The U.S. has upgraded its travel advisory to a Level 4–do not travel–to the U.K. delaying the idea … [+] of opening a travel corridor soon
Recent hopes that President Biden would soon revoke the ban on travel to the U.K. and Europe have been cast into doubt, as the U.S. raised the travel advisory to the U.K. to a level 4, the highest, meaning people should not travel.
The Biden administration has also added 130 other countries to the list (including many countries in Europe), in line with an increase in perceived epidemiological risks, assessed by the CDC (this now covers 80% of the planet, as reported by The Telegraph).
The news is a blow to airlines who had been pushing both governments to open up the U.S./U.K. travel corridor as soon as May. The London–New York route is one of the most lucrative and a recent report suggested that delaying the opening of travel between the two countries until September could cost £55.7 ($76) billion in lost trade and £3 ($4.1) billion in tourism GDP.
It had been reported that President Biden was considering May to remove the travel ban on the back of a strong vaccination rollout across both countries…