BRITS can finally jet off to the USA again from tomorrow as the American Covid travel ban ends after 20 months
Thousands of travellers will be able to jet off on transatlantic flights for long-awaited reunions with family and friends.
The move marks the end of a near 600 day ban on international leisure travel to the US and has been welcomed by airlines and tour operators.
Fully vaccinated Brits will be allowed to head back to the US for the first time since early 2020, with the borders being closed for 20 months.
Donald Trump banned visitors to the US from dozens of countries such as the UK, Ireland, the 26 Schengen nations in Europe, China, India and South Africa.
The lifting of the travel ban is vital for the UK's long-haul airlines, airports and travel firms, which have been hit hard by the virus crisis.
Airlines have ramped up UK-US flight schedules to meet the increased demand for travel.
A total of 3,688 flights are scheduled to operate between the countries this month, according to travel data firm Cirium.
Data shows that will be a spike of 21 per cent compared with October, but remains 49 per cent down on the pre-pandemic levels of November 2019.
Around 3.8 million British nationals visited the US every year prior to the pandemic, according to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
A survey of 2,000 UK consumers commissioned by travel trade organisation Abta suggested that the US is only behind Spain in the foreign destinations that holidaymakers say they plan to visit.
US president Joe Biden announced in September that the US would reopen its border.
Under the new rules, fully-vaccinated passengers will be allowed to enter the country although they’ll still need to show a negative Covid test certificate, issued within 72 hours of travel.
Or they will have to prove that they have recovered from the virus in the three months prior to travel.
Children are exempt from the vaccination requirement but those aged between two and 17 must take a coronavirus test three to five days after arrival.
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