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Flight passengers no longer need a negative Covid test to enter the USA

The policy will expire this weekend.

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Sarah Medina

Planning an international trip? Here's one less thing you have to worry about.

The US government announced Friday morning that air travelers will no longer need a negative Covid test to board flights to the United States

The testing requirement, put in place in January 2021, required all passengers bound for the USA to have a negative Covid test in hand upon boarding, and applied to anyone attempting to enter the US by air, including US citizens. 

That policy will now expire this Sunday, June 12 at 12:01am. 

The move comes after airlines and other travel industry officials lobbied the White House early this month, citing rising vaccination rates and mild cases as data proof enough that the policy needed to go. 

The CDC also noted, however, that they will re-evaluate the decision in 90 days, and may reinstate pre-departure testing should a new variant pop up. 

While this is good news for anyone who will be traveling in or out of the US this summer, things aren't going so swimmingly at other popular airports, especially in the UK. Check out our recommendations for making sure to avoid holiday hell this summer

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