ASTA: Travel advisors celebrate the end of the incoming test rule

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Published on: Friday, June 10, 2022

American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) President and CEO Zane Kerby issues the following statement in response to reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be lifting the requirement for travelers to test negative for COVID-19 before entering the United States. :

“We are thrilled to see the end of the CDC’s inbound testing rule, which has hampered our industry’s recovery for far too long. Since the beginning of the year, ASTA has been engaged in a multi-level advocacy campaign to make this happen, including direct lobbying of congressional and administration officials, grassroots action and pressure through national and local media. We congratulate the Biden administration for reaching this long overdue milestone and thank ASTA members across the country for their hard work in helping get us across the finish line. Although many challenges remain in terms of rebuilding the travel agency industry, today is a great day. »

Addressing the CDC’s inbound test rule has long been ASTA’s top policy priority. The Society’s advocacy campaign on the issue has included more than 100 congressional meetings, nearly 4,000 grassroots emails to the administration, more than 7,400 letters to the editor through our grassroots portal, and several letters from ASTA and the coalition to administration officials.

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