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Published on Tuesday, October 13, 2020

US officials pushing for transatlantic travel corridor to UK






US officials are pushing hard for a transatlantic travel corridor to and from the UK.


Representatives from the US Transportation Department and the Department of Homeland Security are talking to UK counterparts to set up a travel bubble.


There are also negotiations taking place about shortening the current 14-day quarantine period for inbound US travelers, the Wall Street Journal reports.


A transatlantic corridor was first mooted several weeks ago.


A Homeland Security official said the US is targeting a travel corridor beginning before the busy Thanksgiving holiday.


Talks on 'safely encouraging transatlantic travel while mitigating public-health risks' are still ongoing, a DHS official said.


It will likely require the implementation of a pre-travel testing program before any agreement is reached.


Talks have focused on testing before departure and again upon arrival.


"A testing framework that ensures rapid, accurate, affordable and scalable testing should eliminate the need for mandatory quarantines upon arrival and speed the global recovery of commercial air travel," trade group Airlines for America said.


It wouldn't impact the current ban on Americans traveling to the EU, although US officials have reportedly been in discussions with Germany.


UK residents are currently prohibited from entering the US.


 


Written by Ray Montgomery, US Editor

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