Transatlantic travel bans and restrictions have significantly affected business and tourism in the UK. As governments work to contain the virus, people wishing to travel to the US from the UK must always stay updated because things may change instantly.
We have adopted the ‘traffic light’ system, which places the UK in the umber zone. This means that people travelling to the US from the UK can do so if they meet specific eligibility criteria. Such information is freely accessible on travel websites such as www.estaform.org.
EU people, including UK visitors, have been denied entry to the United States. However, EU ambassadors and commissioners have made some scathing statements this week, continuing to put pressure on President Biden’s government to open up the country. The White House, on the other hand, is firm in its opposition.
MargaritisSchinas, Vice President of the European Commission, has cancelled a scheduled conference trip to the United States protesting the closed borders. “I cancelled my planned trip to the United States next week because I do not believe the absence of reciprocity on travel regulations is fair,” Commissioner Schinas stated. It’s also contradictory because Europe is the world’s most immunized continent.”
Where It Began
In March 2020, Donald Trump implemented a restriction that prevents most non-Americans who have visited the United Kingdom from entering the US. And early in his presidency, Vice President Joe Biden extended the policy. People from China, India, South Africa, Iran, and Brazil are also barred from entering the United States.
However, people from the United States are permitted to visit the United Kingdom since it is on the amber list. The UK government has extended the condition on fully vaccinated travellers travelling from amber list nations, according to the second Global Travel Taskforce checkpoint evaluation issued on July 29, 2021. This covers European residents who were vaccinated in Europe and US residents who were vaccinated in the United States.
Even though the EU lifted travel restrictions for Americans in June, the US has kept its non-essential travel ban since March 2020. However, since late June, the daily average for COVID-related hospitalizations in the United States has gone beyond 100,000 for the first time since last winter. In response to the growing number of cases, the European Union proposes reimposing a restriction on non-essential travel from the United States.
Progress So Far
The Biden administration has stepped up its attempts to improve immunization efforts after the complete approval of the Pfizer vaccine by the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) last week. If travel between the UK and the US is ever to resume, the CDC should accept the Oxford-made AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
In June, the White House announced the formation of working groups to determine when the US may reopen the borders with the UK, Canada, Mexico, and the European Union. The US has made it clear that any regulation would require international passengers to get vaccinated before entering the United States. Until then, UK tourists will just have to wait and see.