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US aims to shorten quarantine time for New York-London travel: WSJ

An empty international arrivals hall is pictured in Terminal Two at London Heathrow Airport in west London on May 9, 2020.

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As the holiday season begins, US officials aim to shorten the quarantine time for travel between New York Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

Officials from the Department of Transportation and the Department of Homeland Security are in talks to establish travel security between the United States and international destinations by testing travelers before and after their flight for Covid-19 in an effort to shorten the quarantine time, according to the Journal.

Rapid tests, which trade accuracy for speed, should be used as the primary tool.

The Trump administration and the foreign government must both agree to the plan, according to a U.S. official familiar with the efforts, according to the Journal.

The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately return comment.

Federal officials have held talks with their British counterparts and German officials on the matter.

Previously, the limited availability of testing in the United States resulted in longer wait times and blocked efforts to open international travel.

US citizens can travel to the UK but must be quarantined for 14 days and cannot travel to the European Union. The United States also prohibits entry to travelers from the United Kingdom and Europe, unless they are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Read the full story in the Wall Street Journal

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