President Biden is understood to be weighing up November 8 as a potential date for the resumption of transatlantic flights.
Former president Donald Trump initially imposed a ban on travellers from China in January 2020 as the virus began spreading across the world, though this was extended to most European countries – including the UK – in the following months.
President Biden said last month that he was confident that fully-jabbed travellers from anywhere in the world could fly to the US from November, though the White House has not yet confirmed an exact date.
A sharp rise in Covid cases in many US states has sparked concern among White House officials that the reopening of international travel may have to be delayed until Thanksgiving at the end of November.
However, transport secretary Grant Shapps is understood to have been given assurances by White House officials that British travellers will be able to enter the US at the beginning of next month, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Mr Shapps said last week that the two countries are “still working on the technicalities” but hinted that a ban on British travellers was unfair as Americans were permitted to travel in the UK.
He told Sky News: “It’s certainly well due, we’re allowing Americans here, we’re recognising their vaccines.”
In order to enter the US, travellers must prove they are fully vaccinated and give evidence of a negative test at least 3 days prior to departure. They must also wear a face covering during their flight and provide an email address and phone number for contact tracing, the newspaper reported.
Under the current regulations, non-US citizens who have visited the UK and most EU countries in the previous 14 days cannot enter the country.
British Airways chief executive Sean Doyle said the opening of travel to the US would “provide a huge boost to global Britain as it emerges from this pandemic”.
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