THE BIDEN administration is expected to announce on Friday that the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention will lift its requirement for travellers to test negative for Covid-19 before entering the US.
The move will go into effect for US-bound air travellers t midnight on Sunday, CNN reports.
The restrictions are being lifted following the CDC determining it was no longer necessary "based on the science and data," a senior official said.
The requirement for a negative test result to enter the country has been in place since January 2021.
The CDC says it will reassess its decision in 90 days and if officials decide they need to reinstate it, because of a concerning new variant, for example, will do so.
Travel industry officials have been increasingly critical of the requirement in recent weeks and directly urged the Biden administration to end the measure, arguing it was having a chilling effect on an already fragile economy, according to Airlines for America chief Nick Calio, whose group met recently with White House officials.