Spirit FM – News – Coronavirus: United States and United Kingdom “in talks on a non-quarantine airlift between London and New York”


Travel without quarantine between London and New York is being discussed between British and American officials as part of plans for a transatlantic “air bridge”, it has been reported.

Under current coronavirus restrictions, British people cannot enter the United States directly from the United Kingdom.

Meanwhile, those arriving in the UK from the US are subject to quarantine rules and must self-isolate for two weeks.

However, according to newspaper reports, the UK and US governments are in talks to create a travel corridor between London and New York.

“Discussions are underway at a very high level around opening up London and New York,” a source told the Daily Telegraph.

“They are at a very early stage, but it is vital to start business with a major trading partner, especially as we approach Brexit. ”

The United States has suffered the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths of any country in the world, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University.

However, despite being once the epicenter of coronavirus cases in the United States, the infection rate in New York is now among the lowest in the country.

There were over 14,000 flights between JFK New York Airport and London Heathrow last year, making it the busiest international long-haul route in the world.

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The Ministry of Transport has regularly amended the list of countries exempt from quarantine measures for passengers arriving from these destinations.

Last week, Portugal has been put back on the UK’s safety list, but passengers arriving from Croatia, Austria and Trinidad and Tobago have been told they should now self-isolate for 14 days.

Asked about reports of a possible non-quarantine travel corridor between London and New York, a spokesperson for the Department of Transport said: “Conversations between the governments of other countries on a range of issues take place on a regular basis.

“Public health remains the UK’s top priority and we are committed to tackling this virus while enabling a sustainable and responsible return of international travel.

“We keep the data of all countries and territories under constant control, and will not add countries to our list of travel corridors unless it is secure. “


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