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Transatlantic Flights Update

New rules for passengers traveling from the UK to America and Canada
Published on January 5, 2021

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Today, England and Scotland re-enter a phase of national lockdown, following a rapid spread of Covid-19 cases across the UK. Over the holidays, a new variant of the virus was confirmed in the UK, which scientists believe is more contagious.

As a result, the US has a new series of rules for passengers traveling from the UK to America. Regulations continue to prohibit travel for non-US Citizens or green card holders, while all passengers flying to the States will now need to have tested negative for the coronavirus. New York City has also introduced a 14 day quarantine period for arrivals from the UK.

During the initial uncertainty relating to the more contagious variant Canada suspended all incoming travel from the UK until January 6. From January 7, travel can resume, but passengers above the age of 5 will need to show a negative Covid-19 test.

Transatlantic travel is also likely to be complicated by the UK’s new national lockdown. The government’s website, for example, notes that “those in Tier 4 areas in England will not be permitted to travel abroad apart from limited exceptions, such as work purposes”. You may also have to self-isolate on any return journey to the UK.

The new regulations are also having an impact on consular services at the US Embassy in London, and consulates in Belfast and Edinburgh. Emergency services are available, but routine operations continue to remain suspended.

If you have an appointment or need assistance, check out the US Embassy website for full details and availability: https://uk.usembassy.gov/covid-19-coronavirus-information/

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