US drops Covid testing requirement for airline passengers entering the country

I have just seen on the news that the United States will drop the requirement for travellers to test negative for COVID-19 before entering the country and this change will come in to force from midnight on this Sunday 12th for all passengers arriving by plane so this is excellent news :slightly_smiling_face:

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Thanks for sharing this @Samox24 and it will indeed make travel easier for many.

However, please note that this doesn’t (I believe from what’s been reported so far) cover unvaccinated travellers and our advice for anyone travelling internationally, is always to check official government websites. Here’s the CDC site that covers what constitutes fully vaccinated for entry and I’m sure this will be updated in line with this new announcement very soon.

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Thank you @Vanessa-ForumCMgr I meant to add this change is for fully vaccinated travellers, also as you mentioned this is what is being reported at the current time.

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Hi @Samox24 Just to add and to emphasize that this requirement pertains to international travelers arriving in the U.S.

If traveling internationally, travelers are required to show proof of a negative COVID test taken a day prior to airline trave to the U.S. This rings true as I was in Canada and had to get a COVID test done to get back in the U.S. The change as you mention will occur on June 12.

So along with having to provide a passport and boarding pass, a negative COVID test had to be shown at check-in and again prior to boarding.

Yes, this is excellent news and should reduce wait times and delays.

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I don’t agree that this is excellent news.
Even if the tests aren’t always reliable, they still can find at least some people who otherwise would have spread the infection on board a plane. The last thing I want is to sit next to someone infected.

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@Pawtastic COVID brought many travel restrictions throughout the world and it is nice to finally see some of these restrictions being lifted. It should make the process of travelling to the US easier but COVID is something we will have to live with for the rest of our lives. Thankfully large majorities of the populations are now fully vaccinated so that you can resume a more normal lifestyle. It might be the case that you are sat in close proximity to someone who has COVID whilst flying to the States but it might also be the case that you are in close proximity to COVID even if you don’t leave your home town i.e going to a restaurant or queuing to check out at a supermarket. You can be in many situations where you are in close proximity to someone who has COVID, not just on an aeroplane, but it is something that we will now have to try to live with.
Also the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said science and data show the requirement is no longer necessary.

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You may keep your opinion, but I would also like to keep mine.
There’s a huge difference between sitting for hours next to someone who carries the infection and other situations where it is possible to practice social distancing. This doesn’t mean stay at home all the time but I wear a mask when I go shopping and I don’t go to events with thousands of people…and I don’t miss it.
The vaccination rates are still much too low. In poor countries it’s partly as low as 2%!
Yes we will have to live with it but at the moment the infections are rising again. As long as you let it rage, there will be more mutations which will escape the vaccines. This is the case now and we will see if more dangerous variations will occur.

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We also think that the time has really come for people to make their own risk assessments again. Especially with Omicron and almost everyone having had it already (at least in Europe). There are vaccines, masks, testing, early treatment etc. or you can also build up your own immune system and improve your general health. But I think if we continue off topic, this thread will be closed. In general we’re happy that also most countries in Europe have already dropped their requirements (including Switzerland, Germany, Norway, Poland etc.), especially since we have natural immunity and never got a certificate to prove it.

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The good news (for us) is that masks are still mandatory on flights in and out of Canada, and you must be double vaccinated so I feel like we will be as safe as we can be to travel home next week. (Canada actually lifted the mandatory pre-test a few months ago.)

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