Donald Trump could lift the US travel ban on the UK and Europe as early as next week, say industry and aviation sources.
The US Department of Homeland Security is understood to have recommended the move which could be authorised by the President through an executive order next Tuesday, according to senior sources in the travel industry.
Mr Trump has been considering the plan since late November, after the introduction of the ban on Britain, Ireland and 26 other European countries at the start of the pandemic in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus. The plan has won the backing of White House coronavirus task-force members, public health and other federal agencies, according to officials, but Mr Trump has yet to make a final decision and sign it off.
However, with the UK now under strict new travel regulations from today, these changes have less immediate impact than they otherwise would.