Ministers have confirmed that fully vaccinated travellers from the US and EU will be allowed to enter England without having to quarantine.
People who have been vaccinated in the UK no longer have to isolate when entering from an amber list country.
But this will be extended to those who have been jabbed in the US and Europe, allowing expats and tourists to visit freely.
There are also hopes the US may soon lift its travel ban, which has been in place for the UK and Ireland since March 2020.
Here is everything you need to know about travelling to the US.
Can I travel to the US?
Only US citizens and permanent residents of the US, as well as close family members and other limited visa holders, can enter the US from the UK at this time.
UK visitors do have the option to spend two weeks “laundering” their country status by travelling to the USA via a third party nation such as Mexico.
The rules state that travellers must not have been in the UK for any of the 14 days prior to arriving in the USA.
UK visitors can wait in Mexico or another third party country that has no US banning order for a fortnight after leaving the UK and then catch an onward flight to the US.
The US ban on travellers from the UK has been in effect for over 16 months.
A presidential proclamation, signed by Donald Trump on 14 March 2020, placed an indefinite ban on travellers from the UK and Ireland that can only be rescinded by the sitting president.
When will the travel ban be lifted?
Joe Biden said last week that an end date to the European travel ban could be announced “within days”.
However, it is not clear whether this could also include the separate ban on travel from the UK and Ireland.
Covid case rates are higher in the UK than the EU, and there are also concerns surrounding the prevalence of the Delta variant – though it has now become the dominant strain in the US.
Speaking at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, President Biden said discussions on when travel restrictions for Europe could be lifted were “in process now”.
There were hopes he and Boris Johnson would agree a UK-US travel corridor at the G7 summit in Cornwall last month, but there was no announcement beyond the creation of a taskforce looking into the issue.
Which list is the US on?
The US is currently on the amber list, which means that when the travel ban is lifted, fully vaccinated people will be allowed to travel there from the UK without having to quarantine upon their return.
Those who have not received their second jab at least 14 days before arriving in the UK must still quarantine for 10 days.
The seven-day infection rate in the US is 121 per 100,000 people, and around half the adult population is fully vaccinated.
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