US authorities have issued their highest warnings yet against travel to the UK because of a rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country.
The US State Department and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have now both raised the UK to ‘level four,’ telling Americans they should avoid travel to the country.
“If you must travel to the United Kingdom, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel,” the CDC said in an advisory, while the State Department said: “Do not travel to the United Kingdom due to Covid-19.”
The US government lowered the UK to a ‘level 3′ advisory rating back in May this year. However, with the recent rise in cases of the virus in the UK, mainly due to the Delta variant, hundreds of thousands of people have been forced into isolation for ten days.
The changes came as the GBTA (Global Business Travel Association) warned that government restrictions on international travel continue to hinder the ability for companies to conduct key business functions.
“There is clearly an appetite to resume non-essential business travel and in-person meetings to promote collaboration, networking and business opportunities. And interestingly, it doesn’t appear that cost savings are necessarily a key driver in waiting to get travellers back out on the road.
“However, government policies and restrictions on international travel continue to hinder progress in pursuing activities so important to conducting business,” said Chief executive Suzanne Neufang.
The UK allows American arrivals but still requires a mandatory ten-day quarantine on arrival- and two Covid tests.
The Biden administration said it was forming expert working groups in June together with the UK, Canada, Mexico and the European Union in a bid to determine how best to restart travel safely after more than a year of restrictions and plunged the industry into historic debt.
Speaking at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week, president Biden said that discussions on when travel restrictions for Europe could be lifted were “in the process now”, adding that he expected to be able to answer “within the next several days what is likely to happen”.
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