All travelers over two years of age had to submit a negative test less than a day before take off, regardless of their vaccination status.
The White House announced Friday that the United States will scrap the requirement to test for Covid-19 for travelers arriving in the country by plane.
Faced with the arrival of the Omicron variant, health authorities tightened testing procedures for entry into the United States in December 2021. All travelers over the age of two, who had been on a flight from abroad to the United States, had to submit a negative test less than a day before takeoff, regardless regardless of vaccination status.
The commitment ends on Sunday, according to American media
According to presidential spokesperson Kevin Munoz, who announced on Twitter that this requirement is being rescinded, health authorities will continue “To assess needs based on science and context variablesAnd US media reported that the termination of the commitment will take effect on Sunday. Many other countries, particularly in Europe, have stopped requiring pre-boarding testing from international travelers.
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Following a court ruling, mandatory mask-wearing was lifted in the US in April on public transport, especially on planes. The United States is currently recording more than 100,000 new cases of Covid-19 per day, a number that has been greatly underestimated according to experts. The recent mutation has been linked to omicron sub-variables. About 300 people still die from the disease in the country every day, but health authorities are now highlighting the many treatments available, including vaccines and also the antiviral Paxlovid in case of infection.
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