WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) joined Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Representatives Dina Titus (D-NV), Mark Amodei (R-NV), Steven Horsford (D-NV), and Susie Lee (D-NV) in sending a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to support Nevada’s travel and tourism economy by suspending the coronavirus testing requirement for fully vaccinated inbound international travelers.
“We proudly represent the state of Nevada, where travel and tourism are a key driver of jobs and economic activity, and we write today to respectfully insist you consider additional ways to enhance and support the recovery of the travel, hospitality, and events industries,” the lawmakers wrote.
They continued by urging the Administration to exempt fully vaccinated travelers from the federal order requiring proof of a negative coronavirus for all air passengers arriving from a foreign country. Many countries in Europe, Latina America, and South Asia have already dropped this requirement given the high efficacy of vaccines and uncertainty surrounding false positive tests.
“Our constituents who work in the travel industry tell us that the inbound testing order remains the single biggest barrier to the full recovery of the international travel system on which so many rely for their livelihoods. . . ,” the lawmakers continued. “While it will take more time for the industry to be fully restored, we believe that exempting fully vaccinated travelers from the inbound testing order will help speed the recovery of a sector so critical to the broader U.S. economy.”
The lawmakers also encouraged the Biden Administration to work with travel and tourism industry leaders to increase inbound international travel to the U.S.
The full text of the letter can be found here.