The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday announced the rescission of its COVID-19 testing requirement on air travelers from China.

Key Points:

  • Beginning today, March 10, air travelers from China, including Hong Kong and Macao, are no longer required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter the United States.
  • Most foreign nationals remain subject to COVID-19 vaccination requirements in order to enter the United States by air.

Background: The CDC implemented the testing measures in January amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in China. The agency said Friday that COVID-19 had returned to a “baseline level” in China and that the U.S. government would “monitor travel patterns between (China) and the United States and adjust its approach as needed based on the latest science, virus variants, and the evolving state of COVID-19.”

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