKejriwal? pic.twitter.com/DAOGRCLVOi
— Ajay Awtaney (@LiveFromALounge) May 10, 2022
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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