LONDON—England is open to American visitors again.
The government said it would allow U.S. citizens, and those from most of the European Union, to enter England without quarantine requirements from Monday if they can demonstrate proof of being fully vaccinated against Covid-19, hoping for an influx of late-summer tourists.
The rules technically apply to England, not Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. But with no travel restrictions between those regions, the government is effectively opening up the whole country to visitors, as long as they arrive via England, home to the country’s biggest airport, Heathrow, which is also the main travel corridor to the EU.
The opening doesn’t apply to France, from which visitors will continue to require quarantine. The U.K. has singled out France for what it says is a high Covid-19 caseload.
U.K. officials, executives and tourism officials and workers are banking on American visitors to help save them from another summer devoid of visitors. The opening comes relatively late in the season, however. Many U.S. children will be back in school by mid-August, and the window for planning a European vacation may already be too narrow to attract a flood of Americans.