The list of nations banning travel from the United Kingdom is growing, with Canada now on the list. Will the United States also ban travel from the UK out of an abundance of caution over the new highly-infectious “mutant” strain of coronavirus?
More Countries Banning Travel From UK
Within hours of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing that lockdowns would be tightened across southern England due to a new strain of coronavirus feared significantly more contagious, several nations responded by blocking travel from the UK.
As of press time, that list includes:
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- The Netherlands
Bans vary in duration from 48 hours (in the case of France) to 30 days (for El Salvador).
The European Union as a block is meeting later today to discuss a unified approach to the problem, which is still developing. It is not clear how this “mutant” strain of the virus originated or why it is ravaging through England at an alarming rate.
Canada banned traffic from the United Kingdom for 72 hours, effective at midnight Sunday. Cargo flights are exempt, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau noted that all passenger arriving ahead of the ban on Sunday would face strict secondary screening measures.
Will The United States Also Ban Travel From UK?
U.S. officials have indicated that travel from the UK will not be curbed at this time. Surgeon General Jerome Adams noted on Face the Nation:
“We don’t even know if it’s really more contagious yet or not, or if it just happened to be a strain that was involved in a super-spreader event. Right now, we have no indications that it is going to hurt our ability to continue vaccinating people or that it is any more dangerous or deadly than the strains that are out there and we currently know about.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pummeled the decision, stating:
“Right now, this variant in the UK is getting on a plane and flying to JFK. Right now. Today. Literally six flights a day. And all it takes is one person…
“How many times in life do you have to make the same mistake before you learn? The federal government is being grossly negligent just like the spring, and every day they do nothing on this problem, they do something.”
The United States currently does not mandate testing or quarantine for passengers arriving from the United Kingdom.
This is a developing story, but it does not appear the United States will ban travel from the UK, even as the number of countries which are banning traffic from the UK continues to grow.
image: British Airways