Biden admin should normalize travel conditions by April 2022

 Tuesday, March 15, 2022 

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The Biden administration announced the extension of mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs for one month, through April 18th.

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow said, that the Biden administration urgently needs to send a clear message to the American public and the world that it is safe to travel again, particularly for vaccinated individuals, despite this 30-day extension of the federal mask mandate.




They continue to urge the federal government to phase out the mask requirement and put forward a clear plan for travellers within this 30-day period.


The travel industry continues to be challenged with a slow economic recovery even with improved public health metrics in the U.S. and medical advancements, especially in the business and international travel segments.

The Biden administration can help to normalize travel conditions in their April 18 framework by repealing both the pre-departure testing requirement for vaccinated international inbound air travellers and the federal mask mandate.


On February 25, when new guidance was issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that relaxes many COVID-era policies—including indoor mask wearing—the U.S. Travel Association, the American Hotel and Lodging Association, Airlines for America, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce appealed in a letter to White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients to replace pandemic-era travel advisories, requirements and restrictions with endemic-focused policies that enable travel to resume fully and safely and the American economy to accelerate its recovery.




The recommendations to restore travel included:

Removing the pre-departure testing requirement for all fully vaccinated inbound international arrivals.

Repealing the federal mask mandate for public transportation networks or provide a clear roadmap to remove the mask mandate within 90 days.


Ending “Avoid Travel” advisories and the use of travel bans.

Working with other countries to normalize travel conditions and entry requirements.


Developing by June 1, benchmarks and timelines for a pathway to the new normal that repeals pandemic-focused travel restrictions.










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