Over lockdown, many have been hopeful that travel to and from the US would be permitted once again. Talk of a “travel corridor” between the two nations have circulated for some time. But now several reports have suggested the Government will allow fully vaccinated people from the EU and the US to visit England without needing to self-isolate.
At the moment, the US border is closed to travellers from several countries, including the UK.
The US is also included on England’s amber travel list, which means people visiting from the US are required to self-isolate when they visit England.
Changes were recently introduced dropping the requirement for people to self-isolate when returning to England after visiting amber list countries, provided travellers are fully vaccinated.
But this change did not apply to people vaccinated outside of the UK, meaning that fully vaccinated Americans would not be able to skip self-isolation.
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The news that US and EU citizens may soon be able to visit the UK with self-isolating will undoubtedly be a relief for many people who have not seen relatives and friends for well over a year.
The travel industry and experts have long been calling for the Government to open up more travel options to Brits.
As per the BBC, travel expert Simon Calder said: “At the moment we’re in this slightly ridiculous situation where if I’m on a plane from Spain, because I’m lucky enough to have had two jabs, once we get to the UK I just wander off, no problem.
“But the person sitting next to me, who happens to have had their vaccinations in Spain, not in the UK, has to go and sit in a room for 10 days. Doesn’t make sense.”