UK to US during Covid-19

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1. Posted by WhiteLightning (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

My dear cousin from Albuquerque has just passed away and my daughter and I would very much like to attend her funeral.
However, the US is currently on the UK amber list and there are also some quite confusing restrictions on travellers visiting the US.
Are there exceptions for travel in these circumstances and, if so, can someone advise the precise steps we'd need to take as UK passport holders?

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3256 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I'm sorry for your loss.

The fact that the US is on the UK amber list isn't really the problem you face.

>there are also some quite confusing restrictions on travellers visiting the US.

US entry requirements are pretty straightforward. UK (and EU) citizens are not allowed to enter the US if they have been in the UK, Republic of Ireland, the Schengen countries and some other countries in the previous 14 days.

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

There are only a very, very few exceptions and I'm afraid attending the funeral of a cousin would not be considered a valid exemption. A cousin would not be considered a close/ immediate family member.

https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/u-s-visa-and-travel-faqs/

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/25/proclamation-on-the-suspension-of-entry-as-immigrants-and-non-immigrants-of-certain-additional-persons-who-pose-a-risk-of-transmitting-coronavirus-disease

You could try contacting the US Embassy in London (phone & other contact info on my second link) but I'm sorry to say that I hold little hope of you being granted an exemption.

If the funeral is sufficiently delayed...and you have the funds and ability to do so...it is theoretically possible to stay in one of the non-banned countries (e.g. Croatia) for 14 (full) days and then fly direct to the US from a non-banned country (without making a transfer in a Schengen country, the UK or Rep Ireland). You'd need to have strong proof of the stay to show to both the airline concerned and US border officers.

I know this is hard for you, just as it is for the many, many others who have been unable to attend funerals of loved ones or visit relatives during this time. I'm sorry I couldn't give you a more hopeful answer.

[ Edit: Edited on 14 Aug 2021, 20:53 GMT by leics2 ]

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5. Posted by Pubrica (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Regardless of where they are flying from, all airline passengers' ages two and up must produce a negative COVID-19 viral test within three calendar days of arrival in the United States. Travellers are visiting the United States who have recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days before travel may also present evidence from a licensed health care practitioner.
• If you really must visit the United Kingdom, make sure you are adequately vaccinated.
• Even fully vaccinated tourists may be at risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 variations because of the United Kingdom's present scenario.
• For fully immunized travellers, see the guidelines.
• In the United Kingdom, travellers should follow any advice or restrictions, such as wearing a mask and staying 6 feet apart from people.

6. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3256 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Pubricia:

The poster is a UK citizen and is asking about entering the USA, not the other way round.

Your information is irrelevant. Apart from a tiny number of very specific exemptions, UK (and some other) citizens are still not allowed to enter the US unless they have been outside the UK and other banned countries for 14 full days prior to arrival.

The almost-total ban on US entry for citizens of just a few countries (the UK, Rep Ireland, the Schengen countries, China, Iran, Brazil, S Africa & India) has been in place since February 29th 2020.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html

[ Edit: Edited on 1 Sep 2021, 06:47 GMT by leics2 ]

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