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CDC stops short of requiring testing for domestic air travel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had been considering extending its coronavirus testing requirement for passengers on international flights inbound to the United States to passengers on all domestic flights, but the center decided against such a move for the time being, according to news reports.

The decision to not require testing for domestic air travel came after the aviation industry met on a call with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to discuss the idea.

Several news outlets reported the CDC saying that “at this time, CDC is not recommending required point of departure testing for domestic travel. As part of our close monitoring of the pandemic, in particular the continued spread of variants, we will continue to review public health options for containing and mitigating spread of COVID-19 in the travel space.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said February 12 that “reports that there is an intention to put in place new requirements, such as testing, are not accurate” regarding domestic air travel.

AOPA participated in the February 10 call with Buttigieg, explaining that a mandate would not be practical or necessary for domestic general aviation flights.

In addition, AOPA and 22 other aviation and travel organizations authored a background paper about the negative consequences a domestic mandate would have on the country. That paper was sent to Congress and government officials.

AOPA continues to be in close contact with federal agencies regarding coronavirus-related travel restrictions, advocating on pilots’ behalf.

Alyssa J. Miller

Alyssa J. Cobb

AOPA Senior Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor
AOPA Senior Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Cobb began working at AOPA in 2004, is a flight instructor, and loves flying her Cessna 170B with her husband and son. Alyssa is also co-host of AOPA Live This Week.
Topics: Advocacy, Travel, US Travel

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