US & UK Travel Restrictions Unlikely To End This Summer

US & UK Travel Restrictions Unlikely To End This Summer

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The United States has a variety of travel bans in place, preventing foreigners who have been in select countries from visiting the United States. Countries impacted by these travel bans including Brazil, China, India, the Schengen zone, and the United Kingdom, among others.

There have been a lot of questions about when reciprocal travel between the United States and United Kingdom will be allowed again, especially with the European Union now opening to Americans. According to the latest update, it sounds like we shouldn’t expect the situation with the United Kingdom to change anytime soon.

US plans to leave UK travel restrictions in place

We’ve heard in recent weeks that officials from the United States and United Kingdom are in discussions about possibly lifting border restrictions that are currently in place. This would include the United States allowing those from the United Kingdom to visit (currently there’s a blanket ban on this type of travel), and the United States being placed on the United Kingdom’s “green list” (this would allow Americans to visit without quarantining).

The Financial Times suggests that these talks aren’t going very well. According to unnamed sources, the United States isn’t planning on lifting travel restrictions against the United Kingdom anytime soon, and it’s believed that these talks will be extended into August and even September.

The United States is allegedly not planning on lifting travel restrictions against the United Kingdom for two major reasons:

  • A spike of the Delta variant in the United Kingdom
  • Uncertainty over the status of the AstraZeneca vaccine, especially when it comes to variants

It’s suggested that the United Kingdom is pushing for an agreement much more so than the United States, so in this case it’s the United States preventing anything from changing. Any policy change from the United States is complicated by the number of government organizations that are involved, including the White House, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State Department, and even the Department of Transportation.

The US is unlikely to lift UK travel restrictions anytime soon

UK unlikely to change policy without reciprocity

The United Kingdom could place the United States on its “green list,” meaning that Americans could visit the United Kingdom without quarantining. Technically there’s no need for anything to be reciprocal here. However, this is where politics comes into play:

  • Regardless of the epidemiological situation in the United States, in terms of optics it’s highly unlikely that the United Kingdom would place the United States on its “green list” without the United States lifting its travel ban
  • The United Kingdom’s “green list” remains highly arbitrary and not based on any published metrics, making it all the easier for the United States to be left off the list
The UK likely won’t lift travel restrictions without reciprocity

Bottom line

Many were expecting that we’d see travel restrictions between the United States and United Kingdom lifted any day now, though it seems that’s not the case. Reports suggest that at the absolute earliest it’s going to be late August or September (and possibly later than that) before travel restrictions between the two countries are lifted.

Apparently it’s the United States that’s most hesitant about lifting travel restrictions, due to the Delta variant and concerns over the AstraZeneca vaccine. While the United Kingdom could lift restrictions against Americans without it being reciprocal, that seems unlikely to happen for political reasons.

While minor in the grand scheme of things, I’m curious to see if JetBlue moves forward with launching London flights in August, or if we see the timeline delayed.

Are you surprised how long it’s taking travel restrictions between the United States and United Kingdom to be lifted?

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    1. Steve

      Its like these politicians dont understand science and that variants naturally become weaker as they become more contagious. Its ok to have 70k mostly unvacinated people in the UK soccer stadium today but vaccinated americans arent allowed in, what a joke.

    2. Drew

      Almost 68% of adults have received at least one dose, and 50% are fully vaccinated in the U.K. so I’m sure of the 70k fans. Most would have been vaccinated Steve.

    3. Marco

      Same for America. Packed arenas and fully vaccinated europeans banned.

  1. European

    Besides clearly not being ‘based on science’, this is absolutely devastating for all the Europeans legally living, working and paying US taxes on non-immigrant visas.

    1. Rene

      As I somewhat agree to the restrictions for non essential touristic travel, holders of a long term non immigant visa with a residency in the US should be exempt from entry restrictions just like American citizens and green card holders.

    2. Pierre

      As far as I can read, Ben is ONLY talking about US/UK bans, not about the European Union.

      While I agree that Covid-related travel problems could not be foreseen by the UK when it left the E.U., this is but a side casualty-consequence of their decision to leave.

      Ben, do you have any info about US vs EU restrictions ? The European Union has unilaterally opened its doors, and I see so far nothing about the US reciprocating.

    3. hamiltus

      So far the Atlantic has frustratingly become a one way street where the EU has opened up to Americans to enter whereas the US has effectively told us EU folks "thanks but we're not letting you in so we're having our vacation cake and eating it..."

  2. Jan

    Can the US at least end the test requirement coming back from Europe mainland? I have a flimsy CDC card to prove that it shouldn’t be necessary

    1. EC2

      They won’t because you can still have a mild case just as someone who is unvaccinated. Till they quit obsessing on case numbers they will likely require the test coming back. And yes I know the shot(s) keep you from getting a serious condition, but again the are worried about cases.

    2. Pierre

      Can't you get an app? I realize that there won't be a federal one any time soon and that some States won't issue one out of principle, but some other entities should be able to to create a reliable one...

    3. Icarus

      They can’t in the US as there is no universal healthcare and central body, tens of thousands of providers and privacy issues. It is impossible for the US to have a single app confirming vaccines. As such Americans should not be allowed to travel if countries say two vaccines are sufficient since a flimsy card isn’t official and can be forged.
      Anyhow there are more countries out there than the US

    4. Anthony Parr

      It’s a state responsibility. California has a statewide vaccine registry, not just for Covid vaccine either. You can access your records easily online.

    5. Florian

      All you need is standards and an API to have an app. We are far from having a "central body" in Europe let alone in Germany, vaccines are administered by state-run centers, GPs, specialized doctors, mobile teams, whatever, we have a ton of providers, numerous insurance companies, you name it. And, guess what, there is a European standard on a digital certificate of vaccination. Took a while but any pharmacy can generate it these days. It's possible.

    6. Sara

      Yes that's true but can you imagine the people that families in the U.S and U.K they haven't seen their families in almost 2 years. Phone and video are ok but not the same. While the government is playing around.?

    7. Aileen Martin

      Yes Sara your complete right my son lives in Texas and we have not see him in 2 years we lost our daughter in June 2020 and are heartbroken that we have not see our son also our grandchildren is going to be born in Oct I pray we will be able to travel these are times in our live we will never get back please mr Biden open the USA to fully vaccinated U.K. citizens

    8. Steven Ritchie

      I haven't seen my girlfriend in nearly 16 months.

  3. CHRIS

    I live in a suburb in NY the local European school is devastated by the numbed of non immigrant visas that have left / are leaving. Unable to renew visas / unable to see close ones (including for instance a child that has gone and studied in europe). A complete disaster. There is clearly a political will to make it harder than it needs to be as the political cost of exempting visa holders from...

    I live in a suburb in NY the local European school is devastated by the numbed of non immigrant visas that have left / are leaving. Unable to renew visas / unable to see close ones (including for instance a child that has gone and studied in europe). A complete disaster. There is clearly a political will to make it harder than it needs to be as the political cost of exempting visa holders from the ban is nil (not to mention most americans dont even know there is a ban). In the meantime all my american colleagues are happilly going to Europe for holidays.

  4. That Guy

    Mrs. That Guy is currently jumping through the hoops to fly to London tomorrow with our youngest. They'll be there 3+ weeks. I considered going for a short time, but given all the hoops, decided not.
    Heading to Medellin, CO with our oldest in two weeks. No test required (except to re-enter the US!).

    1. That Guy

      I am here, entirely, to be That Guy.

      You're welcome.

  5. Florian

    Not surprised. This is what happens if a federal government wants to "beat" the virus but has few tools at its disposal. Mask mandate at federal buildings. Vaccine logistics. Entry regulations. So it comes down to "doing something" no matter how useless.

  6. David

    “Any policy change from the United States is complicated by the number of government organizations that are involved, including the White House, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State Department, and even the Department of Transportation.” Even the Department of Transportation?? DOT has been at the forefront of maintaining air services to/from the US throughout the pandemic, despite the misguided and illegal attempts by many foreign governments to restrict or shut it down....

    “Any policy change from the United States is complicated by the number of government organizations that are involved, including the White House, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State Department, and even the Department of Transportation.” Even the Department of Transportation?? DOT has been at the forefront of maintaining air services to/from the US throughout the pandemic, despite the misguided and illegal attempts by many foreign governments to restrict or shut it down. Of course DOT is at the center of these negotiations!

  7. ChrisC

    what is galling is that the US is allowing entry to people from countries with lower vaccinination rates and higher infection rates than exist in some of the countries it is barring entry from.

    1. Florian

      Yeah, because the federal governement is, uhm, "following the science" and taking decisions based on "objective criteria". I heard.

    2. Harper

      That's what's crazy! It's all political, they aren't "following the science"! I wish everyone who is affected by this would make a stand!

  8. Tim Dunn

    There is overwhelming evidence that the Delta variant is not near as deadly or creating symptoms as severe as previous versions of covid and yet the fear-mongering continues. Viruses naturally gravitate to less lethal forms in time and that is happening with the Delta variant. Borders need to be reopened to the vaccinated or quit arguing that everyone needs to be vaccinated. If governments don't trust vaccines to do the job, then quit telling people...

    There is overwhelming evidence that the Delta variant is not near as deadly or creating symptoms as severe as previous versions of covid and yet the fear-mongering continues. Viruses naturally gravitate to less lethal forms in time and that is happening with the Delta variant. Borders need to be reopened to the vaccinated or quit arguing that everyone needs to be vaccinated. If governments don't trust vaccines to do the job, then quit telling people how great they are and that they need them. The vast majority of people worldwide that are dying and in severe condition are unvaccinated.

  9. Joe

    Absolute insanity. It's not hard. Reopen for all vaccinated.

    I'd actually back the UK making a reciprocal policy to the US and actually banning all US->UK travel symbolically the way UK->US travel is currently banned now. Maybe there'd be some push for change then.

  10. KB

    @Pierre: Not looking any better for the rest of Europe when it comes to the US relaxing restrictions:

    "On Friday, June 25, the US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken cut off the hopes of millions that the US could, within days, reciprocate the EU’s move to reopen the borders.

    Commenting on the existing entry ban on EU nationals at a news conference in Paris, Secretary Blinken said that it would be “premature”, and as...

    @Pierre: Not looking any better for the rest of Europe when it comes to the US relaxing restrictions:

    "On Friday, June 25, the US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken cut off the hopes of millions that the US could, within days, reciprocate the EU’s move to reopen the borders.

    Commenting on the existing entry ban on EU nationals at a news conference in Paris, Secretary Blinken said that it would be “premature”, and as such, the US is set to refrain from doing the same, at least for now."

    1. Icarus

      It’s also a mess as there’s no uniformity, for example Poland permits travel from the US now, other ( Schengen) countries don’t. However you can guarantee many people are simply crossing the land borders without any checks.

  11. Ed

    Sorry people, but that is what you get when you vote for deranged politicians. You get deranged policies.

    1. Peter

      Yeah, I agree Trump was and still is deranged.

    2. Harper

      Yeah but Biden keeps it going so what does that make him. At least when Trump started the ban it made sense, we had no vaccines or proper testing.

  12. Icarus

    I had my two vaccines , negative Covid and not been sick in years ( touch wood) , however this is all politics. There’s absolutely no reason why I and millions of others can’t travel. Meanwhile it p— me off to see many bloggers flying around as if nothing is going on. There are a few I know in Instagram and you tube ( not you Ben) , who are away almost every week. Some also appear to be not adhering to quarantine regulations.

    To add : England 2 Germany 0

    1. skimegheath

      But @Icarus - is it coming home????

  13. Creditcrunch

    Although disappointing it was expected, I think here in the UK we are seeing a rise in cases but extremely low deaths and hospitalisations in comparison to the peak back in February and scientists are on the whole in agreement we have cut the link between cases and deaths and not far off achieving Hurd immunity, give it a few more weeks to see the numbers then revisit the situation.
    The U.K. gov have...

    Although disappointing it was expected, I think here in the UK we are seeing a rise in cases but extremely low deaths and hospitalisations in comparison to the peak back in February and scientists are on the whole in agreement we have cut the link between cases and deaths and not far off achieving Hurd immunity, give it a few more weeks to see the numbers then revisit the situation.
    The U.K. gov have published the metrics behind its traffic light system and how countries are classified;
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/data-informing-international-travel-traffic-light-risk-assessments-24-june-2021

    1. HB

      Same Vaccines
      Same Testing
      same Variants
      US allowed to go to Europe already

      SO WHAT exactly are we waiting for?

    2. Creditcrunch

      So countries can see we have x amount of cases but low deaths and hospitalisations and have clearly broken the link, I agree with you why wait but politics.

  14. HB

    This is beyond ridiculous and cpollective Idiocy. What is says is
    1 - we don't believe Vaccines work
    2 - We don't believe testing works
    3 - We don't care if our airlines and travel industry goes to the wall
    YET - we have the Delta Variants in both countries, high level of vaccinations and testing regimes.
    I now have to cancel August travel for my parents who I haven't...

    This is beyond ridiculous and cpollective Idiocy. What is says is
    1 - we don't believe Vaccines work
    2 - We don't believe testing works
    3 - We don't care if our airlines and travel industry goes to the wall
    YET - we have the Delta Variants in both countries, high level of vaccinations and testing regimes.
    I now have to cancel August travel for my parents who I haven't seen in 2+ years and rebook for god knows when at vastly inflated prices as and when Boris and the Crypt Keeper eventually agree - probably not this year - that it is safe - but. OH NO WAIT!! - what about the next variant that will have us running for the hills??

    WHEN DOES THIS END???

    1. Steve

      Sorry HB that is heart breaking that you cant see your parents i truly feel for you. Hopefully this ends soon and we dont have to wait till 2024 till DeSantis is the president.

    2. UA-NYC

      Trump without any of the personality and lemmings following him? Good luck with that.

    3. Monika Jennings

      Iam a Mother of 2 Americans a grandmother of 5 and Grad grandmother of 3 Americans and iam waiting since 15 month to see my Familie in the usa,shame on you America that you keep Families apart like this,while people with this NIE can travel to the usa for a brocken Roof on there House and could not get the NIE travel exempion

    4. Eva Nielsen

      I feel your pain, Monika! They should allow family members of citizens or permanent resident to visit. This is devastating to families.

    5. jcil

      Can't speak for the UK, but for the US it will not end soon, if ever. The federal government, and many states like mine, love the control and power this gives them and will not give it up. They may relax a bit from time to time, but we are never going back to what things were before. Masks on airplanes are here forever too--if they can't be required in the name of Covid, the...

      Can't speak for the UK, but for the US it will not end soon, if ever. The federal government, and many states like mine, love the control and power this gives them and will not give it up. They may relax a bit from time to time, but we are never going back to what things were before. Masks on airplanes are here forever too--if they can't be required in the name of Covid, the regular flu will be the next reason. I suspect that many commenters on this blog will have no problem with that. My wife's family lives primarily in NZ and Australia, and I doubt we will be able to travel there to see them in less than 5 years at best, maybe even longer.

    6. Marie

      Yes. Agree with you completely and this is just so so dumb. And not sure I understand exactly why the US is doing this!

  15. Loosh

    This is far more complicated than others assume! We have family separated for over a freaking year! Where is the Understanding or a Conscience that others need to be reunited with their loved ones!! I’m sick of reading False hope! Give a time frame already!

  16. Margaret

    things should be back to normal ny 21st july people been vaccinated we are told we got to live with it so why wait like someone else said there letting football matches on with thousands people but i cant go on a planeto see my family now will be 2 years its a joke

    1. Donna Hughes

      My husband has been stuck in New Delhi,India for over two years now. I need my husband home in the U.S.A. with me and the kids. How do I get him home?

    2. Matt

      If you have family to visit you are able to apply for an National Interest Exemption (NIE), this will allow you to visit the US even with the travel ban in place

  17. Arran

    Utterly ridiculous given Delta is there too and weeks away from being dominant even without UK and EU mass travelling

  18. Mic

    I hate this >.> I just wanna meet my bf from the UK in person. Serious LDR for a year and there is nothing we can do. Such a nightmare having our relationship dictated by random politicians who act like the only reason to open the travel corridor is "tourism" and thus its "nonessential". People are separated from their families and lovers with no end in sight! No ETA! It's the absolute worst.

    1. Eva

      Exactly, Mic!! This is a nightmare. If our loved ones in Europe are vaccinated and willing to show negative test results to boot, why are they still banned from visiting? #heartbreaking

    2. RD

      Yes....same here...havent seen partner in UK in 2 years....

    3. Lady Emz

      I am in the same boat... he's in the US... and I'm in the UK... and as this drags on unnecessarily, he's now going through something and I can't even be there for him. Losing his best friend of 14 years...his dog who he has to watch dying slowly... we are forced to do this keep in touch with loved ones through internet based comms but for how much longer! Anything can happen to anyone,...

      I am in the same boat... he's in the US... and I'm in the UK... and as this drags on unnecessarily, he's now going through something and I can't even be there for him. Losing his best friend of 14 years...his dog who he has to watch dying slowly... we are forced to do this keep in touch with loved ones through internet based comms but for how much longer! Anything can happen to anyone, and with that in mind, it makes it scarier to not be able to see them in person. It feels like we are being robbed of that chance. Is it a pissing contest? Show me yours I'll show you mine? I mean damn! And the UK is known to be real stubborn, so if the US doesn't budge, why should the UK is the mentality. And no actual update either. Give us something! Anything! Oh no wait, let's have another task force... LOL. Okay...
      I'm just over it.

    4. Steven Ritchie

      I am the same. Haven't been able to see my GF in California in 16 months. It driving us both crazy!

    5. Harper

      I'm in the same boat too, there's a lot of us who are suffering because of this political game. None of what they are doing makes sense anymore.

  19. Deborah Gilliss

    US citizen with a partner in UK. I am grateful to be able to visit him. However I am fully vaccinated yet required to have a preference trip PCR test ($175) and must book and prepay for a day 2 and day 8 PCR test ,each at £99 during my 10 day self isolation. Can't even walk the dog! If I take a test on day 5 I can get paroled early BUT I still have to take my day 8 test
    And lest we not forget I have to have a PCR before I can come back to US. Do the math...

    1. KC

      Have a look at the BA site (Google “BA covid testing” - should be the first link). Scroll down and you’ll see links with discounts for testing companies. Collinson is BA20OFF and have sites at most airports. Still expensive though, but convenient as they can do the arrival test when you land. I used them last month for a 3 day trip back home to the UK (am an expat in the US) where my...

      Have a look at the BA site (Google “BA covid testing” - should be the first link). Scroll down and you’ll see links with discounts for testing companies. Collinson is BA20OFF and have sites at most airports. Still expensive though, but convenient as they can do the arrival test when you land. I used them last month for a 3 day trip back home to the UK (am an expat in the US) where my “quarantine” location was at my parent’s in the middle of nowhere in Wales, so somewhere the test and trace people won’t be bothered with. They can phone, but we set up the land line to redirect to their mobile just in case we were out. Btw depending on how long you’re out there for, the day 2 or day 8 test result can be used to come back to the states. There is an assumption when you land that you’ll be there for at least 8 or 10 days because you’re coming from an amber country, but it doesn’t have to be, and the border people didn’t really care I only had the one arrival test pre-booked. “You’re just here for 3 days?” “Yup”. Okey dokey.
      Hopefully this nonsense ends soon, particularly for those with family ties between the two countries.

    2. haaris raja

      I have family in uk i have not visited since 2018 i am fully vaccinated but i refuse to pay for the day 2 and 8 tests absolutely ridiculous!

    3. RD

      Yes....im so sick of this mess...partner in UK too havent seen in 2 years....just when things look good, MORE news about delta variant....masks can be removed...no now they cant, etc....im getting MENTALLY sick from all of it. It's expensive to take those covid tests out of your own country...no insurance then! I read recently the vaccinated should be able to come through without quarantine, even if on amber list...but it may not be passed until...

      Yes....im so sick of this mess...partner in UK too havent seen in 2 years....just when things look good, MORE news about delta variant....masks can be removed...no now they cant, etc....im getting MENTALLY sick from all of it. It's expensive to take those covid tests out of your own country...no insurance then! I read recently the vaccinated should be able to come through without quarantine, even if on amber list...but it may not be passed until later in the Summer.....but the news just changes and changes.......

  20. Tan

    Completely and utterly ridiculous. What a double standard as well. Biden was just in the UK meeting with other leaders. He did not quarantine on arrival or on return to the US. Many of us have been separated from loved ones going on 2 years. The variants are in both countries. Putting sensible precautions makes the most sense. This ban is not based on science nor common sense.

    1. RD

      I agree!! I dont know why this continues with the ban on UK! UK may put US on green if the ban is lifted!! And plane tickets between the US to UK is over $1000 all through the summer WITH mandated quarantine and the tests.......prices dont plummet until Sept!!
      Are the restrictions still going to be in place then??? Any ideas anyone?

  21. Antonio

    Forgive my stupidity, but what are the political reasons that would prevent UK from welcoming US visitors unless that is reciprocated?

    1. eaci

      The United Kingdom would have less bargaining power to persuade the United States to open to them.

  22. Luke

    Doesn't help much that this week the WHO just gave official recommendation to keep wearing masks even with the vaccine. I'm surprised Ben hasn't yet posted on this.

    "People cannot feel safe just because they had the two doses"

    I'm typing this while sipping a cocktail at the sold out Ritz Carlton Amelia Island where I'll be given a funny look for still wearing "face diapers" which maybe just 1% is!

    1. Florian

      Well luckily the WHO can't decide whether I feel safe or not. :-)

  23. Mj

    This is really affecting family and loved ones. It's very apparent it's political from both sides. I can't understand why at least one side one relent. Families and loved ones are suffering because they can't see one another.

  24. Marie

    This is so dumb and tremendously hurtful to our economies. All that has to happen is for the “severe” to be taken out of Covid. And it clearly has been. So let’s get back to it.

  25. Bailey

    Outrageous and agree what the above all said. Trying for ever now to get to England to see my very sick sister but these asses in Government here and in the UK just playing politics as usual and to hell with the general population
    Mexico is having a terrible time with the virus but you can get on a plane from anywhere in the US and fly there and back with no problems whatsoever

  26. Alan

    I thought people already knew that the U.K. planned to lift restrictions on July 19. This was announced 2 weeks ago. The health secretary is also pushing for this date. The U.K. has been very efficient at vaccinating its population especially the most vulnerable. So far, most of the vaccines only show a minimal loss of efficacy for the Delta variant which is great news.

    As an American, I will let you know that it's...

    I thought people already knew that the U.K. planned to lift restrictions on July 19. This was announced 2 weeks ago. The health secretary is also pushing for this date. The U.K. has been very efficient at vaccinating its population especially the most vulnerable. So far, most of the vaccines only show a minimal loss of efficacy for the Delta variant which is great news.

    As an American, I will let you know that it's in the U.K.'s best interest to restrict my people from entering your countries now. You need the extra time to protect your people though vaccinations and natural immunity.

  27. Bert

    We've changed our flight to see our son in Cambridge three times. It takes about 4 hours each time on the phone with Delta because of the nature of travel these days. We rescheduled (again) for the end of July, and that looks like it's not happening as well. We've both been vaccinated for months, as has our son and his girlfriend. This is getting beyond ridiculous. I understand being careful, I do. But let's get the politics out of the decisions. Please.

  28. Kevin

    Blame BoJo. Has gone out of his way in the past to belittle Biden.

    That and BoJo has treated the Irish like absolute crap during Brexit. Irish hold long grudges. Including Joe.

    1. Spm

      Ireland is not a nation. It is a region of Britain (just like England, Scotland & Wales), with the 26 counties having committed a gross act of treason over the last 100 years.

      I'm sure this is how Bojo sees things. One of the unspoken objectives of Brexit is to crush the Irish Republic & return it to UK rule.

      Given Biden's Irish republican sympathies, I think UK US relations will stay frosty well the...

      Ireland is not a nation. It is a region of Britain (just like England, Scotland & Wales), with the 26 counties having committed a gross act of treason over the last 100 years.

      I'm sure this is how Bojo sees things. One of the unspoken objectives of Brexit is to crush the Irish Republic & return it to UK rule.

      Given Biden's Irish republican sympathies, I think UK US relations will stay frosty well the Crypt Keeper is still in office.

      I suspect the ban will remain in place until President Harris takes office.

  29. KC

    “While the United Kingdom could lift restrictions against Americans without it being reciprocal, that seems unlikely to happen for political reasons”.
    This would make sense if not for the fact that some green list countries don’t allow Brits in anyway. Singapore, Australia, New Zealand to name 3. Presumably Antarctica too.
    I get the red list, but the amber list is where the data goes out the window, and is likely where those in...

    “While the United Kingdom could lift restrictions against Americans without it being reciprocal, that seems unlikely to happen for political reasons”.
    This would make sense if not for the fact that some green list countries don’t allow Brits in anyway. Singapore, Australia, New Zealand to name 3. Presumably Antarctica too.
    I get the red list, but the amber list is where the data goes out the window, and is likely where those in the travel industry suing the UK government will prevail. If it’s not reciprocal, surely the UK would accept US tourists (who account for most of the inbound tourism £ that accounts for around 10% of the GDP (per the visit Britain site)). Seems to be working for EU inbound tourism without it being reciprocated.

    1. LA

      And that lack of reciprocity by the US towards the EU is the exact reason the UK won’t allow US visitors. It’s the only bargaining tool we have with Biden.

  30. Adriana

    People no vaccinated, from countries that don’t have data about covid-19 infections, can enter in the U.S. It is externally unfair. My family (I, my husband, and my children) are separated for months because the ban. My hope decreases day after day.

  31. Adriana

    Extremally*

    It is time to follow the science and use data. No arbitrary measures.

  32. JB

    It makes no sense. I am British but live in USA, I am fully vaccinated. A sudden family death just occurred and I am planning to go back to UK to be with family. I have to take a series of covid tests (at an elevated high cost which doesnt need to be paid to the UK government) and will also have to self isolate for 10 days. Here's my question, even if those tests...

    It makes no sense. I am British but live in USA, I am fully vaccinated. A sudden family death just occurred and I am planning to go back to UK to be with family. I have to take a series of covid tests (at an elevated high cost which doesnt need to be paid to the UK government) and will also have to self isolate for 10 days. Here's my question, even if those tests were to show positive nothing changes I'm still having to self isolate, it doesnt change the course of restriction, so why have to take all these tests? In my opinion it's a money making scam of the powers that be. Not to mention the incredible pain in the neck this all is I'm under enough stress dealing with the death and this all seems so pointless.

  33. Ken

    Open the borders for the sake of all of us. I'm still trying to work out why Australia has the Delta variant when no one has been allowed into that country. But I did read that they want to keep the virus going for 5 years. So expect another variant, one that will be even worse than this one. FFS. They aren't ready for this thing to end quite yet!

  34. Steve

    So you can fly to places like Island from the UK and the US with no restrictions and meet friends and family from both countries there, but you can’t fly directly between the US and UK to meet those same people… And our combined country “leadership” don’t understand why they are considered a joke!!

  35. A.

    There is no reason why there cannot be a travel region between countries with high vaccination rates allowing vaccinated travelers with proof of vaccination to travel freely between USA, UK, Israel, Seychelles, and any other country that has high vaccination rates. This whole traffic light system forcing even vaccinated travelers to quarantine is BEYOND RIDICULOUS!!! 16 months with no end in sight still! Highly doubt any of this will ever end with the potential of...

    There is no reason why there cannot be a travel region between countries with high vaccination rates allowing vaccinated travelers with proof of vaccination to travel freely between USA, UK, Israel, Seychelles, and any other country that has high vaccination rates. This whole traffic light system forcing even vaccinated travelers to quarantine is BEYOND RIDICULOUS!!! 16 months with no end in sight still! Highly doubt any of this will ever end with the potential of these travel bans becoming permanent. I am desiring to travel to places such as the UK these days and other countries outside of USA as well as opposed to being confined to States for the rest of my life not traveling outside states at all.

  36. Will in LAX

    As others have mentioned, the biggest joke here is that non-immigrant visa holders can't enter from the UK or Europe/leave the US.

    These are people who are US taxpayers, are contributing to the American economy (after all they can only get a visa if an American can't do the job) and yet they are stuck. I have friends who have missed funerals because of this. As others have said it is also causing people...

    As others have mentioned, the biggest joke here is that non-immigrant visa holders can't enter from the UK or Europe/leave the US.

    These are people who are US taxpayers, are contributing to the American economy (after all they can only get a visa if an American can't do the job) and yet they are stuck. I have friends who have missed funerals because of this. As others have said it is also causing people to consider their status in the US. And yet we have American nationals that are jetting off to Europe for their summer vacation.

    1. Karen Cooper

      This is my exact concern. I ha e been working here for six years. Doing a job no American could do in the medical field and paying my huge taxes. Not breaking any laws . I love my job here. But seriously considering. I have misse funerals. Illness. My sister being taken into a care facility with Alzheimer’s and I have not seen her for two year. It is inhumane and illogical.
      I am...

      This is my exact concern. I ha e been working here for six years. Doing a job no American could do in the medical field and paying my huge taxes. Not breaking any laws . I love my job here. But seriously considering. I have misse funerals. Illness. My sister being taken into a care facility with Alzheimer’s and I have not seen her for two year. It is inhumane and illogical.
      I am wondering if there is some form of lobby we could start to make. We need to make a representation for our plight.

    2. Matt

      If you have family to visit you are able to apply for an National Interest Exemption (NIE), this will allow you to visit the US even with the travel ban in place

  37. Lukas

    Currently writing this as an EU citizen in Dickinson, ND. How did I manage to get here? I travelled to Istanbul, spent 2 weeks there, and then I was magically allowed into the US on my ESTA. So, a fully Pfizer-vaccinated EU citizen can’t go on a direct flight to the US, but an unvaccinated whoever from wherever are more than welcome, as long as they first spend two weeks in Turkey/UAE/Pakistan/Mexico/etc. Talk about stupid....

    Currently writing this as an EU citizen in Dickinson, ND. How did I manage to get here? I travelled to Istanbul, spent 2 weeks there, and then I was magically allowed into the US on my ESTA. So, a fully Pfizer-vaccinated EU citizen can’t go on a direct flight to the US, but an unvaccinated whoever from wherever are more than welcome, as long as they first spend two weeks in Turkey/UAE/Pakistan/Mexico/etc. Talk about stupid. Speaking of stupid, it’s also kind-of funny that all travel bloggers wrote in the autumn of 2020 that ”Trump’s travel ban” needed to ”end soon” despite a lack of vaccines and so forth, but magically stopped critizing it (despite it making even less sense) when a certain somebody entered office.

    1. Jesse

      Same here, spent two weeks in Istanbul/UAE. Want to go home for a few days to visit family but the moment I step foot on EU territory I won't be able to re-enter.

    2. Julio

      So…should I go to Turkey for 2 weeks? Am I allowed then to go to the USA with an ESTA Visa?

  38. Alex

    Our family just left North America for 1 year of travel abroad. We entered the EU through AMS, then connected to WAW. Both Amsterdam and Warsaw airports were a breeze. Neither require testing or quarantine if you're fully vaccinated. We just showed our CDC card and they waived us through. In Poland, our two kids were also exempt based on our vaccinated status. There are countries opening up abroad, just have to do a little...

    Our family just left North America for 1 year of travel abroad. We entered the EU through AMS, then connected to WAW. Both Amsterdam and Warsaw airports were a breeze. Neither require testing or quarantine if you're fully vaccinated. We just showed our CDC card and they waived us through. In Poland, our two kids were also exempt based on our vaccinated status. There are countries opening up abroad, just have to do a little research and be flexible! Alex @inclined2travel

  39. Sara

    That is complete not true . In fact we the USA are planning to reopen for Europe, Mexico and THE UK in a couple of weeks . TOGETHER WITH CANADA ( there is an agreement with Canada that we are reopen together)

    1. Florian

      Oh come on...if you are hitting all the travel blogs with your message at least back this up.

    2. Aileen Martin

      Hi Sara how do you know this information

  40. Julia

    Hi everyone,
    I am beyond frustrated with the governments controlling our lives. It was never supposed to be this way and there are thousands of people that have been working very hard to take our sovereignty back. We are forming de jure assemblies all over the world.
    I am not saying it is going to work but at this point what do we have to lose? Our website isn't close to finished but...

    Hi everyone,
    I am beyond frustrated with the governments controlling our lives. It was never supposed to be this way and there are thousands of people that have been working very hard to take our sovereignty back. We are forming de jure assemblies all over the world.
    I am not saying it is going to work but at this point what do we have to lose? Our website isn't close to finished but if you are interested it is californiagoldstateassembly.info
    My fiance lives in England and we have been waiting for almost 2 years for him to come here to have our wedding and I joined the assembly because at least I can feel like I am doing something because I can't take sitting around waiting anymore. I miss him so badly and I feel better to at least try.

  41. mattnav_travel

    This blanket ban has been left in place for far too long and has run its course... US citizens can cross back and forth between Europe and the US but non-citizens/residents can't because of a rule mostly unchanged/ignored since March 2020 ? We're fully vaccinated and happy to do tests if needs be, but it's illogical to say that in order to enter the US, Europeans must first spend 14 days in countries with higher...

    This blanket ban has been left in place for far too long and has run its course... US citizens can cross back and forth between Europe and the US but non-citizens/residents can't because of a rule mostly unchanged/ignored since March 2020 ? We're fully vaccinated and happy to do tests if needs be, but it's illogical to say that in order to enter the US, Europeans must first spend 14 days in countries with higher case rates in order to cross the Atlantic ? Logic has been left at the door...

    1. duncan

      .. and the 14 day thing doesn't work for the elderly as they need worldwide travel insurance for which maxes out at 38 days, thus severley limiting the time in the US.

  42. Peter keenan

    Joe Biden is the problem , a woke career politician playing identity politics while selling out people who wish to visit businesses and family .. I have lost complete faith in our world leaders .. frankly , this has become a joke !!

  43. Adrian

    Hong Kong will ban all UK flights beginning midnight on July 1 local HK time, and the Delta variants continue to be out of control in the UK. It really makes no sense to create this travel bubble, until vaccination rate reaches a higher figure into the high 70s and even 80s in both countries. Hong Kong is conservative when it comes to quarantine so the UK ban is not unexpected adding some political factors,...

    Hong Kong will ban all UK flights beginning midnight on July 1 local HK time, and the Delta variants continue to be out of control in the UK. It really makes no sense to create this travel bubble, until vaccination rate reaches a higher figure into the high 70s and even 80s in both countries. Hong Kong is conservative when it comes to quarantine so the UK ban is not unexpected adding some political factors, but at the same time, the Delta variant is scaring many folks here in HK especially things begin to open up again. The only solution is to get vaccinated and Hong Kong is only hitting 30s. I am actually glad that the US/UK bubble is not opened because we don't need a new Covid wave in the US now.

    I just feel bad about JetBlue's inaugural flight and don't think that flight will happen unless there is a travel bubble. As of this point, I can't see JetBlue starting its London flights soon. Maybe they can proceed with Gatwick first, and then wait till they secure Heathrow slots next year.

    1. Florian

      Are you sure entry regulations will prevent another wave from happening this winter, with an endemic virus?

  44. Ingrid

    What about europe? There is still a travel ban but more vaccinate people with Pfizer. Does anyone know if eu will have a different ban than uk? Or is it all the same for Biden?

    1. Eva

      Exactly. The UK is the Uk, but the rest of Europe should be looked at differently. Drop the ban on EU countries NOW.

  45. Lydia

    I have not seen my fiance for 18 months and I cry every day.

    1. Matt

      If you have family to visit you are able to apply for an National Interest Exemption (NIE), this will allow you to visit the US even with the travel ban in place

  46. Ian

    That hideous phrase "out of an abundance of caution" comes to mind here: doing something massively out of proportion to the risk being faced in order to pacify a group that demands something be done, when doing nothing would be perfectly acceptable.

  47. Ann biltcliffe

    My husband and I, both in our late 70’s twice vaccinated (Pfizer) and with negative pcr tests are banned from travelling to Florida where we have friends and have been visiting each year for three months since retiring.
    What is the point of keeping to this regulation when we, and many other British citizens are safer re covid spreading than many USA citizens, and just wish to enjoy time in the Florida sunshine, spending...

    My husband and I, both in our late 70’s twice vaccinated (Pfizer) and with negative pcr tests are banned from travelling to Florida where we have friends and have been visiting each year for three months since retiring.
    What is the point of keeping to this regulation when we, and many other British citizens are safer re covid spreading than many USA citizens, and just wish to enjoy time in the Florida sunshine, spending money there, and getting back to ‘normal’ whilst respecting any guidelines re wearing masks, social distancing etc.
    These travel restrictions must stop soon so that everyone can get back to business ASAP

  48. myra freedman

    I think that for families,such as our daughter and our grandchildren who live in New York.Whom we have not seen since 2019.
    Surely those that have had 2 vaccinations,should be allowed to go.
    It is very frustrating and very upsetting .
    Missing them all so much.

    1. Eva

      I feel your pain. I live in Florida with my two sons, and my parents in Denmark who are close to 80 are so depressed because they haven’t seen us in two years.

  49. Carole

    I heard today that Biden is refusing to let AZ vaccinated people in even when restrictions are lifted..Clearly a political decision not based on medical evidence! I have a British son in US and they have just had a premature baby and need support...It’s a ridiculous state of affairs...

  50. georgina Carter

    We personally have been waiting as our holiday in the US falls in September and we don't get that people currently are flying in from everywhere and don't have to isolate to watch a game of football and gathering in their thousands but we are not allowed across the Atlantic its insane that we have very low deaths and hospitalisations and yet still here we are stuck in the same position we were months ago...

    We personally have been waiting as our holiday in the US falls in September and we don't get that people currently are flying in from everywhere and don't have to isolate to watch a game of football and gathering in their thousands but we are not allowed across the Atlantic its insane that we have very low deaths and hospitalisations and yet still here we are stuck in the same position we were months ago even though 80+ % of brits have had a vaccination when is it going to be good enough for us to be free. We need to agree to let the US in and likewise. Business has suffered enough and travel is one that has suffered more than any in both countries. The vaccines are proving to work so we need to unlock and be allowed to get on with our lives.

  51. Andy

    the old man in the WH has only one desire: to do everything different from how Trump did. Also - his teleprompter displays every morning that he has to combat climate change and that means for him to keep Airplanes on the ground. Domestically that doesn't work anymore and he cant stop Americans from fueling their ICE cars yet, but at least he can keep international flights grounded.

  52. Eva Nielsen

    Ok, I get the argument for England, but what about the rest of Europe? Now, THAT doesn’t make any sense. Both of my parents live in Denmark, where COVID numbers continue to decline. Both of them are fully vaccinated and willing to show negative test results upon entry to the U.S. They haven’t seen their grand children in almost two years now. This is just heartbreaking for our family.

  53. Duncan Barnard

    In exactly the same boat - trying to get my mother over to Massachusetts to see he grand children. She is a widow, has no family in the UK, and is double vaccinated with Pfizer. She's willing to test, quarantine, and has no intention of traveling in the US outside a 6 mile radius of our home. I was denied an NIE waiver by the US embassy that I applied on humanitarian grounds with doctor...

    In exactly the same boat - trying to get my mother over to Massachusetts to see he grand children. She is a widow, has no family in the UK, and is double vaccinated with Pfizer. She's willing to test, quarantine, and has no intention of traveling in the US outside a 6 mile radius of our home. I was denied an NIE waiver by the US embassy that I applied on humanitarian grounds with doctor note saying she needs emotional support. I have paid a fortune for travel insurance, rescheduled the flight 5 times now. Pres Proclaimation allows parents entry if child is under 21 and unmarried. Completely oblivious to the fact that elderly parents need support also. I voted for Amtrak Joe - but pretty disappointed in this outcome, not to mention that the G7 where this was believed to be a key topic ended up being a super spreader event 20 miles from my mother.
    I just hope the Gov look at allowing immediate vaccinated family members to reunite. This is at the point of irresponsible based on the toll to mental health!

  54. Chari

    They seem not to understand that there are american that have not been able to get home due to this virus so they are leaving them stranded in different countries because they are playing games with the international flights

  55. haaris raja

    I dont believe it has anything to do with the new variants its all politics.

  56. Barbara Centko

    This is so unfair to people that needs to travel to the States from Ireland. My finance lives in Ireland and we haven't see each other since January 2020.

  57. Karen Cooper

    What the governments are not seeming to care about are the many people working legitimately in America , on visa who have been unable to see their loved ones for 18months . All we want is to travel to see them and then be allowed back in to continue our work.
    This is becoming a human rights issue.

  58. Mary Stegall

    Unbelievable! The people have done what you asked...lock downs, masks and vax...
    Let us get our lives back .
    I have grand children in UK I haven't seen for 2 years!

  59. Robert Burns

    Are there any exceptions to travel to the USA from the UK?

  60. Susan Turner

    Im a British citizen and a USA citizen and i wont to see my family but if couse they are not all in the same place so for God sake let us see our family very depressed that the USA us being so difficult.

  61. Sharon

    I feel like I’m living out a scene from the Handmaids tale with all these restrictions in place! By the time they sort out the travel industry they’ll be no airlines left to take us anywhere

  62. Laura

    Great point Steve, I agree and only wish the powers that be in America would come to their senses. It's very challenging to keep telling Americans to make decisions to get vaccines based on science when the government is not using the same methodology.

    Concerned Nurse

  63. Ian jones

    Well when will this all end been trying to get to us for 2 years now even united said there have been a lot of changes to our itinery really you don't say the nature of a virus is it mutates thats what they do!! After the delta variant there will be another and another and another we have to learn to live with it cos it aint going away you can't keep hiding away...

    Well when will this all end been trying to get to us for 2 years now even united said there have been a lot of changes to our itinery really you don't say the nature of a virus is it mutates thats what they do!! After the delta variant there will be another and another and another we have to learn to live with it cos it aint going away you can't keep hiding away from covid its here to stay the world will be bankrupt just grow a pair and deal with it the vaccines work lets just get on with it the world can't go on like this people need to live and work and get on with life as best we can politics play a very substantial hurdle to get over in this situation it shouldnt be political we are governed by the science they say but all i see is politicians cherry picking the info they want to feed us and we believe them because the science is never published we have no idea what metrics they are using because they won't tell us because thet don't want awkward questions asked!!!

  64. Clifford Butler

    Flights from India and Brazil to the USA are almost if not full yet they are both on the banned list. Flights to the UK have seen an uptick in loads as of late Flights to and from Europe are full again Try getting a seat on United to Athens from Newark. Flights to and from South Africa are almost full where there is another varient strain Yet the UK and US can't work it out Has to be something political

  65. Robert Burns

    Vote these Incompetent lifetime politicians out of office

  66. Vicki Owens

    Please let my
    Husband and his collagues in UK need go home
    Asap they did shot vaccine first plizer and AszaZanxe please let my husband go back home USA

  67. Silvia Von lindemann

    This is getting now in a control issue.they use covid as an excuse for power.its over live normally there's no danger.

  68. Paul England

    Having been to the USA, many times on family holidays,the UK tourists play
    a large part in US tourism, I can’t understand the logic behind the travel ban. Both countries are well advanced in there vacation program,testing is becoming more viable, the AstraZeneca vaccine works what’s the problem ! There will be more variations of Covid-19 that will come along we have to learn to live with it, it seems at the moment to...

    Having been to the USA, many times on family holidays,the UK tourists play
    a large part in US tourism, I can’t understand the logic behind the travel ban. Both countries are well advanced in there vacation program,testing is becoming more viable, the AstraZeneca vaccine works what’s the problem ! There will be more variations of Covid-19 that will come along we have to learn to live with it, it seems at the moment to me, that UK tourists are not welcome in quite a few countries,perhaps now it’s time we in the UK found other holiday destinations, that are more welcoming to us.

  69. Georgia Devine

    It is really a shame that our freedoms are being taken away by politicians making decisions for purely political reasons. If anyone out there really thinks we are not having our right to make informed decisions for our lives-there is a bridge in Brooklyn that can be purchased for next to nothing!

  70. LAS

    Open Schengen US travel. You can not keep us from our loved ones forever. Shades of Hitler.
    We want to travel. We got our vaccines. Now open up.

  71. Jules anne

    I'm so disappointed in both countries. I have changed my UK visit 3 times. My mother is going be 81. Wants to see UK before she dies. We have the vaccine, we will take tests, wear masks, let us in. This is asinine!!!! Grow up this is NEVER going away, we will always have a bug!!!

  72. Isaac

    Living in the Netherlands, fully vaccinated. Canceling for the 4th time. US citizens are welcome to almost all EU countries. And now there's a rumor that people vaccinate with AZ will not be allowed to enter when the borders open?

  73. Linda Threadgill

    Okay UK is closed does this include Italian citizens from returning to USA after traveling home? Here on an E1 valid visa

  74. IM

    I would they take COVID tests as many as possible, ask us to take all vaccines, but at least allow to enter US, it is really hurting on mental health to not see loved ones for the last one and half year. Please and Please.

  75. Colin waggott

    It's just getting so silly now az jab is as good as all the others we need to get back to normal and get the sky's back open . Come on and sort it out.

  76. Julio

    Hey my friend. I got the same problem. I have a flight tickets for July, 4th. So it seems like I can not fly.

    Does it work if I fly to turkey for two weeks and then fly to the US?????

    I thought Turkey was into the Schengen area…

    Any advice?

    Thanks

  77. Creek

    So this is completely ridiculous, I was hoping to travel to the US at the end of July, I'm hoping United will be able to reschedule my flights to October/November now. I don't mind waiting a few more months but the fact that the talks have stalled due to both nations 'following the science' despite being so vague on what science is being followed.

  78. Craig Duttweiler

    Utter idiocy. I've recently sent the polemic linked below to as many politicians as I can, though I'm under no delusion that it will make a shred of difference. The moronic obstinacy of the government on this issue is absolute. Probably at best, it was cathartic to write it, but if enough people complain, perhaps the government will move its monolithic ass just a tiny bit faster. I encourage any- and every-one to inundate whitehouse.gov...

    Utter idiocy. I've recently sent the polemic linked below to as many politicians as I can, though I'm under no delusion that it will make a shred of difference. The moronic obstinacy of the government on this issue is absolute. Probably at best, it was cathartic to write it, but if enough people complain, perhaps the government will move its monolithic ass just a tiny bit faster. I encourage any- and every-one to inundate whitehouse.gov with complaints. Feel free to plagiarize my diatribe at will. Spread far and wide.

    http://www.twistedsanity.net/other/files/20210628travelban.pdf

  79. Lyn Mason

    I don't understand why we and they are not open now. If we are tested before our flights then all good.
    I've just had my July flight cancelled and moved to April 2022.
    I'm currently trying to book Christmas time. Only because it's the only decent next break as I work in school.
    They have Delta variant we have the same, no hospital admissions here in wales with the virus at the moment i'm told by intensivists!

  80. Rick Ryder

    I haven’t seen my parents and brother for 2+years I live in the USA and they live in the UK.
    They are fully vaccinated and so are we.
    This is getting stupid.
    Open the transatlantic corridor so I can see my family.

  81. myra freedman

    .I think the whole thing ridiculous,I have a daughter and grandchildren that live in the US,whom I have not seen for 22 months.What happened to the priority talks about opening up the borders .Please can you let me have some clarification as to what is happening,as it is all very upsetting and frustrating .

  82. myra freedman

    Please open the borders between US/Uk .

  83. Ollie

    I am agree with you !
    It is all about politics…….
    It has been two years since I saw my mother, because if COVID.
    She lives in Italy (fully vaccinated) but she can’t come and visit me in the USA.
    On the other hand Usa citizens can travel to Europe. This is not making any sense to me..

  84. Cheralyn Tate

    I see no clear explanation for any of this. Biden freely walks around the UK without a mask with Boris in interviews, but penalizing families and loved ones torn apart with Dr Fauci changing his mind constantly about the issues, and no one wins here. Hearts are torn, families torn, no one listens in government its beyond ridiculous. Im beginning to feel the realization of socialization in America. I am so so disappointed in Americas...

    I see no clear explanation for any of this. Biden freely walks around the UK without a mask with Boris in interviews, but penalizing families and loved ones torn apart with Dr Fauci changing his mind constantly about the issues, and no one wins here. Hearts are torn, families torn, no one listens in government its beyond ridiculous. Im beginning to feel the realization of socialization in America. I am so so disappointed in Americas leadership. Its utterly disgusting.

  85. Harry Whizzo

    I'm with Lukas... 'Am currently in Dubai for 2 weeks before flying-on to the States. This is the same journey/route I took last year and was allowed entry. Does anyone else think that this is a concerted effort by the US to put all British carriers out of business to allow American airlines to dominate the route to the and from the UK?

  86. Matthew

    I'm losing my relationship over this, I love my girlfriend and I want nothing but the best for her, but It's breaking my heart to see that she is feeling super lonely without me, I want to be there with her in America, I want to change my life for her and not remain in this UK prison, If by any reason I can't leave by plain, then I will leave as a Migrant from...

    I'm losing my relationship over this, I love my girlfriend and I want nothing but the best for her, but It's breaking my heart to see that she is feeling super lonely without me, I want to be there with her in America, I want to change my life for her and not remain in this UK prison, If by any reason I can't leave by plain, then I will leave as a Migrant from the UK and make my own way to the United States. God has given me a task and I will not surrender out of fear.

  87. Matthew

    Also, I'd like to say that if on the off chance that the other variants made it into the US when the US was blocking the UK then the virus's aren't coming from the UK, SIMPLE LOGIC for anyone to understand, So why has the UK been blocked?

  88. Matthew

    The AstraZeneca Vaccine is the best British Biological Technology has to offer against the Covid-19 Virus, and by ignoring the abilities of AstraZeneca, the US is ignoring a "scientific institutional technology" or the facts of its Immunol Boosting Efficacy.

    What does this mean? This means that the USA is actively IGNORING scientific FACT or simply that the US does not want to know about the FACTS, why? Why all this cack fighting? - Live in...

    The AstraZeneca Vaccine is the best British Biological Technology has to offer against the Covid-19 Virus, and by ignoring the abilities of AstraZeneca, the US is ignoring a "scientific institutional technology" or the facts of its Immunol Boosting Efficacy.

    What does this mean? This means that the USA is actively IGNORING scientific FACT or simply that the US does not want to know about the FACTS, why? Why all this cack fighting? - Live in peace and learn from each other, and let's make this world a better place!

    Please let me visit my girlfriend dang it!

  89. Traci

    We haven’t seen our family in England in 15 months. They are fully vaccinated and so are we. I truly do not understand the reasoning. Do they not appreciate what this is doing to families who are being kept apart? Do they even care? My 4 year old daughter doesn’t understand why she hasn’t seen her Nanny in so long and cries often. It’s heartbreaking. I hope this foolishness ends soon…

  90. MauiPete

    The US does not recognize AZ as a vaccine so those who have received an AZ doses are, by US standards, unvaccinated. Leave the restrictions in place until AZ passes the US testing and is approved (unlikely) or the research shows that it is effective in looking at the UK as a model. As someone who has been inoculated with Pfizer I have been travelling to the UK and back - at huge additional expense...

    The US does not recognize AZ as a vaccine so those who have received an AZ doses are, by US standards, unvaccinated. Leave the restrictions in place until AZ passes the US testing and is approved (unlikely) or the research shows that it is effective in looking at the UK as a model. As someone who has been inoculated with Pfizer I have been travelling to the UK and back - at huge additional expense for 'testing' even though I can prove that I have been vaccinated - since March.

  91. MS AB

    So have I got this right from Lucas, I am fully vaccinated living in Wales and at present unable to fly direct to the USA but what you are saying is if I take a two week vacation in a different country then fly on to the USA with am ESTA I would be allowed over the board. How ludicrous is that. But maybe worth considering doing this so I can see my partner. Killing...

    So have I got this right from Lucas, I am fully vaccinated living in Wales and at present unable to fly direct to the USA but what you are saying is if I take a two week vacation in a different country then fly on to the USA with am ESTA I would be allowed over the board. How ludicrous is that. But maybe worth considering doing this so I can see my partner. Killing me being apart from him. He isnt able to travel to the UK due to woek commitments until the end of the year. Thanks for this advice. Would you think it right for me to do tgus 2weeks away from the UK so I can get into the USA?

  92. Lindsey

    This is so lame! We have been waiting for this travel ban to end for ages. Why don’t we just have the testing and taking temp before flying?! It makes no sense to me at all. Extremely frustrating.

  93. para

    yet ,politicians, royals and sports reps can fly all over without quarantine or even not vaccinated, disgusting

  94. Cheryl Bush

    So ridiculous. On eternal hold right now trying to cancel my August UK reservations that have been planned for over a year so we can pivot to France. Tried waiting it out and now may end up going nowhere because Johnson and Biden want to play political poker with UK and American citizens freedoms. While I can certainly understand wanting reciprocity - I also understand that the airlines is begging them to be reasonable and...

    So ridiculous. On eternal hold right now trying to cancel my August UK reservations that have been planned for over a year so we can pivot to France. Tried waiting it out and now may end up going nowhere because Johnson and Biden want to play political poker with UK and American citizens freedoms. While I can certainly understand wanting reciprocity - I also understand that the airlines is begging them to be reasonable and you would think at least one of these knuckleheads would have a light bulb moment and decide to at least salvage summer for their airline industry. The G7 task force they put together is a joke - not one update with any details since it started in June

  95. Hannah Driscoll

    Ridiculous now
    . Beyond a joke. We had to pay £700 just to change our 3 tickets from our flight that was cancelled in March 2020 to September. As someone has said above in this chain highly inflated prices and yet we will now have to re book a 2nd time and be charged again. Just want to see my grandmother who i have not since since 2019 mum and other family members. Thanks Biden !

  96. Latif B

    I see BA has flights to IAH 4 times a week from LHR so how does that work out as people are going back and forth??

  97. Linda Jones

    There are many American tourists here in the UK. It is very unlikely most of them will have quarantined here on arrival, or when they return to the US! What tests are undertaken both sides, and do they need to be fully vaccinated to travel here?

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HB

This is beyond ridiculous and cpollective Idiocy. What is says is 1 - we don't believe Vaccines work 2 - We don't believe testing works 3 - We don't care if our airlines and travel industry goes to the wall YET - we have the Delta Variants in both countries, high level of vaccinations and testing regimes. I now have to cancel August travel for my parents who I haven't seen in 2+ years and rebook for god knows when at vastly inflated prices as and when Boris and the Crypt Keeper eventually agree - probably not this year - that it is safe - but. OH NO WAIT!! - what about the next variant that will have us running for the hills?? WHEN DOES THIS END???

Lukas

Currently writing this as an EU citizen in Dickinson, ND. How did I manage to get here? I travelled to Istanbul, spent 2 weeks there, and then I was magically allowed into the US on my ESTA. So, a fully Pfizer-vaccinated EU citizen can’t go on a direct flight to the US, but an unvaccinated whoever from wherever are more than welcome, as long as they first spend two weeks in Turkey/UAE/Pakistan/Mexico/etc. Talk about stupid. Speaking of stupid, it’s also kind-of funny that all travel bloggers wrote in the autumn of 2020 that ”Trump’s travel ban” needed to ”end soon” despite a lack of vaccines and so forth, but magically stopped critizing it (despite it making even less sense) when a certain somebody entered office.

Ed

Sorry people, but that is what you get when you vote for deranged politicians. You get deranged policies.

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