Travel between UK and US could reopen soon due to COVID-19 rapid testing

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The coronavirus pandemic has certainly impacted our daily lives. New health and safety regulations are now in place for many venues and businesses. The tourism industry took a big financial hit this year and it’ll be some time for it to recover. Even international travel is affected. But now some believe that rapid testing for COVID-19 could soon become available. If so, then this would help reopen travel between the United States and United Kingdom.

U.S. officials are aiming to open travel between New York City and London with shortened traveler quarantine periods as soon as the holidays, according to people familiar with the matter.

The growing availability of Covid-19 tests in the U.S. has prompted officials at the Transportation Department, Department of Homeland Security and other agencies to revive efforts to establish safe travel corridors between the U.S. and international destinations, the people said. Establishing those routes would require travelers to be tested.

The principal of rapid testing is that it would assure a higher level of confidence in safety for tourism. If we can maintain reliable rapid testing at airports, then international travel could reopen sooner. In the meantime, the techniques used for testing of COVID-19 are being improved to help us all with our daily lives.


Kevin Koszola