Federal transportation mask mandate rescinded

Effective immediately, the Biden administration will no longer enforce a U.S. mask mandate on public transportation after a federal judge in Florida on Monday ruled that the directive was unlawful.  This abruptly terminates the mask mandate extension that had recently been announced by the CDC, scheduled to be valid through May 3.

As a result of this ruling, there are no legal penalties or fines for not wearing a mask on commercial transit or in a public transit terminal. Passengers are still welcome to wear a face-covering if they wish. 

 This updated policy is valid in US airports, on domestic US flights and on select international flights (dependent upon the arrival country’s mask requirements) and includes planes, trains, buses, airports and bus terminals. 

At this time, there have been no changes to pre-departure testing requirements, meaning all incoming international travelers age 2 and older must continue to take/provide a negative COVID-19 test the day prior to travel.