The White House confirmed Friday that the U.S. would lift its COVID-19 testing requirement for inbound air travelers in the coming days.

Key Points:

  • As of Friday afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had not made an official announcement. News reports indicate the requirement will be lifted at midnight on Sunday, June 12.
  • The CDC will assess whether the policy should be reinstated within 90 days of it taking effect, reports said.
  • From now until Sunday, the current COVID-19 testing rules will be enforced. Under these rules, inbound air travelers, regardless of nationality, must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within one day before departure to the U.S or proof of recent recovery from COVID-19.
  • With limited exceptions, nonimmigrant foreign nationals will still be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 when traveling to the U.S. by air.

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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