WASHINGTON: On Monday (May 3), a coalition of American and European travel, aviation, trade union, business and airport groups called for the full opening of the US and UK air travel market “as soon as possible.”
In a letter to US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the groups said the planned meeting of the leaders in early June “will be an ideal opportunity to jointly announce the full opening of the US and UK air travel market to both sides. US and UK Citizens. “
The United States has banned almost all non-American citizens who have recently been to the UK from the United States since March 2020.
“The return of transatlantic flights will not only have a significant positive impact on the economies of our countries, but will also unite those who have been separated from their loved ones for more than a year,” the airline said in a letter signed by the US Chamber of Commerce. for America, Global Business Travel Association, Airline Pilots Association, Virgin Atlantic, UK Airlines Association, Aerospace Industry Association and others.
“The safe opening of borders between the US and the UK is essential for the recovery of the economies of both countries after COVID-19.”
On Monday, the European Union’s leadership recommended easing COVID-19 travel restrictions next month to allow foreign travelers from more countries to enter the EU, hoping to spur the tourism industry’s defeat this summer.
The question remains whether the US government will be involved in helping Americans provide foreign governments with a fully vaccinated ability to travel.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said “there will be no federal vaccination database, no federal mandate for everyone to obtain a single vaccination certificate.”
India, Brazil, China, Iran, South Africa, Ireland, and 26 other European countries that permit movement across open borders are also subject to strict travel restrictions that prevent most non-American citizens from entering the United States if they were within the same countries. from those countries in the past 14 days.
In January, Biden overturned President Donald Trump’s decision to lift travel bans to the UK and other European countries.
Virtually all of Europe still bans most US travelers from visiting the country, while the UK allows US visits but requires a 10-day quarantine on arrival and two COVID-19 tests.