UK added to US 'do not travel' list – crushing Brit hopes of holidays to Florida this summer
THE US has added the UK to it's 'Do Not Travel' list, putting it at the highest risk level.
Britain is now at Level Four, which is the highest rating due to "very high levels of Covid".
The US added 130 countries to their travel ban list earlier this week, and has now reclassified 116 countries to increase the warning.
This includes France, Germany and Canada, as well as Israel – despite the country having the highest vaccine rates in the world.
According to the Telegraph, the change is not due to a change in the health situation in each country but "to rely more on CDC's existing epidemiological assessments".
It was hoped that a travel corridor could open between the UK and the US in time for the summer due to the successful vaccine rollout in both countries.
The UK has offered the first jab to 49 per cent of the population, with the US nearing 40 per cent.
Airlines have been pushing for a travel corridor between the UK and the US which could connect popular routes such as New York and Florida.
Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss previously said: "There is a great opportunity here to focus on the corridor between the US and the UK. The US has a hugely successful vaccination program."
British Airways CEO Sean Doyle also added: "On the basis of what we see looking forward with the vaccination programme we think the case for opening up the entire US as a single system is very compelling."
Transatlantic airlines such as American Airlines said they plan to resume long-haul flights next month, while Aer Lingus are launching direct flights from Manchester to the US in July.
It is believed that the US could be put on the UK's "green" list when it is announced next month as part of the new traffic light scheme.
This would allow Brits to return from the US without having to quarantine back in the UK, and only require a negative Covid test before returning, and one on day two.
The UK government are to announce which countries will be on the green list in the upcoming weeks.
Here are the countries welcoming Brits back this summer – and how likely they will be on the UK's safe list.
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