Business Express is an online portal that covers the latest developments in the world of business and finance. From startups and entrepreneurship to mergers and acquisitions, Business Express provides reporting on the stories that matter most to business leaders and decision-makers.The website publishes news, press releases, opinion and advertorials on various financial organizations, products and services which are commissioned from various Companies, Organizations, PR agencies, Bloggers etc. These commissioned articles are commercial in nature. This is not to be considered as financial advice and should be considered only for information purposes. It does not reflect the views or opinion of our website and is not to be considered an endorsement or a recommendation. We cannot guarantee the accuracy or applicability of any information provided with respect to your individual or personal circumstances. Please seek Professional advice from a qualified professional before making any financial decisions. We link to various third-party websites, affiliate sales networks, and to our advertising partners websites. When you view or click on certain links available on our articles, our partners may compensate us for displaying the content to you or make a purchase or fill a form. This will not incur any additional charges to you. To make things simpler for you to identity or distinguish advertised or sponsored articles or links, you may consider all articles or links hosted on our site as a commercial article placement. We will not be responsible for any loss you may suffer as a result of any omission or inaccuracy on the website.

Britain says exact date on U.S. travel reopening still not known

LONDON (Reuters) -Britain’s transport minister Grant Shapps said on Friday there was still no exact date for when the United States would open for travellers from the United Kingdom, beyond guidance of early November.

The lack of clarity on the U.S. opening is one of the final barriers remaining for UK travel after Shapps promised an announcement in the coming days on scrapping the requirement for expensive PCR tests for fully-vaccinated arrivals into England.

Asked on Sky News if he had a specific date for when the U.S. would allow Britons in, Shapps said: “I don’t.”

Transatlantic bookings with airlines like British Airways and Virgin Atlantic surged following the U.S. announcement in September but with no further clarity, concerns are growing that the date could be pushed back.

Shapps said he was in touch with his U.S. counterpart and the U.S. ambassador over the matter and that the U.S. still wanted to proceed but it was a matter of working out the technicalities of how to do it.

“They’re still saying to me, early November,” he later told Times Radio.

Don't miss out on any breaking news or insightful opinions!
Subscribe to our free newsletter and stay updated on the go!

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Global Banking & Finance Review. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email.

Shapps, who on Thursday scrapped tough COVID-19 hotel quarantine requirements for dozens of countries, said there would be an announcement shortly on allowing cheaper lateral flow tests for arrivals into the country and the new rule would be in place before Oct. 22.

“We anticipate having it ready for the half term,” he said, referring to the upcoming school break.

Airlines and travel companies have been calling for travellers to be allowed to do the cheaper COVID-19 test for months, saying that the more expensive test adds hundreds of pounds to family holidays and has dampened demand.

Referring to the recent rule changes, British Airways chief executive Sean Doyle said: “It finally feels like we are seeing light at the end of a very long tunnel.”

But he said more needed to be done. As well as a firm date for the U.S. reopening, he asked for testing to be entirely scrapped for fully vaccinated travellers.

(Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Kate Holton and James Davey)

Recent Post: