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U.S. Travel Association calls on govt. to eliminate pre-departure COVID testing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Travel Association is urging the U.S. government to lift travel restrictions including pre-departure COVID testing requirements, for all fully vaccinated inbound international travellers.

Reuters reports that a letter from Roger Dow, U.S. Travel’s chief executive, to the White House, said: “It makes little sense to keep the pre-departure testing requirement in place for inbound air travellers when the U.S. government does not require negative tests at U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico land border points of entry.”

U.S. Travel is calling for an immediate end to the pre-departure test requirement. The group is also urging the U.S. government to wind down the masking mandate for air travel and other modes of transportation, by April 18. That’s the day the mandate could lift, after it was renewed in March 2022.

It’s also asking the Biden administration to end travel bans for fully vaccinated travellers.

Canada’s pre-arrival test requirement is set to end April 1, for fully vaccinated travellers. Canada still requires masks on planes and other modes of transportation, and also requires all air, rail and ship travellers to be fully vaccinated.

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