White House Has No Plans To End Testing For International Travel

White House Has No Plans To End Testing For International Travel

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We’re starting to see countries around the globe eliminate many coronavirus-related travel restrictions, ranging from requiring masks on planes, to requiring testing for travel.

In the United States, the federal transportation mask mandate is currently in effect through April 18, 2022, and I think it’s likely that it’ll end at that point, unless we see case numbers increase significantly. What about the requirement to get tested for international travel? That’s a different story, unfortunately.

White House has no plans to end international travel testing rules

White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients was asked if there are any thoughts of changing the government’s current policy of requiring testing for international travel. Here’s how he responded:

“No, there are no plans to change the international travel requirements at this point.”

For context, the United States requires all travelers to the United States to get tested within one calendar day of starting their travel, regardless of their citizenship or vaccination status. The current policy took effect in late 2021, and was part of a larger decision to finally end targeted travel bans and welcome vaccinated foreign visitors to the United States (previously you could get tested within three days of travel).

Now, regarding Zients’ comments, I guess we could be hopeful that maybe the government is considering this and just isn’t ready to announce anything yet. At the same time, the answer seemed pretty straightforward — he didn’t even suggest that this was under consideration, or that this is something the government is working toward eliminating.

The US requires international travelers to get tested

This is a disappointing policy

It’s disappointing to see that the Biden administration still doesn’t seem to have any plans to lift the current testing requirement, even as other countries do. A few thoughts:

  • Is there any data to suggest that the testing requirement has greatly impacted a new variant entering the United States?
  • How is it that literally the only activity that requires testing is taking a flight to the United States? You can go to a nightclub or fly domestically without getting tested, but if you’re flying to the United States that’s required
  • The testing requirement doesn’t send the right message about vaccination; if you want to encourage people to get vaccinated, how about at least lifting the requirement for vaccinated travelers
  • Even beyond the lack of effectiveness of the current testing requirement, the bigger issue is simply that the international travel testing industry is a complete money grab, and really shady, as I’ve written about before
When will the US end its testing requirement?

Bottom line

While the federal transportation mask mandate may end in under two weeks, there’s no timeline for the testing requirement for international travel to end, which is disappointing. This seems to me like a rather arbitrary policy to keep in place, given that you don’t have to get tested to do just about anything else, mask mandates have largely been eliminated, etc.

Even though this is what’s officially being said, I still wouldn’t be surprised if this policy ends up being lifted in late spring. We’ll see, I guess…

When do you think the testing requirement for international travel will end?

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  1. CHRIS Guest

    Just bring fake test results to show the 20 year old checkin agent. I've been doing it for over a year. I'm still alive and so aren't you.

    1. Chuck Guest

      It feels good to be honest about your dishonesty, doesn't it? I look forward to seeing your response in which you justify your lack of integrity with statements about government overreach and the like.

  2. Harold Van Leeuwen Guest

    Not only does the Biden administration leave US citizens behind and abandoned in foreign countries it continues to enforce a policy prohibiting legal US citizens from returning home by air though it allows entry by land in mass without restriction. This can't be constitutional.

  3. William Guest

    Will be returning to the US from Amsterdam in May,2022 flying KLM. Where, how does one get a covid 19 test one day prior to leaving. Cost(?). Any info appreciated.

    1. Bob Guest

      Just go to Google maps and search for covid test. There should be plenty of places.

  4. Gary Guest

    Arbitrary? Absolutely but all regulatory requirements that civil servants and "experts" pull out of their hats never die. Example: "how to use your seatbelt" in the airline safety briefings. That one started when most cars did not have seatbelts. Are there a lot of flyers who do not know how to use a seatbelt? Of course, not. Nevertheless, airline passengers get insulted by a legal requirement that no longer has any justification. Why? Because it...

    Arbitrary? Absolutely but all regulatory requirements that civil servants and "experts" pull out of their hats never die. Example: "how to use your seatbelt" in the airline safety briefings. That one started when most cars did not have seatbelts. Are there a lot of flyers who do not know how to use a seatbelt? Of course, not. Nevertheless, airline passengers get insulted by a legal requirement that no longer has any justification. Why? Because it is a law.

    Can people get CoVID at the airport before departure? Yes. Can people get CoVID and still porduce a negative test (via an "infection and testing overlapping", or fraud)? Yes. So, what is the point of this "24 hours before departure" testing requirement? The CDC or experts can't give you a "scientific" answer to that question because "testing prior to departure" is not a substitue for quarantine after arrival. As we all know, quarantine is a killer for the international travel industry.

  5. CMorgan Guest

    It still exists because our clueless 80 yo POTUS Allows it to continue. It’s all about big business namely all of the $ made from testing.

    I hope all of you remember this in 2024.

    1. Chuck Guest

      $ made from testing? Honestly, yours is the same argument as "the money made by groups supporting climate change". Just say you're a libertarian and you believe that the government has no right to affect your life. That will constitute your genuine sentiment, and will make you look like an actual adult instead of a spoiled brat spouting contrived nonsense to try to justify your absurd position.

    2. Craig Guest

      Never try to reason with a cultist.

  6. Blue Mountain Guest

    Because election is still far……

  7. Ray Gold

    I don't see that testing and masks being continued makes much sense if all other airlines, countries, and airports aren't consistent. What benefit is there if I am tested 24 hours before the flight, arrive to an airport full of non-masked passengers, then have to put on a mask and board to fly to the US?

    That said, this continual rash of comments that they will no longer fly this airline, no longer vote...

    I don't see that testing and masks being continued makes much sense if all other airlines, countries, and airports aren't consistent. What benefit is there if I am tested 24 hours before the flight, arrive to an airport full of non-masked passengers, then have to put on a mask and board to fly to the US?

    That said, this continual rash of comments that they will no longer fly this airline, no longer vote for this party, no longer stay at this hotel chain, no longer carry this credit card is becoming hilarious. When you spouse/partner doesn't pick up their dirty towel do you no longer stay in the relationship? smfh

  8. Jaalee Guest

    His brother owns e-med haha.

    I actually think they just don’t want to change it before Dr Jha starts in coming days. He also said that this was his last briefing, as he turns over the reins to Dr Jha.

    I was also disappointed but cautiously optimistic that the ‘new Guy’ will be rid of this …

  9. John Guest

    I have all 3 covid shots, have had all 3 variants of covid, and a monoclonal injection. If I have all these things, why must I test coming into the USA. Yep, the government doesn't believe in the vaccines.

    1. Chuck Guest

      Do you own guns and yet also lock your doors? Yup, it sounds like you don't believe in guns.

  10. Byron Guest

    Was coming back from the Maldives and knew we needed to test. Well is one day 24 hours or is it from day 30 to day 31. Ie, get a test at 8am on the day before departure, but your plane leaves the next day at 11pm. It would seem by the language that regardless of time on the day before your flight you should be able to meet the 1 day requirement. Furthermore the...

    Was coming back from the Maldives and knew we needed to test. Well is one day 24 hours or is it from day 30 to day 31. Ie, get a test at 8am on the day before departure, but your plane leaves the next day at 11pm. It would seem by the language that regardless of time on the day before your flight you should be able to meet the 1 day requirement. Furthermore the USA says any test. Not so fast, Emirates said it had to be within 24 hours and a PCR test. What idiot in Washington writes these rules. It is hard to get a PCR in the USA and get the result the same day, much less in some other undeveloped country. Well we did get our test and results within 24 hours, but Emirates did not care to see the paperwork, or anyone in the USA. You just had to do an attestment at the airport you had gotten a test. I did not find that out until at the counter checking luggage. These people in Washington could not get a real job working in industry without getting fired in 2 weeks.

    1. ConcordeBoy Gold

      It's not nearly as confusing as you posit:
      it's 24hrs before the published departure time of your same-ticketed US-bound flight itinerary.

      So if you're on something like MLE-DOH-LAX, then it's 24hrs before MLE-DOH departs.

    2. M C Guest

      This is incorrect information, you're required to get tested 1 day NOT 24 HOURS before your scheduled departure. So if the flight is at 11pm on April 6th, your test can be anytime on April 5th. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html)
      However, it's up to the airline's interpretation or rather the agent you're checking in with, and we all know how messy that could be.

  11. Alan Guest

    Damn, I'm travelling to the US next month and really hoped it would be lifted by then, at least for vaccinated travellers as you say. I was in Denmark this weekend (travelling from the UK) and it was so nice to be able to just travel normally (apart from having to queue in the non-EU line and get the passport stamped, but that's the joy of Brexit for you!)

  12. Donna Diamond

    Yesterday Dr. Jha took over as COVID Response Coordinator so hopefully sanity will prevail, and soon. Zient is out.

  13. Eskimo Guest

    Well somebody needs to burn through all these rapid antigen test kits. We probably have enough test kits to test 100 trillion people at the moment. Can't let it go to waste or they wouldn't make enough money to donate to fundraisers.

  14. derek Guest

    I disagree with the part that testing discourages vaccination.

    Testing reduces spread. It's just not known by how much.

  15. Hugo Guest

    The policy doesn't not only affect tourists not wanting to travel, but US businessmen like myself, who are missing on business opportunities abroad because we are not traveling afraid of getting stuck if test positive in a country that may not have good health care. Ultimately the USA loses.

    1. Steve Diamond

      Correct, but the politicians in charge continue to receive massive kickbacks and campaign financing from testing companies.

  16. Jerry Diamond

    I know this makes really good "own the libs' fodder, but I don't think this policy is supported by anyone on any side of the political spectrum in the travel community.

  17. Bricktop Guest

    I'm still waiting for the tests they were supposedly sending us months ago. What a joke this "Covid response" is. "We're following the science" has become a punchline.

    1. Bob Guest

      Get a grip folks it's only a hassle like getting a visa but even less of a hassle. I did it 3 weeks ago and it literally took less than 4 minutes at a drive by and they don't need to shove anything way up your nose anymore. Since there are no lines anymore its as quick as buying a pack of gum. Sure I like to see it go away but I have better...

      Get a grip folks it's only a hassle like getting a visa but even less of a hassle. I did it 3 weeks ago and it literally took less than 4 minutes at a drive by and they don't need to shove anything way up your nose anymore. Since there are no lines anymore its as quick as buying a pack of gum. Sure I like to see it go away but I have better things to get my nickers in a bunch. This is why so many of you become crazy angry pitchfork rioters. You can't handle the simplest adversity in life. How you going to have a rich fulfilling life if every damn thing becomes political and an opportunity to hate on someone.

  18. miamiorbust Guest

    Have to fight the temptation to find a minor point in someone's comment to disagree with. Nearly everyone is on the right side of the discussion. I'm in the unpopular subgroup that would be fine with mask mandates staying in place and have little objection to countries putting up substantive restrictions on travel as part of broader public health policy. None of those points are relevant in the US. COVID is over. There are simply...

    Have to fight the temptation to find a minor point in someone's comment to disagree with. Nearly everyone is on the right side of the discussion. I'm in the unpopular subgroup that would be fine with mask mandates staying in place and have little objection to countries putting up substantive restrictions on travel as part of broader public health policy. None of those points are relevant in the US. COVID is over. There are simply no broad COVID control policies left, even in places like NYC. Faking pre-departure test results was always super easy. Ex Asia, international flights are full - no evidence testing deters travel. This is exactly the type of policy that erodes public confidence in government and community health policies. It is impossible not to see this as a failure for Team Biden.

    1. Laura Morris Guest

      Funny how you and the Lucky can declare the plandemic over. I guess you guys are certain that there will be no more sickness or death and can continue to travel pointlessly and spread disease for no intelligible reason.

  19. Dominic Guest

    If KN95 masks are highly *personally* protective, why couldn't we just let people who want that level of protection wear them and others not?

    I've had 3 shots AND a COVID infection. My worries are not the same as others, so this one-size-fits-all doesn't really make much sense?

  20. Dee Jones Guest

    There is no sense to testing, it didn't stop any of the varients getting into the US even when the country was closed to outsiders, if everyone is vaccinated and showing no signs of being ill, let them travel you can come here to the UK and there isn't any testing or having to quarantine even if you test positive, guidelines are if you unwell it is adviced you stay at home. So why do...

    There is no sense to testing, it didn't stop any of the varients getting into the US even when the country was closed to outsiders, if everyone is vaccinated and showing no signs of being ill, let them travel you can come here to the UK and there isn't any testing or having to quarantine even if you test positive, guidelines are if you unwell it is adviced you stay at home. So why do we have to pay to test to travel to the US, if it's still in place in July it's going to add a big chunk onto an already expensive holiday as there are 7 of us traveling.
    I hope they come to their senses soon and realise it isn't really protecting anyone other than the owners of the testing centres and a guaranteed income from foreign travellers

    1. Steve Diamond

      You are missing the point, these politicans dont do what makes sense or what follows actual science. They do what gives them the most control and therefor money in both kickbacks and campaign financing to help them get reelected. If testing companies are supporting your campaign why would you get rid of the testing requirement.

  21. Carlos Guest

    Testing for foreign travelers and unvaccinated Americans should continue. For vaccinated Americans it should be voluntary.

    1. Rich Guest

      Let's just ignore the fact that Vaccinated spread the virus just as much as unvaccinated. The people to avoid are the untested vaccinated people going in and out of countries. Those are the real threats.

    2. Tom Guest

      Yes, got to keep those evil foreigners out…

      Why is a foreigner who received a booster dose three weeks ago more in need of testing than a US citizen who received their last dose in early 2021, which has frankly almost zero benefit for the current variants by now? Yet another totally unscientific, politically motivated approach.

  22. Alex Guest

    I am an adult baby who is outraged that I would have to take a simple test that involves swabbing my nose for a few seconds. It is a violation of my right to be selfish and I support the freedom to be an idiot!

    1. DT New Member

      It's really a lot more involved than that. Not every location has easily available testing where results are provided within 24 hours. Plus they often charge an exorbitant amount for the test. If it was actually helpful, fine. But I don't believe the data supports continued testing at this stage in the pandemic. It was a different situation when vaccination rates were lower and transmission higher.

    2. Alex Guest

      I think I hear another baby . . .

    3. Luke Guest

      Theoretically your supposed to be able to carry your own self Antigen test kits that are approved by using an online proctored service. That said I was very anxious when the 3 day test requirement was reduced to 1 day back in November when we were already in India and had no way to obtain these kits when already out of country! Thankfully the PCR tests taken there (no one offers Antigen there) did come back within a few hours.

    4. Jan Guest

      Those Scandinavians, Nordics and Swiss, bunch of freedom loving, adult baby idiots alright. Do you hear yourself right now?

    5. Alex Guest

      It now sounds like a whole nursery of adult babies! Waaaaaa, we don’t want to take a simple nasal swab test!

    6. Denis Bekaert Guest

      That's not the issue. The issue is that it is often very difficult to find a testing site and get tested within the required timeframe, even in larger cities. We returned from Lisbon in November 2021 and had to search all over the city for a testing site that could meet the tlme requirements. We are in our late seventies, fully vaccinated and boosted, and were forced to stand for three hours outside in 40...

      That's not the issue. The issue is that it is often very difficult to find a testing site and get tested within the required timeframe, even in larger cities. We returned from Lisbon in November 2021 and had to search all over the city for a testing site that could meet the tlme requirements. We are in our late seventies, fully vaccinated and boosted, and were forced to stand for three hours outside in 40 degree weather awaiting a test. Meanwhile, thousands of undocumented migrants crossed our southern borders very day without testing or a vaccination. Absolute insanity.

  23. rjb Guest

    I'd be more concerned if the Biden Administration had a plan becasue every "plan" they have implemented has resulted in total disaster! See: Immigration, Open Border, Inflation, Energy, Crime, etc.

    1. Craig Guest

      "Open border" lol It's really easy to spot the guys who get their "news" from Tucker, Jeanine, Laura and Mike Lindell, even without the foil-lined MAGA hat.

      I don't agree with everything the Biden admin has done. I'm just not completely unhinged.

    2. Byron Guest

      Guess you think the stuff going on in Ukraine is not true either.

    3. ConcordeBoy Gold

      Yeah, there's definitely plenty of ammo with which to criticize the sheer incompetence of the Biden Administration.... but soon as you hear "Open Border!" you'll know that you're not dealing with someone in good faith.

    4. Joe Biden Guest

      As Joe Biden himself I am personally responsible for every issue arising in the USA

  24. Doug Guest

    I was an early adopter of vaccinations, have gotten 1 booster, and will get the 2nd soon, I still wear a mask indoors, have implemented mandatory vaccine requirements at my workplace and haven't gotten Corona (yet), and I support getting ride of the testing requirement. I remember the first time I got a test getting a big sense of relief with a negative result, followed immediately by the realization that I could easily get covid...

    I was an early adopter of vaccinations, have gotten 1 booster, and will get the 2nd soon, I still wear a mask indoors, have implemented mandatory vaccine requirements at my workplace and haven't gotten Corona (yet), and I support getting ride of the testing requirement. I remember the first time I got a test getting a big sense of relief with a negative result, followed immediately by the realization that I could easily get covid walking from the clinic back to my car. In other words, when it comes to tests "past performance is not indicative of future results."

    1. George Romey Guest

      I've done none of that and never gotten COVID and wouldn't spend a nano minute worrying about it. Vaccines don't prevent getting or giving COVID. The test give endless false positives. Time to end the health theater. If you're sick, don't travel. Somehow the human race was able to comprehend that at some point in the past and didn't need government forcing them to do so.

    2. Craig Guest

      "Vaccines don't prevent getting or giving Covid." False
      "The test give (sic) endless false positives." Lie

      The gullibility of Americans knows no depths.

    3. UA-NYC Diamond

      Just another MAGA mouth breather getting his nightly news from Cucker Tarlson

  25. MikeL1986 Guest

    This administration is a bunch of boneheads. We're supposed to believe that they "follow the science"? Ok then explain to me how testing international travelers upon entry is protecting the United States. Covid is already here so you're not doing anything except make international travel more inconvenient. The whole idea of testing for travel has always been stupid. Unless you are a country that has zero Covid in your borders and you're trying to keep...

    This administration is a bunch of boneheads. We're supposed to believe that they "follow the science"? Ok then explain to me how testing international travelers upon entry is protecting the United States. Covid is already here so you're not doing anything except make international travel more inconvenient. The whole idea of testing for travel has always been stupid. Unless you are a country that has zero Covid in your borders and you're trying to keep it that way, then testing is nothing but worthless theater.

  26. Luke Guest

    I dont think the mask mandate will end on 4/18 either, and will be extended thanks to the new BA.2 scare!

    1. Jan Guest

      I hope all US airlines pull a KLM and elect to ignore these stupid-ass "guidelines"

  27. Justlanded Guest

    Some folks are getting a little testy over this...

  28. Alonzo Diamond

    Stop sugarcoating this nonsense. Call it what it is. Dumb. Stupid. Non-science based. They can't make this make sense.

  29. THEsocalledfan Guest

    For the defenders of this quackery, why can one enter a land entry point without testing, yet if they fly in from Canada, they need to test? You simply can't make this shit up, and no one ever mentions that.

  30. Cedric Guest

    Did you get walking covid or flying covid? Seriously there just isn't any science to back this cherry picking of covid regulations. They just don't test at land broders since they don't have the resources to deal with it.

  31. Stuart Guest

    I think this post is a bit sensationalist in its assumptions over one person's vague answer. But, ok. We will see. It's not like it was said, "No, the testing regiment will absolutely stay on for the future." It was simply said that "there are no plans at this point." So? That could certainly mean in a week there are plans. Maybe he doesn't want to hang his rear out there as to otherwise? But...

    I think this post is a bit sensationalist in its assumptions over one person's vague answer. But, ok. We will see. It's not like it was said, "No, the testing regiment will absolutely stay on for the future." It was simply said that "there are no plans at this point." So? That could certainly mean in a week there are plans. Maybe he doesn't want to hang his rear out there as to otherwise? But I hardly see this as a door shut scenario as your content provokes.

    Jeez, talk about making a post to generate controversy and in-fighting. What happened to the OMAAT great treatise two months ago of avoiding click controversy, lol

    1. Evan Guest

      Stuart:

      I get what you are saying. However, as a government worker, the statement does say a lot. The key is "there are no plans..." That's the problem. It indicates either:
      a) there has been a discussion somewhere and the decision was not to revise/eliminate the requirements
      b) no one has even discussed revising/eliminating the requirements

      In either case, he is essentially saying the requirement is going to stick around for a while,...

      Stuart:

      I get what you are saying. However, as a government worker, the statement does say a lot. The key is "there are no plans..." That's the problem. It indicates either:
      a) there has been a discussion somewhere and the decision was not to revise/eliminate the requirements
      b) no one has even discussed revising/eliminating the requirements

      In either case, he is essentially saying the requirement is going to stick around for a while, most likely even if if the mask mandate expires April 18th. Why? Because the government doesn't move fast. They have to have meetings, get everyone on board, etc...which all takes time.

      If he had even said "we're looking into it", I would be more comfortable it could end soon. But with the statement the way he said it, I don't think so.

      And that's a shame because of the loosening of almost all other guidelines.

    2. rjb Guest

      That "one person" is White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients AKA the Covid Czar. You would think he has a clue...but you would be wrong.

  32. Peter Guest

    Quote: "The testing requirement doesn’t send the right message about vaccination; if you want to encourage people to get vaccinated, how about at least lifting the requirement for vaccinated travelers"

    Over the past 26 months, I have heard, seen and read a lot of misinformation about COVID, vaccination and infection. Your statement just made it in my Top 3. Congratulations....

    1. Ryan Guest

      Top 3 huh?? Either you don't do much reading or you believe overly dramatic hyperbole is an effective tool to persuade people. Good luck with that. Either way.

    2. Peter Guest

      Haha, educate yourself.

      Many studies observed no major differences between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in terms of SARS-CoV-2 viral loads in the nasopharynx, even in those with proven asymptomatic infection.

      Leave your comfort zone.

    3. Jan Guest

      Can you explain why this is “misinformation”?

    4. Ryan Guest

      I don't have a comfort zone.

      And you have no sense of proportion if you think that's a top 3 statement of misinformation in the last 26 months. Especially when no mention was made of effectiveness of vaccines in preventing spread. Mearly that it would be an incentive to get more people vaccinated against poor outcomes if the testing was dropped for those who make that choice.

      What about that confuses you? Or do you...

      I don't have a comfort zone.

      And you have no sense of proportion if you think that's a top 3 statement of misinformation in the last 26 months. Especially when no mention was made of effectiveness of vaccines in preventing spread. Mearly that it would be an incentive to get more people vaccinated against poor outcomes if the testing was dropped for those who make that choice.

      What about that confuses you? Or do you really think it wouldn't provide an incentive? If not, why not?

  33. Evan Guest

    So. let's get this straight:

    1. The CDC lifted warnings on cruises (which are essentially floating petri dishes IMO) and no testing requirements other than what the cruise lines may impose

    2. The CDC eliminated the title 42 restriction, so now asylum requests can now be processed

    3. There are no testing requirements for land crossings

    4. But air travel is so risky that we still need the testing requirement

    Yes, that makes total sense...

    So. let's get this straight:

    1. The CDC lifted warnings on cruises (which are essentially floating petri dishes IMO) and no testing requirements other than what the cruise lines may impose

    2. The CDC eliminated the title 42 restriction, so now asylum requests can now be processed

    3. There are no testing requirements for land crossings

    4. But air travel is so risky that we still need the testing requirement

    Yes, that makes total sense (sarcasm totally intended)...do these bureaucrats even look at the big picture, because from where I'm sitting, the are obviously clueless.

  34. Mr. Obvious Guest

    Where are all my counter-point friends in this comment section who drink the liberal kool-aide? UA-NYC, Platy, Karen??? I really want to hear their perspective on why this testing should remain. Bring it on...

    1. Jan Guest

      I’d rather not see a UA-NYC post anything ever again on the internet.

    2. Samuel Guest

      That idiot belongs in omni at flyertalk
      or better yet Reddit. He’d fit right in with those loonies

    3. UA-NYC Diamond

      I'd rather see all the Trump lemmings such as yourself follow him right off the cliff

    4. Karen Guest

      We must follow the science

      This testing is helping fellow US Citizens

      That are not traveling outside of the USA

      Again keep on wearing the mask

      Stay updated on your vaccinations

    5. Denis Bekaert Guest

      I hope and pray you are being sarcastic Karen.....otherwise seek professional help at once.

    6. UA-NYC Diamond

      For vaccinated Americans? Should eliminate it of course. Because we actually do live in a rational society, and have done our part to helping contain the spread as much as possible and reduce the burden on the healthcare system.

      For the misinformation-spreading anti-vaxxers who repeat Fox News dba Russian Information Ministry drivel? Hope the requirement stays indefinitely.

  35. Syd Guest

    Great to see people finally run things based on science, unlike that previous guy.

    1. Jetiquette Guest

      I hope you don't truly believe that.

    2. Steve Guest

      So you like paying more money for everything

      Good luck affording biz class seats

      Miles are becoming worthless

    3. Ray Gold

      In all fairness, the devaluation to all plans started long before Biden stepped into office.

  36. John Michaels Guest

    Just fake the test. Desk clerks are checking it.

  37. Dell Tarrant Guest

    Hopefully when Jeff Zients is replaced by Dr. Ashish K. Jha later this month, a new fresh outlook may be implemented and we will see a lifting of this now pointless rule.

    1. Traveler Member

      Dr. Ashish K. Jha started yesterday.

    2. Dell Tarrant Guest

      Incorrect. Zients is still the advisor with Jha due to replace him shortly. No official date has yet been given.

  38. David Guest

    I see even the $150 arrival testing requirement for entry into Ghana has been dropped if you are vaccinated. If you haven't figured it out yet, Joe Biden is not running this country. Sadly, he is not capable of it. I have to think he would have moderated the radicals behind the scenes who are calling the shots now. You really think the mask mandate will be dropped? I guess it's possible. We'll see.

    ...

    I see even the $150 arrival testing requirement for entry into Ghana has been dropped if you are vaccinated. If you haven't figured it out yet, Joe Biden is not running this country. Sadly, he is not capable of it. I have to think he would have moderated the radicals behind the scenes who are calling the shots now. You really think the mask mandate will be dropped? I guess it's possible. We'll see.

    Zients once famously said "CDC guidance across time will allow vaccinated people more and more "privileges." Clearly that hasn't happened but more importantly, how sad our liberties have become privileges controlled by Washington bureaucrats.

  39. jfhscott Guest

    The list of absurdities might also include that one can cross a land port of entry, or step off a cruise from a sea port of entry, with no test required.

    The fact that omicron squirted through strict quarantine requirements in New Zealand, Hong Kong, and China identifies just how futile it is to attempt to stop spread at the border.

  40. Mark Guest

    That only applies to travel by air. If you enter through a land border you only need proof of vaccination

    1. MikeL1986 Guest

      Nobody should need a test or proof of vaccination for anything at this point. Covid is over and is no longer affecting daily life. These worthless policies that have accomplished nothing need to be trashed for good.

    2. Ray Gold

      You might have had some credibility of you just left it with: the affects of covid are much less with the current variants on daily life. People still get hospitalized and die, even though it is far less. Once you go over the top, you lose your entire point.

  41. Sam Guest

    What's it gonna take for people to realize that the guy in charge at the WH is far worse than the last?

  42. George Romey Guest

    As long as we have an old fool in the White House that takes marching orders from the Medical Industrial Complex and their propaganda cheerleader Fauci I don't see this or even the mask mandate going away.

  43. fatty380 Member

    Current administration really do good job at pissing off silent majority voters such as keeping this moronic policy intact. A lot of CDC bureaucrats are drunk with power and won’t let it go.

    More silent majority people like myself feel irritated by nonsense Covid theatre, be ready for new administration in 2024. 1 day testing was a complete overreaction to omicron and they don’t even bother to think about dropping it is unacceptable.

    1. Jan Guest

      2024 is forever away, plan to politically kneecap this buffoon already in November. It can be done. There is absolutely nothing that I care about that this guy is doing right.

    2. Steve Diamond

      This current admin has no incentive to change until they get absolutely destroyed in the midterms until then they will keep as much power as possible and keep if not make the requirements much stricter.

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Patti Guest

Follow the science.......fiction

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THEsocalledfan Guest

For the defenders of this quackery, why can one enter a land entry point without testing, yet if they fly in from Canada, they need to test? You simply can't make this shit up, and no one ever mentions that.

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Cedric Guest

Did you get walking covid or flying covid? Seriously there just isn't any science to back this cherry picking of covid regulations. They just don't test at land broders since they don't have the resources to deal with it.

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