UK government pushes for lifting of US travel restrictions: Sources - GulfToday

UK government pushes for lifting of US travel restrictions: Sources


Tailfins of British Airways planes are seen parked at Heathrow airport in Britain. File/Reuters

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The UK government is making a concerted effort to persuade the Donald Trump administration to lift or soften travel restrictions.

Sources briefed to the media on the matter said, travel restrictions that bar most people in the United Kingdom from traveling to the United States.

The White House declined to comment on Friday.

A pedestrian walks past a sign displaying a message to wear a face covering in central London. File/AFP

Earlier on Nov.25, media reported the White House was considering rescinding entry bans for most non-US citizens who recently were in Brazil, Britain, Ireland and 26 other European countries.

Since then there has been no decision by President Donald Trump, but UK officials have held a series of high-level talks with White House and Cabinet officials.


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But in an email to Reuters, a spokeswoman for the UK Department for Transport said “restarting transatlantic flights is of critical importance to the economic recovery of the UK and the US, the airline industry and for British nationals, most of whom cannot enter the US. British officials continue to pursue the resolution to this issue.”

The proposal to lift the travel restrictions won the backing of White House coronavirus task-force members, public health and other federal agencies, Reuters reported in November.

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