The Daily Mail Escape team has everything you need to know about reopening travel to the US and keeping your notoriously impatient border guards sweet.
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Can we finally go to America?
The Daily Mail Escape team has offered tips on keeping candy to the notoriously impatient US border guards.
Not right away, but as of Monday we can, as President Joe Biden has lifted the blanket ban on UK tourists. But there is a caveat.
You must be fully vaccinated to travel.
Can you go if you are not vaccinated?
There are exemptions for diplomats, aircrews and United Nations officials.
Are there any other requirements for travelers with a double puncture?
Yes. You must also take a Covid test and have proof of a negative result within three days of departure. It can be an antigen / lateral flow test or a PCR test. The proof certificate must be marked with your name as shown on your passport plus at least one other “identifier” such as your date of birth or passport number.
Proof certificates can be in digital or paper format for display at check-in on departure and to border officials on arrival.
Can I use an NHS test for this?
It is almost certainly not. The wording of the US border control is not clear on this, so it is essential to err on the side of caution and reserve and pay for a private test at a registered medical laboratory. Prices for antigen / lateral flow tests are cheaper, ranging from £ 25 to £ 50. You must perform the test in a laboratory; You cannot complete a home test unsupervised as you are exposed to fraud.
What about tests taken via video / Zoom while the medical lab staff is witnessing it?
Such tests are acceptable.
The US opens to British tourists from November 8, but British people must be fully vaccinated to travel.
What proof of being fully vaccinated will I need?
Your NHS Travel Covid Pass is sufficient. You will need to be able to show the ‘QR’ code to your airline and officials upon arrival, either in print or digitally.
Is the AstraZeneca vaccine accepted because it has not yet been approved there?
Yes. The US health regulator, the Centers for Disease Control, accepts Oxford AstraZeneca’s hits as they have been approved by the World Health Organization.
Children under the age of 18 traveling with a fully vaccinated adult are exempt from the requirement to be fully vaccinated, but those between the ages of 2 and 17 must undergo a lateral flow test or PCR within three days of departure. Children under the age of 18 traveling alone must take a test within one day of travel.
Anything else you need?
Yes. Every tourist must, as required before the pandemic, complete an ESTA form to enter the US ‘ESTA’ stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization. These cost £ 9 and must be completed at least 72 hours before the trip. Apply via esta.cbp.dhs.gov.
Do you need to wear a mask while flying?
Yes, and also at US airports.
Travelers must wear a face mask while flying and traveling through US airports.
Do you have to wear a mask everywhere?
Each state has its own rules, although masks are mandatory on public transportation. Some places have special rules for indoor gatherings that could affect children. In New York, anyone over the age of 12 must have proof of having had at least one puncture when attending restaurants, cafes, shops, cinemas, and museums. See ‘Key to NYC’ at nyc.gov.
For a state-by-state breakdown, see ‘List of Coronavirus-Related Restrictions’ at aarp.org.
What about more general information about US travel rules?
Are flight prices cheap?
Very. If you book early and have flexible dates, a return to the West Coast costs around £ 400, while New York costs around £ 340 round trip. Check skyscanner.net and Google Flights.