USA & The UK to Open Travel
US & UK Expected To Open For Travel Air Bridge Discussions On The Table Between New York And UK
US and UK “in talks over quarantine-free air bridge between London and New York”
Currently, people based in the UK are restricted to travel to the US and vice versa.
However, it is being reported that quarantine-free travel between London and New York is being discussed by UK and US officials under plans for a transatlantic “air bridge”.
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0:00 – USA & The UK to Open Travel
0:20 – US & UK Expected To Open For Travel Air Bridge Discussions On The Table Between New York And UK
Certain categories of travellers are permitted to travel to the US.
If you don’t currently have one of those exemptions or do not fit into the limited types of travellers allowed, if you wanted to travel from the UK to the US, you will have to do so through another country and by waiting for 14 days.
On the other hand, although there is no restriction for travellers from the US to travel to the UK, those who fly into the UK from the US are subject to quarantine rules and have to self-isolate for two weeks.
There are discussions going on at a very senior level around opening up London and New York, Telegraph source
They are at a very early stage but it is vital to get business going with a major trading partner especially as we near Brexit.
The US has the most coronavirus cases and deaths of any country in the world.
With New York once being the epicentre of the USUSUS outbreak of coronavirus, it now has the lowest rate of infections in the US.
01:17 – UK officials urge ministers to relax US travel restrictions
The argument is that the blanket enforcement of quarantine measures risks harming UK business interests.
The Prime Minister’s office has so far resisted the changes and the arguments.
It has focussed on trying to keep the virus under control.
Furthermore, it is thought that if the quarantine measures are changed for the US to allow travel from regions like New York, the UK will have to do the same for Europe.
This will be a difficult change in tactic as the UK has so far resisted any calls to quarantine travel from certain parts of countries.
As an example, Spain has been lobbying the UK government not to have quarantined the whole country, as the islands did not show any increase in numbers.
Exceptions being considered were some island groups, like the Portuguese island of Madeira or the Spanish Canary Islands or Balearics might be exempt, but ministers are cautious about even following that route.
02:57 – New York UK Air Bridge
But the disruption of trade and travel between Britain and the US, which is particularly lucrative between London and New York, remains a source of contention inside the British government.
Last year, there were more than 14,000 flights between New York’s JFK airport and London Heathrow, making it the busiest international long-haul route in the world.
Conversations between governments in other countries on a whole range of issues take place regularly. — Department Of Transport Spokesperson
Public health remains the UK’s top priority and we are committed to tackling this virus while enabling a sustainable and responsible return to international travel.
We keep the data for all countries and territories under constant review, and will not add a country to our travel corridor list unless safe to do so.
03:57 – When Will a UK-New York Air Bridge Be expected?
The UK’s Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps last week indicated that regional variations in the programme could be considered for certain areas with low infection rates, especially islands, citing Spain’s Balearics as an example.
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