After a long and harrowing journey through a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, the world is beginning to look like normal again.
The COVID-19 crisis was ostensibly frightening in the early days, with fears of ill health and economic ruin running roughshod over the global system in tandem.
But now, two years and some change later, the international community is reemerging, and the latest sign of the times comes to us from the White House’s decision regarding international travel.
The Biden administration will drop the Covid-19 testing requirement for inbound air travelers from abroad on Sunday, ending one of the longest-running travel restrictions of the pandemic.
The rule, put in place by the Trump administration in early 2021 and later tightened by the Biden administration, most recently required inbound travelers, including U.S. citizens, to show proof of a negative Covid test a day before boarding U.S.-bound flights. Travelers entering the U.S. at land border crossings were exempt.
The team was wasting no time.
The change takes effect at 12:01 a.m. ET on Sunday.
The airline industry had repeatedly pushed the White House for such a change, hoping to spur what many believed would be an economic recovery of epic proportions, that has instead been hampered by out-of-control inflation in the US and an ugly pretext to WWIII on the eastern edges of the European continent.