(CNN) – Many travelers in the United States and abroad have been waiting for it. The travel industry has been pushing it. And on Sunday comes the end of the requirement that travelers test negative for Covid-19 before entering the US.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited a “new phase” of the pandemic in a statement confirming the rule change.
“The widespread use of highly effective vaccines for Covid-19, the availability of effective therapies, and the increase in high levels of vaccine-induced immunity and population-level infections in the United States” have all helped to reduce the risk of disease serious and death, the agency said.
Navigating ever-changing entry requirements across the globe has been a major source of confusion for travelers everywhere.
Here’s what we know about how the new policy will affect arrivals to the US:
When will the pre-travel test requirement be lifted?
The giveaway ends Sunday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. ET.
This means that flights departing to the US from a foreign country on or after this time no longer have to present a negative test result or documentation of recovery in the last 90 days from Covid-19.
Launches before this time will require testing.
Is the decision final?
Like many measures aimed at Covid-19, the rules are subject to change.
“CDC continues to evaluate the science and the latest state of the pandemic and will reevaluate the need for a testing requirement if the situation changes,” the agency said in a statement.
Do foreigners still need to be vaccinated coming to the US?
Yes. The vaccination requirement for foreign arrivals has not changed.
Children 17 and under are not required to be vaccinated.
What about unvaccinated Americans?
The end of the testing requirement applies to all travelers previously required to submit negative test results, and the vaccination requirements to enter the United States do not apply to US citizens.
What is the CDC’s travel recommendation?
“CDC continues to recommend that travelers boarding a flight to the U.S. be tested for current infection with a viral test as close to the time of departure as possible (no more than 3 days) and not travel if ill,” the agency . said the statement.
The CDC also recommends that travelers stay up-to-date on vaccinations and test for infection after travel and after any known exposure to someone with Covid-19.
Wearing masks in domestic public transport environments is still recommended. Masks are no longer required.
Are land border and ferry port arrivals affected by the rule change?
No. The rule change applies to air travel.
What does Dr. Leana Wen, a CNN medical analyst for this?
There were good reasons to have testing requirements at other points during the pandemic, said CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen, but those reasons no longer apply.
“The testing requirement is not doing much, if anything, to keep the coronavirus out of the U.S., and is instead creating a huge barrier for people who want to travel abroad and return,” Wen said via email. .