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Before coronavirus, nearly four million Brits travelled to the USA each year. The ‘special relationship’ between the two countries has become a long-distanced one, as travel has been halted for almost 18 months. So, when will the US borders open to UK travellers?
Can British travellers enter the USA?
Since March 2020, the US has closed its borders to travellers who have been in the UK within the last 14 days.
The UK is on the USA’s ‘red list’ of countries, meaning it is not possible for British people to travel from the UK to the USA.
The UK Government website says: “It is not possible for most British nationals to enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, China, South Africa or India within the previous 14 days.”
There are exceptions for US citizens and those who hold special passport permissions, such as UN staff and diplomats.
When will the USA lift the travel ban for the UK?
The last update from US president Joe Biden was on the 26th July, when his spokesperson confirmed that the US would maintain its ban on admitting travellers from many countries, including the EU, the UK and China, in order to avoid the spread of the Delta variant.
At the G7 summit in June, held in Cornwall, a transatlantic travel taskforce explored how and when travel could be reopened between the USA and UK.
No official statement has been made yet on when travel between the two countries may reopen.
Virgin Atlantic have said they are “hopeful” that UK-US travel will be able to resume in September.
In the last month, Covid cases have increased across the USA, with over 140,000 cases being reported daily in August.
Can you travel from the USA to the UK?
The USA is on the UK’s amber list for travel, meaning you’ll need to quarantine for 10 days at home after your arrival.
Before travelling, you’ll need to take a Covid PCR test within three days of leaving, and you’ll need to complete a passenger locator form.
Once you’ve arrived in the UK, you’re required to take two separate Covid tests – one on Day 2, and one on Day 8.
Anybody that’s double vaccinated will be able to skip quarantine, however. The Day 2 test will still be required.
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What are the US entry requirements?
For travellers from countries that are not currently under the US travel ban, restrictions still apply on entering the country.
Passengers arriving in the USA have to show a negative PCR or antigen test taken within the last 72 hours.
Unvaccinated travellers are required to quarantine for at least seven days after arriving in the USA. They also have to be tested for Covid between day three and day five of quarantine.
Travellers who’ve had an FDA-approved vaccine don’t have to quarantine, but are still required to take a test.
When is the next update to the amber list?
The UK Government is expected to make a statement updating the current traffic light system of travel restrictions this week.
However, in the case of travel between the USA and UK, travellers will have to wait for the USA to lift the travel ban on passengers from the UK.
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