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Starting on Sunday, you won’t have to test for COVID-19 to fly into the U.S.

In this file photo, travelers pass a sign for COVID-19 testing at Logan Airport in Boston. The Biden administration is lifting its requirement for COVID testing before flying to the U.S.
Image credit: Charles Krupa

The Biden administration is planning to drop the requirement for air travelers coming to the United States to test negative for COVID-19 before departure, starting on Sunday, according to a senior administration official.

The official said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had determined the requirement was no longer needed. The requirement will lift effective Sunday, June 12th at 12:01 a.m. ET.

The CDC will reassess the decision in 90 days and could reinstate it if there were a new COVID variant of concern, the official said.

Since December, travelers have had to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than a day before departure​, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days.

The administration official said the new step was possible because of vaccines and treatments that are now available — and said the CDC will continue to recommend that people get tested for COVID before flying, even though it’s not mandatory.

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