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US drops pre-departure Covid test rules

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Passengers boarding flights to the USA will no longer require a negative pre-departure Covid-19 test.

American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its requirements for holidaymakers entering the US.

As such, it no longer requires flight passengers (those aged two plus) to present a negative Covid-19 test result from a sample taken no more than one day before departure, or a document proving they had recovered from the virus within the last 90 days.

This order was first introduced in January 2021 as the federal government looked to curb the spread of the virus and subsequent variants into the United States at a time of low vaccination levels.

But the CDC updated the travel requirements as of 5.01 BST on Sunday 12 June 2022 as “many circumstances have changed, including the widespread uptake of effective Covid-19 vaccines and accompanying vaccine- and infection-induced immunity”.

It is expected to be reviewed again after 90 days.

UK travellers heading to or through the States should visit the government’s foreign travel advice site listing entry requirements.

This includes information on vaccination status, children’s travel and the need for an ESTA or visa.

Just a couple of weeks ago, the cost of the ESTA – Electronic System for Travel Authorisation – was increased from $14 to $21.

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