The US has warned American citizens not to travel to the UK, as coronavirus cases soar and restrictions are lifted.
On July 19, the same day that England and Scotland both moved forward with a major easing of lockdown, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) placed Britain on its red list of countries with the highest level of risk.
The UK was put on the “Level 4” list of countries with very high Covid risk, with the advisory travel guidance warning that even fully vaccinated travellers could be at risk.
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The CDC said: “Avoid travel to the United Kingdom. If you must travel to the United Kingdom, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel.
“Because of the current situation in the United Kingdom, even fully vaccinated travellers may be at risk for getting and spreading Covid-19 variants.”
The guidance instructs US citizens in the UK to “follow recommendations or requirements in the United Kingdom, including wearing a mask and staying 6 feet apart from others,” despite England eliminating legal requirements for face coverings and social distancing.
Travel between the US and the UK, as well as much of Europe, is already heavily restricted.
Under an order put in place by Donald Trump 16 months ago, only US citizens and permanent residents, as well as close family members and specialist visa holders, can enter the country from the UK.
The rules state that travellers must not have been in the UK for any of the 14 days prior to arriving in the US, meaning Brits can only enter the US if they first spend two weeks in a country not subject to restrictions, such as Mexico.
Suggestions have been raised of a potential travel corridor that could ease the rules.
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