US travel: Brits welcomed back to USA from Monday – what is the latest FCDO advice?

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UK travellers have been banned from entering the US for more than a year in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. But from Monday, Britons are set to be welcomed back in line with a new set of COVID-19 restrictions.

In line with this, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has updated its travel advice for those setting their sights on a US holiday.

What are the new entry rules for Britons hoping to visit the US?

From Monday, November 8, 2021, the US Government is set to lift restrictions for foreign citizens who are fully vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organisation or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

According to the FCDO: “These are the AstraZeneca, BIBP/Sinopharm, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines.”

People who have taken part in AstraZeneca or Novavax vaccine trials are also considered vaccinated.

Children under the age of 18 are exempt from the vaccine requirement.

However, even fully vaccinated arrivals must take a COVID-19 test before arriving in the US.

The FCDO states: “Fully vaccinated air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country must get a COVID-19 test no more than three days before their flight departs.”

Passengers must be able to show evidence of a negative coronavirus test if requested by authorities.

According to the CDC: “At this time all air passengers, two years or older, travelling to the US, regardless of vaccination or antibody status, are required to provide a negative COVID-19 viral test result or documentation of recovery unless exempted.”

US authorities maintain strict mask rules for all people visiting the nation. The CDC adds: “Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required in indoor areas of public transportation, including aeroplanes, travelling into, within, or out of the United States and indoors in US transportation hubs, including airports.”

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Are fully vaccinated UK travellers be required to self-isolate upon arrival in the US?

According to the US Government, passengers who are fully vaccinated will be able to avoid self-isolation.

However, if they become ill with coronavirus while travelling, they may then be required to quarantine.

Can unvaccinated people travel to the US?

The US is only allowing certain people into the country if they have not received a full dose of approved COVID-19 vaccinations.

Unvaccinated US citizens or permanent residents are permitted to enter the country.

However, they must provide a negative test taken within a day of travel.

The FCDO states: “Most travellers that are not fully vaccinated will need to test no more than one day before travel or present a negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months to the airline before boarding the flight.

“Only those with an exception or US Citizens, US Nationals, and US Lawful Permanent Residents will be able to enter the US unvaccinated.”

Quarantining for seven days and taking a second test three to five days after arrival is recommended, according to CNN.

Therefore, unvaccinated foreign travellers are not permitted to enter under current rules.

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