Travel To the UK: Latest UK Travel Rules
2021 was the year we hoped would see travel bounce back, however, 2021 turned into a tough ride for the travel industry, prompted by new variants, traffic light list changes and testing back-and-forths.
Hopefully, the travel industry will fare better in 2022.
Here are the new rules when travelling to and from the UK.
Travel Rules for UK Arrivals
Earlier this month, measures were relaxed for vaccinated travellers. Pre-departure tests are no longer required for vaccinated travellers arriving in the UK meaning they will no longer have to self isolate until they get a negative PCR test.
Vaccinated travellers need to take a day 2 test either Antigen or PCR test with a follow-up PCR required if it is positive.
Under the current rules, before travelling to England, fully vaccinated travellers must book and pay for a day 2 antigen test and complete a passenger locator form.
Unvaccinated travellers are still required to take a pre-departure test and self-isolate for 10 days. They will also need to take a PCR test on day two and day eight after they arrive in the UK.
There are currently no countries on the UK’s red list. This means that all travellers no longer have to go into hotel quarantine.
Travel From UK to Overseas
A month after France banned British travellers from entering the country, France has now reopened to UK tourists from 14 January.
Travellers from the UK must show proof of being fully vaccinated to enter Spain. This means that travellers must have received the second dose at least 14 days before arrival. Children under 12 years old are exempt when travelling with an adult. This rule applies to the whole of Spain, including the Canary Islands and the Balearics.
UK tourists who are fully vaccinated are allowed into Germany without showing a negative COVID-19 test or quarantining for 14 days on arrival.
Upcoming Changes on UK Travel
The British government is reportedly preparing to lift travel restrictions this month, even as the world continues to grapple with the Omicron variant of Covid-19.
Reports suggest that the UK will scrap all testing requirements for vaccinated travellers at the end of January.
The move will mean all vaccinated travellers can enter the United Kingdom without worrying about testing requirements and quarantine. It will make the UK one of the least restricted nations in Europe.
Currently, there has been no update on whether the United Kingdom will change the rules for unvaccinated tourists.
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