The UK Government will no longer impose self-quarantine to fully vaccinated individuals, as announced by UK transport secretary Grant Shapps. The government will count an individual as fully vaccinated after 14 days since receiving the final dose.
The new change in quarantine rules will apply for UK residents who were vaccinated before travelling, returning to England from the United States and various European countries, particularly travellers from the amber list.
UK expatriates and non-residents who have been fully vaccinated abroad will still have to self-quarantine. Children accompanied by fully vaccinated adults, who are not currently inoculated under Britain’s vaccination rollout, will also be exempt from quarantine.
The great news for UK’s travel industry and holidaymakers was confirmed by UK prime minister Boris Johnson. It will mean that tourists and business travellers who received two doses of vaccination will also be allowed to travel to amber list countries without self-isolating for ten (10) days upon return to the UK.
When will the change come in effect?
The change in quarantine rules for vaccinated travellers will start from July 19, coinciding with the government plans to remove all remaining coronavirus restrictions such as social distancing and mask laws, deemed vital for the travel industry recovery.
The new measure can help facilitate holidays to popular destinations like Spain, Greece, Italy, and more. Additionally, the government aims to achieve safe, sustainable, and robust returns to international travel.
What are the present rules for vaccinated travellers entering the UK?
Vaccination status will have no bearing on the rules for inbound travellers arriving in the UK until the new quarantine rules are implemented.
Travellers will still have to follow the travel requirements under the “traffic light” system introduced by the government in May, classifying countries as red, amber, and green according to the risk of COVID-19. Most countries worldwide are under the amber category, including the US and most of Europe. It means three Covid-19 tests for travellers entering the UK and ten days of quarantine at home.
While the government aims to change quarantine rules effective on July 19, the travel and entry requirement will stay the same for people from under the red category.
Would vaccinated travellers still need to be tested?
Yes. The Department of Transport stated that vaccinated travellers from amber arrivals are still subjected to current testing requirements, the same with those entering the UK from green list destinations.
Which countries will the change apply to?
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
For the latest update and the complete list of the countries, visit the UK government’s website.
For travellers planning to return to England, you must do the following:
- You must take a Covid-19 test and present a negative result.
- After arrival in England, book for a day 2 test.
- Submit passenger locator form anytime within 48 hours before arriving in the UK. It is required to show the form when you check in to travel or board a plane, train, or ferry in the UK.
Where can I book a private coronavirus test?
Harley Medic International is a trusted and government-approved testing provider that can offer coronavirus testing for travel. They have multiple locations across the UK to ensure that a testing provider is near you. Visit their website at harleymedic.co.uk and book an appointment today!