Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Official: UK tourists can visit the United States from 8th November

Links on Head for Points may support the site by paying a commission.  See here for all partner links.

Whilst we haven’t yet seen the final details, it has been confirmed this afternoon that the US will open its borders, land and air, from 8th November.

This has been reported by Reuters here and confirmed via Twitter by a White House official.

The headline requirements are what you would expect:

  • you must be fully vaccinated (Astra now accepted, presumably 14 days before travel) and
  • you must show a negative test result (not clear what type)

This is literally all that is known so far. We do NOT know what the position is with unvaccinated children, and we do not know what form of documentation will be required to prove your status.

There will be no entry into the US for anyone who is unvaccinated, which will actually be a retrograde step for some countries whose citizens have so far been welcome regardless of vaccination.

In a statement, Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss said:

“The US Government’s confirmation that fully vaccinated UK visitors will be able to enter the US from 8 November is welcome news and finally allows consumers and businesses to book travel with confidence.  The US has been our heartland for more than 37 years and we are simply not Virgin without the Atlantic.  We’ve been steadily ramping up flying to destinations such as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and we can’t wait to fly our customers safely to their favourite US cities, on holiday or to reconnect with friends, loved ones and colleagues.

“As the UK forges its recovery from the pandemic, the reopening of the transatlantic corridor and the lifting of Presidential Order 212F acknowledges the great progress both nations have made in rolling out successful vaccine programmes. The UK will now be able to strengthen ties with our most important economic partner, the US, boosting trade and tourism as well as reuniting friends, families and business colleagues. We are thankful to Prime Minister Johnson and the UK Government, the Biden administration and our industry partners for their support in removing these barriers and allowing free travel between our countries to resume.”

Sean Doyle, CEO of British Airways, was briefer:

“Nearly 600 days since the introduction of the US travel ban, this is a pivotal moment for the entire travel industry and finally provides the certainty we have so desperately needed. 

We can’t wait to welcome our customers back on board and reconnect friends and families across the Atlantic, rebuild US-UK business relationships and reclaim Britain’s position as a leader on the global stage.”

A formal announcement will be made later on Friday.

Comments (99)

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

  • Andrew says:

    With New York requiring vaccine certificates for restaurants will they accept our AZ ones on NHS apps?

    • Holmes says:

      San Francisco restaurants accepted mine last week.

      There was a lengthy list of proof that they accepted, the last one was “any other vaccination certificate issue by an authority”

    • A says:

      They accept the paper NHS ones here in NYC, I wouldn’t worry too much.

    • Mits says:

      I live in NYC, and was vaxxed in the UK. They happily accept the card, paper NHS letter and the NHS app (or a download from it)!

  • Anna says:

    Has FCDO advice been not to travel to the US and when did it change? Just thinking a few people could have fallen foul of having booked trips against FCDO advice. Think our insurance only excludes travel while said advice is actually in place but I need to double check!

  • Yorkieflyer says:

    Apart from NYC which is a firm favourite of mine, I fail to see the attraction of the barren hinterland until you reach California, of course YMMV

    • mark2 says:

      Many people (not including me) will have family and/or friends in other places.

    • Doug M says:

      Austin is fabulous. Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington and Dallas all good places to visit. Phoenix up into Utah for amazing national parks. Yellowstone and Wyoming have incredible scenery.

  • Rhonal says:

    Today I try to cancelled the Ba amex and the agent said IF I haven’t used the CV I was going to lose it – is that true?

    • Rob says:

      No. Total lie.

      • Stu N says:

        Aye, they are shitting you. You need an Amex to pay the taxes, fees and charges but I used my partner’s remaining 241 with an Amex in my name and all good..

  • Track says:

    Twitter indeed for important government announcements!

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.