Rosen Applauds CDC Dropping COVID Testing Requirement for International Travelers

Action Follows Letter from Senator Rosen and the Nevada Delegation Asking the Biden Administration to Repeal this Requirement, Rosen-Led Hearing on Reviving International Travel

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Chair of the Commerce Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion, applauded news that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suspended the COVID testing requirement for inbound international travelers. This action follows a bipartisan letter from Senator Rosen and the Nevada congressional delegation to President Biden urging him to support Nevada’s travel and tourism economy by suspending the testing requirement for fully vaccinated international travelers.

“International travel and tourism are key drivers of Nevada’s economy, and the inbound testing requirement was the biggest barrier to a full recovery for the industry,” said Senator Rosen. “Exempting fully vaccinated travelers from inbound testing will bring the U.S. in line with the rest of the world, and I’m glad the Biden Administration has heeded our call to help speed the recovery of this key economic sector.”

Earlier this week, Senator Rosen chaired a hearing in the Senate Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion examining ways to revive international travel and increase visitor volume. In the hearing, the U.S. Travel Association estimated that if the United States were to repeal the pre-departure testing requirement for international travelers, $9 billion in travel spending could happen this year. Witnesses from the Global Business Travel Alliance and Miami International Airport both echoed support for lifting the inbound testing requirement.