Spanish citizens will no longer have to submit to quarantine requirements upon arrival in the UK, as the country has scrapped its colour-coded system. This means that from Monday, October 4, Spain and other countries not listed in red will no longer be subject to quarantine requirements, according to the UK government’s official website.
“From 4am on Monday 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to England will change from a red, amber and green traffic light system to a single red list of countries and simplified travel procedures for those coming from the rest of the world,” the press release reads.
It also notes that travel rules for countries not on the red list will primarily depend on the traveler’s vaccination status. However, for travelers arriving in the country before Monday, the current rules remain in place, TheSchengen.com reports.
Furthermore, unvaccinated travelers arriving in the UK from non-high-risk countries must book, pay and take a COVID test on arrival, as well as complete a passenger locator form within 48 hours prior to departure.
In other words, the most stringent entry requirements will only apply to the following countries, which remain on the Red List:
Afghanistan Angola Argentina Bolivia Botswana Brazil Burundi Cape Verde Chile Colombia Congo (Democratic Republic) Costa Rica Cuba Dominican Republic Ecuador Eritrea Eswatini Ethiopia French Guiana Georgia Guyana Haiti Indonesia Lesotho Malawi Mayotte Mexico Mongolia Montenegro Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nepal Panama Paraguay Peruanda Philippines Seychelles Sierra Leone South Africa Sudan Suriname Tanzania Thailand Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Uganda Uruguay Venezuela Zambia Zimbabwe
Regardless of their vaccination status, entrants to Red List countries are required to submit a negative COVID test taken 72 hours before arrival in the UK. In addition, they must book a quarantine hotel package and two COVID-19 tests to take while they self-isolate for ten days. Furthermore, travelers of this category are required to complete a passenger locator form 48 hours prior to entering the UK.
According to the press release, unvaccinated people are considered those who have only taken an injection of the vaccine or have been vaccinated with a vaccine not yet approved by the UK. For vaccinated travelers from non-red list countries, 14 days must have passed since receiving the last shot of the following vaccinations:
AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) Pfizer / BioNTech (Comirnaty) Moderna (Spikevax) Johnson & Johnson (Janssen). AstraZeneca Coffeeshield Moderna Makeda
Except for the introduction of these entry restrictions in connection with the coronavirus, the UK has also announced new entry rules for European citizens. From 1 October, EU citizens will have to present a passport, rather than an identity card as they have done so far, in order to enter the country. In addition, only those who fall under the EU settlement scheme and border worker permit can continue to cross the UK border by presenting an ID.
According to the epidemiological situation in the UK, the country reported 7771,298 positive cases with COVID-19 as of October 1, with 35,059 registered in the last 24 hours, WHO data reveals.