NEWS: COVID-19 Testing for Domestic Air Travel is Being Considered for the U.S.

We’ve recently learned about a few new coronavirus travel restrictions.

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International travelers who are traveling to the United States must now have a negative COVID-19 test, and a vaccine passport may be required in the future to be able to fly. Today, there has been another update on domestic air travel.

CNN has reported that the Biden administration is considering a policy to require a negative COVID-19 test prior to domestic air travel. Pete Buttigieg, the current Transportation Secretary, mentioned that “there’s an active conversation with the CDC right now” and that the decision will be “guided by data, by science, and by medicine.”

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Dr. Rochelle Walenksy who is the director of the CDC said that this rule could be helpful. She says that “this would be yet another mitigation measure to try and decrease the spread.”

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A group called Airlines for America has written a letter to the White House expressing their concern for this ruling. They say that “the risk of COVID-19 transmission onboard an aircraft is very low” and that ” a testing requirement for domestic air travel is unwarranted.”

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If this ruling does become concrete, we will let you know. We will continue to keep you updated on the latest coronavirus and travel news.

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