Visitors arriving in the UK must bring a negative result from the COVID-19 test and pass a mandatory 10-day quarantine in a government-run facility if they come from a country on the red list. (Exceptions apply to essential workers).
In addition, travelers need to book quarantined accommodation up to 14 days before arrival. It is not possible to book before that.
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April 21 – UK economy reopens thanks to exceptional success of vaccination campaign
If things continue as planned, each adult will receive a vaccine against COVID-19 by August in the United Kingdom. So far, more than 10 million UK citizens and residents have received two doses of one of the approved vaccines. This means that 1 in 5 adults in the UK is already immunized.
The UK health system administered 43,084.487 million vaccines between 8 December and 18 April.
“I want to thank the brilliant team and the volunteers involved in the implementation and I urge everyone who is called to continue to perform.” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said this week.
As a natural consequence, the unemployment rate fell for the second consecutive month (see reopening plan below)
Red List Countries – Updated April 21
Visitors from any of these countries will be denied entry to the UK, unless they are nationals or holders of a residence permit. In that case, they must be quarantined at a government-approved hotel for 10 days at their own expense. (Source: gov.uk)
- Cape Green
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- French Guiana
- India (will be added to the list at 4:00 am, Friday, April 23)
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates (United Arab Emirates)
What steps are required to enter the UK?
- All travelers must complete the Public health passenger location form within 48 hours of landing.
- Bring a negative result from the COVID-19 test obtained 72 hours before arrival.
- And book a managed quarantine facility up to 14 days before arrival.
Can travelers travel through the UK?
Yes. Transit passengers will not need to be quarantined, as long as they do not cross border control.
Which places have reopened in the UK?
London and other major cities are under strict blockade. These are the interim steps to ease the restrictions.
Step 1: From March 29, open-air meetings of up to six people or two families are allowed.
Step 2: From April 12, all shops, zoos, drive-in cinemas, sitting outdoors for a meal or drink in hospitality venues are allowed in the same house or bubble.
Step 3: From May 17th at least, outdoor group meetings of up to 30 people will be allowed. In addition, indoor attractions such as museums, galleries, pubs, bars, restaurants and theaters may reopen.
Step 4: As of June 21, at least, all restrictions on social contact would be lifted.
What is the current status of COVID-19 in the UK?
From April 21, the UK reported 4,395,703 COVID-19 cases and 127,327 deaths caused by the virus. The situation is gradually getting worse thanks to the success of the vaccination campaign.
There are currently between 900-1000 new cases per day. (Source)
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