The US has eased travel restrictions for 61 countries as its vaccine rollout continues to gain ground.
Dozens of countries were lowered from the Level 4 ‘avoid all travel’ rating after the criteria set out by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) changed on Monday from 100 Covid cases per 100,000 to 500 cases per 100,000.
France, Spain and Italy are among those which are now classed as Level 3, meaning fully-vaccinated passengers can visit them.
But despite its more extensive vaccine rollout, the UK has not moved from Level 3, and most passengers are still banned from travelling to the US.
Under a presidential decree in force since last March, non-US citizens who have been in the UK in the last 14 days cannot enter the country, save for a few exemptions.
Meanwhile, the US remains on Britain’s amber list, meaning anyone arriving from across the pond must self-isolate for 10 days.
The CDC said it updated its requirements to ‘better differentiate countries with severe outbreak situations from countries with sustained, but controlled, Covid-19 spread.’
It comes after Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden were urged to discuss a trans-Atlantic travel corridor at their upcoming G7 meeting.
Virgin Atlantic boss Shai Weiss said on Monday: ‘There is no reason for the US to be absent from the UK green list.
‘This overly cautious approach fails to reap the benefits of the successful vaccination programmes in both the UK and the US.’
Travellers would avoid quarantine altogether if the US was added to Britain’s green list, although they would still need to be tested pre-departure.
‘Customers, families and businesses need to book and travel with confidence. After 15 months of restrictions, the time to act is now,’ Mr Weiss added.
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