Companies Ask White House To End Predeparture Testing
As the pandemic shifts towards an endemic, more and more companies are looking to get back on track. One such industry still being hampered by current rules and regulations is the travel sector. While domestic travel has returned to near pandemic levels, the more expensive (at least normally) international travel still lags behind.
A part of that is still uneasiness with the pandemic from some travelers. Other barriers are caused by current rules and regulations surrounding travel. That could be restrictions imposed by foreign countries, but also restrictions still in place from the US government.
One such regulation still negatively impacting the travel industry is predeparture testing required for people to enter the United States. While other countries have started to remove this requirement, the US government has not budged as of yet.
That is why over 250 companies in the travel sector sent a letter to White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha, according to Travel Pulse. They requested that the US government repeal the pre-departure testing requirement for vaccinated international air travelers.
The letters listed the following reasons why the testing requirement should end:
- There are new public health tools that help effectively manage Covid-19
- Hospital grade ventilation systems in place aboard airplanes reduce risks
- Vaccination requirement that is in place reduces risks further
- Other countries have already begun to remove the testing requirement
Some of the companies, and associations, involved with sending the letters were Disney, American Airlines, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Los Angeles World Airports, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the U.S. Travel Association, U.S. Tour Operators Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.