(CMR) The US government is expected to end COVID-19 testing requirements for travelers flying to the country as of this weekend. According to CNN, this will go into effect for US-bound air travelers at midnight on Sunday.
A government official told CNN that the CDC is lifting the restriction that the travel industry had lobbied against for months after determining it was no longer necessary “based on the science and data.”. The CDC will reassess its decision in 90 days.
The official said the Biden administration plans to work with airlines to ensure a smooth transition with the change, but it will likely be a welcome move for most in the industry.
Industry stakeholders have been pressing the Biden administration for months to eliminate the testing requirement, saying it discouraged people from booking international trips. Nearly 40 US mayors reportedly sent a letter this week to Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House COVID-19 coordinator, urging him to lift the requirement. The letter said American cities are still struggling to regain international visitors.