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1. Posted by Bimo1980 (Inactive 5 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Hi All,

My understanding is there is still restricted travel to the U.S from the U.K for UK passport holders,only certain special circumstances will you be allowed in.

I'm wanting to get out there on the 21st July.

Does anybody think that this will be possible.?
I know there is talk of the UK giving special travel statuses to those who have been fully vaccinated.

Has anybody known of anyone getting into the US by taking their chances and just getting the PCR test and bringing the ateststation form with themselves.

Thanks in advance

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3041 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

>My understanding is there is still restricted travel to the U.S from the U.K for UK passport holders

The vast, vast majority of UK (and some other, including Schengen) citizens cannot enter the US. The tiny number of potential exemptions are detailed here on the official UK gov site:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa/entry-requirements

Even those who want to fly for humanitarian reasons (e.g. severe illness of a close family member) are advised to contact the US Embassy and make an application..

> I'm wanting to get out there on the 21st July. Does anybody think that this will be possible.?

No-one knows, here or anywhere else. Personally, I think it's very unlikely that anything will change before July. I have family in the US I haven't seen for 2 years (I was due to fly out the week the UK first locked down) and I'm not expecting to get out there until September/October at the very earliest.

>I know there is talk of the UK giving special travel statuses to those who have been fully vaccinated.

What the UK does is irrelevant until the US changes its entry policy. It's not just a matter of whether the UK allows us to travel to X place: it's a matter of whether X place will allow us in.

>Has anybody known of anyone getting into the US by taking their chances

Imo trying to do that would be madness. All airlines are required to check that passengers will be able to enter the destination country (they can be fined heavily if they don't). I'm pretty certain that anyone 'taking their chances' wouldn't even get to board the plane.

Even if they did get on a flight they'd be refused entry at the US border and have to take the next flight back at their own expense.

US border officers are fully-appraised of the laws under which they operate and, from my own years of experience, they take their jobs very seriously indeed. At the moment UK citizens are not allowed to enter the US. End of.

Sorry if that sounds harsh but it is as it is. None of us who have loved ones in the US, Australia, NZ and other countries which ban UK citizens from entry have any chance of seeing them until the relevant country changes its own laws.

[ Edit: Edited on 25 Jun 2021, 05:54 GMT by leics2 ]

3. Posted by Bimo1980 (Inactive 5 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Hi

Thank you for your response, Ive seen something interesting in this article.

>I know there is talk of the UK giving special travel statuses to those who have been fully vaccinated.

https : //www.skyscanner.net/news/can-i-travel-to-the-us-this-summer-all-you-need-to-know-about-a-us-uk-travel-corridor

Under the:

Can I travel to the US this summer?

It mentions from April this year the US relaxed it laws on vaccinated travellers, However it doesnt include the UK as of yet.

It points to the fact that should the UK allow its vaccinated travellers that there is a good chance that they might be able to get to the US.

I do appreciate that the US would have to agree to this, and they would mostly like want the same treatment for thier citizens going in the opposite direction

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3041 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

To be frank, Skyscanner is hardly a reliable source. All travel websites and agencies are full of gossip and speculation about what *might* happen, just as they have been since this pandemic began.

Any 'special status' the UK might give those of us who are fully vaccinated can and will only apply to what we have to do on our return[b] to the UK.

What matters is when the [b]US decides to allow UK citizens to enter and there is no indication of when that might be. One would hope that discussions are ongoing but no-one can know what decisions will be made on what time-scale..

Of course you should get yourself fully-vaccinated but don't bank on travelling to the US in July. Even if it's added to the UK green list I think it's unlikely that entry will be allowed so soon.

[ Edit: Edited on 25 Jun 2021, 08:17 GMT by leics2 ]

5. Posted by Bimo1980 (Inactive 5 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Thank you for your response, its complete madness when you think a UK passport holder can go to a country just outside the schengen area, stay there for 14 days and on Day 15 travel to the US

6. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2372 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Bimo1980

its complete madness when you think a UK passport holder can go to a country just outside the schengen area, stay there for 14 days and on Day 15 travel to the US

Not really, when you consider they're looking at the infection rate in the place you have been during the incubation period. Personally I very much want this to be driven by the best estimates of the scientists, rather than any shaky political positions. I appreciate this doesn't make it easy for travel, but it does make it safer for all.

7. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3041 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

> its complete madness when you think a UK passport holder can go to a country just outside the schengen area, stay there for 14 days and on Day 15 travel to the US

Not 'complete madness', imo...just something to be expected. Every country has an absolute right to set the entry requirements it wishes to set, regardless of whether you, me or anyone else thinks those requirements shouldn't be in place.

The prevalence of the Delta variant in the UK has, imo, substantially reduced the chances of countries lifting restrictions on UK citizens. France, Austria and Germany have just imposed additional restrictions and I strongly suspect any re-opening of the US will be delayed for the same reason.

[ Edit: Edited on 25 Jun 2021, 09:11 GMT by leics2 ]

8. Posted by Bimo1980 (Inactive 5 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Quoting Bimo1980

its complete madness when you think a UK passport holder can go to a country just outside the schengen area, stay there for 14 days and on Day 15 travel to the US

Not really, when you consider they're looking at the infection rate in the place you have been during the incubation period. Personally I very much want this to be driven by the best estimates of the scientists, rather than any shaky political positions. I appreciate this doesn't make it easy for travel, but it does make it safer for all.

So you think Merkels position on getting the EU to order quarantine on UK citizens is pure scientific and not political

9. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3041 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

>So you think Merkels position on getting the EU to order quarantine on UK citizens is pure scientific and not political

That's not what AndyF said. He gave a personal opinion (the word 'personally' is a big clue)

This is a travel forum. It is not a place to discuss politics.

You asked a question. We've answered it. You may not like the answer but, like the rest of us, you have no option but to accept that it is as it is and to hope that matters speedily improve.

10. Posted by Bimo1980 (Inactive 5 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Thank you for your answers, unfortunatley you are not really my type of crowd. You're more of glass half empty than glass half full.

Negativity is bad, be happy and positive