US ends testing requirements for air travellers

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The United States is lifting its COVID-19 testing requirement for international air travellers entering the country. The mandate will expire Sunday at 12:01 a.m. EDT as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined it is no longer necessary.  The US travel industry had lobbied hard to repeal the testing rule on the grounds it was impacting economic recovery.  While the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is removing the mandate for international air arrivals, cruise industry sources said it’s unlikely the CDC will make any change to testing protocols for passenger ships. Currently, every traveller embarking on a cruise from the US — whether vaccinated or not — needs to present a negative COVID test to be allowed onboard. For unvaccinated travellers, there’s an added antigen screening at the terminal.

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