Following an 18-month travel ban, the US is finally lifting the travel ban on UK and EU arrivals from November.
The new rules mean that fully vaccinated British travelers will be able to go on holiday to America once again after an announcement last month.
Following the removal of the UK traffic light system, the easing of US restrictions was welcome news for both the travel industry and tourists: this is exactly what we know when the rules come into force. .
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On what date will the ban on travel to the United States end?
After weeks of speculation, the US government has finally confirmed that the travel ban on arrivals in the UK will be lifted on Monday 8 November.
This will be too late for families to take a mid-term vacation in the United States, but it means the British can travel to the US in time for Christmas and the New Year.
The White House said: “Today, the Biden administration announces that its new travel policy requiring vaccination for foreign travelers to the United States will begin on November 8.”
Initially, White House Covid-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said only “early November” when he announced the easing of restrictions on Sept. 20.
In the following weeks, a “senior UK government source” quoted by The Independent said “your guess is as good as mine” regarding a date, adding: “We haven’t been told anything about the data.
“The White House is in charge of politics and it’s very difficult to find out what’s going on.”
Despite the lack of solid information, travelers initially expected the changes to arrive earlier this month, after Boris Johnson indicated at a news conference in New York that travel would resume in “late October.”
The prime minister said travelers “could get there on Thanksgiving Day [Thursday 25 November] “That’s a great thing.”
He added: “We did it faster than we expected, but that’s thanks to the hard work of our teams.”
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What will be the new US travel rules?
So far, only U.S. citizens, their immediate families, green card holders, and those with national interest exemptions can travel to the U.S. if they have been in the UK or EU for the previous 14 days.
However, this will now change as part of a broader revision of US travel rules, with access to fully vaccinated people from the UK and the EU. People who have not received both doses of the Covid vaccine will still be banned.
Zients said all foreign visitors will have to prove a vaccination test, as well as a test of a negative test done the previous three days, with airlines required to collect contact information from international travelers so they can be located if necessary. .
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen for Johnson & Johnson vaccines, but has not approved the Oxford / AstraZeneca jab.
However, those who have received the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine are expected to be able to enter, as it has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UK Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). .
Asked if Oxford / AstraZeneca would be accepted by the US, the prime minister’s spokesman said: “I have no indication that it is not.
“I am confident that every vaccine we have used, any vaccine received in the UK and approved by the NHS, obviously signed by the MHRA, the WHO will be applicable.”
The UK traffic light system ended on October 4, with the United States one of the countries on the UK’s “low-risk” list that includes most nations in the world in the new two-category system.
Fully vaccinated arrivals from these countries should not be quarantined upon return, while Covid testing protocols have been significantly streamlined.