Recently remarks by Dr Fauci, one of the US’s leading coronavirus health experts, seemed to indicate that the UK/US borders would not open any time soon. Currently, the US border is not completely shut, but it is closed to anyone who has been in the UK/EU in the last 14 days (with certain exceptions). The good news is that the remarks from Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State who actually will enable the decision, sound a lot more promising.
I talked about the EU’s list of 100 countries that they are considering allowing entry to in this article. However, not surprisingly the US is being touted as one of the countries that they will not allow entry to. Much as I would love to see my US friends soon, I can see exactly why. In some states, the outbreaks seem out of control with Arizona reporting as many cases as the whole EU in a single day!
Despite the dire situation in some parts of the US, Mike Pompeo seemed very optimistic in his remarks yesterday. On Wednesday he said expected a solution “in the coming weeks” and that the US was working “to get the global travel back in place”.
Mr Pompeo said “We certainly don’t want to reopen in a way that jeopardises the United States from people travelling here and we certainly don’t want to cause problems anyplace else”
It is also reassuring to see states such as New York where strict restrictions have dramatically curtailed the virus, quarantining arrivals from other states with high rates of infection. The EASA list of airports with a high rate of infection in the vicinity could be one way around the issue. If the entry restrictions were airport of origin-specific for huge countries like the US it could help open travel safely but earlier than for a whole country. It is not without holes though, as checking people that took separate connecting flights would be tricky.