A HOLIDAY to the US isn’t likely to happen any time soon as the country has been excluded from the UK air bridge list.
Here’s all you need to know about travelling to the US from the UK.
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The US is a “red” country, meaning it is deemed to be a high risk, which is why it has not been included as an air bridge with the UK.
Only countries which are green or amber – meaning similar risk to the UK or lower risk than the UK have been included in the agreement.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The US, from a very early stage, banned flights from the UK and from Europe so there isn’t a reciprocal arrangement in place in any case there.
“They have got very high numbers of infections, which is why they are not on the list today.
Brits are still banned from travelling to the US, with the country stopping all flights due to coronavirus earlier this year.
The UK quarantine restrictions are also still in place with anyone returning from the US having to isolate for two weeks.
This means trips to Disney World and Universal Orlando are off the cards indefinitely.
However, Brits could be allowed to fly to New York without having to quarantine for 14 days when they return.
Top-level talks between the US and UK governments are said to be currently underway although they are at an early stage.
Air bridges between the UK and the US hope to be in place by the end of the year.
Paul Charles, spokesperson for the Quash Quarantine group who campaigned for the quarantine on all foreign arrivals to be lifted, told Sun Online Travel: “I think the US will be out of bounds until November for two reasons.
“Firstly, because of the high number of coronavirus cases and secondly, because Trump’s travel ban will likely be in place until the presidential elections.”
Ministers are studying plans for regional air bridges which would allow business travellers and holidaymakers to come to the UK from “low-risk” areas, such as New York City, within countries which are “red-listed” because their overall high coronavirus rates.
Flights between the UK and the US are not currently running.
Airlines including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic hope to restart flights to America later this year.
However, Tui has been forced to cancel all Florida bookings until 2021 due to restrictions in place, including at Disney World.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed on August 21 that ministers were looking at the possibility of “regional travel corridors” which would allow quarantine-free flights from “low risk” areas within countries with high coronavirus rates.