US scraps pre-departure testing requirement for inbound air travellers

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The Biden administration has scrapped pre-departure testing requirements for inbound air travellers to the United States.

U.S. Travel Association president and CEO Roger Dow said it was a “huge step forward” for the recovery of inbound air travel and the return of international travel to the United States.

“The Biden administration is to be commended for this action, which will welcome back visitors from around the world and accelerate the recovery of the U.S. travel industry,” Dow said.

“International inbound travel is vitally important to businesses and workers across the country who have struggled to regain losses from this valuable sector. More than half of international travellers in a recent survey pointed to the pre-departure testing requirement as a major deterrent for inbound travel to the US.”

New analysis showed that repealing the pre-departure testing requirement could bring an additional 5.4 million visitors to the US and an additional US$9 billion in travel spending through the remainder of 2022.