What are the current UK travel rules?
As of 1st November, the UK “red list” has been removed. The “red-list” rules meant that those returning from a country on the list would need to quarantine for 10 days in a government-approved hotel. The remaining “red” countries including Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela were removed from the list which means that travel restrictions are no longer in place on arrival back to the UK. It must be noted however, that travellers should check the potential travel restrictions and requirements before visiting another country.
The UK government has announced that over 30 destinations have been added to the inbound vaccinated arrivals system including Argentina, Tanzania and Cambodia. This means that those coming from these destinations who are fully vaccinated will be able to travel to the UK.
Due to the red-list being removed, the government has reduced the number of quarantine rooms needed in quarantine hotels, although there are still rooms on standby if necessary.
New rules for travelling to the UK
Before travelling to the UK, fully vaccinated passengers will no longer be required to take a Covid test including people vaccinated in the UK, EU, US and other recognised countries. Proof of vaccination will be necessary and on arrival to the UK, travellers will need to take a lateral flow test 2 days after arriving. The lateral flow test should be booked with a private provider prior to travelling to the UK and a picture must be sent to verify the result of the test.
For those travellers who are not fully vaccinated, they will be required to self-isolate for 10 days after arriving in the UK. They must also take a Covid test 3 days before travelling to the UK and once they have arrived, they must also take tests on day 2 and day 8 of returning.
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