The United States last night rescinded a 17-month-old requirement that people arriving in the country by air test negative for COVID-19, a move that follows intense lobbying by airlines and the travel industry.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky issued a four-page order lifting the mandate, effective at 12:01 a.m. ET (0400 GMT) Sunday, saying it is “not currently necessary.”
The requirement was one of the last major U.S. COVID-19 travel requirements.
Its end comes as the summer travel season kicks off, and airlines were already preparing for record demand.
Airlines have said that many Americans have not been not traveling internationally because of concerns they will test positive and be stranded abroad.
An administration official said the CDC will reassess the decision in 90 days.
The CDC is still requiring most non-U.S. citizens to be vaccinated against COVID to travel to the United States.
In April, a federal judge declared the CDC’s requirements that travelers wear masks on airplanes unlawful.
The Justice Department has appealed the order, but no decision is likely until next fall at the earliest.
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