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US reopens to UK travellers

After 20 months of closed borders, the US has lifted its travel ban and reopened to tourism from the UK.

As the ban comes to an end, ABTA reveals huge pent-up demand for people wishing to jet off to the US.

New data from the travel association shows that almost 1 in 5 (18 per cent) of people who plan to holiday abroad hope to travel to the US over the next year – making it the second-most-popular holiday destination among UK holidaymakers.

“British holidaymakers are now able to enjoy a long-anticipated break in the USA again. The reopening of travel to the US is a very welcome development,” said ABTA’s chief executive Mark Tanzer.

“The USA is currently the second most popular destination on holidaymakers’ wish list for the next year. Pre-pandemic figures show that 4.8 million UK travellers visited the destination in 2019, drawn by vibrant cities, national parks and entertainment venues, with New York and Florida among the most popular destinations.

“The USA is also a destination where people go to study, visit friends and relatives and do business. The reconnecting of the USA and UK is a significant step in the recovery of international travel, helping to re-establish vital trade links which are so vital to the delivery of the Government’s ambition to build a truly Global Britain.”

International visitors arriving at a US port of entry by land or water must: 

  • Present proof of a full Covid-19 vaccination (as outlined on the CDC website)
  • Verbally attest to their nonessential travel and Covid-19 vaccination status

For more information, visit the Department of Homeland Security fact sheet.

Check out the November edition of ABTA Magazine for our deep dive into the reopening of transatlantic travel, including a special video address to ABTA members from Brand USA CMO Tom Garzilli.