May 28, 2024

US removes Covid vaccine barrier

The US will scrap its Covid-19 vaccine requirement for inbound international travellers from May 12. 

A statement from the White House signalled an end to the policy requiring international visitors to the US to be fully vaccinated.

The rule, which has been in place since October 2021, was extended at the beginning of this year.

Clive Wratten, CEO of the Business Travel Association (BTA), said the decision was “music to the business travel industry’s ears”. 

“Now that the last restriction to the trade and business relationships between the US and the UK has been removed, two great trading nations can fully get back to business. As the BTA has constantly highlighted, in-person meetings and events are vital to the prosperity of the UK economy,” he said.

“In a recent report by the BTA, nine out of 10 businesses recognise the importance of face-to-face meetings and find them essential in the exchange of expertise and knowledge as well as maintaining relationships between international sectors and countries.”