America’s Irrational Ban on British Visitors

A British Airways plane arrives from London at JFK International Airport in New York, December 21, 2020. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)
There is no solid rationale for barring citizens of the U.K. from entering our shores now that we have COVID-19 vaccines.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE B ack in June, I wrote caustically about the Kafka-esque experience I had when traveling to Britain to see my family. Last night, it occurred to me that, absurd as the rules in Britain may indeed be, they are actually preferable to the American approach, which, since March of last year, has been to block every British citizen from visiting the United States completely.

Yes, you read that right: For 16 months now, with the narrow exception of those who have an American-citizen spouse or American-citizen children, no one coming from Britain has been allowed to enter the United States. The prohibition

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