SA Chamber USA Travel Update – From 12 June 2022 Travelers to the USA no longer require a COVID-19 Test. The CDC updated its website. They announced that they will drop the requirement for a negative COVID test. Please Note: This is effective for flights departing after 12:01 am on Sunday 12 June, EST. So, if you are departing before this time, but arriving after this time, the test requirement still applies. The vaccination requirement firstly stays the same. All arriving passengers must vaccinate to enter the USA.
On June 10, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rescinded the Order. Titled “Requirement for Negative Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Result. Or, documentation of Recovery from COVID-19 for All Airline or Other Aircraft Passengers. That is, arriving in the United States from any Foreign Country.”
This rescission takes effect for flights departing to the United States. That is from any foreign country at or after 12:01 am ET (4:01 am GMT) on June 12, 2022. The CDC will publish the rescission in the Federal Register.
So, this means that as of 12:01 AM ET on June 12, 2022, all air passengers, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, no longer require a negative viral COVID-19 test result. Or, documentation of recovery from COVID-19, before boarding a flight to the United States.
To view the Rescission, click here [PDF – 4 pages].
CDC will periodically reassess the need for a testing requirement based on the latest science. Also COVID-19 variants, and evolving state of the pandemic, and may reinstitute this measure if necessary to protect the public’s health.
Under CDC’s Amended Order: Implementing Presidential Proclamation on Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic, especially noncitizen nonimmigrants are still required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States. For information about this Amended Order and the associated attestation see the webpage.