The UK was one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic in Europe. Furthermore, it registered one of the highest numbers of deaths by COVID-19 in the world. All of this resulted in several locks.
Most security restrictions have been lifted. However, there are still fears about the new, more contagious Delta variant.
On the other hand, the UK was one of the first countries to start the vaccination program. To date, all adults have received at least the first dose and nearly 80% of the country’s population has been fully vaccinated.
Therefore, even for the high number of coronavirus cases, visiting the UK should be relatively safe.
Statistics and current status of COVID-19 in the UK
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the UK has reported nearly 7 million COVID-19 cases. At least 156,119 of them resulted in death.
At the moment there are 1,235,322 active infections. The 7-day average is around 35,000 new cases per day.
According to the CDC, the UK is now an area of high coronavirus transmission – Red. Traveling there should be reconsidered. If you still want to visit the UK this fall, make sure you are fully vaccinated.
Vaccination progress in the UK
The UK is a champion of vaccination. At least 88.8% of its population received at least one dose, while 79.8% of the country’s residents were fully vaccinated.
Who can enter the UK?
International travel to and from the UK is managed in accordance with a ‘traffic light’ system which divides countries into three groups – red, amber or green.
All arrivals to the UK must present a negative COVID-19 test no later than 72 hours and complete a ‘Passenger tracking form. ‘
Non-UK residents traveling from a ‘red list’ country cannot enter the UK
On the other hand, UK and Irish citizens and residents arriving from a ‘red list’ country must book a ‘quarantine package’ prior to commencing travel. The cost covers a 10-day hotel quarantine, including food and two COVID-19 test kits.
Vaccinated visitors from countries on the ‘amber list’ must be tested on day 2 after arrival. They do not need to be quarantined. Unvaccinated travelers must be tested on days 2 and 8. In addition, they are subject to a 10-day home quarantine.
For detailed information and the latest updates, visit the full guide on here.
local security measures
Most security measures have been suspended in the UK. However, there are still some local restrictions in place.
At the England and Welsh, most of the shops, restaurants, bars and places have now reopened. There is no longer a limit on people in meetings. Social distancing and masks (except on London public transport and some indoor environments) are also not required by law. However, they are still recommended.
At the Scotland, most companies are also open. However, people are required to wear facial coverings in all public places and public transport. Indoor events are limited to 2,000 attendees, while outdoor events can accept up to 5,000 visitors.
At the northern Ireland, people still need to observe social distancing. Face masks are mandatory on public transport and in some indoor environments. There are also limits on the number of people in meetings.