ORLANDO, Florida. – The Biden administration has announced that starting June 12 at midnight, international travelers coming to the United States will no longer need a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country.
Travelers flying to Cancun from Orlando International Airport said they were relieved to learn that COVID-19 testing restrictions for travel had been lifted.
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Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer were two of 38 mayors nationwide who wrote a letter urging the Biden administration to drop the mandate.
Demings said: “I believe this is going to be positive for our economy, it will help increase international business in our region; if we do that, it’s been estimated that we could see a 20% increase in international travel, and when they come to the United States, we know they’re coming to Florida.
A Visit Orlando spokesperson told News 6 in a statement that they were encouraged by the move and the potential impact on tourism in the area.
“This news comes just in time for the summer season – one of the most anticipated seasons for travel – and we can expect to see increased visits from global travelers, business to flourish and a positive impact on our economy,” Denise said. Spiegel, senior director of public relations for Visit Orlando.
Bob Cook, a Go Travel representative, said the company had been inundated with inquiries since the policy change was announced.
“It probably wasn’t even ten minutes after it was announced this morning that we were getting phone calls from people saying, ‘I think I want to go to Europe now because I don’t have to do the tests in coming home,” Cook said. “…Clients we’ve had in Europe said the biggest downside was finding a place to get tested.”
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