TRAVEL INDUSTRY LEADERS are continuing their press of federal officials and the Biden Administration to end pre-departure testing for COVID-19 by vaccinated
international air travelers bound for the U.S. This time they went directly to the White House.

On May 24, representatives from the U.S. Travel Association and Airlines for America met at the White House to make their case that pre-departure testing is no
longer required at this stage in the pandemic. USTA and other organizations have been lobbying the White House persistently for the past few months to take the
step, and in May they sent a letter to White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha saying the requirement is discouraging international travelers.

Roger Dow, USTA president and CEO, reiterated that point after last week’s meeting.