US To End Covid-19 Test For Travellers From China

US To End Covid-19 Test For Travellers From China

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed its plan to end mandatory Covid-19 tests for travellers from China on 10 March, amid a decline in cases there following a winter surge.

The CDC said on 08 March that the

“public health measure was put in place to protect US citizens and communities as we worked to both identify the size of the [Covid surge in China] and gain better insights into the variants that were circulating”.

Those travelling to the US from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau were previously required to submit a negative Covid test before departure following the order that went into effect on 05 January 2023. 

US officials will continue to monitor Covid cases in China and conduct voluntary genomic surveillance at US airports.

Other Countries Also Dropped Restrictions 

Last month, EU countries have agreed to phase out its recommendation regarding travel-related measures agreed upon in the wake of China's scrapping of its zero-COVID policy.

Last week, Japan dropped a requirement that everyone take a test for the virus upon arrival from China. The decision came after China declared a “major victory” over COVID-19.

South Korea has also announced it will drop the pre-arrival COVID testing requirements for all travellers from China on 10 March.

US COVID Vaccine Mandate For International Travellers

Despite calls to end the COVID vaccine mandate, the Biden administration has stood firm on the decision that all adult visitors who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States are required to show proof of COVID vaccination before boarding their flight to the country.

Last month, the US House of Representatives passed legislation to end vaccine requirements for overseas travellers with a 227-201 vote. Passing the bill is the first step as it will have to seek approval from the Senate and White House. Currently, there is no indication of whether the Upper House will consider the legislation.

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