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Tests no longer required for US entry


For many of us, travel is once again a novelty, but that novelty is not without added paperwork and the worry of getting COVID overseas. 

 

 

But at long last, the US has lifted the need for proof of a negative coronavirus test to be shown prior to entry. 

 

According to the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), this removes a “massive brake” on the highly popular US leisure and business travel market for travelling Australians and corporate Australia. 

 

Prior to COVID-19, there were over 1.1 million trips to the USA from Australia and the US was Australia’s third most popular travel destination behind New Zealand and Bali. 

 

“The fact that from tomorrow you can get on a flight to the US without having to go through the rigmarole of a negative coronavirus test will unleash significant pent-up demand from Australians visiting the US for fun and for business,” AFTA chief executive Dean Long said. 

 

“This is also very welcome news for Australia’s travel agents, businesses and travel management companies given the fact that 70%-plus of international travel booked by Australians is booked through them.”  

 

Long also took the opportunity to warn Aussies with less than six months’ validity on their passports to “start the renewal process now”.

 

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Published: 14 June 2022

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