Industry leaders visit White House as part of Push to End testing requirement

The US Travel Association is continuing its efforts to end the pre-departure testing requirement to enter or re-enter the United States.

Senior executives from the US Travel Association and Airlines for America traveled to the White House for a meeting during which they stressed the need to end the pre-departure testing requirement for vaccinated air travelers to the arrival.

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US Travel President and CEO Roger Dow noted in a statement that the United States was one of the few countries where these restrictions were still in place.

“It is high time for the Biden administration to remove the pre-departure testing requirement for vaccinated air travelers to the United States,” Dow said. “While nearly every other US industry operates without restrictions, the travel industry remains disproportionately impacted by this requirement, even though the science no longer supports it.”

Dow also pointed to the slower recovery that the pre-departure testing requirement means.

“Other countries we directly compete with for global travelers have removed their pre-departure testing requirements and reopened their tourism economies, putting the United States at a serious competitive disadvantage for export dollars.” , did he declare. “Furthermore, since the federal government no longer requires negative tests for entry at our land ports of entry with Canada and Mexico, it no longer makes sense to keep the requirement in place for vaccinated international air travelers. to the U.S. As inflation continues to soar, the administration can take immediate action to shake up America’s stimulus efforts by repealing this outdated requirement.”

Dow reiterated that there is no better time than the present.

“Now is the time for the Biden administration to eliminate the pre-departure testing requirement for vaccinated travelers and fully reopen our borders,” he said in his statement after the meeting.

Data from a recent survey backs up US Travel’s claim that the testing requirement is affecting travelers’ decisions when it comes to visiting the US

More than half (54%) of international travelers surveyed said the added uncertainty of possibly having to cancel a trip due to US pre-departure testing requirements would negatively impact their likelihood of visiting the US .