GVB seeks clarification on new Biden travel rules

Guam Visitors Bureau (PNC graphic by Ricky De Guzman)

The Guam Visitor Bureau is seeking clarification from the federal government regarding the new travel rules implemented by the Biden administration.

The Biden administration has approved new travel guidelines that would require proof of a negative COVID-19 test within one day of flying into the U.S., including for vaccinated people. Previously, those who are fully vaccinated may present a test taken within three days of boarding.

However, Guam has recently been taken off the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID high-risk travel category and Guam is now classified as a domestic destination.

GVB President Carl Gutierrez said they are asking Adelup to see if they can get more details about this matter and to see if Guam can set up its own visitor arrival testing protocol because of its new status as a domestic travel zone.

“We want to see whether we can lessen the edict that came up from Biden and all those other things that they put in. Do they pertain to Guam as well and the territories? Because the way I’m reading it is that we can really take that extra step and just do our own thing here,” Gutierrez said.

It has been feared that the new travel rules might adversely affect the island’s tourism industry which has still to recover from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In particular, the new rule requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test within one day of flying into the U.S. could prove to be a disincentive for visiting Guam.