US decision to keep UK travel ban lacking ‘mutual balance’ according to British expat

Paul Scully discusses US' decision to raise alert for UK travel

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Earlier this week, President Biden announced he will maintain travel restrictions with many countries including the UK, for the foreseeable future.

Currently, Britons are not allowed to enter the US if they have been in the UK in the previous 14 days.

The US is on the amber list, meaning fully-vaccinated US travellers can enter the UK without restrictions.

Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, announced fully-jabbed US visitors will be able to skip quarantine from August 2.

When asked if the US will reciprocate, he said “that depends.”

“We can only set the rules for our country, and people should always check the rules on the other side.

“We are saying ‘you can come here, you can come as a tourist, you can come to see friends if you have been double-vaccinated without quarantine’.

“But we can’t change that on the other side but we do expect that in time they will release that executive order.”

The current travel ban is affecting thousands of Britons who live, permanently of temporarily, in the US.

A Briton who lives in Colorado half of the year said the easing of the restrictions should be reciprocal as from next week US travellers will be able to enter the UK but not the other way around.

“I feel it is a one sided rule with US citizens allowed to travel to the U.K.” he said.

“The US boarders need to be opened up to allow International travel once again as soon as possible.

“The US Government needs to open the boarders for double vaccinated individuals at the very least and restrictions also need to be relaxed on the US side to have mutual balance and fairness.”

He explained he hasn’t been able to go to the US in over a year, since the travel ban was imposed.

“The travel ban has affected me personally and professionally.

“It has been difficult to see my partner who lives in the US. We hadn’t seen each other in over 6 months,” he said.

“Thankfully she was able to travel to the U.K. to see me as a trip to the US right now is almost impossible with current restrictions.

“I have been unable to see friends and family based in the US for over a year.

“This has certainly been difficult on us personally,” he admitted.

Although it is unlikely Britons will be able to visit the US this summer, he has hope the travel ban will be relaxed for UK visitors soon.

“I will be booking a ticket to the USA as soon as I am able to.”

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