The US Travel Association, a non-profit organization that represents all aspects of the travel industry, wrote a letter to the White House with a list of which COVID travel restrictions and mandates should end and when.
The letter, seen by Reuters, noted proposed the following:
- Immediately end pre-departure testing for fully vaccinated international arrivals coming to the US.
- Repeal the federal mask mandate for all public transportation (including air travel) by April 18, or announce a plan to end the mandate in the subsequent 90 days.
- End “avoid travel” advisories, which currently hold for about 120 countries, as well as travel bans.
In addition to the more immediate proposals, the letter asked for a plan to be ready by June 1 to end all remaining travel restrictions like vaccine mandates. The UK and Canada have already taken similar steps. Notably, testing already isn’t required for Americans visiting Canada or Mexico.