The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has lifted its COVID-19 testing requirement for inbound air travelers.

Key Points:

  • As of 12:01 a.m. ET on Sunday, June 12, air passengers are not required to test for COVID-19 or show recovery from a recent COVID-19 infection in order to board a flight to the U.S.
  • The CDC said it would continue to “evaluate the latest science and state of the pandemic and will reassess the need for a testing requirement if the situation changes.”
  • The CDC also recommends that individuals traveling to the U.S. by air test for COVID-19 as close to the time of departure as possible and not to travel if sick.
  • With limited exceptions, nonimmigrant foreign nationals are still required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 when traveling to the U.S. by air or crossing land borders.

Background: The White House confirmed reports early Friday that the testing requirement would be lifted. The CDC posted its official announcement later that day.

BAL Analysis: While the COVID-19 testing requirement will soon be terminated, the U.S. continues to enforce vaccine requirements for most nonimmigrant foreign nationals. Other countries continue to enforce COVID-19 entry restrictions of their own and visa services remain delayed at many U.S. consulates abroad. Employers and employees should continue to consult their BAL professional before planning any international travel.

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