When will the US End Pre-Departure Testing Rule

When will the US End Pre-Departure Testing Rule

People travelling to the United States are still required to present evidence of a negative Covid test.

Many other countries have now scrapped testing requirements, including the UK and key European destinations.

There are hopes the US could soon follow suit. US airlines have hinted that the rules could ease in a matter of weeks.

US airline Delta has said it is confident this requirement could be dropped within weeks.

According to reports, Delta president Glen Hauenstein told analysts during the company’s first-quarter earnings call:

“Hopefully that gets rolled back in the next few weeks. We are hearing good things from Washington.”

Entry Rules To The US

Here are the current US entry rules and the indications that they could change soon.

At present, all passengers are required to show a negative Covid-19 test result taken no more than one day before travel regardless of citizenship. This can be a lateral flow or PCR test. You must use a private provider, rather than a free government-provided test.

On arrival, fully vaccinated visitors do not have to quarantine, but are recommended to take another viral test within three to five days of arrival. All air passengers are also required to provide contact information to their airlines before boarding.

Unvaccinated Tourists To The US

Generally speaking, the US is not open to unvaccinated tourists

Non-US residents or citizens are required to provide proof of vaccination. Currently, booster jabs are not currently required in the US.

Being recently recovered (having tested positive for the virus in the last year) is not enough to gain entry, either.

Children under 18 years old do not need to be vaccinated to visit the US and there are a few other exceptions for non-US citizens.

Travel experts aren’t sure if unvaccinated citizens will be welcomed back before summer, but with the world in an increasingly strong position against the virus, 2022 is likely to be the year the US fully reopens.

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