Those thirsting for European travel may not have to wait too much longer. US officials are looking to open a travel corridor between New York and London as early as the holiday season, citing the increased availability of COVID-19 tests in the US.
A Homeland Security official revealed to the Wall Street Journal that the agency is in the early stages of figuring out how to establish a travel corridor while taking into account all public health risks, and that the White House’s National Security Council has given the green light for the plan to proceed.
As part of the plan, travelers would likely be required to take a COVID-19 test both before their flight and after arrival. Reportedly, a quarantine would also be required, though the exact length hasn’t been determined. Some are supporting a 24-hour isolation period while others prefer a four- to seven-day quarantine.
The UK currently has travel corridors open with several countries in Europe and Asia that remove the self-isolation requirement for incoming passengers. That arrangement has proven difficult to replicate with the US so far, however, due to the country’s high rate of COVID-19 transmission. Currently, US travelers must isolate for 14 days after arriving in the UK.
The Wall Street Journal also mentions that US agencies are having similar talks with German officials.