Travel advice from ABTA Magazine as tourism restarts.
With 50 states, five territories and the District of Columbia, the United States of America offers a wealth of rich and diverse tourism experiences for UK travellers. From buzzing cities to vast national parks and from small quirky towns to world-famous coastlines, the United States is one of the most varied and vibrant tourism destinations in the world. It’s unsurprisingly popular: around 3.8 million British nationals visit the USA every year.
As lockdown continues to ease, the government has revealed a list of countries from which inbound tourist and returning travellers do not need to self-isolate (also known as the travel corridors list) – ending its blanket 14-day quarantine policy. However, it is not necessarily the case that Britons can enter the countries on the exemptions list without needing to quarantine, or that flights are even currently available (research suggests as little as a third of the countries can be visited without restrictions). Although firm favourites France and Italy made it on to lists revealed by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for Transport (DfT), some favourites, including Portugal did not, while Spain was removed.
The USA has recorded more than 4.5m cases of Covid-19 and more than 155,000 deaths – that is almost a quarter of coronavirus deaths around the world, according to data collated by John Hopkins university. This New York Times map and case count is tracking the spread of the virus, which continues impact every element of life in the country. It’s no surprise then that the USA is on neither the FCO exemption list or the DfT travel corridors list, meaning those entering the UK from the country will need to isolate for 14 days and provide journey and contact details. Travellers who go against FCO advice will mostly likely be unable to get travel insurance. Furthermore, British nationals are currently not able to enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil or China within the previous 14 days. Those who are eligible will still have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
The University of Washington says the coronavirus death toll could reach 230,000 by the beginning of November, with no end to the pandemic in sight. Travel to the US, therefore, remains off the cards for the foreseeable future.