We’re excited to confirm that the Biden administration has confirmed (on 15 October) that the United States will reopen its borders for fully vaccinated international visitors from Monday 8 November.
This welcome news means that from 8 November, if you’re fully vaccinated with a vaccine recognised by the United States, you’ll be able to enter the US as a visitor, be it for leisure, business or reuniting with loved ones. This latest easing of restrictions applies to visitors from the UK, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran, Brazil and the 26 Schengen countries in Europe.
We anticipate that further guidance will be published by the US authorities in the coming weeks, which will detail the accepted forms of vaccination proof, finalise the accepted vaccines, and explain the correct requirements for travellers aged under 18. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indicated that six vaccines recognised by the FDA and the World Health Organization (WHO) will meet the criteria for travel to the US. We are confident that the Astra Zeneca vaccine will be accepted and this has been confirmed by the US chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci on 21 September.
Please check the US travel advice on the UK FCDO website for the latest, including the regular entry requirements and also refer to our US travel advice page. The requirements to travel transatlantic may have changed since you last flew so it’s really important you familiarise yourself with the requirements to ensure a smooth journey.
Travellers to the US will have to show proof of full vaccination (with 14 days elapsed from the final dose) and a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of departure. If you need a helping hand, we have advice on private testing providers. You’ll also need to share your telephone number and email address with the US authorities for contact tracing purposes and please note that customers aged 2 and over travelling to or from the United States must wear a face mask, unless they are exempt.
If you’re returning to England from the US and are fully vaccinated through a UK-approved vaccination programme, you won’t have to do a pre-departure test for England – just complete a COVID-19 lateral flow test on or before day 2 of arrival, as well as a Passenger Locator Form.
Virgin Atlantic currently serves the following US destinations from London Heathrow: Atlanta, Boston, New York-JFK, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco.
Our popular Orlando services from London Heathrow and Manchester will restart on 8 November, along with our Manchester-New York-JFK and London Heathrow-Las Vegas services, to be followed by Manchester-Atlanta on 2 December and Seattle and Washington DC services from Heathrow in early 2022.
We are simply not Virgin without the Atlantic and after 18 months of uncertainty, we cannot wait to welcome our customers back onboard, flying you safely to your favourite US destinations.