Hopes for US travel dealt another blow as State Department advises Americans to avoid travel to the United Kingdom

Jul 20, 2021

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So much for the highly anticipated travel corridor between the United States and the United Kingdom.

The U.S. government on Monday urged travellers to avoid visiting the U.K., citing the alarming rise in coronavirus cases at the same time as U.K. removes nearly all COVID-19 protocols. The U.S. CDC updated its travel advisory and bumped the U.K. up to Level 4, warning that “even fully vaccinated travellers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants.”

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The State Department went even further, putting the U.K. on the Level 4: Do Not Travel list. “Do not travel to the United Kingdom due to COVID-19,” states the advisory. The advice from U.S. officials came on the same day as so-called “Freedom Day,” when the English government eliminated most of the remaining COVID-19 restrictions in England, as it looks to rejuvenate the economy.

Related: What does Freedom Day mean for travel in the UK?

British travellers have been eagerly awaiting the resumption of travel to the United States, which would usually see thousands of Brits flying across the Atlantic right now for the busy northern summer travel period. Each update has brought continued disappointment – despite both Brits and Americans being allowed to travel internationally – the United States has not allowed British tourists entry since the start of the pandemic well over a year ago.

The State Department is unlikely to change this position as long as it advises Americans against travelling to the U.K.

The U.K. is being hit with a new surge caused by the Delta variant, with roughly 45,000 new cases being reported daily. However, unlike the last wave, coronavirus deaths in the United Kingdom are a fraction of what the country experienced over the last winter.

While Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is currently in isolation after a government official tested positive, said he does not want to shut down England’s nightlife, he did say new rules will go into effect by the end of September that require people to provide proof of vaccination to enter nightclubs and other crowded venues such as concert halls.

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