Business travel

US drops inbound testing requirement

The United States will end its negative Covid-19 testing requirements for inbound passengers this weekend.

The obligation for all incoming travelers to present a negative Covid-19 test carried out on the day of travel will be lifted this Sunday.

The move comes after a strong push from the travel industry to end the requirement. US Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow called it “a big step forward for the resumption of inbound air travel and the return of international travel.”

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still requires most non-citizen visitors to present proof of vaccination in order to board an international flight to the country.

Business Travel Association CEO Clive Wratten said he hoped the US move to do the same “would be a clear call for all countries to remove remaining restrictions and once again encourage international travel”. .

Sean Doyle, Chairman and CEO of British Airways, said: “We are delighted that our customers can finally travel hassle-free to the 26 destinations we serve in the United States, without having to take costly and onerous tests.

A Virgin Atlantic spokesperson said the move will “further boost consumer confidence and support the rebound in transatlantic travel this summer.”

Abby Penston, CEO of Focus Travel Partnership, said: “This is a major step forward for the business travel industry. The United States is a huge market for our TMCs and this removal of restrictions will add some much-needed confidence to travelers.