UK’s Johnson wants US travellers back as restrictions set to ease

Reuters

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to allow fully vaccinated EU and US travelers into England. (File photo/BCCL)

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants US citizens to come to England “freely” and is discussing a travel corridor with the United States, LBC radio said on Wednesday, before an expected easing of Covid-19 restrictions for visitors from abroad.

Airline and travel bosses have criticised Britain for sticking to strict Covid-19 travel rules which they say mean the country is falling behind the European Union in attracting tourists, but that looks set to change.

A decision to allow fully vaccinated EU and US travellers into England without having to isolate is expected shortly and the new rules could come into force as early as next week, a government source said on condition of anonymity.

Decisions concerning health are left to the four individual nations of Britain – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – and each has the right to set different entry restrictions during the pandemic.

Any loosening by England – the largest of the four nations -would be a huge boost for the travel industry after 16 months of restrictions, which have left most companies under severe financial strain.

Shares in British Airways and EasyJet jumped over 4%, while Wizz Air was up 5%.

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