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U.S. lifts COVID-19 testing requirement for international passengers entering the country

The CDC made the announcement Friday, lifting the pre-departure requirement as of early Sunday morning.

Passengers flying into the U.S. will no longer need a  pre-departure negative COVID-19 test to enter the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Friday, June 10. The testing requirement will be rescinded as of Sunday, June 12, allowing a more easy entry for international travelers, including those flying to Tampa International Airport.

The CDC said it will reassess its decision and, if officials decide they need to reinstate it for any reason, they will do so. The measure has been in place since January 2021.

The announcement comes after many other countries around the world have lifted the requirement for inbound international travelers. This, along with the April lifting of the federal mask requirement on airplanes and in U.S. airports, restores the passenger experience to one that resembles pre-COVID travel. The end of these requirements could potentially boost leisure and business international travel even more this summer, adding to what is already expected to be a record season for passenger traffic at airports.

To see a list of nonstop international routes that serve TPA, go to www.tampaairport.com/international-nonstop-destinations