USA to drop remaining Covid vaccine rules for tourists ahead of summer

Unvaccinated Brits will be able to visit America on holiday for the first time since Covid restrictions came into force.

While the United States opened its borders to foreign nationals in November 8 2021, those travelling to the nation still had to be fully vaccinated and show proof of a negative Covid-19 test.

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Last year it eased restrictions for vaccinated Brits who were no longer required to show proof of a negative Covid test.

But, those who had not got their jabs were still left unable to travel to the US for a holiday or business.

As of Friday, May 12, Brits will no longer need to demonstrate to airlines that they have had any Covid vaccinations.

That means holidaymakers can now head back to Walt Disney World Orlando, New York or California for their dream trip.

The rule change comes as America’s “Covid-19 public health emergency” officially ends.

The White House – under Donald Trump and then Joe Biden – kept the vaccination requirement in place to “slow the spread of new variants entering the country and to allow our healthcare system time to effectively manage access to care if faced with an increase in cases and hospitalisations”.

Airlines and holidaymakers alike have already been welcoming the news of the relaxed rules.

A spokesperson for Virgin Atlantic, which operates a number of direct flights between the UK and USA, said: "The relaxation of the vaccination requirement for foreign nationals removes barriers for frictionless travel to the USA, our heartland for nearly 40 years.

"It will give a boost to transatlantic customer demand as a busy summer approaches. Virgin Atlantic has now resumed services to all of its 12 transatlantic destinations, including new routes to Austin and Tampa and longstanding favourites New York, Orlando and Los Angeles, with a premium, personalised experience onboard and at the airport, delivered by our amazing people."

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