COVID-19 and travel: Going to the UK this summer? What are the conditions?

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covid-19 | With the United Kingdom slowly emerging from its state of emergency, life is slowly resuming its normal course. Bars and restaurants are reopening their doors as they go.

Tourist travel is restricted until May 17, when travel will be re-authorised, but according to a system of traffic lights (green, orange and red) per country.

Brits will be able to visit Green List countries and citizens of these countries will be able to enter the UK if they have a negative PCR test prior to travel and the second day after their arrival in the UK (or their return) . There are 12 countries in this list. The UK and citizens of these countries returning from these destinations are not subject to any quarantine measures after 17 May:

  1. Australia,
  2. New Zealand,
  3. Singapore,
  4. brunei,
  5. Iceland,
  6. Faroe Islands,
  7. Gibraltar,
  8. Falkland Islands,
  9. Israel and Jerusalem,
  10. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands,
  11. Saint Helena (Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha Archipelago),
  12. Including Portugal, the Azores and Madeira.

Travelers from Amber List countries must also show a negative COVID-19 test prior to travel and will be required to self-isolate for ten days upon arrival/return to the UK. These passengers will have to undergo PCR test on the second day and on the eighth day. Currently, the Orange List covers most of the traditional holiday destinations in the European Union and the United States.

All other countries are on the Red List (list of high risk countries). All travelers to these destinations must remain in quarantine at one of the UK Government-designated hotels for ten days.

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These lists are expected to be updated every three weeks and the UK government has already set a date for the resumption of travel with more countries: 1is July.

Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have yet to announce whether they will follow similar restriction measures.

Translated from Forbes US – Author: Alex Leadsom

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