Published on : Tuesday, June 15, 2021
The plans to resume travel between the United Kingdom and the United States are expected to be announced this week. There are more than five million people from the United Kingdom visited the United States every year, with 4.5 million trips made in the reverse direction.
The United States remains closed to Brits, with a United Kingdom travel ban in place since March 2020, while the US is currently on the UK’s amber list.
However, it was hoped that a new transatlantic corridor could open between the two countries as President Joe Biden and Boris Johnson meet at the G7 Summit this week.
The United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed that while the topic was discussed, an agreement is yet to be announced although hopes to be have more plans revealed next week.
He explained that they were not in a position to make formal announcement. But of course they are looking at that with the US and others. As soon as we can we want to open up.
It follows the announcement of a new US taskforce, being overseen in the UK by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and will be chaired by senior officials in the Department for Transport and their US counterparts. The plans to reopen transatlantic travel have been dismissed by industry leaders as lacking “clarity”.
Before the outbreak of coronavirus, the United Kingdom-United States air corridor was one of the busiest in the world. The airlines including Virgin Atlantic and British Airways have been pushing for a travel corridor between the United Kingdom and the United States, citing the strong vaccine rollout in both countries.