CDC Updates Testing Requirements for Air Travelers Entering the US

June 14, 2022

At midnight on Sunday, June 12th 2022, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lifted the negative COVID-19 testing requirement for air travelers before entering the US went into effect.

The Biden administration has lifted this requirement after a push from US airlines and the travel industry

“The Covid-19 pandemic has now shifted to a new phase, due to the widespread uptake of highly effective Covid-19 vaccines, the availability of effective therapeutics, and the accrual of high rates of vaccine — and infection-induced immunity at the population level in the United States. Each of these measures has contributed to lower risk of severe disease and death across the United States,” the CDC said in a statement to CNN.

How does this change current requirements?

This means you are no longer required to test negative for COVID-19 before air travel into the US. Requirements may be different for international travel, depending on the country you are visiting, so be sure to visit the country’s tourism website to check on their protocol.

However, the CDC still recommends all travelers get tested no more than 3 days before travel in or out of the United States.

Is this permanent?

After 90 days, the CDC will reevaluate and make changes if necessary. We will update this article with any changes. The CNN article states that “the CDC has the ability to reassess the order at any time and potentially reinstate it, especially if a new variant develops and poses concern.”

What does this mean for testing?

Testing is still proven to slow the spread of COVID-19. At-home COVID-19 rapid antigen tests like On/Go and On/Go One are accurate and two of the best options to add a layer of confidence while traveling or visiting friends and family, especially during allergy and flu season where symptoms can be similar.

You can learn more about our On/Go at-home rapid antigen tests and order yours on our website. You may even be eligible for up to 8 free tests through your insurance.

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