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U.S. travel industry, airlines urge end to predeparture COVID-19 testing rule

WASHINGTON, May 5 (Reuters) - Major airlines, business and travel groups and other companies urged the White House on Thursday to abandon COVID-19 pre-departure testing requirements for vaccinated international passengers traveling to the United States.

"Given the slow economic recovery of the business and international travel sectors, and in light of medical advancements and the improved public health metrics in the U.S., we encourage you to immediately remove the inbound testing requirement for vaccinated air travelers," said the letter signed by American Airlines (AAL), Carnival Corp (CCL), Marriott International (MAR), Walt Disney Co's (DIS) Disney Parks, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Travel Association and others. (Reporting by David Shepardson, Editing by Franklin Paul)

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