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When will the US allow travel from the UK?

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On 25 January 2021 President Biden signed a proclamation continuing the suspension of entry of certain travellers from the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Brazil, and expanding restrictions to include travellers from South Africa. The ban prohibits foreign nationals from entering the United States if they have been physically present in the U.K. within 14 days before their attempted entry. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, certain family members and foreign diplomats are exempt.

On 8 June 2021, a White House official indicated that it would be forming expert working groups with Canada, Mexico, the European Union and the U.K. to determine how best to safely restart travel after 15 months of pandemic restrictions.

When will the U.S. lift its Presidential Proclamation restricting travel from the U.K.?

The issuance of an official declaration from the White House which indicates that the restrictions on travel from the U.K. as codified in the Presidential Proclamation no longer apply will be considered for resolution.

Key resolution details:

  • The resolution date will be the date the restrictions are lifted, not the date the issuance is made.
  • If the proclamation remains in place but exemptions are added such that >50% of the U.K. population are exempt at the time of the issuance (e.g. a vaccine passport), this will trigger a positive resolution.
  • Exemptions that permit <50% will trigger an ambiguous resolution.
  • This question does not consider whether the U.K. will allow travel from the U.S. (e.g. if the U.K. government puts the US on its ‘green list’).

If the U.S. does not lift the suspension of travel from the U.K. before 2022, then this resolves as “> Dec 31, 2021.”

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