Beginning October 4, 4 am, new rules have been put into effect to make it easier for fully vaccinated travelers to reach the UK.
Fully vaccinated residents (and unvaccinated residents under the age of 18) from more than 50 countries and territories will be in the UK without having to complete a pre-departure lateral flow test. You can enter. Isolate at home.
But what are the rules for people who are not fully vaccinated or who are not vaccinated at all? Here’s what you need to know:
What are the new rules for traveling to the UK?
Beginning October 4, fully vaccinated arrivals in the UK will undergo pre-departure testing, rather than the minimum of two tests previously required (3 days prior to departure and up to 2 days after arrival in the UK). No need.
All travelers except children under the age of 5 are required to pay for the PCR test within 2 days of arrival.
These rules apply to people from non-Red List destinations vaccinated in the United Kingdom, the EU, the United States, or 18 other countries.
Starting in late October, PCR testing will be replaced by a cheaper lateral flow, but the date has not yet been confirmed.
Travelers arriving in the United Kingdom from Red List countries will continue to require pre-departure testing.
What about people who are not completely vaccinated?
Even those who are not fully vaccinated should undergo pre-departure testing before returning to the UK. In addition, you will need to undergo a PCR test on the 2nd and 8th days after returning to Japan.
You must also self-quarantine at home for 10 days according to the national rules of the amber list under the traffic light system.
If you are not fully vaccinated, things can get even more complicated when you are abroad.
Many countries require visitors to present a “Covid passport” to sit outside restaurants, enter indoor attractions, and have long-distance relationships.
This is usually not a problem for people who are completely vaccinated or have evidence of a recent infection. One of these will give the traveler a Covid passport.
However, for unvaccinated travelers, the validity of a Covid passport should be renewed regularly with regular tests in the absence.
This can be a problem for unvaccinated British children under the age of 15.
This is because the French and Austrian Covid passport systems apply to everyone over the age of 12, and the Italian Covid passport system applies to people over the age of 13.
Therefore, unvaccinated teens in these countries should be tested regularly while they are away.
What other rules have changed?
The UK signaling system, which includes a list of green, amber and red, has also been discontinued and locations are categorized as being on the red list.
People arriving from Red Tier destinations need to stay 11 nights at a quarantine hotel, which costs £ 2,285 for individual travelers.
Secretary of Transportation Grant Shapps said:
“Our priority is still to protect public health, but since more than 8 out of 10 people are fully vaccinated, we will take these steps to reduce testing costs and restore the sector. You can continue. “