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USTA, A4A Call to End Testing Requirement

Leaders from the U.S. Travel Association (USTA) and Airlines for America (A4A) met with White House officials this week where they once again stressed the need to end the pre-departure testing requirement for inbound vaccinated air travelers.

Roger Dow, USTA president and CEO, said it was long past time for the end of the pre-departure testing requirement for vaccinated air travelers to the U.S.

“Other countries with whom we directly compete for global travelers have removed their pre-departure testing requirements and reopened their tourism economies, putting the U.S. at a serious competitive disadvantage for export dollars,” Dow added. “Further, since the federal government does not require negative tests for entry at our land-border 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.”

He added the end of testing for international inbound travelers would fully reopen borders and give the U.S. economy a much need jolt.