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Statement from USTOA on U.S. Lifting Pre-Departure COVID-19 Testing

Published Jun 10, 2022 12:00AM


STATEMENT FROM USTOA ON U.S. LIFTING PRE-DEPARTURE COVID-19 TESTING


NEW YORK (June 10, 2022) – Terry Dale, president & CEO of the United States Tour Operators Association, released the following statement:

“USTOA applauds the Administration’s announcement lifting its requirement for pre-departure COVID-19 testing. The pre-departure testing requirement for international air travelers has depressed a significant amount of travel to the U.S. and hasn’t provided any meaningful benefit to public health for some time. Removing the pre-departure testing requirement will incentivize vaccination, increase demand for international travel to and from the U.S., and better align passenger aviation entry requirements with those at U.S. land border points of entry and other major travel-trade partners abroad. USTOA remains committed to working with the Administration to ensure a safe, expeditious reopening of international travel.”

Dale added that the long-awaited announcement is particularly timely as USTOA plans to bring a delegation of members to Washington, D.C., for its Annual Congressional Caucus on June 14 and 15.

About USTOA:   

Representing nearly $19 billion in revenue, the member companies of U.S. Tour Operators Association provide tours, packages and custom arrangements that allow 9.8 million travelers annually unparalleled access, insider knowledge, peace-of-mind, value, and freedom to enjoy destinations and experiences across the entire globe. Each member company has met the travel industry’s highest standards, including participation in the USTOA’s Travelers Assistance Program, which protects consumer payments up to $1 million if the company goes out of business.  As a voice for the tour operator industry for 50 years, USTOA also provides education and assistance for consumers and travel agents. 

Contact: 

Gina Dolecki/Alice Phillips              

Redpoint 

212-229-0119 

dolecki@redpointmarketingpr.com/phillips@redpointmarketingpr.com


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