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US facilitates entry measures for travelers

US facilitates entry measures for travelers

US will drop COVID-19 testing requirements for international travelers.

A senior administration official told reporters that entry rules could be lifted as early as Sunday with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) saying the test is no longer needed.

The travel industry has spent months lobbying the Biden administration to remove testing requirements that have been in place since January 2021.

Entry rules require that all travelers - regardless of vaccination status or citizenship - take a COVID-19 test no more than one day before traveling by air to the United States.

Rapid antigen, PCR and a range of other types of tests are accepted. Only children under the age of two are exempt from this requirement.

Upon arrival, fully vaccinated visitors should not be quarantined, but it is recommended that they have another viral test within three to five days of arrival.

According to reports, this will soon change as the US seeks to lift testing requirements in the coming days.