US Travel Restrictions to be eased for UK Arrivals from November

This post was written by Chiedza Lunga, Industry Secondee to ADS.

In a big step forward for the UK aviation sector and a positive signal for the global aerospace industry, the US has this week confirmed that restrictions on travel from the UK and European Union will be eased from early November.

The current US rules that have been in place since March 2020 apply a travel ban for those trying to enter the US from countries including the UK, South Africa, and the whole of the EU, as well as anyone who has been in those countries within the previous 14 days.  Only US citizens, residents, and those with special visas can currently enter from most European countries. This prolonged ban has prevented tens of thousands of foreign nationals from flying to the US to see family members and slashed both business and leisure travel.

The new rules will require all foreign nationals arriving in the US to show proof of being fully vaccinated, with fully vaccinated travellers no longer being subject to quarantine mandates upon arrival. However, there will still be the need to obtain a negative Covid-19 result within three days of travelling and provide contact information to the airline used.

ADS had previously joined a coalition of US and UK trade associations and aviation organisations to call for an easing of restrictions between the two nations and welcome this highly positive step by the US. Safely reopening borders between our two nations will be essential for both countries’ economic recovery from Covid-19.

Signs pointing towards a swift recovery in transatlantic travel are already clear, with Virgin Atlantic reporting a 600 percent increase in bookings for flights to the US.  This increased demand for travel will be a big step forward in the recovery of the UK’s aerospace sector; air travel between the UK and US is a critical enabler of trade that was worth $273 billion USD (£196 billion GBP) in 2019.

This update follows the recent UK announcement on its new travel traffic light system, and the removal of quarantine for vaccinated travellers from the US, EU, and most recently the UAE, as well as for vaccinated UK travellers arriving home. ADS welcome these positive steps in the right direction.