COVID-19: US to relax travel rules for vaccinated passengers from UK and EU | US News

Vaccinated passengers will be able to enter the United States from the United Kingdom and the EU from November, ending nearly two years of travel restrictions linked to coronaviruses.

The new rules are part of broader policy changes for international travel and will apply to people who are fully bitten – that is, those who have received two doses of a COVID-19[female[feminine vaccine.

All foreign travelers to the United States will be required to show proof of vaccination before boarding a flight, as well as proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the three days prior to the flight.

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It ends an 18-month patchwork of travel restrictions imposed by former President Donald Trump at the start of the pandemic.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was delighted that President Joe Biden “is restoring transatlantic travel”.

He added: “It’s a tremendous boost for business and commerce, and it’s great that family and friends on both sides of the pond can come together again.”

Speaking in New York City, Boris Johnson was asked by Sky Political Editor Beth Rigby about her previous comments that we shouldn’t ‘hold our breath’ on lifting the travel ban to the United States – suggesting that he was not expecting the announcement.

When asked if he was surprised by the US president acting unilaterally, Mr Johnson insisted: “We did it faster than expected.”

And back in the UK speaking in the House of Commons, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “In 2020 the only weapon we have to tackle the spread of COVID was simply to keep people apart. “

But as “one of the most vaccinated countries in the world”, with more than eight in ten people now vaccinated, he said: “We must use this to our advantage to restore freedoms that have been by necessity lost in the world. in the past 18 months. “

He continued: “Vaccinated Britons will be able to travel to the United States from the beginning of November, in exchange for the policy we introduced this summer and this is a testament to the hard work and progress of the expert task force that has been put in place. at the G7 to restart the transatlantic. travel. “

Vaccines, he said, “mean that the focus can now be on an individual’s status instead.”

New Foreign Secretary Liz Truss tweeted: “Great news for travelers from the UK to the US. Important to our economic recovery, our families and our commerce.”

British Ambassador to the United States Karen Pierce said: “We are grateful that the United States has recognized the progress the United Kingdom has made against COVID-19, including high vaccination rates and the decline cases.

“The move means more Britons can reunite with their loved ones in the United States, more British holidaymakers can spend their hard-earned pounds on the US tourism sector, and more business activity can boost both of our economies.”

In contrast, President Biden is tightening the rules for unvaccinated U.S. citizens, who must now be tested within one day of leaving the United States as well as upon their return.

People who are fully vaccinated will not need to self-quarantine.

Airlines will be required to collect contact tracing information – including phone numbers and email addresses – from international travelers.

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George Eustice has warned that lifting travel restrictions too quickly could result in England returning to full lockdown

And Mr. Biden has also extended restrictions along his land borders with Canada and Mexico that prevent non-essential travel by foreigners. The rules will continue for another month, although Canada has allowed fully vaccinated U.S. visitors since early August.

Following the announcements, internet searches for UK-US flights from November exploded, with British Airways Holidays claiming to see an almost 700% increase in searches to key destinations including New York, Orlando, Las Vegas, Miami, Los Angeles and Boston.

Companies that depend on international travel have seen their shares increase. Aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce saw its shares climb 5%, while SSP, whose brands such as Upper Crust and Ritazza operate in transportation hubs, rose 6%.

In Europe, Air-France, KLM and Lufthansa also benefited from a rebound in the share price.

And easyJet, while not a transatlantic aviation player, nonetheless recorded significant gains, jumping 9%.

British Airways CEO Sean Doyle said it was a “historic moment”.

“Our customers must now feel that the world is opening up to them and they can book their trips with complete peace of mind,” he added.

The changes only affect air travel, with the ordinance restricting land travel from Canada and Mexico still in effect and revised monthly.

Announcing the new US travel policy, White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said, “This is based on individuals rather than a country approach, so it’s a stronger system.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will decide which vaccines are acceptable in the U.S. system and whether those not approved in America could be used, he added.

Under the previous policy, only US citizens, their immediate family, or green card holders could enter the US from the UK or the EU.

However, the US government had the power to grant national interest exemptions to allow people to travel.

US President Joe Biden makes remarks to promote his infrastructure spending proposals during a visit to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado
Joe Biden will also tighten testing rules for unvaccinated Americans

The United States has also banned travel for anyone who has been in China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa or India 14 days before arriving in the country.

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