USA holidays have not been possible for the majority of 2020 so far. Travel to the United States of America has been put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic. Although many countries around the world are easing measures in the wake of the virus, UK tourists may well have to wait longer before crossing the Atlantic.
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A leading health boss in the USA has warned it could be “months” until Britons are allowed into the country.
British nationals are currently banned from entering America.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) explains in its travel advice: “Since 16 March, it is not possible for many British nationals to enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran or China within the previous 14 days.”
Dr Anthony Fauci, America’s top public health official, has now warned these restrictions could remain in place until a coronavirus vaccine is developed.
Fauci, an infectious disease expert said it would be “more likely months than weeks” before the current ban was lifted.
“It’s going to be really wait and see,” he told The Telegraph.
“I don’t think there’s going to be an immediate pull back for those kinds of restrictions.
“My feeling, looking at what’s going on with the infection rate, I think it’s more likely measured in months rather than weeks.”
However, Fauci is optimistic that a vaccine for the deadly virus will be possible.
“A big clue as to whether you’ll be successful in developing a vaccine is what the body is able to do against natural infection,” he told The Times.
The exert continued: “You come to the coronavirus and the vast majority of people who get infected ultimately clear the infection, which means that the body is capable of making a good response.
“This tells me that, even though there’s no guarantee, it is likely we will be able to develop a vaccine that induces the kind of response that protects you from infection.”
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The USA travel ban has affected almost four million Britons who visit the county every year.
There are certain exceptions to the restrictions, though.
“US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members and certain other limited categories of visas holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt,” states the FCO.
“They will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements.
“Those allowed entry to the USA must be prepared to self-isolate for up to 14 days after arrival.”
For now, Britons are unable to travel unless for “essential” reasons, anyway.
It is not yet known when this restrictions will be lifted.
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