There will be two key changes that affect international travel:
1. FACE COVERINGS - the legal requirements to wear a face covering will be lifted in all settings, including in international travel contexts. However, the Government still expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in enclosed and crowded spaces where they come into contact with people they don’t normally meet – such as public or international transport.
· As in all other settings, businesses such as airports, ports, airlines and ferry companies are free to determine their own face coverings policy based on their own health and safety risk assessments. Customers should follow the rules and guidance set by transport operators during their journeys.
2. SOCIAL DISTANCING - whilst social distancing rules (2 metres or 1 metre with additional mitigations) are being lifted in the vast majority of settings, they will still apply at ports of entry between disembarkation and border control in order to manage the risk of variants of concern being transmitted between individuals and imported into the country.
· This include areas in ports and airports wherever there are people travelling to the UK from outside the Common Travel Area (CTA) ahead of border control. This does not include ports of entry where all arrivals have already passed through juxtaposed controls before departure (i.e. Eurostar St Pancras).
This guidance is for England only, different rules apply in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and this will need to be considered in relation to your communications where appropriate, informing passengers where possible.
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US President Joe Biden has promised to address the ongoing transatlantic travel ban.
After talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Biden will make a decision 'in a matter of days' on when US-Europe non-essential travel can restart.
"It's in process now. I'm waiting to hear from our folks in our COVID team as to when that should be done," Biden said.
Although Europe has eased travel restrictions for inbound American travelers, the US has kept strict travel restrictions in place that were imposed under former President Donald Trump.
"We welcome the President's remark, delivered today with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that more information on the timing for lifting international travel bans could come 'within the next several days," said U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Tori Emerson Barnes.
"The science says we can safely reopen international travel now, particularly for countries that have made considerable progress toward vaccinating their citizens."
Biden's hint at a relaxation of the ban is the clearest signal yet that it may be coming to an end soon.
In answering Merkel's query it relates specifically to EU passenger flights but any relaxation of restrictions will likely include the UK.
There has been intense pressure for several weeks from industry groups on both sides of the Atlantic to allow free movement to kick start business travel.
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