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The US will no longer require air passengers traveling to the United States to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight.

The US has abolished COVID-19 testing requirements for international passengers arriving by plane. After the rule of midnight on Sunday evening (June 12) is lifted, newcomers may no longer have a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery in order to enter the country.

Previously, all passengers had to prove a pre-flight test for the Covid virus before boarding a flight - as proof of recovery from the virus in the last 90 days. However, the vaccination rules are still effective - banning unvaccinated passengers from visiting the country - will remain in force. Persons under the age of 18, U.S. citizens, U.S. citizens, residents, and green card holders are not eligible for vaccinations.

On the other hand, and as a result of the court order on 18 April 2022, the CDC order requiring masks in public transport and transport hubs is no longer enforced.

What do the tourism industry think about the new rules?

The travel industry has been lobbying for months to force the US government to drop the COVID test. On Friday, Roger Dow, president of the US Tourism Association, said the policy change would "accelerate the recovery of the US travel sector." "Today is an important step forward for the resumption of air travel and the return of international travel to the United States," Dow said. Clive Wratten, executive director of the Trade Association (BTA), said the decision was a "justification" for countries with restrictions.

"All travel agents around the world must help build customer confidence and provide the travel experience needed to rebuild our industry," he said. Virgin Atlantic has decided to "improve" consumer confidence. Last week, American Airlines CEO Robert Isom called the test requirements "irrelevant" and added that they could "exhaust" leisure and business trips. Airline chief for America Nick Calio added that demand had hurt the US economy.

The trade association claims that international travel is 14 percent lower than normal, while domestic travel will soon recover to pre-pandemic levels.