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UK government STILL hasn’t had a firm date for US dropping travel ban

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UK government STILL has no firm date for lifting double-punch travel ban on Brits, a fortnight after Joe Biden promised Boris Johnson it would happen ‘early November’

  • EXCLUSIVE: British government still waiting for date for end of US travel ban for Britons
  • Joe Biden vowed rules would relax ahead of Boris Johnson’s White House meeting
  • The US suggested the change would come ‘early November’, but no exact timetable










The UK government has still not been given a firm date for the US to lift its travel ban, 14 days after Joe Biden promised it would happen “early November.”

The president dramatically stated that strict restrictions would be eased on the eve of a meeting with the prime minister at the White House last month.

The bloc has been there for the vast majority of Britons, as well as dozens of other countries, since the start of the pandemic 18 months ago.

The UK lifted rules on fully vaccinated US visitors in July as a ‘goodwill gesture’.

But to the concern of ministers and the fury of the travel industry, the US had not responded.

Joe Biden dramatically stated that the strict restrictions would be lifted on the eve of a meeting with the Prime Minister at the White House last month

Johnson said he was 'elated' by the US move last month, which seemingly came out of the blue

Johnson said he was ‘elated’ by the US move last month, which seemingly came out of the blue

The travel ban that the US has blocked for most Britons for 18 months

The vast majority of British citizens have been denied entry to the United States since the height of the first wave of Covid last year.

On March 16, 2020, President Trump blocked entry for British nationals if they had been in the UK, Ireland, the EU’s Schengen-free travel zone, Iran, Brazil or China in the past 14 days.

The ban had a chilling effect on transatlantic travel – as it was intended – and sparked pleas from airlines and other travel agencies to relax the rules as the threat from Covid subsides.

A much-discussed victim of the ban is the failure of British tennis star Emma Radacanu.

Her family was unable to travel to New York this month to witness her spectacular victory in the US Open final.

It has also robbed the beleaguered airline industry of one of its most important and lucrative markets.

Trump tried to lift the no-fly zone in January when he left office, but new President Joe Biden reversed the decision and kept them in place to prevent another wave of Covid from overwhelming the US as he ramped up his vaccination program.

Britain dropped restrictions on fully vaccinated US visitors in July as a “goodwill gesture” and he and Biden set up a special working group in June to take the issue further, following discussions at the G7 summit in Cornwall.

Flight bookings rose after the news, which seemingly came out of the blue, and Mr Johnson said he was “elated”.

However, concern is growing that so far there is no indication of the Biden administration over any period of time.

A high-ranking government source told MailOnline, “Your guess is just as good as ours. They didn’t tell us about the date.

“The White House is in charge of policy. It’s very difficult to figure out what’s going on.”

The source said they still hoped the change would be in effect by early November, but complained that the lack of communication was an ongoing issue.

“We were caught off guard by Biden’s original announcement,” she added.

Paul Charles of the PC Agency said in recent days that airlines are working on the easing that can take place between November 8 and November 13.

Currently, travelers from the UK cannot visit the US without special permission from the United States Government.

The ban prevented tennis star Emma Radacanu’s family from traveling to New York last month to watch her spectacular victory in the US Open final.

It has also robbed the beleaguered airline industry of one of its most important and lucrative markets.

Prior to the pandemic, approximately 3.8 million Britons visited the US each year.

Donald Trump tried to lift the no-fly zone in January when he left office, but new President Joe Biden reversed the decision and kept them in place to prevent another wave of Covid from overwhelming the US as he ramped up his vaccination program .

Mr Johnson and Mr Biden set up a special working group in June this year to further develop the issue, following discussions at the G7 summit in Cornwall.

Britain then dropped restrictions on fully vaccinated US visitors in July as a “goodwill gesture”.

But until the Prime Minister’s visit to the US, progress seemed to have stalled.

A spokesman for the US Department of Transportation said, “We have no updates or new information at this time.”

The UK-US route is one of the most important and lucrative markets for the airline industry (photo, Heathrow airport)

The UK-US route is one of the most important and lucrative markets for the airline industry (photo, Heathrow airport)

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