Officers in the USA have confirmed Covid-19-related journey restrictions will probably be lifted for travellers from the European Union, United Kingdom and elsewhere from November.
From November, international travellers will probably be allowed to fly into the US if they’re fully-vaccinated, and endure testing and get in touch with tracing.
The vacation spot has had robust restrictions on journey in place since early final yr and the outbreak of the pandemic.
White Home Covid-19 coordinator, Jeff Zients, introduced the brand new guidelines, and stated: “That is based mostly on people quite than a country-based method, so it’s a stronger system.
“Most significantly, international nationals flying to the US will probably be required to be totally vaccinated.”
US restrictions have been initially imposed on travellers from China in early 2020, after which prolonged to different international locations.
The present guidelines bar entry to most non-US residents who’ve been within the UK and quite a lot of different European international locations, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil throughout the final 14 days.
Beneath the brand new guidelines, international travellers might want to exhibit proof of vaccination earlier than flying, acquire a detrimental Covid-19 check consequence inside three days of travelling, and supply their contact data.
They won’t be required to quarantine.
Officers stated there can be some exceptions to the brand new coverage, together with for kids who will not be eligible to be vaccinated.
Individuals who will not be totally vaccinated will nonetheless be capable to enter, however they are going to must be examined earlier than their return to the US, and after they arrive residence.
Zients stated the coverage would come into impact in early November, however didn’t give a precise date.
The brand new guidelines don’t apply to land borders, which means that restrictions proceed to use to cross-border journey with Canada and Mexico.
Julia Simpson, World Journey & Tourism Council (WTTC) chief government, welcomed the information.
She stated: “The prospect of the US lifting journey restrictions to revive transatlantic journey between the UK and US is welcome information – not only for hard-pressed airways however for the broader tourism sector, which has been decimated by Covid-19.
“It’s going to lastly allow households to reunite, enterprise travellers to renew face-to-face conferences and for tourism to return for Brits seeking to journey to America.”
Based on WTTC figures, the UK alone represents eight of all inbound journey to the US, accounting for US$40 million per day to the economic system.
Rory Boland, Which? Journey editor, added: “Extra journey opening up because of easing restrictions, each throughout the UK and overseas, will probably be welcome information for each travellers and the trade alike.
“Nonetheless, it’s vital to keep in mind that whereas the pandemic is ongoing, no journey is threat free and restrictions are liable to vary, generally at brief discover, doubtlessly placing your cash in danger.
“Anybody seeking to e book journey to the US as soon as restrictions are lifted ought to nonetheless e book with a supplier with a dependable versatile reserving coverage, or if acceptable, a package deal vacation as these include stronger monetary protections.
“ journey insurance coverage coverage will proceed to be important, and it’s additionally advisable to e book with a bank card to offer your self additional safety.”
Lastly, an ABTA spokesperson stated Christmas in New York was again on.
An announcement defined: “The information that double vaccinated travellers will probably be allowed to journey to the US from the UK from November is nice information for holidaymakers, enterprise travellers and people who have been separated from family and friends for therefore lengthy.
“The USA is by far our hottest long-haul vacation spot and in a traditional yr attracts virtually 5 million guests from the UK.
“The announcement will are available in time to permit folks to, amongst different issues, take the ever-popular Christmas buying journeys to New York and is a really fine addition for the winter sports activities market whose prospects love the prime quality ski resorts.”