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Can I Travel From EU to UK If I Am Not Vaccinated?

All unvaccinated EU citizens can travel to the UK by submitting the result of a COVID-19 test taken prior to departure and submitting it via the European COVID-19 Digital Certificate (EUDCC), British authorities have revealed.

According to a Department for Transport press release, since Monday 18 October, non-vaccinated and non-exempt Europeans traveling to the UK can enter the country by submitting their test certificates in EUDCC digital or physical format, reports.

Furthermore, a traveler is considered unvaccinated and required to submit a COVID-19 test if he/she is one of the following categories:

Not fully vaccinated with the virus Not vaccinated with UK approved vaccines Been in one of the Red List countries or territories in the past 10 days before arriving in the UK

In addition to pre-departure testing, unvaccinated European travelers who have visited red-listed countries before traveling to the UK are required to book and pay for two COVID-19 tests to take on arrival (on days two and eight) and are subject to a ten-day quarantine.

Travelers should be aware that tests approved by British authorities include PCR tests, LAMP tests and antigen tests such as the LFD test.

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“If you have recently recovered from COVID but are no longer contagious, you should use the LFD test. The press release states that LFD tests have lower sensitivity than PCR or LAMP tests, so they are less likely to return Positive result from historical infection.

Furthermore, travelers are advised to take the test within three days before traveling to England. However, if the test has expired or the traveler is unable to submit the test result, yet still travels to the UK, the same risk of being fined €593 (£500) on arrival.

On the other hand, Europeans who have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) such as Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen can enter the country without quarantine requirements. In other words, all holders of COVID-19 digital certificates in the European Union are eligible to enter the country without having to go through any quarantine requirements to enter.

Official data from the British government’s website on matters related to coronavirus reveal that in the past 24 hours, 491,561 positive cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the UK, while 45 people have lost their lives due to complications from the virus.

Furthermore, the same source shows that 94,800,164 vaccines have been administered in the UK. About 49,422,753 vaccines were given to people over 12 years of age as the first dose, and 45,377,411 were given the final shot of the COVID vaccine.

Overall, 85.9 per cent of the UK adult population received the first vaccination, while 78.9 per cent were fully vaccinated.

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