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Shafofo, absolutely there are many sitters out here including my husband and I who would gladly fly over to Sonoma CA at the drop of a hat. We would always arrive somewhere early, at least a few days before so that there is no worry for the homeowner, we can meet up if you wish and we can explore the surrounds. Having said that we are regular visitors to Sonoma and actually heading out that way again for a road trip once we are allowed to leave the UK! ))
The future for international travel is definitely looking promising.

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Thank you for your great Tuesday positivity @Samox24 :clap: :heart_eyes:

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Us Brits are DESPERATE for Biden to open the US borders to the British. I’m due to housesit in Florida Aug 3rd to 18th and MUST be there!

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Samox I’m desperate to know what will happen on May 6th. I have a Florida housesit starting Aug 3rd and a BA voucher held over from last summer. Even if we are allowed to travel to the US, will Biden open the borders to us? And what about the mandatory tests we will have to take before boarding in the UK and before boarding in the US?

Hi LTD,
Like you we are totally unaware of what will happen on May 6th, and all we can do is follow the media updates for what our Government will do come May 17th. However the indications are that travel corridors will be set up by June 21st. Having said that we will have to wait and see what Biden will do with regards to the States.
It would appear that yes we will have to undergo a test both before and after travel. With the upcoming NHS app this process should be made easier by getting tested before you go and downloading the results to the app. It would appear that you are proposing to use British Airways given the fact you still have a voucher from last summer. I know for a fact that British Airways have introduced a digital travel health app called VeriFLY that can be used for tests required for home bound travel. You can find more about that on the internet. Hope this helps and you do manage to get to Florida for your August housesit (we will be close behind you!!) :smiley:

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Thank you Samox. I am PRAYING that Biden opens the US borders if the UK government deems travel across the pond is applicable on May 17th!

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@Samox24 Sorry to ask yet further questions : I am watching the flight prices climb as we approach May 6th (and then May 17th ) here in UK. I am confused though, about the testing: even though I will be fully vaccinated, will I still have to pay for these expensive ‘PCR’ test? And with the BA app, what is the cost of this test? How would I get a test done in Florida before I return? So many questions … !

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I’ve also just joined the ranks of the fully vaccinated. The doctor at the vaccination centre did make it very clear that people who are fully vaccinated can still get COVID and can still pass it on. We are just less likely to get very sick (and therefore more likely to be asymptomatic). So I think it is likely that these tests may be a part of travel for a while yet - especially when travelling to or from countries where the vaccine rollout may not be as advanced.

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Hi Ltd,
You are correct as far as we know in saying that you will need a test before you fly despite being fully vaccinated. We have just looked online by googling how much is a PCR test and have come back with a price range varying from £79 to £155 depending on where you live. As we pointed out to you in the previous email British Airways are very keen to get people flying again and if you put in the search engine British Airways VeriFLY you should find Covid19entryrequirements|information|BritishAirways.
That page will give you all the information you need to know including how to book Covid19 tests before you leave and how to buy a test to take with you from Qured. You then schedule a video call with a Qured Health Advisor online within three days of your return to the UK, who will assist you in completing the test, the results should be visible in just 20minutes.
Hope this helps.

That is so helpful and it explains the possible steps in getting these pesky tests so that we can tick those boxes. However, with the price of UK - USA return flights already rising, adding at least £150 to the cost of travel is looking prohibitive. I know that there is pressure from the industry to do away with these tests altogether especially as we are now having second vaccinations and sadly I think that adding £150 to my spend is going to rule out transatlantic travel this summer. Keep me informed!!

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I’m also hoping things will move along too although I’m preparing a sit for thanksgiving so Biden and Boris had better sort it before then!

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