As of August 2, double-vaccinated travelers from amber countries will be allowed to enter the UK without quarantine.
This reopening applies to visitors vaccinated in EU Member States, European Free Trade Association countries plus Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City and USA.
Returning tourists who have been immunized in the United States and the EU will still need to have a negative COVID-19 test before boarding flights to England, as well as another PCR test two days after arrival.
France is the only EU country that still needs to undergo a 10-day quarantine and 2 additional PCR tests due to its current epidemiological situation.
The UK closed its borders in early 2021 in an attempt to prevent new variants of the coronavirus from being imported into its territory.
For now, this scheme applies only to arrivals in England. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland may join the program in the future.
The move represents an important step to recover the revenue generated by international tourism, especially from important business partners such as the United States
“Whether you’re a family coming together for the first time since the pandemic began or a business that benefits from increased trade – this is progress we can all enjoy,” Welwyn Hatfield MP and Secretary of State for Transport said yesterday.
With regard to the stability of the reopening, the secretary is confident that their strong vaccination program will help them keep the schedule operational.
“We will, of course, continue to guide ourselves through the latest scientific data, but thanks to our world-leading domestic vaccination program, we are able to look to the future and begin to rebuild key transatlantic routes with the US, while at the same time we consolidate ties with our European neighbors. ” said Hatfield.
For now, this is a unilateral reopening with the US. However, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted they are “in talks” with the Biden government to open an unquarantined travel bubble between the two countries.
“Right now we’re dealing with a Delta wave, the US is dealing with a Delta wave, but rest assured we’re in it all the time. As soon as we have something to say about travel corridors, you will contact us. ”