Are Travel Rules Changing?
UK Quarantine Rules
Do you have this question in your mind? Well, in this article we will give you in detail about the UK quarantine updates. The United Kingdom was one of the countries that faced the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 and resulted in multiple lockdowns.
In Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and England, most COVID restrictions were lifted during the summer. However, regarding international travel, the restrictions remained the same throughout the UK and some nations maintained domestic measures. Northern Ireland, Wales, England, and Scotland categorize countries into ‘’red’’ or ‘’green’’. Also, the travel rules may depend on your vaccination status.
On November 25, the UK government has reactivated the then dormant red list due to the rise of the Omicron Coronavirus variant. Botswana, Angola, Lesotho, Eswatini, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Zambia were on the UK’s red list. However, on December 15, all of these countries were removed from the list.
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Who Can Go To The UK?
Until recently, fully vaccinated travelers from green list countries can enter Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, and Wales with no pre-departure negative test. But ever since December 7, travelers to the UK over the age of 12 irrespective of country origin or vaccination status must show a pre-departure negative COVID test which should be taken 2 days before travel. It can be a lateral flow test or PCR.
Can fully vaccinate travel to the UK? PCR test should also be done by fully vaccinated travelers on or before day 2 of their arrival and they should self-isolate until they get a negative result. The rule followed by fully vaccinated travelers can also be followed by children who are under the age of 18.
Travelers who are not vaccinated can also visit the UK but are subject to certain quarantine requirements and additional testing. At present, Don’t have any countries on the red list of the UK The countries that were listed in the red list were removed on December 15. There are separate entrance regulations followed by the Republic of Ireland which are enforced while crossing the land border.
What Are The Restrictions?
Before arriving in the UK, all arrivals must fill the Passenger Locator Form. Currently, those entering the UK should self-quarantine until the results of the PCR test are taken on the 2nd day after arriving in the country. If anyone gets a positive result, a 10-day quarantine will be imposed.
Previously, British, UK residents, and Irish nationals who are arriving home from destinations that are red-listed had to be quarantined for 10 days at their own expense. And non UK residents arriving from the red-listed countries were banned to enter the UK.
Before entering the UK, they should purchase the ‘’quarantine package’’ that covers the stay, food, and drink in the hotel during the quarantine period.
It is also encouraged by the UK government to make use of the NHS COVID-19 app in Wales and England and its equivalents in Northern Ireland and Scotland. This is done for checking the venues to trace the contacts.
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London Travel Restrictions
There are restrictions to enter England for travelers arriving from outside the UK. International visitors are currently prohibited from entering England. `With response to the Omicron variant, London has moved to plan B. In most indoor settings, it is mandatory to wear a face mask.
It includes museums, shops, galleries, hotels, theatres, public transport, and cinemas. And from 15 December, to enter certain venues, you need to show your NHS COVID pass which will act as proof of your vaccination status. It includes late-night venues and night clubs as well as large outdoor and indoor events.
India To UK Travel Restrictions
The UK has updated the rules for those arriving from other nations, including India. To stop the spread of the Omicron variant, the new COVID-19 testing rules came into effect. The new rules dictate that the flyers should undergo a pre-departure test before 2 days from their journey.
If anyone is suspected to be in contact with the Omicron case, then they are required to isolate themselves for 10 days. So far, the UK has confirmed 336 cases of the Omicron variant.
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