America travel news: Can I fly to the USA right now?

Since March 16, Donald Trump has prohibited citizens of a list of countries from entering the USA. Many Britons have their sights set on an American beach holiday, a city break in the States or a road trip through different areas in the country. But can UK citizens travel to the USA right now?

Can UK citizens travel to USA?

As it stands, British nationals cannot enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil or China within the previous 14 days.

Unless you are a US citizen, married to a US citizen or are a green card holder, you cannot go to the USA right now.

Only US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members and some visa holidays are still able to enter the USA from the UK.

Those eligible to enter the USA will still be required to self-isolate for up to 14 days after arrival and on return to the UK.

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On top of the US Government’s travel ban, the UK Government placed the USA on the red list on July 3.

This means there will be no reciprocal travel corridor agreement with the USA for the time being.

While restrictions are being eased in some popular holiday destinations such as New York and Florida, other areas such as California and Las Vegas have faced restrictions being reinstated.

Due to the USA’s high infection rate, it is very unlikely that the UK Government will change its stance any time soon.

When will the ban be lifted?

There is no time-limit on the USA’s travel ban, it will continue until it is deemed safe for travel between the USA and UK to resume.

America’s top public health official, Dr Anthony Fauci said current restrictions preventing UK citizens from entering the States could even last until a vaccine is developed.

In an interview with the Telegraph, Fauci said that the lifting of the ban would be “more likely months than weeks” away.

He added: “I don’t think there’s going to be an immediate pull back for those kinds of restrictions.”

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America currently has the highest rate of COVID-19 anywhere on the globe, with more than 4,900,000 total cases in the country and more than 160,335 total deaths.

These numbers are exactly why the UK Government has included the USA on its ‘red’ list of countries which are not suitable for a travel corridor agreement with the UK.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told BBC Radio 4: “The US from a very early stage banned flights from the UK and Europe, so there isn’t a reciprocal relationship in place there in any case.

The US treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin has also suggested that the travel ban might not be lifted until 2021.

There are a limited number of flights operating between the UK and the US for those who are allowed to enter the country.

For example, British Airways, American Airlines and United are flying from London Heathrow to New York, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Los Angeles and Atlanta every day.

If your flight has been cancelled, you should be eligible for a refund or travel voucher.

You will need to contact the airline you have booked with to make arrangements.

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