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US Ends COVID Test Requirement for International Air Travellers

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Coronavirus - COVID

US Ends COVID Test Requirement for International Air Travellers

The United States ended its requirement for air travellers to get a negative COVID-19 test before entering the U.S., effective at midnight on June 12. "Based on the science and data " the Center for Disease Control will reassess the decision in 90 days, reported CNN. In announcing the decision that the U.S. ends COVID test requirement for international air travellers on June 10, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said,

"CDC's determination is welcome news for travelers and for millions of American workers whose jobs are supported by international travel. Guided by the latest science and data available, the decision reflects a current reality shaped for the better by the hard work of public health professionals and the Administration to distribute effective vaccines and treatments. Over the next 48 hours and beyond, our department will assist to ensure a smooth transition for travelers and airlines alike."

    The U.S. mandate to wear masks on U.S. planes, trains and other forms of public transportation was struck down by a federal judge in April.

    "It's not as though we're trying to keep Covid out. It's here already,"

    said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious diseases specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Canada's COVID Testing Requirements Have Not Changed

    Although the U.S. has ended COVID test requirements for international air travellers, Canada's COVID testing requirements for air travellers remain in place. According to the website,

    When you arrive at the border, you must present a valid negative test result (paper or electronic proof) or proof of a previous positive molecular test result taken at least 10 calendar days and no more than 180 calendar days before entering Canada.

    Travellers who don’t qualify as fully vaccinated must provide a valid pre-entry test to enter Canada. Pre-entry tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air or water. Everyone must still use ArriveCAN within 72 hours before arrival in Canada.

    • Children who are less than 5 years old aren’t required to test, regardless of their vaccination status

    Call Ackah Law BEFORE You Fly

    Don't attempt to cross the border into Canada without making sure your paperwork is in order. Immigration applications can be refused due to minor oversights and omissions that delay or negatively impact your business plans. By not using a lawyer you put your business at risk.

    An experienced immigration professional can help qualified travellers cross the border into Canada, and help prepare your immigration application.

    Call Ackah Law BEFORE you cross the border (403) 452‑9515.


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