European citizens are now allowed to travel to the United Kingdom after the latter announced it would end the color coding system, which bans and discourages travelers from many European member states to visit the country.
European countries welcomed the news, hoping that this move will also have a positive impact on the tourism industry in Europe, which has been greatly affected by the epidemic. Moreover, strict entry restrictions and weekly updates on travel rules to specific destinations have left millions of Britons confused about whether or not they should plan their summer holidays in the European Union.
For most of the summer, EU arrivals were forced to undergo quarantine and testing requirements returning from the amber list countries, to which the majority of European countries have been added, TheSchengen.com reports.
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What entry requirements apply to European Green List countries?
Travelers from Europe who received their final vaccination at least 14 days before traveling to the UK can enter the country without self-isolating on arrival.
However, they must book, pay and take a COVID-19 test within 48 hours after arriving in the country and submit a completed Passenger Locator Form, which is required to be submitted within the same time frame as the COVID test.
Vaccines and combinations of vaccines approved by the British authorities include:
Oxford / AstraZeneca Pfizer BioNTech Moderna Janssen A combination of two different doses between Oxford / AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna
Conditions of entry apply only to vaccinated travelers coming from Green List countries, as the following list shows:
Austria Bulgaria Denmark Finland Germany Iceland Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Madeira and Azores, Portugal Malta Norway Romania Slovakia Slovenia Switzerland
The same entry requirements apply to travelers from Croatia as the county is also placed on the Green List. However, according to the press release from the British government, there is a risk that Croatia will be written off from this category.
Furthermore, partially vaccinated travelers who have been immunized with different vaccines than those listed above are not considered immunized. Thus, they must follow the requirements imposed for the unvaccinated class.
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What are the entry restrictions for travelers from Amber List countries?
Vaccinated and non-vaccinated European travelers arriving in the UK from the List countries are required to take a pre-departure test three days before traveling to the UK and submit a Passenger Locator Form within the first two days of arrival. Moreover, they have to book, pay and take another test on the 2nd and 8th day upon arrival.
Vaccinated travelers are required to take a COVID test on or before the second day of arrival, while those who have not been vaccinated are required to self-quarantine for ten days and take two COVID tests; One on the second day and the other on the eighth day of the quarantine.
Quarantine could be terminated early if the traveler decides to undergo a special COVID-19, at their own expense, through the test-to-issue system.
European countries included in the UK amber list include:
Belgium Cyprus Czech Republic Estonia France Greece Hungary Italy Luxembourg Netherlands Poland Portugal Spain Sweden
Currently, the UK’s red list does not include any EU member states, which means that European travelers can travel to the UK without the ten-day quarantine requirement imposed on the arrival of red countries.
EU and UK vaccination passports
To facilitate travel amid the pandemic, the European Union has implemented the EU’s Digital COVID-19 Certificate, a standard document that indicates that a holder has been fully vaccinated, recovered or recently tested negative for the virus.
The UK also has its version of the document known as the National Health Service.
Although the UK understands that the vaccination offered in EU countries is valid and allows vaccinated travelers to enter the country without being quarantined, it has not officially recognized the EU COVID-19 digital certificate yet.
Previously, the UK government submitted a request to link the digital certificate to the European Union, but the European Commission refused to approve it because it required additional technical information.
Infection and vaccination incidence rates in European countries and the United Kingdom
World Health Organization (WHO) data shows that European Union countries have recorded 133,397 positive cases with COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive cases to 685,68504 since the pandemic began.
On the other hand, the UK has reported 7,465,452 positive cases since the pandemic began, with only 35,702 cases reported in the past 24 hours.
Death rates from COVID-19 in Europe are 1,315,674, while 135,252 deaths related to the disease have been recorded in the UK, with only 49 cases reported in the past 24 hours.
Moreover, European countries have administered 561,973,607 COVID vaccines, bringing the first dose of the vaccine to 290,098,789 people, which represents 78.3 percent of Europe’s population. Thus, about 2,662,73,075 Europeans have been fully immunized against the virus, which represents 71.9 percent of the total population.
The UK’s official coronavirus portal reveals that 93059140 vaccines have been given to the British, with 48,593,019 individuals or about 89.4 per cent of the population vaccinated in the first shot. Moreover, 81.8 per cent of the population, i.e. 444,616,121 individuals in the UK, have been fully immunized against the virus.
New rules are due to come into effect from October 4
From 4 October, the British government will end requirements for pre-departure tests, which allow vaccinated European citizens to travel to the UK by offering a test purchased at a cheaper rate and prevent quarantine requirements.
“From the end of October, eligible fully vaccinated travelers with an approved vaccine from select non-red countries will be able to substitute a second day test with a cheaper side-flow test, reducing the cost of tests upon arrival in England,” notes the press release that She also explains the change will be introduced in late October as people return from mid-term breaks.
Moreover, if the test comes back positive, the traveler must undergo a free PCR test, which the government uses to detect new variants of the virus. Non-vaccinated passengers from safe list countries must submit a pre-departure test, undergo a ten-day quarantine and take the test on the second and eighth day.
Moreover, the British government has warned that it will end the color coding system, classifying only countries on the list of safe or unsafe epidemiologically.
The country has also recognized vaccines from several countries around the world, including Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and South Korea.
“As global vaccination efforts continue to accelerate and more people get protection from this horrific disease, it is right that you keep pace with our rules and regulations,” said Sajid Javid, Minister of Health and Social Care.
Moreover, Turkey, Pakistan, Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya will be removed from the UK’s travel red list.