The US Travel Association has backed a bill to end the requirement for international visitors to give proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

“We have long supported the removal of this requirement and see no reason to wait until the May expiration of the public health emergency, particularly as potential visitors are planning spring and summer travel. Every day this policy remains in place encourages some travellers to avoid the US, costing us valuable visitor spending and delaying our efforts to reignite inbound travel,” said Tori Emerson Barnes, executive vice president of public Affairs and policy

“The US is the only country that still has this requirement for international visitors when there is no longer any public health justification. We thank the bill’s sponsors for their efforts to remove this outdated, Covid-era policy and normalise inbound travel operations,” she added.

The bill, which has been proposed in the US Congress, follows the recent rescinding of the vaccine mandate for members of the US military, including pilots.