What to know about travel to the UK?
The United Kingdom has experienced one of the largest increases in Covid-19 fatalities inside the world, prompting several shut-downs. A surge of the Omicron coronavirus type has lately swept throughout the United Kingdom. If you’re considering a trip to the United Kingdom during the Covid-19 epidemic, here’s what you should know and anticipate.
What’s the situation in the UK right now?
Most formal coronavirus measures were repealed in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland throughout the summer, although international travel limitations stayed in effect across the UK, and some countries maintained specific domestic safeguards. Following the introduction of Omicron, certain UK countries have restored measures.
Why should you risk traveling there in these times?
The United Kingdom’s capital, London, is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. Outside the capital’s architectural wonders and nightlife, there is also much to see and do: the rocky hills of the Scottish Highlands, remote Welsh lakes, and huge stretches of Cornish coastlines, to name a few, as well as ancient cities and countryside like Bath, Oxford, and Harrogate.
Who is permitted to travel to the UK?
Not so long ago, almost all fully vaccinated tourists from green list nations were allowed by the UK Government to enter England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland without having to take a pre-departure negative result until lately.
Since December 7, all passengers over the age of 12 visiting the United Kingdom have been required to demonstrate a pre-departure negative Covid testing done two days before flight, irrespective of vaccination record or place of origin. A PCR or lateral flow test may be used for this evaluation. Travelers who have been fully vaccinated must additionally take a PCR testing sometime before day 2 of their entry and self-isolate till they obtain a negative result.
Children under the age of 18 may travel under the same conditions as fully vaccinated adults. Non-vaccinated visitors are welcome to enter the UK, but they must undergo further testing and quarantine.
The UK’s red list presently has no nations on it. Formerly, red list laws required UK citizens and British and Irish citizens returning from red listed places to pay for a 10-day hotel quarantine with their own expense. Non-UK citizens from nations on the prohibited list were denied entry to the UK.
Check to see whether you’re properly immunized.
You must have documentation of complete vaccination with an entire program of an authorized vaccine to satisfy the fully vaccinated criteria for traveling to the Kingdom.
You will have to receive your last immunization dosage at least two weeks before arriving in England. Any of the 14 days in this period should not include the day you received your last dosage.
Vaccines that have been approved
At least 14 days before your arrival in the UK, you must have completed a full round from one of these listed vaccines that are officially approved:
- Beijing Sinopharm
- Pfizer BioNTech
- Janssen (single dose vaccine)
The immunization certificate must have been provided by one of the following organizations:
- Immunization program in the United Kingdom.
- Staff and volunteers at the United Nations get vaccinated as part of the UN’s immunization program.
- An authorized proof of vaccination for traveling to the Kingdom from a foreign immunization program.
You must do a COVID-19 PCR test once you arrive in England. This is the exam that you scheduled before to your trip.
The UK currently has few vaccine mandates and no pre-entry covid test requirements for inbound travelers; it’s even considering dropping free testing. While the approach has its critics, other countries (like Spain) are also considering relaxing restrictions. So how is “living with it” working for the UK? One point in favor are its case counts, which suggest the omicron surge may have already peaked.