International travel will soon be back on the agenda.
As of May 17, the tourism industry was granted official permission to restart under the “traffic light” system, from England at least, with countries being designated either green, amber, or red.
The “green list” is expected to be issued in early May, with only a few countries listed on it.
The United States has been out of restrictions for more than a year to travelers from the United Kingdom, as presidential announcements largely closed the borders to the British.
But now pressure is mounting to travel to open up between the two countries.
On May 4, a group of airlines, airports and business groups from both sides of the Atlantic called for the complete reopening of air travel between the two countries “as soon as possible safely,” according to Reuters.
Here’s what you need to know about traveling between the UK and the US this summer.
How important is travel between the UK and the US?
The market is huge. In 2019, nearly 4 million Britons traveled to the United States, according to the British Foreign Office, while 4.5 million visits were made from the United States to the United Kingdom, according to VisitBritain figures.
In the pre-pandemic period, London-New York was one of the busiest international airways in the world (as well as being economically important), with annual passenger numbers of 3 million.
What are the requirements for admission to the United States currently?
A travel ban from the United Kingdom to the United States was imposed on March 16 last year. The Presidential Proclamation of March 14, 2020 banned travelers from the United Kingdom from entering the United States because their presence “threatens the security of our transportation system, our infrastructure, and national security.”
It prohibits unnecessary holidays, business trips, or family trips to the United States. The main exception is: “Any foreigner whose entry is in the national interest.”
According to the advice of the British Foreign Office, British citizens who have been in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Schengen Area, Iran, Brazil, China and South Africa in the past 14 days will not be permitted entry.
Anyone arriving from another location will be subject to the usual entry rules: either with a visa or with an Esta visa waiver.
These rules do not apply to US citizens and permanent residents of the United States, as well as close family members and other limited visa holders.
However, these rules currently have limited effect, given that vacationers from the UK are banned from traveling abroad for leisure until May 17 at the earliest.
Will the United States be on the green list?
Various factors dictate a country entering the UK’s Green List: countries must come out with vaccines; Have low levels of any viral variants of concern; And they have low infection rates. Combined, the country should pose a low risk of Covid being re-imported into the UK.
As of May 3, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention, 44.4 percent of the population was given a single dose of the vaccine. More than 147 million people took at least one hit, which would make it an attractive proposition for the Green List.
Travel experts believe the United States will enter the green list by July. Paul Charles, travel advisor and founder of PC agency, predicts that the US “will go green before July 4, Independence Day, as Biden reopens the border to the British as part of a reciprocal deal.”
When will the travel ban be lifted?
Transportation Secretary Grant Shaps confirmed at a ConservativeHome event in April that he is in talks with his US counterpart, Pete Buttigieg, about easing travel restrictions between the UK and the US.
While talks are ongoing and there is growing pressure from the travel industry to reopen air links, no specific timetable has been set.
Can Americans travel to the United Kingdom?
In April, the CDC warned Americans against traveling to the UK, along with 149 other countries, in a comprehensive update. However, this is not a legal requirement, and it is only guidance.
In April, the European Union said it welcomes fully vaccinated Americans this summer.
In an interview published in New York timesUrsula von der Leyen said she believes that “freedom of movement” from the United States to European Union countries will be possible in the coming months.
“Americans, as far as I can see, are using vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency,” von der Leyen told the newspaper. This will enable freedom of movement and travel to the European Union. “
However, these rules do not apply to the United Kingdom.
All travelers from the US to the UK must submit a negative Covid test at the border and self-isolate at home for 10 days. They should also submit a negative PCR test that was done on days 2 and 8. These rules will last from May 17 if the United States is initially classified as amber, as expected, under the new UK traffic light system.