Will USA be on the UK green list for summer holidays?05/07/2021
BRITS are waiting to find out which summer holiday destinations will feature on the UK's green list.
Holidaymakers heading to countries deemed safe from coronavirus will not need to quarantine when they return home. But will the USA be on the green list?
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Will USA be on the green list for summer holidays?
The government is set to place countries on a green, amber and red traffic light system when the travel ban is set to be lifted on May 17.
The traffic light system will be based on vaccination rollout, infection rates and whether there are any variants of concern in the country.
Unfortunately for holidaymakers looking to make the 5,000-mile journey across the Atlantic, the USA is not expected to be placed on the green list by the UK government, unlike Portugal.
It is likely that America will instead be placed in amber. Travellers visiting countries placed in this level will need:
- A negative test taken before returning to the UK
- To quarantine for ten-days on arrival in the UK
- Two negative PCR tests before leaving quarantine
However, holidaymakers from the UK are currently banned from visiting America by the US government. The ban will need to be lifted regardless of which level the country is placed in.
Travel experts predict the USA will be placed on the green list by the start of July, at which point the travel ban may be lifted.
Almost 45% of the American population have been given one dose of vaccine, which equates to more than 147 million people.
The USA has recorded an average of 45,000 new daily Coronavirus cases over the last seven days.
What are the travel restrictions for USA?
A ban on visitors from the UK travelling to the USA has been in place since March last year, which prevents holiday, family and non-essential business trips from taking place.
It remains illegal to travel abroad from the UK for a holiday, with fines of up to £5,000 for those who ignore the rules – unless give special exemption.
Face masks are mandatory in place on airplanes, trains, buses and at airports throughout USA.
Most US states are moving closer to lifting all restrictions following the success of the country's vaccine rollout.
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