U.S. Travel Association Urges White House to Lift COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Including Mask Mandate by April 18

The U.S. Travel Association is urging the White House to lift COVID-19 travel restrictions, including mask mandates on airplanes and other transit.

The association sent a letter to Dr. Ashish Jha, the incoming White House COVID-19 response coordinator. They called for the immediate end to pre-departure testing requirements for fully vaccinated international visitors. They called for the end of the mask mandate by April 18 — the most recent extension of the mask requirement — or a plan and timeline to repeal the mask mandate within 90 days.

U.S. Travel Chief Executive Roger Dow wrote, “It makes little sense to keep the pre-departure testing requirement in place for inbound air travelers when the U.S. government does not require negative tests at U.S-Canada and U.S.-Mexico land border points of entry.”

They would also like the Biden Administration to avoid future travel bans from specific countries and for the CDC to end “avoid travel” advisories for fully vaccinated individuals.

Because of the travel restrictions, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort guests are currently required to wear masks on enclosed transportation, including Monorails and buses. Masks are optional on the Disney Skyliner.

Mask mandates for outdoor spaces ended last spring at both resorts, while mandatory indoor masking ended in February.

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