The amendment was made against the background of geopolitical tensions related to Ukraine.

The U.S. Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has abolished the requirement for American citizens to take a coronavirus test when returning from Russia and Belarus. This was reported on the website of the Central Committee.

The medical regulator amended the decree dated December 2, 2021, according to which all visitors to the United States were required to provide a negative test result for coronavirus before departure. The innovation allows citizens, residents and holders of an immigrant visa to the United States to “travel from Belarus and Russia to the United States without a preliminary COVID-19 test.”

As explained in the statement of the Central Committee, the amendment was made against the background of “geopolitical tensions related to Ukraine.” Earlier, the Department of State supplemented the recommendations to Americans to refrain from traveling to Russia and Belarus, as well as to leave these countries, mentioning that a Russian military operation is being conducted in Ukraine.