The US Department of State and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) both issued their highest warning on Monday against travel to the UK due to a rising number of COVID-19 cases in that country.
Each raised the UK to ‘level four’, telling the Americans to travel there.
“If you must travel to the UK, make sure you are fully vaccinated before you travel,” the CDC said in an advisory, while the State Department said: “Do not travel to the UK because of COVID-19. -19.”
In May, the US government had downgraded the UK to a “Level 3” recommended exposure limit.
The number of COVID-19 cases is rising by more than 50,000 a day in the UK and hundreds of thousands of Britons are being asked to self-isolate for 10 days.
Since March 2020, the United States has banned almost all non-US citizens who have recently been to the UK from the United States.
Britain allows US visits but requires a 10-day quarantine on arrival and two COVID-19 tests.
In June, the Biden administration said it would form expert working groups with Britain, Canada, Mexico and the European Union to determine how to safely resume travel after more than a year of restrictions.
US and airline officials don’t expect restrictions on UK travelers to be lifted until August at the earliest – and warn that this could be pushed back even further.
Airlines and others have urged the government to lift restrictions that block most non-US citizens living in Britain, the 26 Schengen countries in Europe with no border controls, Ireland, China, India, South in the past 14 years. Africa, Iran and Brazil have been. days from the United States.
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