A coalition of US and EU travel groups, airlines, labor unions, businesses and airports called on Monday for the full reopening of the US and UK air transport market “as soon as safely possible”.
In a letter to US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the groups said the scheduled leaders’ meeting in early June “would be an ideal opportunity for a joint announcement of the full reopening of the US-UK air transport market. for both. American and British citizens. ”
The United States since March 2020 has banned almost all non-US citizens who have recently visited the UK from the US.
“The return of transatlantic flights would not only have a significantly positive impact on our respective economies, but will also reunite those who have been separated from their loved ones for more than a year,” said the letter, signed by the American Chamber of Commerce, Airlines. . for America, Global Business Travel Association, Air Line Pilots Association, Virgin Atlantic, Association of UK Airlines, Aerospace Industries Association and others.
“The safe reopening of the borders between the United States and the United Kingdom is essential for the economic recovery of both countries after COVID-19. “
On Monday, the European Union executive recommended easing COVID-19 travel restrictions next month to allow foreign travelers from more countries to enter the EU, hoping to boost the tourism industry struggling this summer.
A question remains whether the US government will participate in helping Americans establish to foreign governments that they have been fully vaccinated for travel.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, “There will be no federal immunization database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination certificate.”
India, Brazil, China, Iran, South Africa, Ireland and 26 other countries in Europe that allow travel across open borders are also covered by tough travel restrictions that prevent most non-US citizens enter the United States if they have stayed within a country. of these countries in the last 14 days.
In January, Biden overturned a decision by President Donald Trump to lift entry bans to the UK and other European countries.
Almost all of Europe still prohibits most American travelers from visiting, while Britain allows American visits but requires a 10-day quarantine on arrival and two COVID-19 tests.
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