Note: this article was last updated on 10 November 2021 and was correct at time of writing.
Latest UK-US travel news: when can I travel to the US?
The US has now opened their borders to fully vaccinated travellers. With this move, travellers will no longer be subject to the tight restrictions that have been imposed since spring 2020.
To enter the US, the vaccine you’ve received should either be FDA-approved or included in WHO’s Emergency Use Listing. The AstraZeneca jab, is one of them.
Passengers will have to show proof of vaccination before boarding a US-bound plane and a negative COVID test result, taken within 72 hours of departure. Or proof of recovery from Covid-19 within the last 90 days (Medical signed Letter will be required with full name and dates shown on letter – cannot only have email from NHS showing you are cleared to travel).
For children travelling with parents they have to show an antigen or PCR test no more than 3 days before flight departure
Additional test 3-5 days after arrival in America, currently the guidance on this is not fully known and the type of test and supervision requirement, therefore we advise you book a supervised Antigen test with proof of purchase in order to meet the attestation criteria you will be agreeing to. (so this is another test supervised with proof) carry the proof of booking this test with you to airport and for security.
The UK has already opened its borders to quarantine-free travel for fully vaccinated US citizens. Since the traffic light system was scrapped, vaccinated travellers to England from the US must now take only one COVID test on day two of arriving back in the country. If you’re not vaccinated, you have to self-isolate for 10 days when you get home and take a second COVID test on day eight. You also have to fill out a passenger locator form before arriving at UK customs.
It is a legal requirement that all customers aged 2 years or older, travelling by air from the UK to the USA, must complete a Passenger Disclosure and Attestation form. This also includes any customers connecting through the USA. Parents or guardians may complete forms for passengers aged 2 to 17 years old.
You must complete the attestation form within 72 hours of your travel to the U.S. Please ensure this is completed online before you get to the airport, as it will be checked by our Airport staff and you will not be permitted to travel without it.
If you're flying with Virgin Atlantic or British Airways from Heathrow they now have options to trial their new digital test verification process. Both of which were used on Todays double runway showcase.
Quarantine requirements may be enforced and can vary depending on the state you’re travelling to. Please check the requirements of the local state you're arriving in before you travel.
Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay.
Please do not forget to book and pay for your ESTA for permitted entry into America for fully vaccinated visitors.