Travelers from China may soon be able to enter the US without a Covid19 test: report

Bloomberg | , Posted by Ritu Maria Johny

The US is set to lift coronavirus testing requirements for travelers from China as soon as this week, people familiar with the matter said.

The Biden administration in January ordered all travelers over the age of 2 to provide a negative test before entering the country. The measure was initially intended to protect US citizens while the US could determine the impact of the outbreak in China and gain information about its spread, the people said.

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He said the measure would be lifted because the US has evidence that cases, hospitalizations and deaths are declining in China. The Biden administration will continue to monitor cases in China and other countries and roll out the traveler-based genomic surveillance program.

Allies and partners have lifted similar restrictions for incoming flights from China and the US has consulted with them on public health measures, according to the people.

The Washington Post reported the plans earlier on Tuesday.

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