International travelers arriving to the United States by air will no longer have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, The Hill reports.
After nearly 18 months in effect, the Biden administration is doing away with the obligation at 12:01 a.m. ET Sunday, June 12, the outlet reports.
It comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined the move is no longer necessary “based on the science and data,” according to The Hill.
Up until now, travelers hoping to catch a flight to the US had been required to show proof of a negative test one day before their flight.
The rule was put into place in January 2021 by the Trump administration, when fewer than 10% of Americans were vaccinated and new infections were spiking, according to The New York Times.
It was later tightened by the Biden administration, though travelers entering the US at land crossings were exempt.
Repealing the testing requirement is welcome news to the airline industry, which was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and had repeatedly pushed the Biden administration to drop the rule.
The CDC will reassess the decision in 90 days to determine whether the testing requirement should be reinstated.
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