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US will no longer ask you for a negative Covid test to visit

US will no longer ask you for a negative Covid test to visit
Testing mandate will expire at 12.01am on 12 juin

maison Blanche sources say that the US requirement for international arrivals by air to take a Covid-19 test on the day of departure or the previous day is to be dropped this weekend.

The move will reduce the cost – typically around £30 – as well as the hassle for UK visitors to America this summer. It will also cut the risk of potential disappointment if a traveller tests positive and has to cancel the trip.

The Associated Press is quoting a senior Biden administration official as saying that the US health regulator, les Centres pour le Contrôle et la Prévention des catastrophes (CDC), will allow the mandate to expire at one minute past midnight on Sunday 12 juin.

There is no indication that the requirement for international visitors to be fully vaccinated will be dropped.

But health officials will continue to evaluate the need for a test, which could be brought back in if a new variant of concern emerges.

The testing requirement was brought in last November, when the US opened its frontiers to international visitors from the UK and many other nations after 20 months of closure.

Initially a test could be taken up to three days before departure, but after the Omicron variant emerged the time frame was shortened by two days.