ASTA asks CDC to lift readmission rules for travel to Europe: Travel Weekly

ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby said he applauds the news that the European Union (EU) plans to reopen to fully vaccinated US travelers this summer and noted that the Company is now asking the CDC to exempt travelers returning from the EU from having to provide a negative Covid-19 test.

Current CDC guidelines require all international travelers to provide a negative test before entering the United States

“This will help the travel industry make the most of this development while protecting public health and reducing the risk that Americans will be stranded abroad at their own expense,” Kerby said in a statement.

He also encouraged the CDC to continue work on systems that will establish the result of a traveler’s vaccination, immunity or negative test to further facilitate return from travel.

ASTA has also expressed concern about the State Department’s recent change in the way it issues travel warnings and the confusion this could cause when paired with other recent announcements, such as people fully vaccinated and able to travel safely within the country.

Zane Kerby

Last week, the State Department aligned its travel advisories more closely with the CDC, meaning that a “significant number” of countries are classified as Level 4, or “Do Not Travel,” the ASTA.

“ASTA remains an advocate for developing a risk-based and data-based roadmap to restore international travel,” the Company said in a statement. “The government has historically used general risk indicators to inform its warnings. We believe the State Department needs to be more specific when it comes to making decisions about travel warnings.”

ASTA said it would, however, continue to direct travelers to the State Department and CDC as resources to determine their own level of risk tolerance for travel.

The Society told members it understood the confusion created when conflicting messages occurred, citing recent guidelines for fully vaccinated people, and said it had requested a meeting with the State Department to discuss its concerns.

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