The United States has lifted travel bans on arrivals from the United Kingdom and the EU in order to significantly relax Covid-19 restrictions.
The new rules mean that fully vaccinated British travelers will be able to take another vacation in the United States following an announcement from the Joe Biden administration on Monday, September 20th.
It’s been 18 months since the United States banned most British travelers from entering the country under the rules introduced by Donald Trump and revived by his successor.
The restrictions will be lifted a few days after the UK announces major changes to its traffic light travel system. Everything you need to know is here.
When can I travel from the UK to the US?
The US ban on travelers from the UK was lifted in November 2021 and appears to be at the beginning of the month.
The start date has not been finalized, but Boris Johnson said at a press conference in New York that the trip would resume “at the end of October.”
The prime minister said the traveler “will be able to get there at Thanksgiving. That’s great,” he added, “arriving earlier than expected, thanks to the efforts of the team.”
As Johnson told reporters earlier, the timing of US policy changes was unexpected. “I don’t think I’m going to break that this week.”
How do the new travel restrictions work?
Currently, if you have been in the UK or EU for the last 14 days, only US citizens, their close relatives, green card holders, and national interest waivers can travel to the United States.
But this has changed and is now allowed to enter fully vaccinated people from the UK and EU. People who have not received both Covid vaccines are still banned.
Whitehouse Covid-19 Coordinator Jeff Seiens, who announced the end of the travel ban, said all foreign visitors need to show evidence of vaccination and evidence of negative tests performed in the last three days. Said.
Airlines need to collect contact information from international travelers so that they can be tracked as needed.
This change was made at the beginning of the United Nations General Assembly in New York and is part of a major overhaul of US travel rules.
The United States is currently on the UK’s amber list, but the traffic light system will be deprecated by the time the United States lifts the ban.
Americans will be one of the UK’s “low risk” lists, which make up most of the world’s countries with a new two-category system.
Fully vaccinated arrivals from these countries do not need to be quarantined upon return, but the Covid test protocol has been significantly streamlined.
How has the travel industry reacted?
The relaxation of travel bans will be a big boost for airlines such as British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Heathrow Airport.
The airport ranked 10th from Europe’s busiest airport in 2019, after rivals in cities such as Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt.
Heathrow Airport boss Jon Holland Kay said: “The connectivity between the United States and the United Kingdom is part of the foundation of the world economy. The Prime Minister has won a big victory over the United Kingdom in the world by reopening these links.”
Shawn Doyle, Chief Executive Officer of British Airways, said:
“We are very grateful to the Prime Minister and his government for all the efforts made to secure this agreement with the United States, and it was announced last Friday on the lifting of many travel restrictions. It is based on.”
Virgin Atlantic CEO Shyweiss said the relaxation of restrictions is “a major milestone in resuming large-scale travel, giving consumers and businesses confidence to book trips to the United States. I will do it. “
New Foreign Minister Liz Truss welcomed the “great news” about the relaxation of the US travel ban and said it was “important for economic recovery, family and trade.”
Additional report from Press Association