America has eased travel restrictions for many countries but not the UK. Airlines are now calling for a transatlantic corridor as the number of Britons vaccinated grows. UK businesses are estimated to be losing £23m every day that trans-Atlantic trade links remain closed.
The US updated its travel advice on Monday which saw countries including Spain, France and Italy moved to Level 3, which means fully-vaccinated passengers may visit these countries.
Travellers from the US can visit the UK but must self-isolate and because the US is on the UK’s amber list American visitors most self-isolate for 10 days on arrival.
A Presidential decree issued March 2020 means non-US citizens who have been in the UK in the last 14 days cannot enter the country unless a specific exemption applies.
The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said the new rules “better differentiate countries with severe outbreak situations from countries with sustained, but controlled, Covid-19 spread.”
The new level 4 “avoid all travel” recommendation has moved from 100 cases per 100,000 to 500 cases per 100,000.
The new recommendations come as airlines that offer UK-US flights issued a joint call for a trans-Atlantic travel corridor on Monday.
“There is no reason for the US to be absent from the UK green list. This overly cautious approach fails to reap the benefits of the successful vaccination programmes in both the UK and the US,” said Shai Weiss, the boss of https://www.virgin.com/Virgin Atlantic.
“Customers, families and businesses need to book and travel with confidence. After 15 months of restrictions, the time to act is now,” he added.
John Holland-Kaye, chief executive of Heathrow Airport, said, “Connectivity between the UK and the US is one of the great engines of the global economy.
“The scientific data shows transatlantic travel and trade can be reopened safely and every day that policymakers delay puts jobs, livelihoods and the economic chances of hardworking folks across our countries at risk unnecessarily,” he added.
UK businesses are estimated to be losing £23m every day that trans-Atlantic trade links remain closed.
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