An empty international arrivals hall is pictured at Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport in West London on May 9, 2020.
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As the holiday season begins, US officials are aiming to shorten the quarantine period for travel between New York City and London Wall Street Journal reports Saturday.
Officials from the Department of Transportation and the Department of Homeland Security are in talks to create safe travel between the U.S. and international destinations by testing travelers before and after their flights for Covid-19 to reduce quarantine time, the Journal said.
It is expected that rapid tests, where accuracy and speed are exchanged, will be used as the primary tool.
Both the Trump administration and the foreign government must approve the plan, a U.S. official familiar with the effort, the Journal said.
The Department of Homeland Security did not return any immediate comments.
Federal officials have held discussions with their UK counterparts and German officials on the matter.
Previously, the limited availability of tests in the US resulted in longer waiting times and blocked efforts to open up international travel.
US citizens can travel to the UK but must be quarantined for 14 days and not allowed to travel to the European Union. The US also bans travelers from the UK and Europe unless they are US citizens or permanent residents.