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United Kingdom travel restrictions

COVID-19 Vacc. -199.51%
Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: partial Quarantine: yes
Airlines Updates
Published on 14.01.2022, British Airways:

British Airways delays Dallas-Fort Worth Airbus A380 launch

Published on 13.01.2022, British Airways:

British Airways adds new London City routes for summer.

Published on 12.01.2022, British Airways:

British Airways axes hundreds of flights following booking slump

Published on 12.01.2022, British Airways:

British Airways inaugurates flights to Sao Paolo and Buenos Aires

Published on 12.01.2022, Virgin Atlantic:

Virgin Atlantic’s 27 planned routes from London Heathrow this summer, including Delhi, Lagos and Barbados.

Published on 11.01.2022, British Airways:

British Airways suspends flights to Baltimore, Nashville, and New Orleans for the rest of winter.

Published on 10.01.2022, British Airways:

British Airways to resume flights between London, Singapore and Sydney from 27MAR22.

Published on 06.01.2022, British Airways:

Gatwick Airport: Three flights diverted as air traffic control suffers IT issues

Published on 06.01.2022, British Airways:

British Airways To End Lahore Flights

Published on 06.01.2022, British Airways:

BA will start flying to 35 short-haul European destinations from London Gatwick, from Mar-22.

Published on 31.12.2021, Wizz Air:

Wizz Air unveils new routes from London Gatwick, including Rome Fiumicino from MAR22.

Published on 31.12.2021, British Airways:

British Airways scraps Hong Kong flights until MAR22.

Published on 29.12.2021, Wizz Air:

Wizz Air to expand at London Gatwick with the launch of 14 new routes, including Rome Fiumicino from 27MAR22.

Published on 23.12.2021, Wizz Air:

Wizz Air acquires 15 daily slot pairs for London’s Gatwick Airport

Published on 23.12.2021, British Airways:

British Airways reinstates Johannesburg A380 flights from 10JAN22.

Published on 21.12.2021, British Airways:

British Airways to reinstate London Gatwick to New York service in Q322

Published on 20.12.2021, British Airways:

British Airways suspends all flights travelling to Bangkok until OCT22 because of COVID-19.

Published on 20.12.2021, British Airways:

British Airways suspends its flights to Hong Kong until March 2022 because of strict quarantine rules

Published on 17.12.2021, British Airways:

British Airways suspends its flights to Hong Kong until March 2022 because of strict quarantine rules

Published on 17.12.2021, British Airways:

British Airways and Qatar Airways extend their joint business to more destinations.

Published on 16.12.2021, easyjet:

easyJet COO: We've successfully introduced dynamic pricing on ancillary products.

Published on 15.12.2021, Virgin Atlantic:

Virgin Atlantic completes GBP400m investment from Virgin Group, Delta Air Lines

Published on 15.12.2021, Hans Airways:

Hans Airways to start direct flights on UK-India sector from early 2022.

Published on 15.12.2021, British Airways:

British Airways announces the first routes for its new Gatwick ‘BA EuroFlyer’ short-haul subsidiary.

Published on 15.12.2021, British Airways:

BA owner IAG set to cancel Air Europa takeover

Published on 14.12.2021, British Airways:

British Airways plans new and reinstated routes for 2022.

Published on 14.12.2021, British Airways:

British Airways Resumes Flights to Costa Rica

Published on 13.12.2021, British Airways:

British Airways returns to San José, Costa Rica from 09DEC21, three times per week.

Published on 10.12.2021, British Airways:

British Airways secures UK-made SAF from Phillips 66.

Published on 10.12.2021, British Airways:

British Airways resumes three times weekly London Heathrow-Nashville service.

Published on 09.12.2021, British Airways:

Schedules suggest BA could relaunch many long haul routes in 2022.

Published on 08.12.2021, Britsh Airways:

British Airways to temporarily suspend Zagreb service.

Published on 06.12.2021, British Airwarways:

British Airways suspends more than 2,000 flights through 31MAR21.

Published on 06.12.2021, Virgin Atlantic:

Virgin Atlantic launches Edinburgh- Barbados route.

Published on 03.12.2021, British Airways:

British Airways looks to recycled cooking oil fuel to cut jet emissions

Published on 03.12.2021, British Airways:

British Airways resumes flights to Rio de Janeiro

Published on 03.12.2021, British Airways:

British Airways resumes flights to Santiago de Chile.

Published on 02.12.2021, Oneworld:

Oneworld airline alliance purchases Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

Published on 02.12.2021, British Airways, Iberia:

Travelport signs NDC distribution deal with IAG.

Published on 01.12.2021, British Airways:

British Airways to resume London Heathrow-Buenos Aires Ezeiza service from 02DEC21.

Published on 01.12.2021, British Airways:

British Airways postpones A380 flights to Johannesburg.

Published on 30.11.2021, British Airways:

Direct flights between SA to the UK will resume on 01DEC21 – but are selling out fast.

Published on 30.11.2021, easyjet:

Airline easyJet sees softening in demand as COVID clouds outlook.

Full Restrictions
Open for travel from United Kingdom
Flight Restrictions
Published on 16.12.2021

1. Passengers entering or transiting through the United Kingdom must have a negative COVID-19 antigen, NAAT, PCR, LAMP or LFD test, taken at most 2 days before departure from the
first embarkation point. The test result must be in English, French or Spanish. More details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/yeypzpy8 This does not apply to: - passengers
younger than 12 years; - passengers arriving from Ethiopia, Falkland Isl. (Malvinas), Ireland (Rep.) or St. Helena.

2. A "Public Health Passenger Locator Form" completed at https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk ir required for: - passengers entering the United
Kingdom; and - passengers making a landside transit, detail can be found at https://tinyurl.com/2p99z3zc

3. Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8 after arrival at their own expense. They must have a payment confirmation obtained at:
https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/ or https://www.gov.uk/guidance/providers-of-day-2-and-day-8-coronavirus-testing-for-international-arrivals

4. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 10 days. Details can be found for: - England at:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/booking-and-staying-in-a-quarantine-hotel-when-you-arrive-in-england - Scotland at:
https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-health-checks-at-borders/pages/self-isolation/ - Wales at:
https://gov.wales/how-self-isolate-when-you-travel-wales-coronavirus-covid-19 ; - Northern Ireland at:
https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-advice

5. There are no transit facilities at Manchester (MAN). Passengers must comply with all entry regulations for United Kingdom.

6. Airline crew not fully vaccinated could be subject to self-isolation, details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/2p8frt9w

7. Passengers with an Overseas Domestic Worker visa issued by the UK must be accompanied by the sponsor or one of the first-degree family members of the sponsor.

Published on 07.12.2021

1. Passengers who in the past 10 days have been in Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe, are not allowed to
enter. - This does not apply to: - British nationals and residents of the United Kingdom; - nationals of Ireland (Rep.); - passengers who only transited through Botswana, Eswatini,
Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe.

2. Passengers who in the past 10 days have been in Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe, must have a
reservation for a government approved quarantine facility for 10 days, including 2 COVID-19 tests, more details can be found at https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/

3. Passengers entering or transiting through the United Kingdom must have a negative COVID-19 antigen, NAAT, PCR, LAMP or LFD test, taken at most 2 days before departure from the
first embarkation point. The test result must be in English, French or Spanish. More details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/yeypzpy8 This does not apply to: - passengers
younger than 12 years; - passengers arriving from Ethiopia, Falkland Isl. (Malvinas), Ireland (Rep.) or St. Helena.

4. A "Public Health Passenger Locator Form" completed at https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk ir required for: - passengers entering the United
Kingdom; and - passengers making a landside transit, detail can be found at https://tinyurl.com/2p99z3zc

5. Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8 after arrival at their own expense. They must have a payment confirmation obtained at:
https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/ or https://www.gov.uk/guidance/providers-of-day-2-and-day-8-coronavirus-testing-for-international-arrivals

6. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 10 days. Details can be found for: - England at:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/booking-and-staying-in-a-quarantine-hotel-when-you-arrive-in-england - Scotland at:
https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-health-checks-at-borders/pages/self-isolation/ - Wales at:
https://gov.wales/how-self-isolate-when-you-travel-wales-coronavirus-covid-19 ; - Northern Ireland at:
https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-advice - This does not apply to passengers who in the past 10 days have not been in Angola, Botswana,
Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe, and have: -a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14
days before arrival, with AstraZeneca (Covishield), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinovac or Sinopharm. A combination of vaccines
is accepted. - The vaccination certificate must be issued in Albania, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain,
Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Isl., Chile, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica,
Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt, Eswatini, Falkland Isl., Georgia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR China), India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan,
Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, New
Zealand, Nigeria, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territory, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra
Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Helena, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and
Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Isl., Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Vatican City (Holy See), Virgin Isl. (British), Viet Nam or an
EEA Member State.

7. There are no transit facilities at Manchester (MAN). Passengers must comply with all entry regulations for United Kingdom.

8. Airline crew not fully vaccinated could be subject to self-isolation, details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/2p8frt9w

9. Passengers with an Overseas Domestic Worker visa issued by the UK must be accompanied by the sponsor or one of the first-degree family members of the sponsor.

Published on 06.12.2021

1. Passengers who in the past 10 days have been in Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe, are not allowed to
enter. - This does not apply to: - British nationals and residents of the United Kingdom; - nationals of Ireland (Rep.); - passengers who only transited through Botswana, Eswatini,
Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe.

2. Passengers who in the past 10 days have been in Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe, must have a
reservation for a government approved quarantine facility for 10 days, including 2 COVID-19 tests, more details can be found at https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/

3. Effective 7 December 2021, 4:00 GMT, passengers entering or transiting through the United Kingdom must have a negative COVID-19 antigen, NAAT, PCR, LAMP or LFD test, taken at
most 2 days before departure from the first embarkation point. This does not apply to: - passengers younger than 12 years; - passengers arriving from Ethiopia, Falkland Isl.
(Malvinas), Ireland (Rep.) or St. Helena.

4. Until 7 December 2021, at 4:00 GMT, passengers entering or transiting through the United Kingdom must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 3 days before departure of the
last direct flight to the United Kingdom. Tests accepted are: antigen, LAMP, nucleic acid and PCR tests. The test result must be in English, French or Spanish, more details can be
found at https://tinyurl.com/yeypzpy8 - This does not apply to: - passengers younger than 18 years; - passengers arriving from Ireland (Rep.); - merchant seamen; - military
personnel with an exemption letter from the Ministry of Defense; - passengers who in the past 10 days have not been in Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique,
Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe, and have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival, with AstraZeneca
(Covishield), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinovac or Sinopharm. A combination of vaccines is accepted. - The vaccination
certificate must be issued in Albania, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize,
Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Isl., Chile, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt,
Eswatini, Falkland Isl., Georgia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR China), India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo
(Rep.), Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, North
Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territory, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South
Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Helena, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey,
Turks and Caicos Isl., Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Vatican City (Holy See), Virgin Isl. (British), Viet Nam or an EEA Member State; - More
exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/yytxv2cp

5. A "Public Health Passenger Locator Form" completed at https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk ir required for: - passengers entering the United
Kingdom; and - passengers making a landside transit, detail can be found at https://tinyurl.com/2p99z3zc

6. Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8 after arrival at their own expense. They must have a payment confirmation obtained at:
https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/ or https://www.gov.uk/guidance/providers-of-day-2-and-day-8-coronavirus-testing-for-international-arrivals

7. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 10 days. Details can be found for: - England at:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/booking-and-staying-in-a-quarantine-hotel-when-you-arrive-in-england - Scotland at:
https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-health-checks-at-borders/pages/self-isolation/ - Wales at:
https://gov.wales/how-self-isolate-when-you-travel-wales-coronavirus-covid-19 ; - Northern Ireland at:
https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-advice - This does not apply to passengers who in the past 10 days have not been in Angola, Botswana,
Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe, and have: -a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14
days before arrival, with AstraZeneca (Covishield), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinovac or Sinopharm. A combination of vaccines
is accepted. - The vaccination certificate must be issued in Albania, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain,
Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Isl., Chile, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica,
Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt, Eswatini, Falkland Isl., Georgia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR China), India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan,
Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, New
Zealand, Nigeria, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territory, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra
Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Helena, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and
Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Isl., Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Vatican City (Holy See), Virgin Isl. (British), Viet Nam or an
EEA Member State.

8. There are no transit facilities at Manchester (MAN). Passengers must comply with all entry regulations for United Kingdom.

9. Airline crew not fully vaccinated could be subject to self-isolation, details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/2p8frt9w

10. Passengers with an Overseas Domestic Worker visa issued by the UK must be accompanied by the sponsor or one of the first-degree family members of the sponsor.

Published on 01.12.2021

1.Passengers who in the past 10 days have been in Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe, are not allowed to enter. -
This does not apply to: - British nationals and residents of the United Kingdom; - nationals of Ireland (Rep.); - passengers who only transited through Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho,
Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe.

2. Passengers who in the past 10 days have been in Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe, must have a reservation for
a government approved quarantine facility for 10 days, including 2 COVID-19 tests, more details can be found at https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/

3. Passengers entering or transiting through the United Kingdom must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 3 days before departure of the last direct flight to the United
Kingdom. Tests accepted are: antigen, LAMP, nucleic acid and PCR tests. The test result must be in English, French or Spanish, more details can be found at
https://tinyurl.com/yeypzpy8 - This does not apply to: - passengers younger than 18 years; - passengers arriving from Ireland (Rep.); - merchant seamen; - military personnel with
an exemption letter from the Ministry of Defense; - passengers who in the past 10 days have not been in Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South
Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe, and have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival, with AstraZeneca (Covishield),
AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinovac or Sinopharm. A combination of vaccines is accepted. - The vaccination certificate must be
issued in Albania, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bosnia and
Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Isl., Chile, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt, Eswatini, Falkland Isl.,
Georgia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR China), India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Lebanon,
Lesotho, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman,
Pakistan, Palestinian Territory, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St.
Helena, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Isl.,
Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Vatican City (Holy See), Virgin Isl. (British), Viet Nam or an EEA Member State; - More exemptions can be found
at https://tinyurl.com/yytxv2cp

4. A "Public Health Passenger Locator Form" completed at https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk ir required for: - passengers entering the United
Kingdom; and - passengers making a landside transit, detail can be found at https://tinyurl.com/2p99z3zc

5. Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8 after arrival at their own expense. They must have a payment confirmation obtained at:
https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/ or https://www.gov.uk/guidance/providers-of-day-2-and-day-8-coronavirus-testing-for-international-arrivals

6. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 10 days. Details can be found for: - England at:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/booking-and-staying-in-a-quarantine-hotel-when-you-arrive-in-england - Scotland at:
https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-health-checks-at-borders/pages/self-isolation/ - Wales at:
https://gov.wales/how-self-isolate-when-you-travel-wales-coronavirus-covid-19 ; - Northern Ireland at:
https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-advice - This does not apply to passengers who in the past 10 days have not been in Angola, Botswana,
Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe, and have: -a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14
days before arrival, with AstraZeneca (Covishield), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinovac or Sinopharm. A combination of vaccines
is accepted. - The vaccination certificate must be issued in Albania, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain,
Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Isl., Chile, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica,
Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt, Eswatini, Falkland Isl., Georgia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR China), India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan,
Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, New
Zealand, Nigeria, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territory, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra
Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Helena, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and
Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Isl., Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Vatican City (Holy See), Virgin Isl. (British), Viet Nam or an
EEA Member State.

7. There are no transit facilities at Manchester (MAN). Passengers must comply with all entry regulations for United Kingdom.

8. Airline crew not fully vaccinated could be subject to self-isolation, details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/2p8frt9w

9. Passengers with an Overseas Domestic Worker visa issued by the UK must be accompanied by the sponsor or one of the first-degree family members of the sponsor.

Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site or self-isolation at home- subject to category.
If you’re in England for less than 2 days, you still need to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test. You must quarantine until you receive a negative test result, or until you leave England, whichever is sooner.
*When you arrive in England – fully vaccinated:
You must quarantine in your home or the place you are staying while you await your test result.
Test results: If your PCR test result is negative, you can end your quarantine. If your PCR test result is positive, you usually have to self-isolate for 10 full days. The day of the test is day 0.
You can stop self-isolating after 7 days if you do a rapid lateral flow test on days 6 and 7 of your self-isolation period and:
• both tests are negative
• you did both tests at least 24 hours apart
• you do not have a high temperature
If you do a rapid lateral flow test on day 6 and test positive, wait 24 hours before you do the next test.
*When you arrive in England – not fully vaccinated: After you arrive in England you must:
*When you arrive in England – not fully vaccinated: After you arrive in England you must:
quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 full days
• take your COVID-19 PCR tests – you must book these tests before you travel
You must take the first test on or before day 2 and the second test on or after day 8. The day you arrive is day 0.
If you are in England for less than 10 days, you need to quarantine for the time you are here. You need to book day 2 and day 8 PCR tests. You only need to take the tests if you are still in England on those days.
There are currently no countries on the UK’s red list.

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Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.
*Before you travel to England – fully vaccinated: Before you travel to England you must:
• take a COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 2 days before you travel to England. You must quarantine in your home or the place you are staying while you await your test result.
book and pay for a COVID-19 PCR test – to be taken after you arrive in England
complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
*Before you travel to England – not fully vaccinated: Before you travel to England you must:
• take a COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 2 days before you travel to England
book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests – to be taken after arrival in England;
complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England

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Vaccination
COVID-19 Total Vaccination date: 2022-01-13
COVID-19 Total Vaccination: 136080385
COVID-19 Daily Vaccination: 216703
COVID-19 Vacc. (per 100 citizens, %): 199.51
COVID-19 Daily Vacc. (per 1 million citizens): 3177

*Proving your vaccination status: If you are fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme, you can prove your vaccination status using either:
NHS COVID Pass for England and Wales
NHS Scotland COVID Status app
COVIDCert NI in Northern Ireland
Paper certificates are also available.
There are different ways to prove your vaccination status if you were vaccinated outside of the UK.
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  • United Kingdom

    UK Travel Restrictions: What You Need TO Know Before Going

    The UK – four countries in one bottle: monarchical England with a lot of attractions, mountains, and blue lakes of Scotland, the land of medieval castles in Wales, and cozy villages of Northern Ireland.

    A land of rains, pipes, and fox hunting, the UK is constantly gaining global attention. Either Lord of the Dance will come on tour, or Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery will shine in another Hollywood fairy tale. And even though it is still difficult to obtain a British visa, and travel to foggy Albion promises to result in a tidy sum, the tourist flow to the country does not dry up – we all want to stand at the threshold of the English monarchy, delve into the rules of pub etiquette, pick up a kilt for the cold autumn and recite “To be or not to be?” directly in the homeland of Shakespeare.

    In addition, the UK has medieval castles and Gothic cathedrals, the tranquil beauty and serenity of rural landscapes, the recklessness and frenzy of evening London, granite of science in the best language schools, shopping in expensive prestigious boutiques and rummaging through the junk at flea markets. In short, a great variety.

    Let’s take a look at what it takes to properly enter the United Kingdom.

    General rules for entering the UK

    Upon arrival at the UK airport, you will have your passport or other identification checked to ensure that you are allowed to enter the country. Your documents must be valid throughout your visit to England. Before leaving for the UK, check the documents you will need to enter the UK.

    You may be asked at the border to confirm your relationship with the children you are traveling with if border control doubts that you are the parent of the child. For example, you have a different last name with your child.

    You can present:

    • a certificate of birth or adoption,
    • a marriage or divorce certificate (if your child has a different surname),
    • a consent from the parent of the child, giving him the right to travel with you. The letter must contain the contacts of the parents.

    Your carrier (for example, an airline) will check your passport and other travel documents and then send information about you to customs. You can ask to take a look at this information.

    Your passport is subject to verification, so keep it ready. Remove the cover of your passport before showing it. If you are wearing dark glasses, take them off. If you go through control with your family, then stick together.

    If you are not from the EEA or Switzerland, your carrier will give you a “landing page”. Please fill it out before going through border control. This will save you time. Passport, as well as the “landing page” will be checked at the control.

    Passing through British customs

    UK entry regulations require you to cooperate if you are stopped at customs and asked about your baggage. If you broke the rules, then any of your things, as well as what you are transporting it in, can be confiscated.

    It is prohibited to import weapons, ammunition, drugs, pornography, and poisons into the UK. Special permits are required for items of cultural or historical value, drugs containing drugs, plants, wild birds, and animals.

    Products made from meat and milk are a travel ban: even a box of chocolates is confiscated. As an exception, you can import baby food or dietary food for people with various diseases, but its weight should not exceed 2 kg.

    Those who travel to the UK with pets will have to prepare an international veterinary certificate and a special license, as well as tune in to a long quarantine. Pets that meet the PETS program are admitted to the country without delay. Export restrictions and prohibitions are the same as for import.

    Tax free

    Non-EU tourists staying in the UK for less than 3 months a year can take advantage of the Tax free system. When making retail purchases in participating stores, you can get up to 20% VAT refund. Global Blue prepares a refund for amounts from 30 GBP, Tax Free Worldwide – from amounts of 50 GBP per check. In the store, you will need to fill out a special form, keep the receipt and the integrity of the packaging, present the goods and documents at customs (the employee will put a stamp), and then at the Cash Refund point. VAT can be returned in cash at Heathrow Airport or by wire transfer to a bank card.

    What questions are asked at the UK border?

    If you have already received a UK visa and packed your suitcases, then it’s time to think about the following topic: the rules for entering the UK. Before travel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the information on entering the United Kingdom, at least in general terms, in order to feel more confident. As a rule, a tourist thinks about what questions he may be asked when crossing the English border, how to behave, how long the process takes, whether medical insurance is required, and what can and cannot be brought into the country.

    So, according to the rules of entry into England, upon arrival, all tourists are given a small migration card in English (UK Border Agency Landing Card). There you need to indicate some of your personal information, including the address where you plan to stay in the UK. You will have to fill them right on the spot; the questions are simple, so there will be no difficulties at this stage. You need to be prepared for the fact that you will have to stand in a rather big queue since airports are often very busy.

    UK Border Crossing Documents

    Some documents are required when entering the UK, but there are not many of them. The most important are papers confirming the purpose of your visit to the country. This can be an invitation from relatives you are going to visit, or from a company where you are traveling on business. If the purpose of the travel is for tourism purposes only, you should bring your hotel booking confirmation. You can show it if the officer asks where you plan to stay.

    In each individual situation, it is worth taking additional documents with you to cross the English border. If, for example, you got married and changed your last name, and the old one is indicated on your visa, take a marriage registration certificate to prevent unnecessary questions. If you are traveling with a child and you have different surnames, you should take your birth certificate with you; if you are not his parent, then you must have documents confirming your right to accompany him during his travel to Britain; these papers will definitely be asked. All of them must be provided in English, translation is not required.

    UK and Covid-19

    Traveling to the UK may be a dream of many people, but the current situation in the world can greatly prevent from visiting the country.

    The situation with the spread of the new coronavirus Covid-19 infection in the UK remains tense. The country is among the states with an unfavorable course of the disease. The success of the British healthcare system looks especially weak in comparison with some other European countries. On the first day of autumn, more than 334 thousand cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the UK. At the same time, more than 41 thousand people have already died. The daily increase in cases is also not encouraging – 1715 people as of August 31.

    Against this background, the country‘s cabinet of ministers has repeatedly come under serious public criticism. Many experts have accused the government of being unprepared for the pandemic and delaying the adoption of restrictive measures. Fuel to the fire was added by the fact that the head of the British government Boris Johnson himself fell ill with the coronavirus Covid-19, temporarily moving away from the government.

    A nationwide quarantine was announced, when local hospitals were already unable to cope with the large flow of sick citizens. At the same time, the British authorities, unlike other European countries, did not close their borders and introduce a mandatory 14 days quarantine requirement for arriving guests with need to self isolate. However, it was difficult to obtain a visa for travel. The fact is that almost all British visa centers abroad were not working.

    And yet, the restrictive measures introduced inside the country gave the first positive results, the number of cases decreased. Since May 13, the UK has begun to ease domestic quarantine and return to normal life. However, repeated outbreaks of the disease are forcing the British government to return to separate prohibitive measures.

    Rules for entering the UK under quarantine restrictions

    The difficult epidemiological situation forced the British Cabinet to impose restrictions on entry into the country. Obviously, they were belated, given that the state did not close its external borders.

    From 8 June, all foreigners entering the UK must:

    • fill out a special form, where you need to indicate contact information and place of residence, and email address;
    • self isolate for 14 days.

    You can get to the place of quarantine by public transport, but subject to the mask regime and social distancing. For violation of these rules, you could face a fine, in extreme cases – expulsion from the country.

    Exceptions to the rules

    The actions of the British authorities are well suited to the Soviet slogan during the New Economic Policy: “One step forward, two steps back”. By adopting travel restrictions, Boris Johnson’s cabinet also adopted an extensive list of exceptions to them. In particular, the 14 days self isolate period is not required to go among:

    • diplomats and state representatives of the EU countries;
    • transiting passengers;
    • train carriages, ships, and aircraft;
    • medical tourists;
    • scientists;
    • specialists of the oil, gas, and nuclear industries.

    A complete list of all exceptions can be found on the British Embassy Information Portal.

    UK and EU

    Having made a decision to withdraw from the common European space, Great Britain is forced to build new political relations with the European Union. Despite the fact that individual European countries were in no hurry to let English tourists into their territory without self isolating for 14 days, on July 10 the British government decided not to extend this rule to guests from European countries.

    UK and the world

    Since mid-July, the British authorities have also begun to exempt visitors from countries belonging to the so-called “green zone” from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation. Today this list, in addition to European countries, includes about 30 more states. A complete list of it is published on a special website.

    Charter flights

    Due to the closure of external borders by most countries in the world, the UK has provided its citizens with the opportunity to return home by charters. Persons who have a residence permit were also able to use them.

    When can quarantine be violated?

    The British authorities admit cases of violation of the mandatory quarantine. It can be done:

    • during the travel from the airport to the place of self isolate;
    • in an emergency when something threatens your life;
    • if you need to go to the store if the other way to deliver the goods failed;
    • to travel to hospitals by ambulance.

    Covid-19 and political decisions

    The Prime Minister of Great Britain said that the new travel restrictions that the government is introducing due to the increase in the incidence of Covid-19 may be in effect for another six months.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke in Parliament about the introduction of new quarantine restrictions in England. In the evening he repeated the main points of his speech in a television address to the nation.

    New measures in England:

    • Pubs and restaurants will close at ten o’clock sharp;
    • Mandatory service by waiters, ordering from the bar is prohibited everywhere;
    • If possible, citizens should work from home.

    Other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – determine their own quarantine measures.

    “I am sorry that this will affect a large part of the business, but we must act,” the prime minister said. Thus, in England, where it is no longer possible to gather in groups of more than six people, the restrictions will increase, however, amid complaints from small businesses about serious losses due to quarantine, the government will not take more stringent measures.

    Johnson noted that these measures could remain in effect for about six months. “This virus has become a phenomenon in our lives. And I must tell the members of parliament and the whole country that our fight against it will continue,” the Prime Minister said.

    In recent weeks, the number of cases of Covid-19 in Britain has risen sharply. Scientific and medical advisers to the government warned that if the disease spreads at the same rate as now, the country could become sick up to 50 thousand people a day.

    An infectious disease professor at the University of Liverpool said these measures would not be enough. He speaks of a “serious concern” in the scientific community as the infection rate among people under 50 is growing.

    Tough measures in Scotland

    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that the country would temporarily claim travel ban.

    The measure of self isolation has already been introduced for more than 1.7 million people in Glasgow and some of its suburbs. Now, according to Sturgeon, this will apply to the entire country.

    In addition, Scotland, following England, will ban pubs and restaurants after 10 pm.

    Thus, Scotland has stricter quarantine measures than England, where it is still allowed to visit, albeit with greater restrictions.

    Since Monday, the “rule of six” has been in effect in England: people who do not live under one roof can gather (even at home) in an amount of no more than six people.

    “The reason we took these steps is because we know these restrictions are holding back the spread of the virus in the west of Scotland.”

    Do the restrictions work?

    Restrictions are introduced, but as it turned out, not everyone understands them. And it’s not even the folly of people, but the system itself with different levels and exceptions.

    Liverpool people have no time for fun. There are already more COVID patients in hospitals in the city than at the peak of the first wave. Restrictions of the third, that is, the highest level of self isolating were introduced here recently.

    Even by introducing seemingly tough restrictions, the government is trying to inflict minimal damage on business. As a result, the quarantine is very special, with numerous exceptions.

    The three-tier system of restrictions is so complex that even police chiefs do not understand the rules, writes the Daily Mail. The confusion did not stop officers from fining four students a record £ 40,000 for hosting an illegal party.

    But hardly anyone can punish the inhabitants of the village of States. The river divides the village into two parts. Each belongs to different municipalities. And they have different rules.

    London is one of the regions where quarantine may be tightened in the near future. In the meantime, there are second-level restrictions: residents are forbidden to gather in groups of more than six people and need to self isolate.

    Conclusion

    Due to the coronavirus, the United Kingdom has become disunited. The British government controls the situation only in England. Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland decide for themselves, what to do. If you are going to travel to the UK, you need to know the basic rules for entering the country so as not to waste extra time when going through airport security. These rules differ depending on the type of visa and also the country from which you are coming. As for Covid-19, further plans for the 14-day self isolate and the establishment of “air bridges” are expected to be announced within the nearest time. You should see for yourself, whether a self isolation requirement applies to you, definitely see more information on how this requirement will affect your plans to visit the UK.

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    04.01.2022
  • United Kingdom Latest News: Authorities revise guidelines for international arrivals based on COVID-19 vaccination status and countries recently visited (India Today, 24.12.2021). Africa, U.K.: British authorities will remove all 11 countries from COVID-19 travel red list from 15 December (Reutrs, 14.12.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *If you are fully vaccinated: This is what you need to do if you qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England.
    *Before you travel to England – fully vaccinated: Before you travel to England you must:
    • take a COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 2 days before you travel to England
    book and pay for a COVID-19 PCR test – to be taken after you arrive in England
    complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
    Read more about taking a COVID-19 test before you travel to England.
    If you’re in England for less than 2 days, you still need to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test. You must quarantine until you receive a negative test result, or until you leave England, whichever is sooner.
    *When you arrive in England – fully vaccinated:
    After you arrive in England you must take a COVID-19 PCR test. This is the test that you booked before travel.
    You can take the test any time after you arrive and before the end of day 2 at the latest. The day you arrive is day 0.
    You must quarantine in your home or the place you are staying while you await your test result.
    Test results: If your PCR test result is negative, you can end your quarantine.
    If your PCR test result is positive, you usually have to self-isolate for 10 full days. The day of the test is day 0.
    You can stop self-isolating after 7 days if you do a rapid lateral flow test on days 6 and 7 of your self-isolation period and:
    • both tests are negative
    • you did both tests at least 24 hours apart
    • you do not have a high temperature
    If you do a rapid lateral flow test on day 6 and test positive, wait 24 hours before you do the next test.
    Read the NHS guidance for further information on how long to self-isolate for.
    If your PCR test result is unclear, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the test is day 0.
    If your PCR test result is unclear, you can choose to take another private test. If the result of that test is negative, you can stop self-isolating.
    If your PCR test result is delayed, you must quarantine until you receive a negative test result or until day 14 after arrival, whichever is sooner.
    *Check if you qualify as fully vaccinated: To qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England, you must have proof of full vaccination with a full course of an approved vaccine.
    You must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.
    *The proof of vaccination must have been issued by either:
    • the UK vaccination programme
    • the United Nations vaccine programme for staff and volunteers
    • an overseas vaccination programme with an approved proof of vaccination for travel to the UK
    Check which vaccines are approved and the list of countries and territories with approved proof of vaccination.
    *Children and other groups that can follow fully vaccinated rules. Even if you are not fully vaccinated, the fully vaccinated rules apply if you are:
    • under 18 – see Travelling with children in this guidance
    • taking part in an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial in the UK or the USA (US residents only for USA trials), or a phase 2 or 3 vaccine trial that is regulated by the EMA or SRA
    • unable to have a COVID-19 vaccination for a medical reason which has been approved by a clinician under the medical exemptions process, and you are resident in England
    *Read about applying for a medical exemption from vaccination using the NHS COVID Pass if you live in England.
    *Proving your vaccination status: If you are fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme, you can prove your vaccination status using either:
    NHS COVID Pass for England and Wales
    NHS Scotland COVID Status app
    COVIDCert NI in Northern Ireland
    Paper certificates are also available.
    There are different ways to prove your vaccination status if you were vaccinated outside of the UK.
    Check what proof is required for the country or territory where you were vaccinated.
    If you cannot prove that you qualify under the fully vaccinated rules, you must follow the rules for people who are not fully vaccinated.
    *Red list countries: There are different rules if you have been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in England. Check which countries and territories are on the red list and read the red list rules .
    *If you are not fully vaccinated: This is what you need to do if you do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England. Check this section of this guidance to see if you qualify as fully vaccinated .
    *Before you travel to England – not fully vaccinated: Before you travel to England you must:
    • take a COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 2 days before you travel to England
    book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests – to be taken after arrival in England;
    complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
    Read more about taking a COVID-19 test before you travel to England.
    *When you arrive in England – not fully vaccinated: After you arrive in England you must:
    quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 full days
    • take your COVID-19 PCR tests – you must book these tests before you travel
    You must take the first test on or before day 2 and the second test on or after day 8. The day you arrive is day 0.
    If you are in England for less than 10 days, you need to quarantine for the time you are here. You need to book day 2 and day 8 PCR tests. You only need to take the tests if you are still in England on those days.
    *If the test result is positive: If your day 2 test is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the test is day 0.
    You do not need to take the day 8 test if your day 2 test is positive. If your day 2 test is negative, you must take your day 8 test.
    If your day 8 test is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the day 8 test is day 0.
    *If the test result is negative: If your day 2 test is negative, you must continue to quarantine. You must take your day 8 test on or after day 8. If your day 8 test is negative, you can stop quarantine on whichever is later:
    • day 10 – day 0 is the day you arrived in England
    • when you receive the day 8 test result
    If you receive your day 8 negative test result back on day 12, you must quarantine until the end of day 12.
    If the test result is unclear: If the result of your day 2 test is unclear, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the test is day 0.
    If the result of your day 8 test is negative, you can stop self-isolating on whichever is later:
    • day 10 – day 0 is the day you arrived in England
    • the day you received the negative day 8 test result
    If your day 8 test is unclear, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the day 8 test is day 0.
    You can choose to take another private test. If that test result is a negative result, you can stop self-isolating on whichever is later:
    • day 10 – day 0 is the day you arrive in England
    • the day you received the negative replacement test result from the additional test
    *Test to Release scheme: If you need to quarantine, you may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.
    *Red list countries: There are different rules if you have been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in England. Check which countries and territories are on the red list and read the red list rules.
    *Travelling with children: Children aged 4 and under do not have to take any COVID-19 travel tests. On arrival in England, they must quarantine until their responsible adult receives their day 2 test result back. Children aged 12 to 17 must take a COVID-19 test in the 2 days before travel to England. Children aged 5 to 17 have to follow the testing and quarantine rules for people who qualify as fully vaccinated on arrival in England. This means that they have to quarantine on arrival and take a PCR test on or before day 2. Check the rules in this guidance for people who qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to England for more details. You should also check the rules in the country you are travelling from as they may require children to take a test at the start of your journey to England. There are different rules for children who have been in a red list country or territory in the 10 days before they arrive in England.
    *Medical and work-related exemptions: Some people cannot be fully vaccinated for medical reasons. Read more about medical exemptions from vaccination. There are also medical exemptions from:
    testing before travel to England
    quarantine for people having medical treatment
    Some people are exempt from some or all of the requirements because of the job they do.
    *Transiting through England: Read separate guidance if you are transiting through England as part of an international journey.
    *Ireland, the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man: If you’re travelling to England from within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, you do not need to:
    • complete a passenger locator form
    • take any COVID-19 tests
    • quarantine on arrival in England
    This only applies if you have not been outside of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in the 10 days before the day you arrive in England. If you have, you must follow the international travel rules in the place where you arrive. See separate guidance on travel within the Common Travel Area after international travel.
    *Red list countries and territories: There are different rules if you have been in a red list country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England. If you need to follow red list rules, you must do so if you are fully vaccinated or not. Check which countries and territories are on the red list and read the red list rules.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Following advice from the UK Health Security Agency and in the light of the rapid increase in Omicron cases, the UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England National Medical Director have recommended to ministers that the UK COVID-19 alert level should increase from Level 3 to Level 4.
    From 14 December, fully vaccinated contacts of a COVID-19 case should take a daily lateral flow test for 7 days to slow the spread of the virus.hose who test positive or develop symptoms will need to self-isolate. Unvaccinated adults must continue to self-isolate for 10 days if they are a contact of someone with COVID-19. It follows a significant rise in Omicron cases in the UK with the new variant expected to become the dominant strain by mid-December

    Travel abroad from England: Read guidance about what you need to do to travel abroad from England.

    *Travel within the U.K.: Region-specific restrictions or exemptions on entry are available for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
    *Face Mask:You must wear a face covering in shops and on public transport. Face coverings should be worn in communal areas of universities, colleges and schools by staff, visitors and pupils or students in year 7 and above.

    *Curfew: There are no nationwide curfews in place.
    *Region Specific Regulations:
    London: London has the highest number of COVID-19 cases and confirmed deaths in the UK. City-specific COVID-19 updates can be found here. London Underground and other public transportation continue to offer altered services; updates can be found here.
    Glasgow: Although Glasgow has been severely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, it is currently recording a relatively moderate positivity rate compared to other regions. Details on local advisories and updates can be found here.
    Edinburgh: Edinburgh continues to record a high number of COVID-19 cases. Given the increased pressure on the healthcare system, limited non-critical medical procedures are likely to be postponed. However, most business restrictions in Edinburgh have been lifted. Details can be found here.
    Birmingham: Pubs, bars, and restaurants have reopened indoor dining areas. Cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play are permitted in accordance with the COVID-19 measures.Local guidance for COVID-19 can be found here.
    Manchester: Manchester is currently categorised as an Enhanced Response Area (ERA). However, most business and gathering restrictions have been lifted. City-specific COVID-19 updates can be found here.
    *Overseas Territories Regulations:
    Anguilla-specific regulations can be found here.
    Bermuda-specific regulations can be found here.
    British Virgin Islands-specific regulations can be found here.
    Falkland Islands-specific regulations can be found here.
    Gibraltar-specific regulations can be found here.
    Turks and Caicos-specific regulations can be found here.

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    02.01.2022
  • United Kingdom

    UK Travel Restrictions: What You Need TO Know Before Going

    The UK – four countries in one bottle: monarchical England with a lot of attractions, mountains, and blue lakes of Scotland, the land of medieval castles in Wales, and cozy villages of Northern Ireland.

    A land of rains, pipes, and fox hunting, the UK is constantly gaining global attention. Either Lord of the Dance will come on tour, or Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery will shine in another Hollywood fairy tale. And even though it is still difficult to obtain a British visa, and travel to foggy Albion promises to result in a tidy sum, the tourist flow to the country does not dry up – we all want to stand at the threshold of the English monarchy, delve into the rules of pub etiquette, pick up a kilt for the cold autumn and recite “To be or not to be?” directly in the homeland of Shakespeare.

    In addition, the UK has medieval castles and Gothic cathedrals, the tranquil beauty and serenity of rural landscapes, the recklessness and frenzy of evening London, granite of science in the best language schools, shopping in expensive prestigious boutiques and rummaging through the junk at flea markets. In short, a great variety.

    Let’s take a look at what it takes to properly enter the United Kingdom.

    General rules for entering the UK

    Upon arrival at the UK airport, you will have your passport or other identification checked to ensure that you are allowed to enter the country. Your documents must be valid throughout your visit to England. Before leaving for the UK, check the documents you will need to enter the UK.

    You may be asked at the border to confirm your relationship with the children you are traveling with if border control doubts that you are the parent of the child. For example, you have a different last name with your child.

    You can present:

    • a certificate of birth or adoption,
    • a marriage or divorce certificate (if your child has a different surname),
    • a consent from the parent of the child, giving him the right to travel with you. The letter must contain the contacts of the parents.

    Your carrier (for example, an airline) will check your passport and other travel documents and then send information about you to customs. You can ask to take a look at this information.

    Your passport is subject to verification, so keep it ready. Remove the cover of your passport before showing it. If you are wearing dark glasses, take them off. If you go through control with your family, then stick together.

    If you are not from the EEA or Switzerland, your carrier will give you a “landing page”. Please fill it out before going through border control. This will save you time. Passport, as well as the “landing page” will be checked at the control.

    Passing through British customs

    UK entry regulations require you to cooperate if you are stopped at customs and asked about your baggage. If you broke the rules, then any of your things, as well as what you are transporting it in, can be confiscated.

    It is prohibited to import weapons, ammunition, drugs, pornography, and poisons into the UK. Special permits are required for items of cultural or historical value, drugs containing drugs, plants, wild birds, and animals.

    Products made from meat and milk are a travel ban: even a box of chocolates is confiscated. As an exception, you can import baby food or dietary food for people with various diseases, but its weight should not exceed 2 kg.

    Those who travel to the UK with pets will have to prepare an international veterinary certificate and a special license, as well as tune in to a long quarantine. Pets that meet the PETS program are admitted to the country without delay. Export restrictions and prohibitions are the same as for import.

    Tax free

    Non-EU tourists staying in the UK for less than 3 months a year can take advantage of the Tax free system. When making retail purchases in participating stores, you can get up to 20% VAT refund. Global Blue prepares a refund for amounts from 30 GBP, Tax Free Worldwide – from amounts of 50 GBP per check. In the store, you will need to fill out a special form, keep the receipt and the integrity of the packaging, present the goods and documents at customs (the employee will put a stamp), and then at the Cash Refund point. VAT can be returned in cash at Heathrow Airport or by wire transfer to a bank card.

    What questions are asked at the UK border?

    If you have already received a UK visa and packed your suitcases, then it’s time to think about the following topic: the rules for entering the UK. Before travel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the information on entering the United Kingdom, at least in general terms, in order to feel more confident. As a rule, a tourist thinks about what questions he may be asked when crossing the English border, how to behave, how long the process takes, whether medical insurance is required, and what can and cannot be brought into the country.

    So, according to the rules of entry into England, upon arrival, all tourists are given a small migration card in English (UK Border Agency Landing Card). There you need to indicate some of your personal information, including the address where you plan to stay in the UK. You will have to fill them right on the spot; the questions are simple, so there will be no difficulties at this stage. You need to be prepared for the fact that you will have to stand in a rather big queue since airports are often very busy.

    UK Border Crossing Documents

    Some documents are required when entering the UK, but there are not many of them. The most important are papers confirming the purpose of your visit to the country. This can be an invitation from relatives you are going to visit, or from a company where you are traveling on business. If the purpose of the travel is for tourism purposes only, you should bring your hotel booking confirmation. You can show it if the officer asks where you plan to stay.

    In each individual situation, it is worth taking additional documents with you to cross the English border. If, for example, you got married and changed your last name, and the old one is indicated on your visa, take a marriage registration certificate to prevent unnecessary questions. If you are traveling with a child and you have different surnames, you should take your birth certificate with you; if you are not his parent, then you must have documents confirming your right to accompany him during his travel to Britain; these papers will definitely be asked. All of them must be provided in English, translation is not required.

    UK and Covid-19

    Traveling to the UK may be a dream of many people, but the current situation in the world can greatly prevent from visiting the country.

    The situation with the spread of the new coronavirus Covid-19 infection in the UK remains tense. The country is among the states with an unfavorable course of the disease. The success of the British healthcare system looks especially weak in comparison with some other European countries. On the first day of autumn, more than 334 thousand cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the UK. At the same time, more than 41 thousand people have already died. The daily increase in cases is also not encouraging – 1715 people as of August 31.

    Against this background, the country‘s cabinet of ministers has repeatedly come under serious public criticism. Many experts have accused the government of being unprepared for the pandemic and delaying the adoption of restrictive measures. Fuel to the fire was added by the fact that the head of the British government Boris Johnson himself fell ill with the coronavirus Covid-19, temporarily moving away from the government.

    A nationwide quarantine was announced, when local hospitals were already unable to cope with the large flow of sick citizens. At the same time, the British authorities, unlike other European countries, did not close their borders and introduce a mandatory 14 days quarantine requirement for arriving guests with need to self isolate. However, it was difficult to obtain a visa for travel. The fact is that almost all British visa centers abroad were not working.

    And yet, the restrictive measures introduced inside the country gave the first positive results, the number of cases decreased. Since May 13, the UK has begun to ease domestic quarantine and return to normal life. However, repeated outbreaks of the disease are forcing the British government to return to separate prohibitive measures.

    Rules for entering the UK under quarantine restrictions

    The difficult epidemiological situation forced the British Cabinet to impose restrictions on entry into the country. Obviously, they were belated, given that the state did not close its external borders.

    From 8 June, all foreigners entering the UK must:

    • fill out a special form, where you need to indicate contact information and place of residence, and email address;
    • self isolate for 14 days.

    You can get to the place of quarantine by public transport, but subject to the mask regime and social distancing. For violation of these rules, you could face a fine, in extreme cases – expulsion from the country.

    Exceptions to the rules

    The actions of the British authorities are well suited to the Soviet slogan during the New Economic Policy: “One step forward, two steps back”. By adopting travel restrictions, Boris Johnson’s cabinet also adopted an extensive list of exceptions to them. In particular, the 14 days self isolate period is not required to go among:

    • diplomats and state representatives of the EU countries;
    • transiting passengers;
    • train carriages, ships, and aircraft;
    • medical tourists;
    • scientists;
    • specialists of the oil, gas, and nuclear industries.

    A complete list of all exceptions can be found on the British Embassy Information Portal.

    UK and EU

    Having made a decision to withdraw from the common European space, Great Britain is forced to build new political relations with the European Union. Despite the fact that individual European countries were in no hurry to let English tourists into their territory without self isolating for 14 days, on July 10 the British government decided not to extend this rule to guests from European countries.

    UK and the world

    Since mid-July, the British authorities have also begun to exempt visitors from countries belonging to the so-called “green zone” from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation. Today this list, in addition to European countries, includes about 30 more states. A complete list of it is published on a special website.

    Charter flights

    Due to the closure of external borders by most countries in the world, the UK has provided its citizens with the opportunity to return home by charters. Persons who have a residence permit were also able to use them.

    When can quarantine be violated?

    The British authorities admit cases of violation of the mandatory quarantine. It can be done:

    • during the travel from the airport to the place of self isolate;
    • in an emergency when something threatens your life;
    • if you need to go to the store if the other way to deliver the goods failed;
    • to travel to hospitals by ambulance.

    Covid-19 and political decisions

    The Prime Minister of Great Britain said that the new travel restrictions that the government is introducing due to the increase in the incidence of Covid-19 may be in effect for another six months.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke in Parliament about the introduction of new quarantine restrictions in England. In the evening he repeated the main points of his speech in a television address to the nation.

    New measures in England:

    • Pubs and restaurants will close at ten o’clock sharp;
    • Mandatory service by waiters, ordering from the bar is prohibited everywhere;
    • If possible, citizens should work from home.

    Other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – determine their own quarantine measures.

    “I am sorry that this will affect a large part of the business, but we must act,” the prime minister said. Thus, in England, where it is no longer possible to gather in groups of more than six people, the restrictions will increase, however, amid complaints from small businesses about serious losses due to quarantine, the government will not take more stringent measures.

    Johnson noted that these measures could remain in effect for about six months. “This virus has become a phenomenon in our lives. And I must tell the members of parliament and the whole country that our fight against it will continue,” the Prime Minister said.

    In recent weeks, the number of cases of Covid-19 in Britain has risen sharply. Scientific and medical advisers to the government warned that if the disease spreads at the same rate as now, the country could become sick up to 50 thousand people a day.

    An infectious disease professor at the University of Liverpool said these measures would not be enough. He speaks of a “serious concern” in the scientific community as the infection rate among people under 50 is growing.

    Tough measures in Scotland

    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that the country would temporarily claim travel ban.

    The measure of self isolation has already been introduced for more than 1.7 million people in Glasgow and some of its suburbs. Now, according to Sturgeon, this will apply to the entire country.

    In addition, Scotland, following England, will ban pubs and restaurants after 10 pm.

    Thus, Scotland has stricter quarantine measures than England, where it is still allowed to visit, albeit with greater restrictions.

    Since Monday, the “rule of six” has been in effect in England: people who do not live under one roof can gather (even at home) in an amount of no more than six people.

    “The reason we took these steps is because we know these restrictions are holding back the spread of the virus in the west of Scotland.”

    Do the restrictions work?

    Restrictions are introduced, but as it turned out, not everyone understands them. And it’s not even the folly of people, but the system itself with different levels and exceptions.

    Liverpool people have no time for fun. There are already more COVID patients in hospitals in the city than at the peak of the first wave. Restrictions of the third, that is, the highest level of self isolating were introduced here recently.

    Even by introducing seemingly tough restrictions, the government is trying to inflict minimal damage on business. As a result, the quarantine is very special, with numerous exceptions.

    The three-tier system of restrictions is so complex that even police chiefs do not understand the rules, writes the Daily Mail. The confusion did not stop officers from fining four students a record £ 40,000 for hosting an illegal party.

    But hardly anyone can punish the inhabitants of the village of States. The river divides the village into two parts. Each belongs to different municipalities. And they have different rules.

    London is one of the regions where quarantine may be tightened in the near future. In the meantime, there are second-level restrictions: residents are forbidden to gather in groups of more than six people and need to self isolate.

    Conclusion

    Due to the coronavirus, the United Kingdom has become disunited. The British government controls the situation only in England. Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland decide for themselves, what to do. If you are going to travel to the UK, you need to know the basic rules for entering the country so as not to waste extra time when going through airport security. These rules differ depending on the type of visa and also the country from which you are coming. As for Covid-19, further plans for the 14-day self isolate and the establishment of “air bridges” are expected to be announced within the nearest time. You should see for yourself, whether a self isolation requirement applies to you, definitely see more information on how this requirement will affect your plans to visit the UK.

    Read more
    16.12.2021
  • United Kingdom Travelers from 11 African countries were required to quarantine at specific hotels at a high cost. The government has now decided to end the RED list as of 4 AM on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

    You can access UK’s page for Covid-19 and travel here.

    This change doesn’t affect the pretravel lateral and day 2 or before PCR-RT test requirements. The government has indicated that these will be evaluated in early January.

    RED countries (removed December 15, 2021):
    Angola
    Botswana
    Eswatini
    Lesotho
    Malawi
    Mozambique
    Namibia
    Nigeria
    South Africa
    Zambia
    Zimbabwe

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    15.12.2021
  • United Kingdom

    UK Travel Restrictions: What You Need TO Know Before Going

    The UK – four countries in one bottle: monarchical England with a lot of attractions, mountains, and blue lakes of Scotland, the land of medieval castles in Wales, and cozy villages of Northern Ireland.

    A land of rains, pipes, and fox hunting, the UK is constantly gaining global attention. Either Lord of the Dance will come on tour, or Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery will shine in another Hollywood fairy tale. And even though it is still difficult to obtain a British visa, and travel to foggy Albion promises to result in a tidy sum, the tourist flow to the country does not dry up – we all want to stand at the threshold of the English monarchy, delve into the rules of pub etiquette, pick up a kilt for the cold autumn and recite “To be or not to be?” directly in the homeland of Shakespeare.

    In addition, the UK has medieval castles and Gothic cathedrals, the tranquil beauty and serenity of rural landscapes, the recklessness and frenzy of evening London, granite of science in the best language schools, shopping in expensive prestigious boutiques and rummaging through the junk at flea markets. In short, a great variety.

    Let’s take a look at what it takes to properly enter the United Kingdom.

    General rules for entering the UK

    Upon arrival at the UK airport, you will have your passport or other identification checked to ensure that you are allowed to enter the country. Your documents must be valid throughout your visit to England. Before leaving for the UK, check the documents you will need to enter the UK.

    You may be asked at the border to confirm your relationship with the children you are traveling with if border control doubts that you are the parent of the child. For example, you have a different last name with your child.

    You can present:

    • a certificate of birth or adoption,
    • a marriage or divorce certificate (if your child has a different surname),
    • a consent from the parent of the child, giving him the right to travel with you. The letter must contain the contacts of the parents.

    Your carrier (for example, an airline) will check your passport and other travel documents and then send information about you to customs. You can ask to take a look at this information.

    Your passport is subject to verification, so keep it ready. Remove the cover of your passport before showing it. If you are wearing dark glasses, take them off. If you go through control with your family, then stick together.

    If you are not from the EEA or Switzerland, your carrier will give you a “landing page”. Please fill it out before going through border control. This will save you time. Passport, as well as the “landing page” will be checked at the control.

    Passing through British customs

    UK entry regulations require you to cooperate if you are stopped at customs and asked about your baggage. If you broke the rules, then any of your things, as well as what you are transporting it in, can be confiscated.

    It is prohibited to import weapons, ammunition, drugs, pornography, and poisons into the UK. Special permits are required for items of cultural or historical value, drugs containing drugs, plants, wild birds, and animals.

    Products made from meat and milk are a travel ban: even a box of chocolates is confiscated. As an exception, you can import baby food or dietary food for people with various diseases, but its weight should not exceed 2 kg.

    Those who travel to the UK with pets will have to prepare an international veterinary certificate and a special license, as well as tune in to a long quarantine. Pets that meet the PETS program are admitted to the country without delay. Export restrictions and prohibitions are the same as for import.

    Tax free

    Non-EU tourists staying in the UK for less than 3 months a year can take advantage of the Tax free system. When making retail purchases in participating stores, you can get up to 20% VAT refund. Global Blue prepares a refund for amounts from 30 GBP, Tax Free Worldwide – from amounts of 50 GBP per check. In the store, you will need to fill out a special form, keep the receipt and the integrity of the packaging, present the goods and documents at customs (the employee will put a stamp), and then at the Cash Refund point. VAT can be returned in cash at Heathrow Airport or by wire transfer to a bank card.

    What questions are asked at the UK border?

    If you have already received a UK visa and packed your suitcases, then it’s time to think about the following topic: the rules for entering the UK. Before travel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the information on entering the United Kingdom, at least in general terms, in order to feel more confident. As a rule, a tourist thinks about what questions he may be asked when crossing the English border, how to behave, how long the process takes, whether medical insurance is required, and what can and cannot be brought into the country.

    So, according to the rules of entry into England, upon arrival, all tourists are given a small migration card in English (UK Border Agency Landing Card). There you need to indicate some of your personal information, including the address where you plan to stay in the UK. You will have to fill them right on the spot; the questions are simple, so there will be no difficulties at this stage. You need to be prepared for the fact that you will have to stand in a rather big queue since airports are often very busy.

    UK Border Crossing Documents

    Some documents are required when entering the UK, but there are not many of them. The most important are papers confirming the purpose of your visit to the country. This can be an invitation from relatives you are going to visit, or from a company where you are traveling on business. If the purpose of the travel is for tourism purposes only, you should bring your hotel booking confirmation. You can show it if the officer asks where you plan to stay.

    In each individual situation, it is worth taking additional documents with you to cross the English border. If, for example, you got married and changed your last name, and the old one is indicated on your visa, take a marriage registration certificate to prevent unnecessary questions. If you are traveling with a child and you have different surnames, you should take your birth certificate with you; if you are not his parent, then you must have documents confirming your right to accompany him during his travel to Britain; these papers will definitely be asked. All of them must be provided in English, translation is not required.

    UK and Covid-19

    Traveling to the UK may be a dream of many people, but the current situation in the world can greatly prevent from visiting the country.

    The situation with the spread of the new coronavirus Covid-19 infection in the UK remains tense. The country is among the states with an unfavorable course of the disease. The success of the British healthcare system looks especially weak in comparison with some other European countries. On the first day of autumn, more than 334 thousand cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the UK. At the same time, more than 41 thousand people have already died. The daily increase in cases is also not encouraging – 1715 people as of August 31.

    Against this background, the country‘s cabinet of ministers has repeatedly come under serious public criticism. Many experts have accused the government of being unprepared for the pandemic and delaying the adoption of restrictive measures. Fuel to the fire was added by the fact that the head of the British government Boris Johnson himself fell ill with the coronavirus Covid-19, temporarily moving away from the government.

    A nationwide quarantine was announced, when local hospitals were already unable to cope with the large flow of sick citizens. At the same time, the British authorities, unlike other European countries, did not close their borders and introduce a mandatory 14 days quarantine requirement for arriving guests with need to self isolate. However, it was difficult to obtain a visa for travel. The fact is that almost all British visa centers abroad were not working.

    And yet, the restrictive measures introduced inside the country gave the first positive results, the number of cases decreased. Since May 13, the UK has begun to ease domestic quarantine and return to normal life. However, repeated outbreaks of the disease are forcing the British government to return to separate prohibitive measures.

    Rules for entering the UK under quarantine restrictions

    The difficult epidemiological situation forced the British Cabinet to impose restrictions on entry into the country. Obviously, they were belated, given that the state did not close its external borders.

    From 8 June, all foreigners entering the UK must:

    • fill out a special form, where you need to indicate contact information and place of residence, and email address;
    • self isolate for 14 days.

    You can get to the place of quarantine by public transport, but subject to the mask regime and social distancing. For violation of these rules, you could face a fine, in extreme cases – expulsion from the country.

    Exceptions to the rules

    The actions of the British authorities are well suited to the Soviet slogan during the New Economic Policy: “One step forward, two steps back”. By adopting travel restrictions, Boris Johnson’s cabinet also adopted an extensive list of exceptions to them. In particular, the 14 days self isolate period is not required to go among:

    • diplomats and state representatives of the EU countries;
    • transiting passengers;
    • train carriages, ships, and aircraft;
    • medical tourists;
    • scientists;
    • specialists of the oil, gas, and nuclear industries.

    A complete list of all exceptions can be found on the British Embassy Information Portal.

    UK and EU

    Having made a decision to withdraw from the common European space, Great Britain is forced to build new political relations with the European Union. Despite the fact that individual European countries were in no hurry to let English tourists into their territory without self isolating for 14 days, on July 10 the British government decided not to extend this rule to guests from European countries.

    UK and the world

    Since mid-July, the British authorities have also begun to exempt visitors from countries belonging to the so-called “green zone” from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation. Today this list, in addition to European countries, includes about 30 more states. A complete list of it is published on a special website.

    Charter flights

    Due to the closure of external borders by most countries in the world, the UK has provided its citizens with the opportunity to return home by charters. Persons who have a residence permit were also able to use them.

    When can quarantine be violated?

    The British authorities admit cases of violation of the mandatory quarantine. It can be done:

    • during the travel from the airport to the place of self isolate;
    • in an emergency when something threatens your life;
    • if you need to go to the store if the other way to deliver the goods failed;
    • to travel to hospitals by ambulance.

    Covid-19 and political decisions

    The Prime Minister of Great Britain said that the new travel restrictions that the government is introducing due to the increase in the incidence of Covid-19 may be in effect for another six months.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke in Parliament about the introduction of new quarantine restrictions in England. In the evening he repeated the main points of his speech in a television address to the nation.

    New measures in England:

    • Pubs and restaurants will close at ten o’clock sharp;
    • Mandatory service by waiters, ordering from the bar is prohibited everywhere;
    • If possible, citizens should work from home.

    Other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – determine their own quarantine measures.

    “I am sorry that this will affect a large part of the business, but we must act,” the prime minister said. Thus, in England, where it is no longer possible to gather in groups of more than six people, the restrictions will increase, however, amid complaints from small businesses about serious losses due to quarantine, the government will not take more stringent measures.

    Johnson noted that these measures could remain in effect for about six months. “This virus has become a phenomenon in our lives. And I must tell the members of parliament and the whole country that our fight against it will continue,” the Prime Minister said.

    In recent weeks, the number of cases of Covid-19 in Britain has risen sharply. Scientific and medical advisers to the government warned that if the disease spreads at the same rate as now, the country could become sick up to 50 thousand people a day.

    An infectious disease professor at the University of Liverpool said these measures would not be enough. He speaks of a “serious concern” in the scientific community as the infection rate among people under 50 is growing.

    Tough measures in Scotland

    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that the country would temporarily claim travel ban.

    The measure of self isolation has already been introduced for more than 1.7 million people in Glasgow and some of its suburbs. Now, according to Sturgeon, this will apply to the entire country.

    In addition, Scotland, following England, will ban pubs and restaurants after 10 pm.

    Thus, Scotland has stricter quarantine measures than England, where it is still allowed to visit, albeit with greater restrictions.

    Since Monday, the “rule of six” has been in effect in England: people who do not live under one roof can gather (even at home) in an amount of no more than six people.

    “The reason we took these steps is because we know these restrictions are holding back the spread of the virus in the west of Scotland.”

    Do the restrictions work?

    Restrictions are introduced, but as it turned out, not everyone understands them. And it’s not even the folly of people, but the system itself with different levels and exceptions.

    Liverpool people have no time for fun. There are already more COVID patients in hospitals in the city than at the peak of the first wave. Restrictions of the third, that is, the highest level of self isolating were introduced here recently.

    Even by introducing seemingly tough restrictions, the government is trying to inflict minimal damage on business. As a result, the quarantine is very special, with numerous exceptions.

    The three-tier system of restrictions is so complex that even police chiefs do not understand the rules, writes the Daily Mail. The confusion did not stop officers from fining four students a record £ 40,000 for hosting an illegal party.

    But hardly anyone can punish the inhabitants of the village of States. The river divides the village into two parts. Each belongs to different municipalities. And they have different rules.

    London is one of the regions where quarantine may be tightened in the near future. In the meantime, there are second-level restrictions: residents are forbidden to gather in groups of more than six people and need to self isolate.

    Conclusion

    Due to the coronavirus, the United Kingdom has become disunited. The British government controls the situation only in England. Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland decide for themselves, what to do. If you are going to travel to the UK, you need to know the basic rules for entering the country so as not to waste extra time when going through airport security. These rules differ depending on the type of visa and also the country from which you are coming. As for Covid-19, further plans for the 14-day self isolate and the establishment of “air bridges” are expected to be announced within the nearest time. You should see for yourself, whether a self isolation requirement applies to you, definitely see more information on how this requirement will affect your plans to visit the UK.

    Read more
    15.12.2021
  • United Kingdom Latest News: Africa, U.K.: British authorities will remove all 11 countries from COVID-19 travel red list from 15 December (Reutrs, 14.12.2021). UK coronavirus (COVID-19) alert level increased from Level 3 to Level 4 (UK GOV, 12.12.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *New rules in response to Omicron variant, this guidance applies to ENGLAND:
    You must wear a face covering in shops and on public transport. Face coverings should be worn in communal areas of universities, colleges and schools by staff, visitors and pupils or students in year 7 and above.
    If you’re travelling to England from abroad you must take a PCR test before the end of day 2 following your arrival and self-isolate until you get a negative test result, even if you’re fully vaccinated.
    If you’re a contact of someone who may have been infected with the Omicron variant, you must self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of your age or vaccination status.
    What you must do depends on whether you qualify as fully vaccinated under the rules for travel to England.
    All UK arrivals from red list countries must pay for and self-isolate in a pre-booked, government-approved hotel for 10 days. All 11 countries will be removed from the UK’s travel red list from 4am on Wednesday 15 December. Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe are on the list. Whilst temporary testing measures for international travel will be maintained, all 11 countries will be removed from the travel red list effective from 4am tomorrow morning.

    General entry requirements for international travelers arriving in the UK will depend on the individual’s past 10-day travel history. Travel from countries designated as ‘Red’ is permitted only for British or Irish nationals and residents. The list of ‘Red’ list countries can be found here.
    All arrivals from red list countries must pre-book hotel quarantine packages prior to travel. Further details can be found here.
    Region-specific restrictions or exemptions on entry are available for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
    Individuals are not permitted to enter with EU, EEA, or Swiss national ID cards. They are required to present a valid passport to enter the country. Details, including exemptions, can be found here.
    *Mandatory Testing: If you’re travelling to England from abroad you must take a PCR test before the end of day 2 following your arrival and self-isolate until you get a negative test result, even if you’re fully vaccinated.
    Unvaccinated travelers from all other countries are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test report from no more than three days prior to travel. Further, travelers are subject to additional tests on or before day two and on or after day eight of quarantine.
    Fully vaccinated travelers from other countries are exempt from pre-departure testing requirements. However, they must take a COVID-19 test on or before day two of arrival.
    Children aged four and below are exempt from all testing requirements.
    Children aged between 5-17 who are residents of the UK or are arriving from a country with an approved vaccination program do not have to take a COVID-19 test before traveling to England. However, they must take a test on or before day two.
    COVID-19 tests can be pre-booked
    here.
    Different regulations may apply if traveling to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
    Individuals traveling to England from within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man, are exempt from testing requirements.
    The cost of NHS Test and Trace tests for international passengers varies with the destination and vaccination status of travelers. Details can be found here.
    *Quarantine Upon Entry: Travelers arriving from Red list countries are required to quarantine for ten days in a managed quarantine hotel. Details can be found here.
    Unvaccinated travelers from other countries are required to quarantine at home for ten days upon arrival in England. They can leave quarantine early using the Test to Release scheme by paying for a private COVID-19 test on day five and testing negative on both the day two and day five tests. All travellers are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test any time before end of day two after arrival in United Kingdom and isolate until a negative result is provided.

    Children resident in the UK or arriving from a country with an approved vaccination program are not required to quarantine. Whereas, children coming from other countries are required to quarantine at home.
    Individuals traveling to England from within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man, are exempt from quarantine requirements.
    Different regulations may apply if traveling to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
    *Red list update, Friday 26 November 2021: South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe will move onto the red list at 12.00 midday Friday 26 November. A temporary flight ban will be in place and all travellers who have been in these countries must quarantine and take tests. Read about the latest changes to the red list.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Following advice from the UK Health Security Agency and in the light of the rapid increase in Omicron cases, the UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England National Medical Director have recommended to ministers that the UK COVID-19 alert level should increase from Level 3 to Level 4.
    From 14 December, fully vaccinated contacts of a COVID-19 case should take a daily lateral flow test for 7 days to slow the spread of the virus.hose who test positive or develop symptoms will need to self-isolate. Unvaccinated adults must continue to self-isolate for 10 days if they are a contact of someone with COVID-19. It follows a significant rise in Omicron cases in the UK with the new variant expected to become the dominant strain by mid-December

    Travel abroad from England: Read guidance about what you need to do to travel abroad from England.

    *Travel within the U.K.: Region-specific restrictions or exemptions on entry are available for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
    *Face Mask:You must wear a face covering in shops and on public transport. Face coverings should be worn in communal areas of universities, colleges and schools by staff, visitors and pupils or students in year 7 and above.

    *Curfew: There are no nationwide curfews in place.
    *Region Specific Regulations:
    London: London has the highest number of COVID-19 cases and confirmed deaths in the UK. City-specific COVID-19 updates can be found here. London Underground and other public transportation continue to offer altered services; updates can be found here.
    Glasgow: Although Glasgow has been severely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, it is currently recording a relatively moderate positivity rate compared to other regions. Details on local advisories and updates can be found here.
    Edinburgh: Edinburgh continues to record a high number of COVID-19 cases. Given the increased pressure on the healthcare system, limited non-critical medical procedures are likely to be postponed. However, most business restrictions in Edinburgh have been lifted. Details can be found here.
    Birmingham: Pubs, bars, and restaurants have reopened indoor dining areas. Cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play are permitted in accordance with the COVID-19 measures.Local guidance for COVID-19 can be found here.
    Manchester: Manchester is currently categorised as an Enhanced Response Area (ERA). However, most business and gathering restrictions have been lifted. City-specific COVID-19 updates can be found here.
    *Overseas Territories Regulations:
    Anguilla-specific regulations can be found here.
    Bermuda-specific regulations can be found here.
    British Virgin Islands-specific regulations can be found here.
    Falkland Islands-specific regulations can be found here.
    Gibraltar-specific regulations can be found here.
    Turks and Caicos-specific regulations can be found here.

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    14.12.2021
  • United Kingdom

    UK Travel Restrictions: What You Need TO Know Before Going

    The UK – four countries in one bottle: monarchical England with a lot of attractions, mountains, and blue lakes of Scotland, the land of medieval castles in Wales, and cozy villages of Northern Ireland.

    A land of rains, pipes, and fox hunting, the UK is constantly gaining global attention. Either Lord of the Dance will come on tour, or Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery will shine in another Hollywood fairy tale. And even though it is still difficult to obtain a British visa, and travel to foggy Albion promises to result in a tidy sum, the tourist flow to the country does not dry up – we all want to stand at the threshold of the English monarchy, delve into the rules of pub etiquette, pick up a kilt for the cold autumn and recite “To be or not to be?” directly in the homeland of Shakespeare.

    In addition, the UK has medieval castles and Gothic cathedrals, the tranquil beauty and serenity of rural landscapes, the recklessness and frenzy of evening London, granite of science in the best language schools, shopping in expensive prestigious boutiques and rummaging through the junk at flea markets. In short, a great variety.

    Let’s take a look at what it takes to properly enter the United Kingdom.

    General rules for entering the UK

    Upon arrival at the UK airport, you will have your passport or other identification checked to ensure that you are allowed to enter the country. Your documents must be valid throughout your visit to England. Before leaving for the UK, check the documents you will need to enter the UK.

    You may be asked at the border to confirm your relationship with the children you are traveling with if border control doubts that you are the parent of the child. For example, you have a different last name with your child.

    You can present:

    • a certificate of birth or adoption,
    • a marriage or divorce certificate (if your child has a different surname),
    • a consent from the parent of the child, giving him the right to travel with you. The letter must contain the contacts of the parents.

    Your carrier (for example, an airline) will check your passport and other travel documents and then send information about you to customs. You can ask to take a look at this information.

    Your passport is subject to verification, so keep it ready. Remove the cover of your passport before showing it. If you are wearing dark glasses, take them off. If you go through control with your family, then stick together.

    If you are not from the EEA or Switzerland, your carrier will give you a “landing page”. Please fill it out before going through border control. This will save you time. Passport, as well as the “landing page” will be checked at the control.

    Passing through British customs

    UK entry regulations require you to cooperate if you are stopped at customs and asked about your baggage. If you broke the rules, then any of your things, as well as what you are transporting it in, can be confiscated.

    It is prohibited to import weapons, ammunition, drugs, pornography, and poisons into the UK. Special permits are required for items of cultural or historical value, drugs containing drugs, plants, wild birds, and animals.

    Products made from meat and milk are a travel ban: even a box of chocolates is confiscated. As an exception, you can import baby food or dietary food for people with various diseases, but its weight should not exceed 2 kg.

    Those who travel to the UK with pets will have to prepare an international veterinary certificate and a special license, as well as tune in to a long quarantine. Pets that meet the PETS program are admitted to the country without delay. Export restrictions and prohibitions are the same as for import.

    Tax free

    Non-EU tourists staying in the UK for less than 3 months a year can take advantage of the Tax free system. When making retail purchases in participating stores, you can get up to 20% VAT refund. Global Blue prepares a refund for amounts from 30 GBP, Tax Free Worldwide – from amounts of 50 GBP per check. In the store, you will need to fill out a special form, keep the receipt and the integrity of the packaging, present the goods and documents at customs (the employee will put a stamp), and then at the Cash Refund point. VAT can be returned in cash at Heathrow Airport or by wire transfer to a bank card.

    What questions are asked at the UK border?

    If you have already received a UK visa and packed your suitcases, then it’s time to think about the following topic: the rules for entering the UK. Before travel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the information on entering the United Kingdom, at least in general terms, in order to feel more confident. As a rule, a tourist thinks about what questions he may be asked when crossing the English border, how to behave, how long the process takes, whether medical insurance is required, and what can and cannot be brought into the country.

    So, according to the rules of entry into England, upon arrival, all tourists are given a small migration card in English (UK Border Agency Landing Card). There you need to indicate some of your personal information, including the address where you plan to stay in the UK. You will have to fill them right on the spot; the questions are simple, so there will be no difficulties at this stage. You need to be prepared for the fact that you will have to stand in a rather big queue since airports are often very busy.

    UK Border Crossing Documents

    Some documents are required when entering the UK, but there are not many of them. The most important are papers confirming the purpose of your visit to the country. This can be an invitation from relatives you are going to visit, or from a company where you are traveling on business. If the purpose of the travel is for tourism purposes only, you should bring your hotel booking confirmation. You can show it if the officer asks where you plan to stay.

    In each individual situation, it is worth taking additional documents with you to cross the English border. If, for example, you got married and changed your last name, and the old one is indicated on your visa, take a marriage registration certificate to prevent unnecessary questions. If you are traveling with a child and you have different surnames, you should take your birth certificate with you; if you are not his parent, then you must have documents confirming your right to accompany him during his travel to Britain; these papers will definitely be asked. All of them must be provided in English, translation is not required.

    UK and Covid-19

    Traveling to the UK may be a dream of many people, but the current situation in the world can greatly prevent from visiting the country.

    The situation with the spread of the new coronavirus Covid-19 infection in the UK remains tense. The country is among the states with an unfavorable course of the disease. The success of the British healthcare system looks especially weak in comparison with some other European countries. On the first day of autumn, more than 334 thousand cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the UK. At the same time, more than 41 thousand people have already died. The daily increase in cases is also not encouraging – 1715 people as of August 31.

    Against this background, the country‘s cabinet of ministers has repeatedly come under serious public criticism. Many experts have accused the government of being unprepared for the pandemic and delaying the adoption of restrictive measures. Fuel to the fire was added by the fact that the head of the British government Boris Johnson himself fell ill with the coronavirus Covid-19, temporarily moving away from the government.

    A nationwide quarantine was announced, when local hospitals were already unable to cope with the large flow of sick citizens. At the same time, the British authorities, unlike other European countries, did not close their borders and introduce a mandatory 14 days quarantine requirement for arriving guests with need to self isolate. However, it was difficult to obtain a visa for travel. The fact is that almost all British visa centers abroad were not working.

    And yet, the restrictive measures introduced inside the country gave the first positive results, the number of cases decreased. Since May 13, the UK has begun to ease domestic quarantine and return to normal life. However, repeated outbreaks of the disease are forcing the British government to return to separate prohibitive measures.

    Rules for entering the UK under quarantine restrictions

    The difficult epidemiological situation forced the British Cabinet to impose restrictions on entry into the country. Obviously, they were belated, given that the state did not close its external borders.

    From 8 June, all foreigners entering the UK must:

    • fill out a special form, where you need to indicate contact information and place of residence, and email address;
    • self isolate for 14 days.

    You can get to the place of quarantine by public transport, but subject to the mask regime and social distancing. For violation of these rules, you could face a fine, in extreme cases – expulsion from the country.

    Exceptions to the rules

    The actions of the British authorities are well suited to the Soviet slogan during the New Economic Policy: “One step forward, two steps back”. By adopting travel restrictions, Boris Johnson’s cabinet also adopted an extensive list of exceptions to them. In particular, the 14 days self isolate period is not required to go among:

    • diplomats and state representatives of the EU countries;
    • transiting passengers;
    • train carriages, ships, and aircraft;
    • medical tourists;
    • scientists;
    • specialists of the oil, gas, and nuclear industries.

    A complete list of all exceptions can be found on the British Embassy Information Portal.

    UK and EU

    Having made a decision to withdraw from the common European space, Great Britain is forced to build new political relations with the European Union. Despite the fact that individual European countries were in no hurry to let English tourists into their territory without self isolating for 14 days, on July 10 the British government decided not to extend this rule to guests from European countries.

    UK and the world

    Since mid-July, the British authorities have also begun to exempt visitors from countries belonging to the so-called “green zone” from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation. Today this list, in addition to European countries, includes about 30 more states. A complete list of it is published on a special website.

    Charter flights

    Due to the closure of external borders by most countries in the world, the UK has provided its citizens with the opportunity to return home by charters. Persons who have a residence permit were also able to use them.

    When can quarantine be violated?

    The British authorities admit cases of violation of the mandatory quarantine. It can be done:

    • during the travel from the airport to the place of self isolate;
    • in an emergency when something threatens your life;
    • if you need to go to the store if the other way to deliver the goods failed;
    • to travel to hospitals by ambulance.

    Covid-19 and political decisions

    The Prime Minister of Great Britain said that the new travel restrictions that the government is introducing due to the increase in the incidence of Covid-19 may be in effect for another six months.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke in Parliament about the introduction of new quarantine restrictions in England. In the evening he repeated the main points of his speech in a television address to the nation.

    New measures in England:

    • Pubs and restaurants will close at ten o’clock sharp;
    • Mandatory service by waiters, ordering from the bar is prohibited everywhere;
    • If possible, citizens should work from home.

    Other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – determine their own quarantine measures.

    “I am sorry that this will affect a large part of the business, but we must act,” the prime minister said. Thus, in England, where it is no longer possible to gather in groups of more than six people, the restrictions will increase, however, amid complaints from small businesses about serious losses due to quarantine, the government will not take more stringent measures.

    Johnson noted that these measures could remain in effect for about six months. “This virus has become a phenomenon in our lives. And I must tell the members of parliament and the whole country that our fight against it will continue,” the Prime Minister said.

    In recent weeks, the number of cases of Covid-19 in Britain has risen sharply. Scientific and medical advisers to the government warned that if the disease spreads at the same rate as now, the country could become sick up to 50 thousand people a day.

    An infectious disease professor at the University of Liverpool said these measures would not be enough. He speaks of a “serious concern” in the scientific community as the infection rate among people under 50 is growing.

    Tough measures in Scotland

    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that the country would temporarily claim travel ban.

    The measure of self isolation has already been introduced for more than 1.7 million people in Glasgow and some of its suburbs. Now, according to Sturgeon, this will apply to the entire country.

    In addition, Scotland, following England, will ban pubs and restaurants after 10 pm.

    Thus, Scotland has stricter quarantine measures than England, where it is still allowed to visit, albeit with greater restrictions.

    Since Monday, the “rule of six” has been in effect in England: people who do not live under one roof can gather (even at home) in an amount of no more than six people.

    “The reason we took these steps is because we know these restrictions are holding back the spread of the virus in the west of Scotland.”

    Do the restrictions work?

    Restrictions are introduced, but as it turned out, not everyone understands them. And it’s not even the folly of people, but the system itself with different levels and exceptions.

    Liverpool people have no time for fun. There are already more COVID patients in hospitals in the city than at the peak of the first wave. Restrictions of the third, that is, the highest level of self isolating were introduced here recently.

    Even by introducing seemingly tough restrictions, the government is trying to inflict minimal damage on business. As a result, the quarantine is very special, with numerous exceptions.

    The three-tier system of restrictions is so complex that even police chiefs do not understand the rules, writes the Daily Mail. The confusion did not stop officers from fining four students a record £ 40,000 for hosting an illegal party.

    But hardly anyone can punish the inhabitants of the village of States. The river divides the village into two parts. Each belongs to different municipalities. And they have different rules.

    London is one of the regions where quarantine may be tightened in the near future. In the meantime, there are second-level restrictions: residents are forbidden to gather in groups of more than six people and need to self isolate.

    Conclusion

    Due to the coronavirus, the United Kingdom has become disunited. The British government controls the situation only in England. Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland decide for themselves, what to do. If you are going to travel to the UK, you need to know the basic rules for entering the country so as not to waste extra time when going through airport security. These rules differ depending on the type of visa and also the country from which you are coming. As for Covid-19, further plans for the 14-day self isolate and the establishment of “air bridges” are expected to be announced within the nearest time. You should see for yourself, whether a self isolation requirement applies to you, definitely see more information on how this requirement will affect your plans to visit the UK.

    Read more
    06.12.2021
  • United Kingdom LoyaltyLobby

    England Requires Predeparture Covid-19 Test From December 7, 2021
    John Ollila December 5, 2021 Reading Time: 5 mins read
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    England + regions started to require Covid-19 PCR-RT test administered within two days of arrival a week ago (read more here), and now also bring back the pre-departure test.

    Those traveling to or returning to England must have a negative result from a PCR-RT of LFD (lateral flow) test within 48 hours from departure. I would assume that this also applies to transit passengers like previously.

    You can access England’s page for travel restrictions here.

    Here’s the announcement from the UK:
    Nigeria to be added to the travel red list from 4am Monday 6 December following 21 cases of Omicron reported in England which are linked to travel from this country, with 134 UK cases now reported in total
    In light of emerging evidence on the Omicron variant, from 4am on Tuesday 7 December anyone aged 12 and above wishing to travel to the UK will need to show a negative pre-departure test (LFD or PCR) as close as possible to departure and not more than 48 hours before to slow the importation of the new variant
    Government working at pace to expand Managed Quarantine Service capacity, but passengers are advised that hotel bookings may be limited as new hotels are onboarded
    These are temporary measures that have been introduced to prevent further Omicron cases from entering the UK, and will be examined at the three-week review point on 20 December
    From 4am on Monday 6 December, UK and Irish citizens and residents arriving from Nigeria must isolate in a government-approved managed quarantine facility for 10 days, and receive two negative PCR tests, as further precautionary action is taken against the Omicron variant.

    Currently, the vast majority of cases in the UK have clear links to overseas travel from South Africa and Nigeria, and over the past week, 21 Omicron cases reported in England originate from Nigeria.

    A temporary travel ban will therefore be introduced for all non-UK and non-Irish citizens and residents who have been in Nigeria in the last 10 days, meaning they will be refused entry into the UK. This does not apply to those who have stayed airside and only transited through Nigeria while changing flights.

    Last weekend, 10 countries were added to the red list and it was announced that all vaccinated passengers arriving in the UK must take a day two PCR tests and self-isolate until they receive a negative result. Since then, the geographical spread of Omicron has increased considerably, with 37 countries around the world now reporting Omicron cases and over 134 cases identified in the UK.

    New analysis conducted by the UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) indicates that the window between infection and infectiousness may be shorter for the Omicron variant, which increases the efficacy of pre-departure testing as it is more likely to identify positive cases before travel.

    In light of this emerging evidence and the changing global picture with regards to the spread of Omicron, from 4am on Tuesday, anyone wishing to travel to the UK from countries and territories not on the red list must also show proof of a negative PCR or lateral flow (LFD) pre-departure test, taken no earlier than 48 hours before departure. This applies to vaccinated passengers and children aged 12 and above.

    Airlines will be required to check for pre-departure tests alongside a completed passenger locator form, and passengers will not be allowed to board a flight without providing evidence of a negative test result. Given the reduced incubation period of the Omicron variant, passengers are advised to take the pre-departure test as close as possible to their scheduled departure to the UK and no earlier than 48 hours before travelling.

    These additional measures are vital to delaying the import of additional cases and slow the rise in cases within the UK. However, as the Prime Minister set out on 27 November, all temporary measures will be reviewed after three weeks to ensure that they remain necessary and proportionate, and this will take place on 20 December.

    Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, said:
    We knew this winter would be challenging but the arrival of a new variant means we must further strengthen our defences.

    As our world-leading scientists continue to understand more about the Omicron variant we are taking decisive action to protect public health and the progress of our COVID-19 vaccination programme.

    I urge everyone to do their bit to slow the spread by following the new travel rules, wearing masks where mandatory and most importantly getting the booster jab when called.

    Anyone arriving from Nigeria before 4am Monday [6 December] will be advised and strongly encouraged to isolate at home, and their household should also self-isolate for 10 days starting with their arrival in England.

    Affected individuals will be contacted and offered free PCR tests to be taken on day 8 after their arrival.

    Read more
    05.12.2021
  • United Kingdom

    UK Travel Restrictions: What You Need TO Know Before Going

    The UK – four countries in one bottle: monarchical England with a lot of attractions, mountains, and blue lakes of Scotland, the land of medieval castles in Wales, and cozy villages of Northern Ireland.

    A land of rains, pipes, and fox hunting, the UK is constantly gaining global attention. Either Lord of the Dance will come on tour, or Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery will shine in another Hollywood fairy tale. And even though it is still difficult to obtain a British visa, and travel to foggy Albion promises to result in a tidy sum, the tourist flow to the country does not dry up – we all want to stand at the threshold of the English monarchy, delve into the rules of pub etiquette, pick up a kilt for the cold autumn and recite “To be or not to be?” directly in the homeland of Shakespeare.

    In addition, the UK has medieval castles and Gothic cathedrals, the tranquil beauty and serenity of rural landscapes, the recklessness and frenzy of evening London, granite of science in the best language schools, shopping in expensive prestigious boutiques and rummaging through the junk at flea markets. In short, a great variety.

    Let’s take a look at what it takes to properly enter the United Kingdom.

    General rules for entering the UK

    Upon arrival at the UK airport, you will have your passport or other identification checked to ensure that you are allowed to enter the country. Your documents must be valid throughout your visit to England. Before leaving for the UK, check the documents you will need to enter the UK.

    You may be asked at the border to confirm your relationship with the children you are traveling with if border control doubts that you are the parent of the child. For example, you have a different last name with your child.

    You can present:

    • a certificate of birth or adoption,
    • a marriage or divorce certificate (if your child has a different surname),
    • a consent from the parent of the child, giving him the right to travel with you. The letter must contain the contacts of the parents.

    Your carrier (for example, an airline) will check your passport and other travel documents and then send information about you to customs. You can ask to take a look at this information.

    Your passport is subject to verification, so keep it ready. Remove the cover of your passport before showing it. If you are wearing dark glasses, take them off. If you go through control with your family, then stick together.

    If you are not from the EEA or Switzerland, your carrier will give you a “landing page”. Please fill it out before going through border control. This will save you time. Passport, as well as the “landing page” will be checked at the control.

    Passing through British customs

    UK entry regulations require you to cooperate if you are stopped at customs and asked about your baggage. If you broke the rules, then any of your things, as well as what you are transporting it in, can be confiscated.

    It is prohibited to import weapons, ammunition, drugs, pornography, and poisons into the UK. Special permits are required for items of cultural or historical value, drugs containing drugs, plants, wild birds, and animals.

    Products made from meat and milk are a travel ban: even a box of chocolates is confiscated. As an exception, you can import baby food or dietary food for people with various diseases, but its weight should not exceed 2 kg.

    Those who travel to the UK with pets will have to prepare an international veterinary certificate and a special license, as well as tune in to a long quarantine. Pets that meet the PETS program are admitted to the country without delay. Export restrictions and prohibitions are the same as for import.

    Tax free

    Non-EU tourists staying in the UK for less than 3 months a year can take advantage of the Tax free system. When making retail purchases in participating stores, you can get up to 20% VAT refund. Global Blue prepares a refund for amounts from 30 GBP, Tax Free Worldwide – from amounts of 50 GBP per check. In the store, you will need to fill out a special form, keep the receipt and the integrity of the packaging, present the goods and documents at customs (the employee will put a stamp), and then at the Cash Refund point. VAT can be returned in cash at Heathrow Airport or by wire transfer to a bank card.

    What questions are asked at the UK border?

    If you have already received a UK visa and packed your suitcases, then it’s time to think about the following topic: the rules for entering the UK. Before travel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the information on entering the United Kingdom, at least in general terms, in order to feel more confident. As a rule, a tourist thinks about what questions he may be asked when crossing the English border, how to behave, how long the process takes, whether medical insurance is required, and what can and cannot be brought into the country.

    So, according to the rules of entry into England, upon arrival, all tourists are given a small migration card in English (UK Border Agency Landing Card). There you need to indicate some of your personal information, including the address where you plan to stay in the UK. You will have to fill them right on the spot; the questions are simple, so there will be no difficulties at this stage. You need to be prepared for the fact that you will have to stand in a rather big queue since airports are often very busy.

    UK Border Crossing Documents

    Some documents are required when entering the UK, but there are not many of them. The most important are papers confirming the purpose of your visit to the country. This can be an invitation from relatives you are going to visit, or from a company where you are traveling on business. If the purpose of the travel is for tourism purposes only, you should bring your hotel booking confirmation. You can show it if the officer asks where you plan to stay.

    In each individual situation, it is worth taking additional documents with you to cross the English border. If, for example, you got married and changed your last name, and the old one is indicated on your visa, take a marriage registration certificate to prevent unnecessary questions. If you are traveling with a child and you have different surnames, you should take your birth certificate with you; if you are not his parent, then you must have documents confirming your right to accompany him during his travel to Britain; these papers will definitely be asked. All of them must be provided in English, translation is not required.

    UK and Covid-19

    Traveling to the UK may be a dream of many people, but the current situation in the world can greatly prevent from visiting the country.

    The situation with the spread of the new coronavirus Covid-19 infection in the UK remains tense. The country is among the states with an unfavorable course of the disease. The success of the British healthcare system looks especially weak in comparison with some other European countries. On the first day of autumn, more than 334 thousand cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the UK. At the same time, more than 41 thousand people have already died. The daily increase in cases is also not encouraging – 1715 people as of August 31.

    Against this background, the country‘s cabinet of ministers has repeatedly come under serious public criticism. Many experts have accused the government of being unprepared for the pandemic and delaying the adoption of restrictive measures. Fuel to the fire was added by the fact that the head of the British government Boris Johnson himself fell ill with the coronavirus Covid-19, temporarily moving away from the government.

    A nationwide quarantine was announced, when local hospitals were already unable to cope with the large flow of sick citizens. At the same time, the British authorities, unlike other European countries, did not close their borders and introduce a mandatory 14 days quarantine requirement for arriving guests with need to self isolate. However, it was difficult to obtain a visa for travel. The fact is that almost all British visa centers abroad were not working.

    And yet, the restrictive measures introduced inside the country gave the first positive results, the number of cases decreased. Since May 13, the UK has begun to ease domestic quarantine and return to normal life. However, repeated outbreaks of the disease are forcing the British government to return to separate prohibitive measures.

    Rules for entering the UK under quarantine restrictions

    The difficult epidemiological situation forced the British Cabinet to impose restrictions on entry into the country. Obviously, they were belated, given that the state did not close its external borders.

    From 8 June, all foreigners entering the UK must:

    • fill out a special form, where you need to indicate contact information and place of residence, and email address;
    • self isolate for 14 days.

    You can get to the place of quarantine by public transport, but subject to the mask regime and social distancing. For violation of these rules, you could face a fine, in extreme cases – expulsion from the country.

    Exceptions to the rules

    The actions of the British authorities are well suited to the Soviet slogan during the New Economic Policy: “One step forward, two steps back”. By adopting travel restrictions, Boris Johnson’s cabinet also adopted an extensive list of exceptions to them. In particular, the 14 days self isolate period is not required to go among:

    • diplomats and state representatives of the EU countries;
    • transiting passengers;
    • train carriages, ships, and aircraft;
    • medical tourists;
    • scientists;
    • specialists of the oil, gas, and nuclear industries.

    A complete list of all exceptions can be found on the British Embassy Information Portal.

    UK and EU

    Having made a decision to withdraw from the common European space, Great Britain is forced to build new political relations with the European Union. Despite the fact that individual European countries were in no hurry to let English tourists into their territory without self isolating for 14 days, on July 10 the British government decided not to extend this rule to guests from European countries.

    UK and the world

    Since mid-July, the British authorities have also begun to exempt visitors from countries belonging to the so-called “green zone” from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation. Today this list, in addition to European countries, includes about 30 more states. A complete list of it is published on a special website.

    Charter flights

    Due to the closure of external borders by most countries in the world, the UK has provided its citizens with the opportunity to return home by charters. Persons who have a residence permit were also able to use them.

    When can quarantine be violated?

    The British authorities admit cases of violation of the mandatory quarantine. It can be done:

    • during the travel from the airport to the place of self isolate;
    • in an emergency when something threatens your life;
    • if you need to go to the store if the other way to deliver the goods failed;
    • to travel to hospitals by ambulance.

    Covid-19 and political decisions

    The Prime Minister of Great Britain said that the new travel restrictions that the government is introducing due to the increase in the incidence of Covid-19 may be in effect for another six months.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke in Parliament about the introduction of new quarantine restrictions in England. In the evening he repeated the main points of his speech in a television address to the nation.

    New measures in England:

    • Pubs and restaurants will close at ten o’clock sharp;
    • Mandatory service by waiters, ordering from the bar is prohibited everywhere;
    • If possible, citizens should work from home.

    Other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – determine their own quarantine measures.

    “I am sorry that this will affect a large part of the business, but we must act,” the prime minister said. Thus, in England, where it is no longer possible to gather in groups of more than six people, the restrictions will increase, however, amid complaints from small businesses about serious losses due to quarantine, the government will not take more stringent measures.

    Johnson noted that these measures could remain in effect for about six months. “This virus has become a phenomenon in our lives. And I must tell the members of parliament and the whole country that our fight against it will continue,” the Prime Minister said.

    In recent weeks, the number of cases of Covid-19 in Britain has risen sharply. Scientific and medical advisers to the government warned that if the disease spreads at the same rate as now, the country could become sick up to 50 thousand people a day.

    An infectious disease professor at the University of Liverpool said these measures would not be enough. He speaks of a “serious concern” in the scientific community as the infection rate among people under 50 is growing.

    Tough measures in Scotland

    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that the country would temporarily claim travel ban.

    The measure of self isolation has already been introduced for more than 1.7 million people in Glasgow and some of its suburbs. Now, according to Sturgeon, this will apply to the entire country.

    In addition, Scotland, following England, will ban pubs and restaurants after 10 pm.

    Thus, Scotland has stricter quarantine measures than England, where it is still allowed to visit, albeit with greater restrictions.

    Since Monday, the “rule of six” has been in effect in England: people who do not live under one roof can gather (even at home) in an amount of no more than six people.

    “The reason we took these steps is because we know these restrictions are holding back the spread of the virus in the west of Scotland.”

    Do the restrictions work?

    Restrictions are introduced, but as it turned out, not everyone understands them. And it’s not even the folly of people, but the system itself with different levels and exceptions.

    Liverpool people have no time for fun. There are already more COVID patients in hospitals in the city than at the peak of the first wave. Restrictions of the third, that is, the highest level of self isolating were introduced here recently.

    Even by introducing seemingly tough restrictions, the government is trying to inflict minimal damage on business. As a result, the quarantine is very special, with numerous exceptions.

    The three-tier system of restrictions is so complex that even police chiefs do not understand the rules, writes the Daily Mail. The confusion did not stop officers from fining four students a record £ 40,000 for hosting an illegal party.

    But hardly anyone can punish the inhabitants of the village of States. The river divides the village into two parts. Each belongs to different municipalities. And they have different rules.

    London is one of the regions where quarantine may be tightened in the near future. In the meantime, there are second-level restrictions: residents are forbidden to gather in groups of more than six people and need to self isolate.

    Conclusion

    Due to the coronavirus, the United Kingdom has become disunited. The British government controls the situation only in England. Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland decide for themselves, what to do. If you are going to travel to the UK, you need to know the basic rules for entering the country so as not to waste extra time when going through airport security. These rules differ depending on the type of visa and also the country from which you are coming. As for Covid-19, further plans for the 14-day self isolate and the establishment of “air bridges” are expected to be announced within the nearest time. You should see for yourself, whether a self isolation requirement applies to you, definitely see more information on how this requirement will affect your plans to visit the UK.

    Read more
    02.12.2021
  • United Kingdom BA confirmed it has temporarily stopped flights to Hong Kong “while we review operational requirements for this route”.

    The South China Morning Post reported that one BA worker had tested positive for Covid, leading to most crew members being sent to the quarantine camp.

    It follows a similar incident the week before.

    In that case, a BA crew member tested positive for the virus on 20 November. The employee and other crew, classed as “close contact”, were sent to Hong Kong’s Penny’s Bay quarantine centre.

    A spokesman for Hong Kong’s Department of Health told the South China Morning Post that those crew members had since returned to the UK.

    Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific airline has been forced to cancel some passenger flights in December due to staff shortages. The airline operates a “closed loop” system which means airline crew, working on three week shifts, must stay in their hotel rooms between flights before going into a 14-day quarantine when they return home.

    Hong Kong is pursuing a zero-Covid cases policy in order to open the border with mainland China.

    BA said: “We apologise to our customers who have had their travel plans disrupted and will be in touch to give them options.” …

    Read more
    01.12.2021
  • United Kingdom

    UK Travel Restrictions: What You Need TO Know Before Going

    The UK – four countries in one bottle: monarchical England with a lot of attractions, mountains, and blue lakes of Scotland, the land of medieval castles in Wales, and cozy villages of Northern Ireland.

    A land of rains, pipes, and fox hunting, the UK is constantly gaining global attention. Either Lord of the Dance will come on tour, or Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery will shine in another Hollywood fairy tale. And even though it is still difficult to obtain a British visa, and travel to foggy Albion promises to result in a tidy sum, the tourist flow to the country does not dry up – we all want to stand at the threshold of the English monarchy, delve into the rules of pub etiquette, pick up a kilt for the cold autumn and recite “To be or not to be?” directly in the homeland of Shakespeare.

    In addition, the UK has medieval castles and Gothic cathedrals, the tranquil beauty and serenity of rural landscapes, the recklessness and frenzy of evening London, granite of science in the best language schools, shopping in expensive prestigious boutiques and rummaging through the junk at flea markets. In short, a great variety.

    Let’s take a look at what it takes to properly enter the United Kingdom.

    General rules for entering the UK

    Upon arrival at the UK airport, you will have your passport or other identification checked to ensure that you are allowed to enter the country. Your documents must be valid throughout your visit to England. Before leaving for the UK, check the documents you will need to enter the UK.

    You may be asked at the border to confirm your relationship with the children you are traveling with if border control doubts that you are the parent of the child. For example, you have a different last name with your child.

    You can present:

    • a certificate of birth or adoption,
    • a marriage or divorce certificate (if your child has a different surname),
    • a consent from the parent of the child, giving him the right to travel with you. The letter must contain the contacts of the parents.

    Your carrier (for example, an airline) will check your passport and other travel documents and then send information about you to customs. You can ask to take a look at this information.

    Your passport is subject to verification, so keep it ready. Remove the cover of your passport before showing it. If you are wearing dark glasses, take them off. If you go through control with your family, then stick together.

    If you are not from the EEA or Switzerland, your carrier will give you a “landing page”. Please fill it out before going through border control. This will save you time. Passport, as well as the “landing page” will be checked at the control.

    Passing through British customs

    UK entry regulations require you to cooperate if you are stopped at customs and asked about your baggage. If you broke the rules, then any of your things, as well as what you are transporting it in, can be confiscated.

    It is prohibited to import weapons, ammunition, drugs, pornography, and poisons into the UK. Special permits are required for items of cultural or historical value, drugs containing drugs, plants, wild birds, and animals.

    Products made from meat and milk are a travel ban: even a box of chocolates is confiscated. As an exception, you can import baby food or dietary food for people with various diseases, but its weight should not exceed 2 kg.

    Those who travel to the UK with pets will have to prepare an international veterinary certificate and a special license, as well as tune in to a long quarantine. Pets that meet the PETS program are admitted to the country without delay. Export restrictions and prohibitions are the same as for import.

    Tax free

    Non-EU tourists staying in the UK for less than 3 months a year can take advantage of the Tax free system. When making retail purchases in participating stores, you can get up to 20% VAT refund. Global Blue prepares a refund for amounts from 30 GBP, Tax Free Worldwide – from amounts of 50 GBP per check. In the store, you will need to fill out a special form, keep the receipt and the integrity of the packaging, present the goods and documents at customs (the employee will put a stamp), and then at the Cash Refund point. VAT can be returned in cash at Heathrow Airport or by wire transfer to a bank card.

    What questions are asked at the UK border?

    If you have already received a UK visa and packed your suitcases, then it’s time to think about the following topic: the rules for entering the UK. Before travel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the information on entering the United Kingdom, at least in general terms, in order to feel more confident. As a rule, a tourist thinks about what questions he may be asked when crossing the English border, how to behave, how long the process takes, whether medical insurance is required, and what can and cannot be brought into the country.

    So, according to the rules of entry into England, upon arrival, all tourists are given a small migration card in English (UK Border Agency Landing Card). There you need to indicate some of your personal information, including the address where you plan to stay in the UK. You will have to fill them right on the spot; the questions are simple, so there will be no difficulties at this stage. You need to be prepared for the fact that you will have to stand in a rather big queue since airports are often very busy.

    UK Border Crossing Documents

    Some documents are required when entering the UK, but there are not many of them. The most important are papers confirming the purpose of your visit to the country. This can be an invitation from relatives you are going to visit, or from a company where you are traveling on business. If the purpose of the travel is for tourism purposes only, you should bring your hotel booking confirmation. You can show it if the officer asks where you plan to stay.

    In each individual situation, it is worth taking additional documents with you to cross the English border. If, for example, you got married and changed your last name, and the old one is indicated on your visa, take a marriage registration certificate to prevent unnecessary questions. If you are traveling with a child and you have different surnames, you should take your birth certificate with you; if you are not his parent, then you must have documents confirming your right to accompany him during his travel to Britain; these papers will definitely be asked. All of them must be provided in English, translation is not required.

    UK and Covid-19

    Traveling to the UK may be a dream of many people, but the current situation in the world can greatly prevent from visiting the country.

    The situation with the spread of the new coronavirus Covid-19 infection in the UK remains tense. The country is among the states with an unfavorable course of the disease. The success of the British healthcare system looks especially weak in comparison with some other European countries. On the first day of autumn, more than 334 thousand cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the UK. At the same time, more than 41 thousand people have already died. The daily increase in cases is also not encouraging – 1715 people as of August 31.

    Against this background, the country‘s cabinet of ministers has repeatedly come under serious public criticism. Many experts have accused the government of being unprepared for the pandemic and delaying the adoption of restrictive measures. Fuel to the fire was added by the fact that the head of the British government Boris Johnson himself fell ill with the coronavirus Covid-19, temporarily moving away from the government.

    A nationwide quarantine was announced, when local hospitals were already unable to cope with the large flow of sick citizens. At the same time, the British authorities, unlike other European countries, did not close their borders and introduce a mandatory 14 days quarantine requirement for arriving guests with need to self isolate. However, it was difficult to obtain a visa for travel. The fact is that almost all British visa centers abroad were not working.

    And yet, the restrictive measures introduced inside the country gave the first positive results, the number of cases decreased. Since May 13, the UK has begun to ease domestic quarantine and return to normal life. However, repeated outbreaks of the disease are forcing the British government to return to separate prohibitive measures.

    Rules for entering the UK under quarantine restrictions

    The difficult epidemiological situation forced the British Cabinet to impose restrictions on entry into the country. Obviously, they were belated, given that the state did not close its external borders.

    From 8 June, all foreigners entering the UK must:

    • fill out a special form, where you need to indicate contact information and place of residence, and email address;
    • self isolate for 14 days.

    You can get to the place of quarantine by public transport, but subject to the mask regime and social distancing. For violation of these rules, you could face a fine, in extreme cases – expulsion from the country.

    Exceptions to the rules

    The actions of the British authorities are well suited to the Soviet slogan during the New Economic Policy: “One step forward, two steps back”. By adopting travel restrictions, Boris Johnson’s cabinet also adopted an extensive list of exceptions to them. In particular, the 14 days self isolate period is not required to go among:

    • diplomats and state representatives of the EU countries;
    • transiting passengers;
    • train carriages, ships, and aircraft;
    • medical tourists;
    • scientists;
    • specialists of the oil, gas, and nuclear industries.

    A complete list of all exceptions can be found on the British Embassy Information Portal.

    UK and EU

    Having made a decision to withdraw from the common European space, Great Britain is forced to build new political relations with the European Union. Despite the fact that individual European countries were in no hurry to let English tourists into their territory without self isolating for 14 days, on July 10 the British government decided not to extend this rule to guests from European countries.

    UK and the world

    Since mid-July, the British authorities have also begun to exempt visitors from countries belonging to the so-called “green zone” from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation. Today this list, in addition to European countries, includes about 30 more states. A complete list of it is published on a special website.

    Charter flights

    Due to the closure of external borders by most countries in the world, the UK has provided its citizens with the opportunity to return home by charters. Persons who have a residence permit were also able to use them.

    When can quarantine be violated?

    The British authorities admit cases of violation of the mandatory quarantine. It can be done:

    • during the travel from the airport to the place of self isolate;
    • in an emergency when something threatens your life;
    • if you need to go to the store if the other way to deliver the goods failed;
    • to travel to hospitals by ambulance.

    Covid-19 and political decisions

    The Prime Minister of Great Britain said that the new travel restrictions that the government is introducing due to the increase in the incidence of Covid-19 may be in effect for another six months.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke in Parliament about the introduction of new quarantine restrictions in England. In the evening he repeated the main points of his speech in a television address to the nation.

    New measures in England:

    • Pubs and restaurants will close at ten o’clock sharp;
    • Mandatory service by waiters, ordering from the bar is prohibited everywhere;
    • If possible, citizens should work from home.

    Other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – determine their own quarantine measures.

    “I am sorry that this will affect a large part of the business, but we must act,” the prime minister said. Thus, in England, where it is no longer possible to gather in groups of more than six people, the restrictions will increase, however, amid complaints from small businesses about serious losses due to quarantine, the government will not take more stringent measures.

    Johnson noted that these measures could remain in effect for about six months. “This virus has become a phenomenon in our lives. And I must tell the members of parliament and the whole country that our fight against it will continue,” the Prime Minister said.

    In recent weeks, the number of cases of Covid-19 in Britain has risen sharply. Scientific and medical advisers to the government warned that if the disease spreads at the same rate as now, the country could become sick up to 50 thousand people a day.

    An infectious disease professor at the University of Liverpool said these measures would not be enough. He speaks of a “serious concern” in the scientific community as the infection rate among people under 50 is growing.

    Tough measures in Scotland

    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that the country would temporarily claim travel ban.

    The measure of self isolation has already been introduced for more than 1.7 million people in Glasgow and some of its suburbs. Now, according to Sturgeon, this will apply to the entire country.

    In addition, Scotland, following England, will ban pubs and restaurants after 10 pm.

    Thus, Scotland has stricter quarantine measures than England, where it is still allowed to visit, albeit with greater restrictions.

    Since Monday, the “rule of six” has been in effect in England: people who do not live under one roof can gather (even at home) in an amount of no more than six people.

    “The reason we took these steps is because we know these restrictions are holding back the spread of the virus in the west of Scotland.”

    Do the restrictions work?

    Restrictions are introduced, but as it turned out, not everyone understands them. And it’s not even the folly of people, but the system itself with different levels and exceptions.

    Liverpool people have no time for fun. There are already more COVID patients in hospitals in the city than at the peak of the first wave. Restrictions of the third, that is, the highest level of self isolating were introduced here recently.

    Even by introducing seemingly tough restrictions, the government is trying to inflict minimal damage on business. As a result, the quarantine is very special, with numerous exceptions.

    The three-tier system of restrictions is so complex that even police chiefs do not understand the rules, writes the Daily Mail. The confusion did not stop officers from fining four students a record £ 40,000 for hosting an illegal party.

    But hardly anyone can punish the inhabitants of the village of States. The river divides the village into two parts. Each belongs to different municipalities. And they have different rules.

    London is one of the regions where quarantine may be tightened in the near future. In the meantime, there are second-level restrictions: residents are forbidden to gather in groups of more than six people and need to self isolate.

    Conclusion

    Due to the coronavirus, the United Kingdom has become disunited. The British government controls the situation only in England. Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland decide for themselves, what to do. If you are going to travel to the UK, you need to know the basic rules for entering the country so as not to waste extra time when going through airport security. These rules differ depending on the type of visa and also the country from which you are coming. As for Covid-19, further plans for the 14-day self isolate and the establishment of “air bridges” are expected to be announced within the nearest time. You should see for yourself, whether a self isolation requirement applies to you, definitely see more information on how this requirement will affect your plans to visit the UK.

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    01.12.2021
  • United Kingdom Latest News: Flights from the United Kingdom to South Africa will resume from 30 November; COVID-19-related travel restrictions in place for U.K. arrivals (Capetown Etc News 29/11/2021).
    British government tightens quarantine rules for visitors from Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe (AP, 27.11.2021). British authorities will place South Africa under red list travel restrictions because of new COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 25.11.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    What you must do depends on whether you qualify as fully vaccinated under the rules for travel to England.
    There are different rules if you have been in a red list country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England. Red list rules apply whether you are fully vaccinated or not.
    Entry requirements for international travelers arriving in the UK will depend on the individual’s past 10-day travel history. Travel from countries designated as ‘Red’ is permitted only for British or Irish nationals and residents. The list of ‘Red’ list countries can be found here.
    All arrivals from red list countries must pre-book hotel quarantine packages prior to travel. Further details can be found here.
    Region-specific restrictions or exemptions on entry are available for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
    Individuals are not permitted to enter with EU, EEA, or Swiss national ID cards. They are required to present a valid passport to enter the country. Details, including exemptions, can be found here.
    *Mandatory Testing: Travelers arriving from Red list countries, irrespective of vaccination status, are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test report obtained within three days prior to travel. Such travelers are also subject to additional tests after arrival, on or before day two and on or after day eight of quarantine.
    Unvaccinated travelers from all other countries are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test report from no more than three days prior to travel. Further, travelers are subject to additional tests on or before day two and on or after day eight of quarantine.
    Fully vaccinated travelers from other countries are exempt from pre-departure testing requirements. However, they must take a COVID-19 test on or before day two of arrival.
    Children aged four and below are exempt from all testing requirements.
    Children aged between 5-17 who are residents of the UK or are arriving from a country with an approved vaccination program do not have to take a COVID-19 test before traveling to England. However, they must take a test on or before day two.
    COVID-19 tests can be pre-booked
    here.
    Different regulations may apply if traveling to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
    Individuals traveling to England from within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man, are exempt from testing requirements.
    The cost of NHS Test and Trace tests for international passengers varies with the destination and vaccination status of travelers. Details can be found here.
    *Quarantine Upon Entry: Travelers arriving from Red list countries are required to quarantine for ten days in a managed quarantine hotel. Details can be found here.
    Unvaccinated travelers from other countries are required to quarantine at home for ten days upon arrival in England. They can leave quarantine early using the Test to Release scheme by paying for a private COVID-19 test on day five and testing negative on both the day two and day five tests.
    Fully vaccinated travelers from other countries are exempt from quarantine requirements on arrival.
    Children resident in the UK or arriving from a country with an approved vaccination program are not required to quarantine. Whereas, children coming from other countries are required to quarantine at home.
    Individuals traveling to England from within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man, are exempt from quarantine requirements.
    Different regulations may apply if traveling to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
    *Red list update, Friday 26 November 2021: South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe will move onto the red list at 12.00 midday Friday 26 November. A temporary flight ban will be in place and all travellers who have been in these countries must quarantine and take tests. Read about the latest changes to the red list.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Travel abroad from England: Read guidance about what you need to do to travel abroad from England.

    *Travel within the U.K.: Region-specific restrictions or exemptions on entry are available for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
    *Face Mask: In England, it is recommended to wear masks in crowded places such as public transports. Scotland introduced new rules tightening the mandatory use of facemasks. Face masks are required in shops, public transport, and workplace settings, including locations such as canteens. In Wales, masks are required on public transports and in all public indoor areas, except pubs and restaurants. In Northern Ireland, masks are required in shops, hospitality venues and on public transports.

    *Curfew: There are no nationwide curfews in place.
    *Region Specific Regulations:
    London: London has the highest number of COVID-19 cases and confirmed deaths in the UK. City-specific COVID-19 updates can be found here. London Underground and other public transportation continue to offer altered services; updates can be found here.
    Glasgow: Although Glasgow has been severely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, it is currently recording a relatively moderate positivity rate compared to other regions. Details on local advisories and updates can be found here.
    Edinburgh: Edinburgh continues to record a high number of COVID-19 cases. Given the increased pressure on the healthcare system, limited non-critical medical procedures are likely to be postponed. However, most business restrictions in Edinburgh have been lifted. Details can be found here.
    Birmingham: Pubs, bars, and restaurants have reopened indoor dining areas. Cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play are permitted in accordance with the COVID-19 measures.Local guidance for COVID-19 can be found here.
    Manchester: Manchester is currently categorised as an Enhanced Response Area (ERA). However, most business and gathering restrictions have been lifted. City-specific COVID-19 updates can be found here.
    *Overseas Territories Regulations:
    Anguilla-specific regulations can be found here.
    Bermuda-specific regulations can be found here.
    British Virgin Islands-specific regulations can be found here.
    Falkland Islands-specific regulations can be found here.
    Gibraltar-specific regulations can be found here.
    Turks and Caicos-specific regulations can be found here.

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    30.11.2021
  • United Kingdom

    UK Travel Restrictions: What You Need TO Know Before Going

    The UK – four countries in one bottle: monarchical England with a lot of attractions, mountains, and blue lakes of Scotland, the land of medieval castles in Wales, and cozy villages of Northern Ireland.

    A land of rains, pipes, and fox hunting, the UK is constantly gaining global attention. Either Lord of the Dance will come on tour, or Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery will shine in another Hollywood fairy tale. And even though it is still difficult to obtain a British visa, and travel to foggy Albion promises to result in a tidy sum, the tourist flow to the country does not dry up – we all want to stand at the threshold of the English monarchy, delve into the rules of pub etiquette, pick up a kilt for the cold autumn and recite “To be or not to be?” directly in the homeland of Shakespeare.

    In addition, the UK has medieval castles and Gothic cathedrals, the tranquil beauty and serenity of rural landscapes, the recklessness and frenzy of evening London, granite of science in the best language schools, shopping in expensive prestigious boutiques and rummaging through the junk at flea markets. In short, a great variety.

    Let’s take a look at what it takes to properly enter the United Kingdom.

    General rules for entering the UK

    Upon arrival at the UK airport, you will have your passport or other identification checked to ensure that you are allowed to enter the country. Your documents must be valid throughout your visit to England. Before leaving for the UK, check the documents you will need to enter the UK.

    You may be asked at the border to confirm your relationship with the children you are traveling with if border control doubts that you are the parent of the child. For example, you have a different last name with your child.

    You can present:

    • a certificate of birth or adoption,
    • a marriage or divorce certificate (if your child has a different surname),
    • a consent from the parent of the child, giving him the right to travel with you. The letter must contain the contacts of the parents.

    Your carrier (for example, an airline) will check your passport and other travel documents and then send information about you to customs. You can ask to take a look at this information.

    Your passport is subject to verification, so keep it ready. Remove the cover of your passport before showing it. If you are wearing dark glasses, take them off. If you go through control with your family, then stick together.

    If you are not from the EEA or Switzerland, your carrier will give you a “landing page”. Please fill it out before going through border control. This will save you time. Passport, as well as the “landing page” will be checked at the control.

    Passing through British customs

    UK entry regulations require you to cooperate if you are stopped at customs and asked about your baggage. If you broke the rules, then any of your things, as well as what you are transporting it in, can be confiscated.

    It is prohibited to import weapons, ammunition, drugs, pornography, and poisons into the UK. Special permits are required for items of cultural or historical value, drugs containing drugs, plants, wild birds, and animals.

    Products made from meat and milk are a travel ban: even a box of chocolates is confiscated. As an exception, you can import baby food or dietary food for people with various diseases, but its weight should not exceed 2 kg.

    Those who travel to the UK with pets will have to prepare an international veterinary certificate and a special license, as well as tune in to a long quarantine. Pets that meet the PETS program are admitted to the country without delay. Export restrictions and prohibitions are the same as for import.

    Tax free

    Non-EU tourists staying in the UK for less than 3 months a year can take advantage of the Tax free system. When making retail purchases in participating stores, you can get up to 20% VAT refund. Global Blue prepares a refund for amounts from 30 GBP, Tax Free Worldwide – from amounts of 50 GBP per check. In the store, you will need to fill out a special form, keep the receipt and the integrity of the packaging, present the goods and documents at customs (the employee will put a stamp), and then at the Cash Refund point. VAT can be returned in cash at Heathrow Airport or by wire transfer to a bank card.

    What questions are asked at the UK border?

    If you have already received a UK visa and packed your suitcases, then it’s time to think about the following topic: the rules for entering the UK. Before travel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the information on entering the United Kingdom, at least in general terms, in order to feel more confident. As a rule, a tourist thinks about what questions he may be asked when crossing the English border, how to behave, how long the process takes, whether medical insurance is required, and what can and cannot be brought into the country.

    So, according to the rules of entry into England, upon arrival, all tourists are given a small migration card in English (UK Border Agency Landing Card). There you need to indicate some of your personal information, including the address where you plan to stay in the UK. You will have to fill them right on the spot; the questions are simple, so there will be no difficulties at this stage. You need to be prepared for the fact that you will have to stand in a rather big queue since airports are often very busy.

    UK Border Crossing Documents

    Some documents are required when entering the UK, but there are not many of them. The most important are papers confirming the purpose of your visit to the country. This can be an invitation from relatives you are going to visit, or from a company where you are traveling on business. If the purpose of the travel is for tourism purposes only, you should bring your hotel booking confirmation. You can show it if the officer asks where you plan to stay.

    In each individual situation, it is worth taking additional documents with you to cross the English border. If, for example, you got married and changed your last name, and the old one is indicated on your visa, take a marriage registration certificate to prevent unnecessary questions. If you are traveling with a child and you have different surnames, you should take your birth certificate with you; if you are not his parent, then you must have documents confirming your right to accompany him during his travel to Britain; these papers will definitely be asked. All of them must be provided in English, translation is not required.

    UK and Covid-19

    Traveling to the UK may be a dream of many people, but the current situation in the world can greatly prevent from visiting the country.

    The situation with the spread of the new coronavirus Covid-19 infection in the UK remains tense. The country is among the states with an unfavorable course of the disease. The success of the British healthcare system looks especially weak in comparison with some other European countries. On the first day of autumn, more than 334 thousand cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the UK. At the same time, more than 41 thousand people have already died. The daily increase in cases is also not encouraging – 1715 people as of August 31.

    Against this background, the country‘s cabinet of ministers has repeatedly come under serious public criticism. Many experts have accused the government of being unprepared for the pandemic and delaying the adoption of restrictive measures. Fuel to the fire was added by the fact that the head of the British government Boris Johnson himself fell ill with the coronavirus Covid-19, temporarily moving away from the government.

    A nationwide quarantine was announced, when local hospitals were already unable to cope with the large flow of sick citizens. At the same time, the British authorities, unlike other European countries, did not close their borders and introduce a mandatory 14 days quarantine requirement for arriving guests with need to self isolate. However, it was difficult to obtain a visa for travel. The fact is that almost all British visa centers abroad were not working.

    And yet, the restrictive measures introduced inside the country gave the first positive results, the number of cases decreased. Since May 13, the UK has begun to ease domestic quarantine and return to normal life. However, repeated outbreaks of the disease are forcing the British government to return to separate prohibitive measures.

    Rules for entering the UK under quarantine restrictions

    The difficult epidemiological situation forced the British Cabinet to impose restrictions on entry into the country. Obviously, they were belated, given that the state did not close its external borders.

    From 8 June, all foreigners entering the UK must:

    • fill out a special form, where you need to indicate contact information and place of residence, and email address;
    • self isolate for 14 days.

    You can get to the place of quarantine by public transport, but subject to the mask regime and social distancing. For violation of these rules, you could face a fine, in extreme cases – expulsion from the country.

    Exceptions to the rules

    The actions of the British authorities are well suited to the Soviet slogan during the New Economic Policy: “One step forward, two steps back”. By adopting travel restrictions, Boris Johnson’s cabinet also adopted an extensive list of exceptions to them. In particular, the 14 days self isolate period is not required to go among:

    • diplomats and state representatives of the EU countries;
    • transiting passengers;
    • train carriages, ships, and aircraft;
    • medical tourists;
    • scientists;
    • specialists of the oil, gas, and nuclear industries.

    A complete list of all exceptions can be found on the British Embassy Information Portal.

    UK and EU

    Having made a decision to withdraw from the common European space, Great Britain is forced to build new political relations with the European Union. Despite the fact that individual European countries were in no hurry to let English tourists into their territory without self isolating for 14 days, on July 10 the British government decided not to extend this rule to guests from European countries.

    UK and the world

    Since mid-July, the British authorities have also begun to exempt visitors from countries belonging to the so-called “green zone” from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation. Today this list, in addition to European countries, includes about 30 more states. A complete list of it is published on a special website.

    Charter flights

    Due to the closure of external borders by most countries in the world, the UK has provided its citizens with the opportunity to return home by charters. Persons who have a residence permit were also able to use them.

    When can quarantine be violated?

    The British authorities admit cases of violation of the mandatory quarantine. It can be done:

    • during the travel from the airport to the place of self isolate;
    • in an emergency when something threatens your life;
    • if you need to go to the store if the other way to deliver the goods failed;
    • to travel to hospitals by ambulance.

    Covid-19 and political decisions

    The Prime Minister of Great Britain said that the new travel restrictions that the government is introducing due to the increase in the incidence of Covid-19 may be in effect for another six months.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke in Parliament about the introduction of new quarantine restrictions in England. In the evening he repeated the main points of his speech in a television address to the nation.

    New measures in England:

    • Pubs and restaurants will close at ten o’clock sharp;
    • Mandatory service by waiters, ordering from the bar is prohibited everywhere;
    • If possible, citizens should work from home.

    Other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – determine their own quarantine measures.

    “I am sorry that this will affect a large part of the business, but we must act,” the prime minister said. Thus, in England, where it is no longer possible to gather in groups of more than six people, the restrictions will increase, however, amid complaints from small businesses about serious losses due to quarantine, the government will not take more stringent measures.

    Johnson noted that these measures could remain in effect for about six months. “This virus has become a phenomenon in our lives. And I must tell the members of parliament and the whole country that our fight against it will continue,” the Prime Minister said.

    In recent weeks, the number of cases of Covid-19 in Britain has risen sharply. Scientific and medical advisers to the government warned that if the disease spreads at the same rate as now, the country could become sick up to 50 thousand people a day.

    An infectious disease professor at the University of Liverpool said these measures would not be enough. He speaks of a “serious concern” in the scientific community as the infection rate among people under 50 is growing.

    Tough measures in Scotland

    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that the country would temporarily claim travel ban.

    The measure of self isolation has already been introduced for more than 1.7 million people in Glasgow and some of its suburbs. Now, according to Sturgeon, this will apply to the entire country.

    In addition, Scotland, following England, will ban pubs and restaurants after 10 pm.

    Thus, Scotland has stricter quarantine measures than England, where it is still allowed to visit, albeit with greater restrictions.

    Since Monday, the “rule of six” has been in effect in England: people who do not live under one roof can gather (even at home) in an amount of no more than six people.

    “The reason we took these steps is because we know these restrictions are holding back the spread of the virus in the west of Scotland.”

    Do the restrictions work?

    Restrictions are introduced, but as it turned out, not everyone understands them. And it’s not even the folly of people, but the system itself with different levels and exceptions.

    Liverpool people have no time for fun. There are already more COVID patients in hospitals in the city than at the peak of the first wave. Restrictions of the third, that is, the highest level of self isolating were introduced here recently.

    Even by introducing seemingly tough restrictions, the government is trying to inflict minimal damage on business. As a result, the quarantine is very special, with numerous exceptions.

    The three-tier system of restrictions is so complex that even police chiefs do not understand the rules, writes the Daily Mail. The confusion did not stop officers from fining four students a record £ 40,000 for hosting an illegal party.

    But hardly anyone can punish the inhabitants of the village of States. The river divides the village into two parts. Each belongs to different municipalities. And they have different rules.

    London is one of the regions where quarantine may be tightened in the near future. In the meantime, there are second-level restrictions: residents are forbidden to gather in groups of more than six people and need to self isolate.

    Conclusion

    Due to the coronavirus, the United Kingdom has become disunited. The British government controls the situation only in England. Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland decide for themselves, what to do. If you are going to travel to the UK, you need to know the basic rules for entering the country so as not to waste extra time when going through airport security. These rules differ depending on the type of visa and also the country from which you are coming. As for Covid-19, further plans for the 14-day self isolate and the establishment of “air bridges” are expected to be announced within the nearest time. You should see for yourself, whether a self isolation requirement applies to you, definitely see more information on how this requirement will affect your plans to visit the UK.

    Read more
    29.11.2021
  • United Kingdom The Prime Minister has today confirmed new temporary and precautionary measures following the emergence of the Omicron variant in the UK.

    The Omicron variant contains a large number of spike protein mutations as well as mutations in other parts of the viral genome. Urgent work is ongoing internationally to fully understand how these mutations may change the behaviour of the virus with regards to vaccines, treatments and transmissibility.

    Vaccines remain our best line of defence. Experts remain confident that our current vaccines will provide protection against the new variant, but the extent of this continues to be investigated.

    Over 16 million people have already come forward for their booster jabs, and we have seen a fall in hospitalisations and deaths. All adults who have not yet received their first or second dose of the vaccine, or those who are eligible for their booster are encouraged to come forward to help protect themselves and others.

    Targeted measures will be introduced from next week as a precaution to slow down the spread of the variant while we gather more information. These are:

    All international arrivals must take a Day 2 PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
    All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate, regardless of their vaccination status. They will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
    Face coverings will be made compulsory in shops and on public transport from next week. All hospitality settings will be exempt.
    Six million booster jabs will be available in England alone over the next three weeks, and the Health Secretary has today asked the JCVI to consider rapidly extending boosters, as well as reducing the gap between the second dose and booster.

    Two cases of the Omicron variant were today identified in Essex and Nottingham. Targeted testing and contact tracing is now underway.

    Early indications suggest this variant may be more transmissible than the Delta variant and current vaccines may be less effective against it. A rapid rise in infections in South Africa has been attributed to the spread of this new variant of COVID-19.

    International efforts are now underway to gather as much data and information as possible about this new variant, with more detailed information expected over the next three weeks. It is due to South Africa’s extensive surveillance system and transparency that the UK has been able to have early warning of this new variant and begin collecting data.

    Travel restrictions have already been implemented to slow the spread of the variant and protect our borders. From 04:00 Sunday 28 November South Africa, Botswana, Lesostho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibi, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, and Angola will be added to the UK’s travel red list.

    The vaccination programme and test, trace and isolate system continue to be the most effective way of reducing transmission, along with practicing good hygiene, keeping spaces well ventilated, and wearing a face covering in enclosed or crowded spaces.

    The UKHSA continues to monitor the situation closely, in partnership with scientific and public health organisations across the world. The UK government thanks the government of South Africa for its surveillance of this variant and its transparency.

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    28.11.2021
  • United Kingdom

    UK Travel Restrictions: What You Need TO Know Before Going

    The UK – four countries in one bottle: monarchical England with a lot of attractions, mountains, and blue lakes of Scotland, the land of medieval castles in Wales, and cozy villages of Northern Ireland.

    A land of rains, pipes, and fox hunting, the UK is constantly gaining global attention. Either Lord of the Dance will come on tour, or Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery will shine in another Hollywood fairy tale. And even though it is still difficult to obtain a British visa, and travel to foggy Albion promises to result in a tidy sum, the tourist flow to the country does not dry up – we all want to stand at the threshold of the English monarchy, delve into the rules of pub etiquette, pick up a kilt for the cold autumn and recite “To be or not to be?” directly in the homeland of Shakespeare.

    In addition, the UK has medieval castles and Gothic cathedrals, the tranquil beauty and serenity of rural landscapes, the recklessness and frenzy of evening London, granite of science in the best language schools, shopping in expensive prestigious boutiques and rummaging through the junk at flea markets. In short, a great variety.

    Let’s take a look at what it takes to properly enter the United Kingdom.

    General rules for entering the UK

    Upon arrival at the UK airport, you will have your passport or other identification checked to ensure that you are allowed to enter the country. Your documents must be valid throughout your visit to England. Before leaving for the UK, check the documents you will need to enter the UK.

    You may be asked at the border to confirm your relationship with the children you are traveling with if border control doubts that you are the parent of the child. For example, you have a different last name with your child.

    You can present:

    • a certificate of birth or adoption,
    • a marriage or divorce certificate (if your child has a different surname),
    • a consent from the parent of the child, giving him the right to travel with you. The letter must contain the contacts of the parents.

    Your carrier (for example, an airline) will check your passport and other travel documents and then send information about you to customs. You can ask to take a look at this information.

    Your passport is subject to verification, so keep it ready. Remove the cover of your passport before showing it. If you are wearing dark glasses, take them off. If you go through control with your family, then stick together.

    If you are not from the EEA or Switzerland, your carrier will give you a “landing page”. Please fill it out before going through border control. This will save you time. Passport, as well as the “landing page” will be checked at the control.

    Passing through British customs

    UK entry regulations require you to cooperate if you are stopped at customs and asked about your baggage. If you broke the rules, then any of your things, as well as what you are transporting it in, can be confiscated.

    It is prohibited to import weapons, ammunition, drugs, pornography, and poisons into the UK. Special permits are required for items of cultural or historical value, drugs containing drugs, plants, wild birds, and animals.

    Products made from meat and milk are a travel ban: even a box of chocolates is confiscated. As an exception, you can import baby food or dietary food for people with various diseases, but its weight should not exceed 2 kg.

    Those who travel to the UK with pets will have to prepare an international veterinary certificate and a special license, as well as tune in to a long quarantine. Pets that meet the PETS program are admitted to the country without delay. Export restrictions and prohibitions are the same as for import.

    Tax free

    Non-EU tourists staying in the UK for less than 3 months a year can take advantage of the Tax free system. When making retail purchases in participating stores, you can get up to 20% VAT refund. Global Blue prepares a refund for amounts from 30 GBP, Tax Free Worldwide – from amounts of 50 GBP per check. In the store, you will need to fill out a special form, keep the receipt and the integrity of the packaging, present the goods and documents at customs (the employee will put a stamp), and then at the Cash Refund point. VAT can be returned in cash at Heathrow Airport or by wire transfer to a bank card.

    What questions are asked at the UK border?

    If you have already received a UK visa and packed your suitcases, then it’s time to think about the following topic: the rules for entering the UK. Before travel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the information on entering the United Kingdom, at least in general terms, in order to feel more confident. As a rule, a tourist thinks about what questions he may be asked when crossing the English border, how to behave, how long the process takes, whether medical insurance is required, and what can and cannot be brought into the country.

    So, according to the rules of entry into England, upon arrival, all tourists are given a small migration card in English (UK Border Agency Landing Card). There you need to indicate some of your personal information, including the address where you plan to stay in the UK. You will have to fill them right on the spot; the questions are simple, so there will be no difficulties at this stage. You need to be prepared for the fact that you will have to stand in a rather big queue since airports are often very busy.

    UK Border Crossing Documents

    Some documents are required when entering the UK, but there are not many of them. The most important are papers confirming the purpose of your visit to the country. This can be an invitation from relatives you are going to visit, or from a company where you are traveling on business. If the purpose of the travel is for tourism purposes only, you should bring your hotel booking confirmation. You can show it if the officer asks where you plan to stay.

    In each individual situation, it is worth taking additional documents with you to cross the English border. If, for example, you got married and changed your last name, and the old one is indicated on your visa, take a marriage registration certificate to prevent unnecessary questions. If you are traveling with a child and you have different surnames, you should take your birth certificate with you; if you are not his parent, then you must have documents confirming your right to accompany him during his travel to Britain; these papers will definitely be asked. All of them must be provided in English, translation is not required.

    UK and Covid-19

    Traveling to the UK may be a dream of many people, but the current situation in the world can greatly prevent from visiting the country.

    The situation with the spread of the new coronavirus Covid-19 infection in the UK remains tense. The country is among the states with an unfavorable course of the disease. The success of the British healthcare system looks especially weak in comparison with some other European countries. On the first day of autumn, more than 334 thousand cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the UK. At the same time, more than 41 thousand people have already died. The daily increase in cases is also not encouraging – 1715 people as of August 31.

    Against this background, the country‘s cabinet of ministers has repeatedly come under serious public criticism. Many experts have accused the government of being unprepared for the pandemic and delaying the adoption of restrictive measures. Fuel to the fire was added by the fact that the head of the British government Boris Johnson himself fell ill with the coronavirus Covid-19, temporarily moving away from the government.

    A nationwide quarantine was announced, when local hospitals were already unable to cope with the large flow of sick citizens. At the same time, the British authorities, unlike other European countries, did not close their borders and introduce a mandatory 14 days quarantine requirement for arriving guests with need to self isolate. However, it was difficult to obtain a visa for travel. The fact is that almost all British visa centers abroad were not working.

    And yet, the restrictive measures introduced inside the country gave the first positive results, the number of cases decreased. Since May 13, the UK has begun to ease domestic quarantine and return to normal life. However, repeated outbreaks of the disease are forcing the British government to return to separate prohibitive measures.

    Rules for entering the UK under quarantine restrictions

    The difficult epidemiological situation forced the British Cabinet to impose restrictions on entry into the country. Obviously, they were belated, given that the state did not close its external borders.

    From 8 June, all foreigners entering the UK must:

    • fill out a special form, where you need to indicate contact information and place of residence, and email address;
    • self isolate for 14 days.

    You can get to the place of quarantine by public transport, but subject to the mask regime and social distancing. For violation of these rules, you could face a fine, in extreme cases – expulsion from the country.

    Exceptions to the rules

    The actions of the British authorities are well suited to the Soviet slogan during the New Economic Policy: “One step forward, two steps back”. By adopting travel restrictions, Boris Johnson’s cabinet also adopted an extensive list of exceptions to them. In particular, the 14 days self isolate period is not required to go among:

    • diplomats and state representatives of the EU countries;
    • transiting passengers;
    • train carriages, ships, and aircraft;
    • medical tourists;
    • scientists;
    • specialists of the oil, gas, and nuclear industries.

    A complete list of all exceptions can be found on the British Embassy Information Portal.

    UK and EU

    Having made a decision to withdraw from the common European space, Great Britain is forced to build new political relations with the European Union. Despite the fact that individual European countries were in no hurry to let English tourists into their territory without self isolating for 14 days, on July 10 the British government decided not to extend this rule to guests from European countries.

    UK and the world

    Since mid-July, the British authorities have also begun to exempt visitors from countries belonging to the so-called “green zone” from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation. Today this list, in addition to European countries, includes about 30 more states. A complete list of it is published on a special website.

    Charter flights

    Due to the closure of external borders by most countries in the world, the UK has provided its citizens with the opportunity to return home by charters. Persons who have a residence permit were also able to use them.

    When can quarantine be violated?

    The British authorities admit cases of violation of the mandatory quarantine. It can be done:

    • during the travel from the airport to the place of self isolate;
    • in an emergency when something threatens your life;
    • if you need to go to the store if the other way to deliver the goods failed;
    • to travel to hospitals by ambulance.

    Covid-19 and political decisions

    The Prime Minister of Great Britain said that the new travel restrictions that the government is introducing due to the increase in the incidence of Covid-19 may be in effect for another six months.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke in Parliament about the introduction of new quarantine restrictions in England. In the evening he repeated the main points of his speech in a television address to the nation.

    New measures in England:

    • Pubs and restaurants will close at ten o’clock sharp;
    • Mandatory service by waiters, ordering from the bar is prohibited everywhere;
    • If possible, citizens should work from home.

    Other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – determine their own quarantine measures.

    “I am sorry that this will affect a large part of the business, but we must act,” the prime minister said. Thus, in England, where it is no longer possible to gather in groups of more than six people, the restrictions will increase, however, amid complaints from small businesses about serious losses due to quarantine, the government will not take more stringent measures.

    Johnson noted that these measures could remain in effect for about six months. “This virus has become a phenomenon in our lives. And I must tell the members of parliament and the whole country that our fight against it will continue,” the Prime Minister said.

    In recent weeks, the number of cases of Covid-19 in Britain has risen sharply. Scientific and medical advisers to the government warned that if the disease spreads at the same rate as now, the country could become sick up to 50 thousand people a day.

    An infectious disease professor at the University of Liverpool said these measures would not be enough. He speaks of a “serious concern” in the scientific community as the infection rate among people under 50 is growing.

    Tough measures in Scotland

    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that the country would temporarily claim travel ban.

    The measure of self isolation has already been introduced for more than 1.7 million people in Glasgow and some of its suburbs. Now, according to Sturgeon, this will apply to the entire country.

    In addition, Scotland, following England, will ban pubs and restaurants after 10 pm.

    Thus, Scotland has stricter quarantine measures than England, where it is still allowed to visit, albeit with greater restrictions.

    Since Monday, the “rule of six” has been in effect in England: people who do not live under one roof can gather (even at home) in an amount of no more than six people.

    “The reason we took these steps is because we know these restrictions are holding back the spread of the virus in the west of Scotland.”

    Do the restrictions work?

    Restrictions are introduced, but as it turned out, not everyone understands them. And it’s not even the folly of people, but the system itself with different levels and exceptions.

    Liverpool people have no time for fun. There are already more COVID patients in hospitals in the city than at the peak of the first wave. Restrictions of the third, that is, the highest level of self isolating were introduced here recently.

    Even by introducing seemingly tough restrictions, the government is trying to inflict minimal damage on business. As a result, the quarantine is very special, with numerous exceptions.

    The three-tier system of restrictions is so complex that even police chiefs do not understand the rules, writes the Daily Mail. The confusion did not stop officers from fining four students a record £ 40,000 for hosting an illegal party.

    But hardly anyone can punish the inhabitants of the village of States. The river divides the village into two parts. Each belongs to different municipalities. And they have different rules.

    London is one of the regions where quarantine may be tightened in the near future. In the meantime, there are second-level restrictions: residents are forbidden to gather in groups of more than six people and need to self isolate.

    Conclusion

    Due to the coronavirus, the United Kingdom has become disunited. The British government controls the situation only in England. Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland decide for themselves, what to do. If you are going to travel to the UK, you need to know the basic rules for entering the country so as not to waste extra time when going through airport security. These rules differ depending on the type of visa and also the country from which you are coming. As for Covid-19, further plans for the 14-day self isolate and the establishment of “air bridges” are expected to be announced within the nearest time. You should see for yourself, whether a self isolation requirement applies to you, definitely see more information on how this requirement will affect your plans to visit the UK.

    Read more
    28.11.2021
  • United Kingdom Britain announced new measures on Saturday to try to slow the spread of the newly identified Omicron coronavirus variant and a top health official said there was a “reasonable chance” that vaccines could be less effective against it.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said arrivals from all countries would have to self-isolate until receiving a negative result from a PCR test, that face masks must be worn in retail settings and it was time to step up booster jabs.

    “We need to buy time for our scientists to understand exactly what we are dealing with,” he told a news conference.

    Johnson said those who had come into contact with people testing positive for a suspected case of Omicron would have to self-isolate for 10 days and that face masks must be worn in shops and on public transport but not restaurants and pubs in England.

    England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty told the same news conference there was a reasonable chance that the newly identified variant could be less easy to tackle with vaccines.

    Read more
    27.11.2021
  • United Kingdom Latest News: British authorities will place South Africa under red list travel restrictions because of new COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 25.11.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    What you must do depends on whether you qualify as fully vaccinated under the rules for travel to England.
    There are different rules if you have been in a red list country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England. Red list rules apply whether you are fully vaccinated or not.
    Entry requirements for international travelers arriving in the UK will depend on the individual’s past 10-day travel history. Travel from countries designated as ‘Red’ is permitted only for British or Irish nationals and residents. The list of ‘Red’ list countries can be found here.
    All arrivals from red list countries must pre-book hotel quarantine packages prior to travel. Further details can be found here.
    Region-specific restrictions or exemptions on entry are available for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
    Individuals are not permitted to enter with EU, EEA, or Swiss national ID cards. They are required to present a valid passport to enter the country. Details, including exemptions, can be found here.
    *Mandatory Testing: Travelers arriving from Red list countries, irrespective of vaccination status, are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test report obtained within three days prior to travel. Such travelers are also subject to additional tests after arrival, on or before day two and on or after day eight of quarantine.
    Unvaccinated travelers from all other countries are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test report from no more than three days prior to travel. Further, travelers are subject to additional tests on or before day two and on or after day eight of quarantine.
    Fully vaccinated travelers from other countries are exempt from pre-departure testing requirements. However, they must take a COVID-19 test on or before day two of arrival.
    Children aged four and below are exempt from all testing requirements.
    Children aged between 5-17 who are residents of the UK or are arriving from a country with an approved vaccination program do not have to take a COVID-19 test before traveling to England. However, they must take a test on or before day two.
    COVID-19 tests can be pre-booked
    here.
    Different regulations may apply if traveling to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
    Individuals traveling to England from within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man, are exempt from testing requirements.
    The cost of NHS Test and Trace tests for international passengers varies with the destination and vaccination status of travelers. Details can be found here.
    *Quarantine Upon Entry: Travelers arriving from Red list countries are required to quarantine for ten days in a managed quarantine hotel. Details can be found here.
    Unvaccinated travelers from other countries are required to quarantine at home for ten days upon arrival in England. They can leave quarantine early using the Test to Release scheme by paying for a private COVID-19 test on day five and testing negative on both the day two and day five tests.
    Fully vaccinated travelers from other countries are exempt from quarantine requirements on arrival.
    Children resident in the UK or arriving from a country with an approved vaccination program are not required to quarantine. Whereas, children coming from other countries are required to quarantine at home.
    Individuals traveling to England from within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man, are exempt from quarantine requirements.
    Different regulations may apply if traveling to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
    *Red list update, Friday 26 November 2021: South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe will move onto the red list at 12.00 midday Friday 26 November. A temporary flight ban will be in place and all travellers who have been in these countries must quarantine and take tests. Read about the latest changes to the red list.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Travel abroad from England: Read guidance about what you need to do to travel abroad from England.

    *Travel within the U.K.: Region-specific restrictions or exemptions on entry are available for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
    *Face Mask: In England, it is recommended to wear masks in crowded places such as public transports. Scotland introduced new rules tightening the mandatory use of facemasks. Face masks are required in shops, public transport, and workplace settings, including locations such as canteens. In Wales, masks are required on public transports and in all public indoor areas, except pubs and restaurants. In Northern Ireland, masks are required in shops, hospitality venues and on public transports.

    *Curfew: There are no nationwide curfews in place.
    *Region Specific Regulations:
    London: London has the highest number of COVID-19 cases and confirmed deaths in the UK. City-specific COVID-19 updates can be found here. London Underground and other public transportation continue to offer altered services; updates can be found here.
    Glasgow: Although Glasgow has been severely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, it is currently recording a relatively moderate positivity rate compared to other regions. Details on local advisories and updates can be found here.
    Edinburgh: Edinburgh continues to record a high number of COVID-19 cases. Given the increased pressure on the healthcare system, limited non-critical medical procedures are likely to be postponed. However, most business restrictions in Edinburgh have been lifted. Details can be found here.
    Birmingham: Pubs, bars, and restaurants have reopened indoor dining areas. Cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play are permitted in accordance with the COVID-19 measures.Local guidance for COVID-19 can be found here.
    Manchester: Manchester is currently categorised as an Enhanced Response Area (ERA). However, most business and gathering restrictions have been lifted. City-specific COVID-19 updates can be found here.
    *Overseas Territories Regulations:
    Anguilla-specific regulations can be found here.
    Bermuda-specific regulations can be found here.
    British Virgin Islands-specific regulations can be found here.
    Falkland Islands-specific regulations can be found here.
    Gibraltar-specific regulations can be found here.
    Turks and Caicos-specific regulations can be found here.

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    26.11.2021
  • United Kingdom

    UK Travel Restrictions: What You Need TO Know Before Going

    The UK – four countries in one bottle: monarchical England with a lot of attractions, mountains, and blue lakes of Scotland, the land of medieval castles in Wales, and cozy villages of Northern Ireland.

    A land of rains, pipes, and fox hunting, the UK is constantly gaining global attention. Either Lord of the Dance will come on tour, or Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery will shine in another Hollywood fairy tale. And even though it is still difficult to obtain a British visa, and travel to foggy Albion promises to result in a tidy sum, the tourist flow to the country does not dry up – we all want to stand at the threshold of the English monarchy, delve into the rules of pub etiquette, pick up a kilt for the cold autumn and recite “To be or not to be?” directly in the homeland of Shakespeare.

    In addition, the UK has medieval castles and Gothic cathedrals, the tranquil beauty and serenity of rural landscapes, the recklessness and frenzy of evening London, granite of science in the best language schools, shopping in expensive prestigious boutiques and rummaging through the junk at flea markets. In short, a great variety.

    Let’s take a look at what it takes to properly enter the United Kingdom.

    General rules for entering the UK

    Upon arrival at the UK airport, you will have your passport or other identification checked to ensure that you are allowed to enter the country. Your documents must be valid throughout your visit to England. Before leaving for the UK, check the documents you will need to enter the UK.

    You may be asked at the border to confirm your relationship with the children you are traveling with if border control doubts that you are the parent of the child. For example, you have a different last name with your child.

    You can present:

    • a certificate of birth or adoption,
    • a marriage or divorce certificate (if your child has a different surname),
    • a consent from the parent of the child, giving him the right to travel with you. The letter must contain the contacts of the parents.

    Your carrier (for example, an airline) will check your passport and other travel documents and then send information about you to customs. You can ask to take a look at this information.

    Your passport is subject to verification, so keep it ready. Remove the cover of your passport before showing it. If you are wearing dark glasses, take them off. If you go through control with your family, then stick together.

    If you are not from the EEA or Switzerland, your carrier will give you a “landing page”. Please fill it out before going through border control. This will save you time. Passport, as well as the “landing page” will be checked at the control.

    Passing through British customs

    UK entry regulations require you to cooperate if you are stopped at customs and asked about your baggage. If you broke the rules, then any of your things, as well as what you are transporting it in, can be confiscated.

    It is prohibited to import weapons, ammunition, drugs, pornography, and poisons into the UK. Special permits are required for items of cultural or historical value, drugs containing drugs, plants, wild birds, and animals.

    Products made from meat and milk are a travel ban: even a box of chocolates is confiscated. As an exception, you can import baby food or dietary food for people with various diseases, but its weight should not exceed 2 kg.

    Those who travel to the UK with pets will have to prepare an international veterinary certificate and a special license, as well as tune in to a long quarantine. Pets that meet the PETS program are admitted to the country without delay. Export restrictions and prohibitions are the same as for import.

    Tax free

    Non-EU tourists staying in the UK for less than 3 months a year can take advantage of the Tax free system. When making retail purchases in participating stores, you can get up to 20% VAT refund. Global Blue prepares a refund for amounts from 30 GBP, Tax Free Worldwide – from amounts of 50 GBP per check. In the store, you will need to fill out a special form, keep the receipt and the integrity of the packaging, present the goods and documents at customs (the employee will put a stamp), and then at the Cash Refund point. VAT can be returned in cash at Heathrow Airport or by wire transfer to a bank card.

    What questions are asked at the UK border?

    If you have already received a UK visa and packed your suitcases, then it’s time to think about the following topic: the rules for entering the UK. Before travel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the information on entering the United Kingdom, at least in general terms, in order to feel more confident. As a rule, a tourist thinks about what questions he may be asked when crossing the English border, how to behave, how long the process takes, whether medical insurance is required, and what can and cannot be brought into the country.

    So, according to the rules of entry into England, upon arrival, all tourists are given a small migration card in English (UK Border Agency Landing Card). There you need to indicate some of your personal information, including the address where you plan to stay in the UK. You will have to fill them right on the spot; the questions are simple, so there will be no difficulties at this stage. You need to be prepared for the fact that you will have to stand in a rather big queue since airports are often very busy.

    UK Border Crossing Documents

    Some documents are required when entering the UK, but there are not many of them. The most important are papers confirming the purpose of your visit to the country. This can be an invitation from relatives you are going to visit, or from a company where you are traveling on business. If the purpose of the travel is for tourism purposes only, you should bring your hotel booking confirmation. You can show it if the officer asks where you plan to stay.

    In each individual situation, it is worth taking additional documents with you to cross the English border. If, for example, you got married and changed your last name, and the old one is indicated on your visa, take a marriage registration certificate to prevent unnecessary questions. If you are traveling with a child and you have different surnames, you should take your birth certificate with you; if you are not his parent, then you must have documents confirming your right to accompany him during his travel to Britain; these papers will definitely be asked. All of them must be provided in English, translation is not required.

    UK and Covid-19

    Traveling to the UK may be a dream of many people, but the current situation in the world can greatly prevent from visiting the country.

    The situation with the spread of the new coronavirus Covid-19 infection in the UK remains tense. The country is among the states with an unfavorable course of the disease. The success of the British healthcare system looks especially weak in comparison with some other European countries. On the first day of autumn, more than 334 thousand cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the UK. At the same time, more than 41 thousand people have already died. The daily increase in cases is also not encouraging – 1715 people as of August 31.

    Against this background, the country‘s cabinet of ministers has repeatedly come under serious public criticism. Many experts have accused the government of being unprepared for the pandemic and delaying the adoption of restrictive measures. Fuel to the fire was added by the fact that the head of the British government Boris Johnson himself fell ill with the coronavirus Covid-19, temporarily moving away from the government.

    A nationwide quarantine was announced, when local hospitals were already unable to cope with the large flow of sick citizens. At the same time, the British authorities, unlike other European countries, did not close their borders and introduce a mandatory 14 days quarantine requirement for arriving guests with need to self isolate. However, it was difficult to obtain a visa for travel. The fact is that almost all British visa centers abroad were not working.

    And yet, the restrictive measures introduced inside the country gave the first positive results, the number of cases decreased. Since May 13, the UK has begun to ease domestic quarantine and return to normal life. However, repeated outbreaks of the disease are forcing the British government to return to separate prohibitive measures.

    Rules for entering the UK under quarantine restrictions

    The difficult epidemiological situation forced the British Cabinet to impose restrictions on entry into the country. Obviously, they were belated, given that the state did not close its external borders.

    From 8 June, all foreigners entering the UK must:

    • fill out a special form, where you need to indicate contact information and place of residence, and email address;
    • self isolate for 14 days.

    You can get to the place of quarantine by public transport, but subject to the mask regime and social distancing. For violation of these rules, you could face a fine, in extreme cases – expulsion from the country.

    Exceptions to the rules

    The actions of the British authorities are well suited to the Soviet slogan during the New Economic Policy: “One step forward, two steps back”. By adopting travel restrictions, Boris Johnson’s cabinet also adopted an extensive list of exceptions to them. In particular, the 14 days self isolate period is not required to go among:

    • diplomats and state representatives of the EU countries;
    • transiting passengers;
    • train carriages, ships, and aircraft;
    • medical tourists;
    • scientists;
    • specialists of the oil, gas, and nuclear industries.

    A complete list of all exceptions can be found on the British Embassy Information Portal.

    UK and EU

    Having made a decision to withdraw from the common European space, Great Britain is forced to build new political relations with the European Union. Despite the fact that individual European countries were in no hurry to let English tourists into their territory without self isolating for 14 days, on July 10 the British government decided not to extend this rule to guests from European countries.

    UK and the world

    Since mid-July, the British authorities have also begun to exempt visitors from countries belonging to the so-called “green zone” from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation. Today this list, in addition to European countries, includes about 30 more states. A complete list of it is published on a special website.

    Charter flights

    Due to the closure of external borders by most countries in the world, the UK has provided its citizens with the opportunity to return home by charters. Persons who have a residence permit were also able to use them.

    When can quarantine be violated?

    The British authorities admit cases of violation of the mandatory quarantine. It can be done:

    • during the travel from the airport to the place of self isolate;
    • in an emergency when something threatens your life;
    • if you need to go to the store if the other way to deliver the goods failed;
    • to travel to hospitals by ambulance.

    Covid-19 and political decisions

    The Prime Minister of Great Britain said that the new travel restrictions that the government is introducing due to the increase in the incidence of Covid-19 may be in effect for another six months.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke in Parliament about the introduction of new quarantine restrictions in England. In the evening he repeated the main points of his speech in a television address to the nation.

    New measures in England:

    • Pubs and restaurants will close at ten o’clock sharp;
    • Mandatory service by waiters, ordering from the bar is prohibited everywhere;
    • If possible, citizens should work from home.

    Other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – determine their own quarantine measures.

    “I am sorry that this will affect a large part of the business, but we must act,” the prime minister said. Thus, in England, where it is no longer possible to gather in groups of more than six people, the restrictions will increase, however, amid complaints from small businesses about serious losses due to quarantine, the government will not take more stringent measures.

    Johnson noted that these measures could remain in effect for about six months. “This virus has become a phenomenon in our lives. And I must tell the members of parliament and the whole country that our fight against it will continue,” the Prime Minister said.

    In recent weeks, the number of cases of Covid-19 in Britain has risen sharply. Scientific and medical advisers to the government warned that if the disease spreads at the same rate as now, the country could become sick up to 50 thousand people a day.

    An infectious disease professor at the University of Liverpool said these measures would not be enough. He speaks of a “serious concern” in the scientific community as the infection rate among people under 50 is growing.

    Tough measures in Scotland

    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that the country would temporarily claim travel ban.

    The measure of self isolation has already been introduced for more than 1.7 million people in Glasgow and some of its suburbs. Now, according to Sturgeon, this will apply to the entire country.

    In addition, Scotland, following England, will ban pubs and restaurants after 10 pm.

    Thus, Scotland has stricter quarantine measures than England, where it is still allowed to visit, albeit with greater restrictions.

    Since Monday, the “rule of six” has been in effect in England: people who do not live under one roof can gather (even at home) in an amount of no more than six people.

    “The reason we took these steps is because we know these restrictions are holding back the spread of the virus in the west of Scotland.”

    Do the restrictions work?

    Restrictions are introduced, but as it turned out, not everyone understands them. And it’s not even the folly of people, but the system itself with different levels and exceptions.

    Liverpool people have no time for fun. There are already more COVID patients in hospitals in the city than at the peak of the first wave. Restrictions of the third, that is, the highest level of self isolating were introduced here recently.

    Even by introducing seemingly tough restrictions, the government is trying to inflict minimal damage on business. As a result, the quarantine is very special, with numerous exceptions.

    The three-tier system of restrictions is so complex that even police chiefs do not understand the rules, writes the Daily Mail. The confusion did not stop officers from fining four students a record £ 40,000 for hosting an illegal party.

    But hardly anyone can punish the inhabitants of the village of States. The river divides the village into two parts. Each belongs to different municipalities. And they have different rules.

    London is one of the regions where quarantine may be tightened in the near future. In the meantime, there are second-level restrictions: residents are forbidden to gather in groups of more than six people and need to self isolate.

    Conclusion

    Due to the coronavirus, the United Kingdom has become disunited. The British government controls the situation only in England. Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland decide for themselves, what to do. If you are going to travel to the UK, you need to know the basic rules for entering the country so as not to waste extra time when going through airport security. These rules differ depending on the type of visa and also the country from which you are coming. As for Covid-19, further plans for the 14-day self isolate and the establishment of “air bridges” are expected to be announced within the nearest time. You should see for yourself, whether a self isolation requirement applies to you, definitely see more information on how this requirement will affect your plans to visit the UK.

    Read more
    04.11.2021
  • United Kingdom Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    What you must do depends on whether you qualify as fully vaccinated under the rules for travel to England.
    There are different rules if you have been in a red list country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England. Red list rules apply whether you are fully vaccinated or not.
    Entry requirements for international travelers arriving in the UK will depend on the individual’s past 10-day travel history. Travel from countries designated as ‘Red’ is permitted only for British or Irish nationals and residents. The list of ‘Red’ list countries can be found here.
    All arrivals from red list countries must pre-book hotel quarantine packages prior to travel. Further details can be found here.
    Region-specific restrictions or exemptions on entry are available for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
    Individuals are not permitted to enter with EU, EEA, or Swiss national ID cards. They are required to present a valid passport to enter the country. Details, including exemptions, can be found here.
    *Mandatory Testing: Travelers arriving from Red list countries, irrespective of vaccination status, are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test report obtained within three days prior to travel. Such travelers are also subject to additional tests after arrival, on or before day two and on or after day eight of quarantine.
    Unvaccinated travelers from all other countries are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test report from no more than three days prior to travel. Further, travelers are subject to additional tests on or before day two and on or after day eight of quarantine.
    Fully vaccinated travelers from other countries are exempt from pre-departure testing requirements. However, they must take a COVID-19 test on or before day two of arrival.
    Children aged four and below are exempt from all testing requirements.
    Children aged between 5-17 who are residents of the UK or are arriving from a country with an approved vaccination program do not have to take a COVID-19 test before traveling to England. However, they must take a test on or before day two.
    COVID-19 tests can be pre-booked
    here.
    Different regulations may apply if traveling to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
    Individuals traveling to England from within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man, are exempt from testing requirements.
    The cost of NHS Test and Trace tests for international passengers varies with the destination and vaccination status of travelers. Details can be found here.
    *Quarantine Upon Entry: Travelers arriving from Red list countries are required to quarantine for ten days in a managed quarantine hotel. Details can be found here.
    Unvaccinated travelers from other countries are required to quarantine at home for ten days upon arrival in England. They can leave quarantine early using the Test to Release scheme by paying for a private COVID-19 test on day five and testing negative on both the day two and day five tests.
    Fully vaccinated travelers from other countries are exempt from quarantine requirements on arrival.
    Children resident in the UK or arriving from a country with an approved vaccination program are not required to quarantine. Whereas, children coming from other countries are required to quarantine at home.
    Individuals traveling to England from within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man, are exempt from quarantine requirements.
    Different regulations may apply if traveling to Scotland
    , Wales or Northern Ireland.


    Internal Restrictions:
    Travel abroad from England: Read guidance about what you need to do to travel abroad from England.

    *Travel within the U.K.: Region-specific restrictions or exemptions on entry are available for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
    *Face Mask: In England, it is recommended to wear masks in crowded places such as public transports. Scotland introduced new rules tightening the mandatory use of facemasks. Face masks are required in shops, public transport, and workplace settings, including locations such as canteens. In Wales, masks are required on public transports and in all public indoor areas, except pubs and restaurants. In Northern Ireland, masks are required in shops, hospitality venues and on public transports.

    *Curfew: There are no nationwide curfews in place.
    *Region Specific Regulations:
    London: London has the highest number of COVID-19 cases and confirmed deaths in the UK. City-specific COVID-19 updates can be found here. London Underground and other public transportation continue to offer altered services; updates can be found here.
    Glasgow: Although Glasgow has been severely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, it is currently recording a relatively moderate positivity rate compared to other regions. Details on local advisories and updates can be found here.
    Edinburgh: Edinburgh continues to record a high number of COVID-19 cases. Given the increased pressure on the healthcare system, limited non-critical medical procedures are likely to be postponed. However, most business restrictions in Edinburgh have been lifted. Details can be found here.
    Birmingham: Pubs, bars, and restaurants have reopened indoor dining areas. Cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play are permitted in accordance with the COVID-19 measures.Local guidance for COVID-19 can be found here.
    Manchester: Manchester is currently categorised as an Enhanced Response Area (ERA). However, most business and gathering restrictions have been lifted. City-specific COVID-19 updates can be found here.
    *Overseas Territories Regulations:
    Anguilla-specific regulations can be found here.
    Bermuda-specific regulations can be found here.
    British Virgin Islands-specific regulations can be found here.
    Falkland Islands-specific regulations can be found here.
    Gibraltar-specific regulations can be found here.
    Turks and Caicos-specific regulations can be found here.

    Read more
    02.11.2021
  • United Kingdom

    UK Travel Restrictions: What You Need TO Know Before Going

    The UK – four countries in one bottle: monarchical England with a lot of attractions, mountains, and blue lakes of Scotland, the land of medieval castles in Wales, and cozy villages of Northern Ireland.

    A land of rains, pipes, and fox hunting, the UK is constantly gaining global attention. Either Lord of the Dance will come on tour, or Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery will shine in another Hollywood fairy tale. And even though it is still difficult to obtain a British visa, and travel to foggy Albion promises to result in a tidy sum, the tourist flow to the country does not dry up – we all want to stand at the threshold of the English monarchy, delve into the rules of pub etiquette, pick up a kilt for the cold autumn and recite “To be or not to be?” directly in the homeland of Shakespeare.

    In addition, the UK has medieval castles and Gothic cathedrals, the tranquil beauty and serenity of rural landscapes, the recklessness and frenzy of evening London, granite of science in the best language schools, shopping in expensive prestigious boutiques and rummaging through the junk at flea markets. In short, a great variety.

    Let’s take a look at what it takes to properly enter the United Kingdom.

    General rules for entering the UK

    Upon arrival at the UK airport, you will have your passport or other identification checked to ensure that you are allowed to enter the country. Your documents must be valid throughout your visit to England. Before leaving for the UK, check the documents you will need to enter the UK.

    You may be asked at the border to confirm your relationship with the children you are traveling with if border control doubts that you are the parent of the child. For example, you have a different last name with your child.

    You can present:

    • a certificate of birth or adoption,
    • a marriage or divorce certificate (if your child has a different surname),
    • a consent from the parent of the child, giving him the right to travel with you. The letter must contain the contacts of the parents.

    Your carrier (for example, an airline) will check your passport and other travel documents and then send information about you to customs. You can ask to take a look at this information.

    Your passport is subject to verification, so keep it ready. Remove the cover of your passport before showing it. If you are wearing dark glasses, take them off. If you go through control with your family, then stick together.

    If you are not from the EEA or Switzerland, your carrier will give you a “landing page”. Please fill it out before going through border control. This will save you time. Passport, as well as the “landing page” will be checked at the control.

    Passing through British customs

    UK entry regulations require you to cooperate if you are stopped at customs and asked about your baggage. If you broke the rules, then any of your things, as well as what you are transporting it in, can be confiscated.

    It is prohibited to import weapons, ammunition, drugs, pornography, and poisons into the UK. Special permits are required for items of cultural or historical value, drugs containing drugs, plants, wild birds, and animals.

    Products made from meat and milk are a travel ban: even a box of chocolates is confiscated. As an exception, you can import baby food or dietary food for people with various diseases, but its weight should not exceed 2 kg.

    Those who travel to the UK with pets will have to prepare an international veterinary certificate and a special license, as well as tune in to a long quarantine. Pets that meet the PETS program are admitted to the country without delay. Export restrictions and prohibitions are the same as for import.

    Tax free

    Non-EU tourists staying in the UK for less than 3 months a year can take advantage of the Tax free system. When making retail purchases in participating stores, you can get up to 20% VAT refund. Global Blue prepares a refund for amounts from 30 GBP, Tax Free Worldwide – from amounts of 50 GBP per check. In the store, you will need to fill out a special form, keep the receipt and the integrity of the packaging, present the goods and documents at customs (the employee will put a stamp), and then at the Cash Refund point. VAT can be returned in cash at Heathrow Airport or by wire transfer to a bank card.

    What questions are asked at the UK border?

    If you have already received a UK visa and packed your suitcases, then it’s time to think about the following topic: the rules for entering the UK. Before travel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the information on entering the United Kingdom, at least in general terms, in order to feel more confident. As a rule, a tourist thinks about what questions he may be asked when crossing the English border, how to behave, how long the process takes, whether medical insurance is required, and what can and cannot be brought into the country.

    So, according to the rules of entry into England, upon arrival, all tourists are given a small migration card in English (UK Border Agency Landing Card). There you need to indicate some of your personal information, including the address where you plan to stay in the UK. You will have to fill them right on the spot; the questions are simple, so there will be no difficulties at this stage. You need to be prepared for the fact that you will have to stand in a rather big queue since airports are often very busy.

    UK Border Crossing Documents

    Some documents are required when entering the UK, but there are not many of them. The most important are papers confirming the purpose of your visit to the country. This can be an invitation from relatives you are going to visit, or from a company where you are traveling on business. If the purpose of the travel is for tourism purposes only, you should bring your hotel booking confirmation. You can show it if the officer asks where you plan to stay.

    In each individual situation, it is worth taking additional documents with you to cross the English border. If, for example, you got married and changed your last name, and the old one is indicated on your visa, take a marriage registration certificate to prevent unnecessary questions. If you are traveling with a child and you have different surnames, you should take your birth certificate with you; if you are not his parent, then you must have documents confirming your right to accompany him during his travel to Britain; these papers will definitely be asked. All of them must be provided in English, translation is not required.

    UK and Covid-19

    Traveling to the UK may be a dream of many people, but the current situation in the world can greatly prevent from visiting the country.

    The situation with the spread of the new coronavirus Covid-19 infection in the UK remains tense. The country is among the states with an unfavorable course of the disease. The success of the British healthcare system looks especially weak in comparison with some other European countries. On the first day of autumn, more than 334 thousand cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the UK. At the same time, more than 41 thousand people have already died. The daily increase in cases is also not encouraging – 1715 people as of August 31.

    Against this background, the country‘s cabinet of ministers has repeatedly come under serious public criticism. Many experts have accused the government of being unprepared for the pandemic and delaying the adoption of restrictive measures. Fuel to the fire was added by the fact that the head of the British government Boris Johnson himself fell ill with the coronavirus Covid-19, temporarily moving away from the government.

    A nationwide quarantine was announced, when local hospitals were already unable to cope with the large flow of sick citizens. At the same time, the British authorities, unlike other European countries, did not close their borders and introduce a mandatory 14 days quarantine requirement for arriving guests with need to self isolate. However, it was difficult to obtain a visa for travel. The fact is that almost all British visa centers abroad were not working.

    And yet, the restrictive measures introduced inside the country gave the first positive results, the number of cases decreased. Since May 13, the UK has begun to ease domestic quarantine and return to normal life. However, repeated outbreaks of the disease are forcing the British government to return to separate prohibitive measures.

    Rules for entering the UK under quarantine restrictions

    The difficult epidemiological situation forced the British Cabinet to impose restrictions on entry into the country. Obviously, they were belated, given that the state did not close its external borders.

    From 8 June, all foreigners entering the UK must:

    • fill out a special form, where you need to indicate contact information and place of residence, and email address;
    • self isolate for 14 days.

    You can get to the place of quarantine by public transport, but subject to the mask regime and social distancing. For violation of these rules, you could face a fine, in extreme cases – expulsion from the country.

    Exceptions to the rules

    The actions of the British authorities are well suited to the Soviet slogan during the New Economic Policy: “One step forward, two steps back”. By adopting travel restrictions, Boris Johnson’s cabinet also adopted an extensive list of exceptions to them. In particular, the 14 days self isolate period is not required to go among:

    • diplomats and state representatives of the EU countries;
    • transiting passengers;
    • train carriages, ships, and aircraft;
    • medical tourists;
    • scientists;
    • specialists of the oil, gas, and nuclear industries.

    A complete list of all exceptions can be found on the British Embassy Information Portal.

    UK and EU

    Having made a decision to withdraw from the common European space, Great Britain is forced to build new political relations with the European Union. Despite the fact that individual European countries were in no hurry to let English tourists into their territory without self isolating for 14 days, on July 10 the British government decided not to extend this rule to guests from European countries.

    UK and the world

    Since mid-July, the British authorities have also begun to exempt visitors from countries belonging to the so-called “green zone” from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation. Today this list, in addition to European countries, includes about 30 more states. A complete list of it is published on a special website.

    Charter flights

    Due to the closure of external borders by most countries in the world, the UK has provided its citizens with the opportunity to return home by charters. Persons who have a residence permit were also able to use them.

    When can quarantine be violated?

    The British authorities admit cases of violation of the mandatory quarantine. It can be done:

    • during the travel from the airport to the place of self isolate;
    • in an emergency when something threatens your life;
    • if you need to go to the store if the other way to deliver the goods failed;
    • to travel to hospitals by ambulance.

    Covid-19 and political decisions

    The Prime Minister of Great Britain said that the new travel restrictions that the government is introducing due to the increase in the incidence of Covid-19 may be in effect for another six months.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke in Parliament about the introduction of new quarantine restrictions in England. In the evening he repeated the main points of his speech in a television address to the nation.

    New measures in England:

    • Pubs and restaurants will close at ten o’clock sharp;
    • Mandatory service by waiters, ordering from the bar is prohibited everywhere;
    • If possible, citizens should work from home.

    Other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – determine their own quarantine measures.

    “I am sorry that this will affect a large part of the business, but we must act,” the prime minister said. Thus, in England, where it is no longer possible to gather in groups of more than six people, the restrictions will increase, however, amid complaints from small businesses about serious losses due to quarantine, the government will not take more stringent measures.

    Johnson noted that these measures could remain in effect for about six months. “This virus has become a phenomenon in our lives. And I must tell the members of parliament and the whole country that our fight against it will continue,” the Prime Minister said.

    In recent weeks, the number of cases of Covid-19 in Britain has risen sharply. Scientific and medical advisers to the government warned that if the disease spreads at the same rate as now, the country could become sick up to 50 thousand people a day.

    An infectious disease professor at the University of Liverpool said these measures would not be enough. He speaks of a “serious concern” in the scientific community as the infection rate among people under 50 is growing.

    Tough measures in Scotland

    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that the country would temporarily claim travel ban.

    The measure of self isolation has already been introduced for more than 1.7 million people in Glasgow and some of its suburbs. Now, according to Sturgeon, this will apply to the entire country.

    In addition, Scotland, following England, will ban pubs and restaurants after 10 pm.

    Thus, Scotland has stricter quarantine measures than England, where it is still allowed to visit, albeit with greater restrictions.

    Since Monday, the “rule of six” has been in effect in England: people who do not live under one roof can gather (even at home) in an amount of no more than six people.

    “The reason we took these steps is because we know these restrictions are holding back the spread of the virus in the west of Scotland.”

    Do the restrictions work?

    Restrictions are introduced, but as it turned out, not everyone understands them. And it’s not even the folly of people, but the system itself with different levels and exceptions.

    Liverpool people have no time for fun. There are already more COVID patients in hospitals in the city than at the peak of the first wave. Restrictions of the third, that is, the highest level of self isolating were introduced here recently.

    Even by introducing seemingly tough restrictions, the government is trying to inflict minimal damage on business. As a result, the quarantine is very special, with numerous exceptions.

    The three-tier system of restrictions is so complex that even police chiefs do not understand the rules, writes the Daily Mail. The confusion did not stop officers from fining four students a record £ 40,000 for hosting an illegal party.

    But hardly anyone can punish the inhabitants of the village of States. The river divides the village into two parts. Each belongs to different municipalities. And they have different rules.

    London is one of the regions where quarantine may be tightened in the near future. In the meantime, there are second-level restrictions: residents are forbidden to gather in groups of more than six people and need to self isolate.

    Conclusion

    Due to the coronavirus, the United Kingdom has become disunited. The British government controls the situation only in England. Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland decide for themselves, what to do. If you are going to travel to the UK, you need to know the basic rules for entering the country so as not to waste extra time when going through airport security. These rules differ depending on the type of visa and also the country from which you are coming. As for Covid-19, further plans for the 14-day self isolate and the establishment of “air bridges” are expected to be announced within the nearest time. You should see for yourself, whether a self isolation requirement applies to you, definitely see more information on how this requirement will affect your plans to visit the UK.

    Read more
    21.10.2021
  • United Kingdom The British authorities have revealed that fully vaccinated minors and adult Europeans will be able to take a less expensive COVID-19 test instead of a PCR test upon arrival, starting this Sunday, October 24.

    However, instead of a PCR test, they can take a lateral flow test or an antigen test before or on the second day of their arrival. Appointments to book such tests will open from October 22, and this change is expected to cut test expenses right in time for travellers returning from half-term breaks, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

    In general, passengers need to upload a picture of the test result and the reference booking and send it to the private provider to verify the result. If the test is positive, the traveller must self-isolate and confirm the symptoms by taking a PCR test, which the government will cover.

    “Today’s rule changes will make testing on arrival simpler and cheaper for people across the country who are looking forward to well-earned breaks for this October half term. Taking away expensive mandatory PCR testing will boost the travel industry and is a major step forward in normalising international travel and encouraging people to book holidays with confidence,” State Secretary for Transport Grant Shapps said.

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    20.10.2021
  • United Kingdom

    UK Travel Restrictions: What You Need TO Know Before Going

    The UK – four countries in one bottle: monarchical England with a lot of attractions, mountains, and blue lakes of Scotland, the land of medieval castles in Wales, and cozy villages of Northern Ireland.

    A land of rains, pipes, and fox hunting, the UK is constantly gaining global attention. Either Lord of the Dance will come on tour, or Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery will shine in another Hollywood fairy tale. And even though it is still difficult to obtain a British visa, and travel to foggy Albion promises to result in a tidy sum, the tourist flow to the country does not dry up – we all want to stand at the threshold of the English monarchy, delve into the rules of pub etiquette, pick up a kilt for the cold autumn and recite “To be or not to be?” directly in the homeland of Shakespeare.

    In addition, the UK has medieval castles and Gothic cathedrals, the tranquil beauty and serenity of rural landscapes, the recklessness and frenzy of evening London, granite of science in the best language schools, shopping in expensive prestigious boutiques and rummaging through the junk at flea markets. In short, a great variety.

    Let’s take a look at what it takes to properly enter the United Kingdom.

    General rules for entering the UK

    Upon arrival at the UK airport, you will have your passport or other identification checked to ensure that you are allowed to enter the country. Your documents must be valid throughout your visit to England. Before leaving for the UK, check the documents you will need to enter the UK.

    You may be asked at the border to confirm your relationship with the children you are traveling with if border control doubts that you are the parent of the child. For example, you have a different last name with your child.

    You can present:

    • a certificate of birth or adoption,
    • a marriage or divorce certificate (if your child has a different surname),
    • a consent from the parent of the child, giving him the right to travel with you. The letter must contain the contacts of the parents.

    Your carrier (for example, an airline) will check your passport and other travel documents and then send information about you to customs. You can ask to take a look at this information.

    Your passport is subject to verification, so keep it ready. Remove the cover of your passport before showing it. If you are wearing dark glasses, take them off. If you go through control with your family, then stick together.

    If you are not from the EEA or Switzerland, your carrier will give you a “landing page”. Please fill it out before going through border control. This will save you time. Passport, as well as the “landing page” will be checked at the control.

    Passing through British customs

    UK entry regulations require you to cooperate if you are stopped at customs and asked about your baggage. If you broke the rules, then any of your things, as well as what you are transporting it in, can be confiscated.

    It is prohibited to import weapons, ammunition, drugs, pornography, and poisons into the UK. Special permits are required for items of cultural or historical value, drugs containing drugs, plants, wild birds, and animals.

    Products made from meat and milk are a travel ban: even a box of chocolates is confiscated. As an exception, you can import baby food or dietary food for people with various diseases, but its weight should not exceed 2 kg.

    Those who travel to the UK with pets will have to prepare an international veterinary certificate and a special license, as well as tune in to a long quarantine. Pets that meet the PETS program are admitted to the country without delay. Export restrictions and prohibitions are the same as for import.

    Tax free

    Non-EU tourists staying in the UK for less than 3 months a year can take advantage of the Tax free system. When making retail purchases in participating stores, you can get up to 20% VAT refund. Global Blue prepares a refund for amounts from 30 GBP, Tax Free Worldwide – from amounts of 50 GBP per check. In the store, you will need to fill out a special form, keep the receipt and the integrity of the packaging, present the goods and documents at customs (the employee will put a stamp), and then at the Cash Refund point. VAT can be returned in cash at Heathrow Airport or by wire transfer to a bank card.

    What questions are asked at the UK border?

    If you have already received a UK visa and packed your suitcases, then it’s time to think about the following topic: the rules for entering the UK. Before travel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the information on entering the United Kingdom, at least in general terms, in order to feel more confident. As a rule, a tourist thinks about what questions he may be asked when crossing the English border, how to behave, how long the process takes, whether medical insurance is required, and what can and cannot be brought into the country.

    So, according to the rules of entry into England, upon arrival, all tourists are given a small migration card in English (UK Border Agency Landing Card). There you need to indicate some of your personal information, including the address where you plan to stay in the UK. You will have to fill them right on the spot; the questions are simple, so there will be no difficulties at this stage. You need to be prepared for the fact that you will have to stand in a rather big queue since airports are often very busy.

    UK Border Crossing Documents

    Some documents are required when entering the UK, but there are not many of them. The most important are papers confirming the purpose of your visit to the country. This can be an invitation from relatives you are going to visit, or from a company where you are traveling on business. If the purpose of the travel is for tourism purposes only, you should bring your hotel booking confirmation. You can show it if the officer asks where you plan to stay.

    In each individual situation, it is worth taking additional documents with you to cross the English border. If, for example, you got married and changed your last name, and the old one is indicated on your visa, take a marriage registration certificate to prevent unnecessary questions. If you are traveling with a child and you have different surnames, you should take your birth certificate with you; if you are not his parent, then you must have documents confirming your right to accompany him during his travel to Britain; these papers will definitely be asked. All of them must be provided in English, translation is not required.

    UK and Covid-19

    Traveling to the UK may be a dream of many people, but the current situation in the world can greatly prevent from visiting the country.

    The situation with the spread of the new coronavirus Covid-19 infection in the UK remains tense. The country is among the states with an unfavorable course of the disease. The success of the British healthcare system looks especially weak in comparison with some other European countries. On the first day of autumn, more than 334 thousand cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the UK. At the same time, more than 41 thousand people have already died. The daily increase in cases is also not encouraging – 1715 people as of August 31.

    Against this background, the country‘s cabinet of ministers has repeatedly come under serious public criticism. Many experts have accused the government of being unprepared for the pandemic and delaying the adoption of restrictive measures. Fuel to the fire was added by the fact that the head of the British government Boris Johnson himself fell ill with the coronavirus Covid-19, temporarily moving away from the government.

    A nationwide quarantine was announced, when local hospitals were already unable to cope with the large flow of sick citizens. At the same time, the British authorities, unlike other European countries, did not close their borders and introduce a mandatory 14 days quarantine requirement for arriving guests with need to self isolate. However, it was difficult to obtain a visa for travel. The fact is that almost all British visa centers abroad were not working.

    And yet, the restrictive measures introduced inside the country gave the first positive results, the number of cases decreased. Since May 13, the UK has begun to ease domestic quarantine and return to normal life. However, repeated outbreaks of the disease are forcing the British government to return to separate prohibitive measures.

    Rules for entering the UK under quarantine restrictions

    The difficult epidemiological situation forced the British Cabinet to impose restrictions on entry into the country. Obviously, they were belated, given that the state did not close its external borders.

    From 8 June, all foreigners entering the UK must:

    • fill out a special form, where you need to indicate contact information and place of residence, and email address;
    • self isolate for 14 days.

    You can get to the place of quarantine by public transport, but subject to the mask regime and social distancing. For violation of these rules, you could face a fine, in extreme cases – expulsion from the country.

    Exceptions to the rules

    The actions of the British authorities are well suited to the Soviet slogan during the New Economic Policy: “One step forward, two steps back”. By adopting travel restrictions, Boris Johnson’s cabinet also adopted an extensive list of exceptions to them. In particular, the 14 days self isolate period is not required to go among:

    • diplomats and state representatives of the EU countries;
    • transiting passengers;
    • train carriages, ships, and aircraft;
    • medical tourists;
    • scientists;
    • specialists of the oil, gas, and nuclear industries.

    A complete list of all exceptions can be found on the British Embassy Information Portal.

    UK and EU

    Having made a decision to withdraw from the common European space, Great Britain is forced to build new political relations with the European Union. Despite the fact that individual European countries were in no hurry to let English tourists into their territory without self isolating for 14 days, on July 10 the British government decided not to extend this rule to guests from European countries.

    UK and the world

    Since mid-July, the British authorities have also begun to exempt visitors from countries belonging to the so-called “green zone” from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation. Today this list, in addition to European countries, includes about 30 more states. A complete list of it is published on a special website.

    Charter flights

    Due to the closure of external borders by most countries in the world, the UK has provided its citizens with the opportunity to return home by charters. Persons who have a residence permit were also able to use them.

    When can quarantine be violated?

    The British authorities admit cases of violation of the mandatory quarantine. It can be done:

    • during the travel from the airport to the place of self isolate;
    • in an emergency when something threatens your life;
    • if you need to go to the store if the other way to deliver the goods failed;
    • to travel to hospitals by ambulance.

    Covid-19 and political decisions

    The Prime Minister of Great Britain said that the new travel restrictions that the government is introducing due to the increase in the incidence of Covid-19 may be in effect for another six months.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke in Parliament about the introduction of new quarantine restrictions in England. In the evening he repeated the main points of his speech in a television address to the nation.

    New measures in England:

    • Pubs and restaurants will close at ten o’clock sharp;
    • Mandatory service by waiters, ordering from the bar is prohibited everywhere;
    • If possible, citizens should work from home.

    Other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – determine their own quarantine measures.

    “I am sorry that this will affect a large part of the business, but we must act,” the prime minister said. Thus, in England, where it is no longer possible to gather in groups of more than six people, the restrictions will increase, however, amid complaints from small businesses about serious losses due to quarantine, the government will not take more stringent measures.

    Johnson noted that these measures could remain in effect for about six months. “This virus has become a phenomenon in our lives. And I must tell the members of parliament and the whole country that our fight against it will continue,” the Prime Minister said.

    In recent weeks, the number of cases of Covid-19 in Britain has risen sharply. Scientific and medical advisers to the government warned that if the disease spreads at the same rate as now, the country could become sick up to 50 thousand people a day.

    An infectious disease professor at the University of Liverpool said these measures would not be enough. He speaks of a “serious concern” in the scientific community as the infection rate among people under 50 is growing.

    Tough measures in Scotland

    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that the country would temporarily claim travel ban.

    The measure of self isolation has already been introduced for more than 1.7 million people in Glasgow and some of its suburbs. Now, according to Sturgeon, this will apply to the entire country.

    In addition, Scotland, following England, will ban pubs and restaurants after 10 pm.

    Thus, Scotland has stricter quarantine measures than England, where it is still allowed to visit, albeit with greater restrictions.

    Since Monday, the “rule of six” has been in effect in England: people who do not live under one roof can gather (even at home) in an amount of no more than six people.

    “The reason we took these steps is because we know these restrictions are holding back the spread of the virus in the west of Scotland.”

    Do the restrictions work?

    Restrictions are introduced, but as it turned out, not everyone understands them. And it’s not even the folly of people, but the system itself with different levels and exceptions.

    Liverpool people have no time for fun. There are already more COVID patients in hospitals in the city than at the peak of the first wave. Restrictions of the third, that is, the highest level of self isolating were introduced here recently.

    Even by introducing seemingly tough restrictions, the government is trying to inflict minimal damage on business. As a result, the quarantine is very special, with numerous exceptions.

    The three-tier system of restrictions is so complex that even police chiefs do not understand the rules, writes the Daily Mail. The confusion did not stop officers from fining four students a record £ 40,000 for hosting an illegal party.

    But hardly anyone can punish the inhabitants of the village of States. The river divides the village into two parts. Each belongs to different municipalities. And they have different rules.

    London is one of the regions where quarantine may be tightened in the near future. In the meantime, there are second-level restrictions: residents are forbidden to gather in groups of more than six people and need to self isolate.

    Conclusion

    Due to the coronavirus, the United Kingdom has become disunited. The British government controls the situation only in England. Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland decide for themselves, what to do. If you are going to travel to the UK, you need to know the basic rules for entering the country so as not to waste extra time when going through airport security. These rules differ depending on the type of visa and also the country from which you are coming. As for Covid-19, further plans for the 14-day self isolate and the establishment of “air bridges” are expected to be announced within the nearest time. You should see for yourself, whether a self isolation requirement applies to you, definitely see more information on how this requirement will affect your plans to visit the UK.

    Read more
    12.10.2021
  • United Kingdom England has today updated the RED LIST countries from which the travelers need to quarantine upon returning home. The list will be in effect from 4 AM on October 11, 2021.

    Fully vaccinated travelers from non-RED list countries still need to have a Covid test paid and booked before arriving in England. The test is taken on or before day two of their arrival.

    Red List Countries (Only 7 Left):
    Colombia
    Dominican Republic
    Ecuador
    Haiti
    Panama
    Peru
    Venezuela
    Countries Removed From The Red List:
    Afghanistan
    Angola
    Argentina
    Bolivia
    Botswana
    Brazil
    Burundi
    Cape Verde
    Chile
    Congo (Democratic Republic)
    Costa Rica
    Cuba
    Eritrea
    Eswatini
    Ethiopia
    French Guiana
    Georgia
    Guyana
    Indonesia
    Lesotho
    Malawi
    Mayotte
    Mexico
    Mongolia
    Montenegro
    Mozambique
    Myanmar
    Namibia
    Nepal
    Paraguay
    Philippines
    Réunion
    Rwanda
    Seychelles
    Sierra Leone
    Somalia
    South Africa
    Sudan
    Suriname
    Tanzania
    Thailand
    Trinidad and Tobago
    Tunisia
    Uganda
    Uruguay
    Venezuela
    Zambia
    Zimbabwe

    Read more
    11.10.2021
  • United Kingdom

    UK Travel Restrictions: What You Need TO Know Before Going

    The UK – four countries in one bottle: monarchical England with a lot of attractions, mountains, and blue lakes of Scotland, the land of medieval castles in Wales, and cozy villages of Northern Ireland.

    A land of rains, pipes, and fox hunting, the UK is constantly gaining global attention. Either Lord of the Dance will come on tour, or Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery will shine in another Hollywood fairy tale. And even though it is still difficult to obtain a British visa, and travel to foggy Albion promises to result in a tidy sum, the tourist flow to the country does not dry up – we all want to stand at the threshold of the English monarchy, delve into the rules of pub etiquette, pick up a kilt for the cold autumn and recite “To be or not to be?” directly in the homeland of Shakespeare.

    In addition, the UK has medieval castles and Gothic cathedrals, the tranquil beauty and serenity of rural landscapes, the recklessness and frenzy of evening London, granite of science in the best language schools, shopping in expensive prestigious boutiques and rummaging through the junk at flea markets. In short, a great variety.

    Let’s take a look at what it takes to properly enter the United Kingdom.

    General rules for entering the UK

    Upon arrival at the UK airport, you will have your passport or other identification checked to ensure that you are allowed to enter the country. Your documents must be valid throughout your visit to England. Before leaving for the UK, check the documents you will need to enter the UK.

    You may be asked at the border to confirm your relationship with the children you are traveling with if border control doubts that you are the parent of the child. For example, you have a different last name with your child.

    You can present:

    • a certificate of birth or adoption,
    • a marriage or divorce certificate (if your child has a different surname),
    • a consent from the parent of the child, giving him the right to travel with you. The letter must contain the contacts of the parents.

    Your carrier (for example, an airline) will check your passport and other travel documents and then send information about you to customs. You can ask to take a look at this information.

    Your passport is subject to verification, so keep it ready. Remove the cover of your passport before showing it. If you are wearing dark glasses, take them off. If you go through control with your family, then stick together.

    If you are not from the EEA or Switzerland, your carrier will give you a “landing page”. Please fill it out before going through border control. This will save you time. Passport, as well as the “landing page” will be checked at the control.

    Passing through British customs

    UK entry regulations require you to cooperate if you are stopped at customs and asked about your baggage. If you broke the rules, then any of your things, as well as what you are transporting it in, can be confiscated.

    It is prohibited to import weapons, ammunition, drugs, pornography, and poisons into the UK. Special permits are required for items of cultural or historical value, drugs containing drugs, plants, wild birds, and animals.

    Products made from meat and milk are a travel ban: even a box of chocolates is confiscated. As an exception, you can import baby food or dietary food for people with various diseases, but its weight should not exceed 2 kg.

    Those who travel to the UK with pets will have to prepare an international veterinary certificate and a special license, as well as tune in to a long quarantine. Pets that meet the PETS program are admitted to the country without delay. Export restrictions and prohibitions are the same as for import.

    Tax free

    Non-EU tourists staying in the UK for less than 3 months a year can take advantage of the Tax free system. When making retail purchases in participating stores, you can get up to 20% VAT refund. Global Blue prepares a refund for amounts from 30 GBP, Tax Free Worldwide – from amounts of 50 GBP per check. In the store, you will need to fill out a special form, keep the receipt and the integrity of the packaging, present the goods and documents at customs (the employee will put a stamp), and then at the Cash Refund point. VAT can be returned in cash at Heathrow Airport or by wire transfer to a bank card.

    What questions are asked at the UK border?

    If you have already received a UK visa and packed your suitcases, then it’s time to think about the following topic: the rules for entering the UK. Before travel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the information on entering the United Kingdom, at least in general terms, in order to feel more confident. As a rule, a tourist thinks about what questions he may be asked when crossing the English border, how to behave, how long the process takes, whether medical insurance is required, and what can and cannot be brought into the country.

    So, according to the rules of entry into England, upon arrival, all tourists are given a small migration card in English (UK Border Agency Landing Card). There you need to indicate some of your personal information, including the address where you plan to stay in the UK. You will have to fill them right on the spot; the questions are simple, so there will be no difficulties at this stage. You need to be prepared for the fact that you will have to stand in a rather big queue since airports are often very busy.

    UK Border Crossing Documents

    Some documents are required when entering the UK, but there are not many of them. The most important are papers confirming the purpose of your visit to the country. This can be an invitation from relatives you are going to visit, or from a company where you are traveling on business. If the purpose of the travel is for tourism purposes only, you should bring your hotel booking confirmation. You can show it if the officer asks where you plan to stay.

    In each individual situation, it is worth taking additional documents with you to cross the English border. If, for example, you got married and changed your last name, and the old one is indicated on your visa, take a marriage registration certificate to prevent unnecessary questions. If you are traveling with a child and you have different surnames, you should take your birth certificate with you; if you are not his parent, then you must have documents confirming your right to accompany him during his travel to Britain; these papers will definitely be asked. All of them must be provided in English, translation is not required.

    UK and Covid-19

    Traveling to the UK may be a dream of many people, but the current situation in the world can greatly prevent from visiting the country.

    The situation with the spread of the new coronavirus Covid-19 infection in the UK remains tense. The country is among the states with an unfavorable course of the disease. The success of the British healthcare system looks especially weak in comparison with some other European countries. On the first day of autumn, more than 334 thousand cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the UK. At the same time, more than 41 thousand people have already died. The daily increase in cases is also not encouraging – 1715 people as of August 31.

    Against this background, the country‘s cabinet of ministers has repeatedly come under serious public criticism. Many experts have accused the government of being unprepared for the pandemic and delaying the adoption of restrictive measures. Fuel to the fire was added by the fact that the head of the British government Boris Johnson himself fell ill with the coronavirus Covid-19, temporarily moving away from the government.

    A nationwide quarantine was announced, when local hospitals were already unable to cope with the large flow of sick citizens. At the same time, the British authorities, unlike other European countries, did not close their borders and introduce a mandatory 14 days quarantine requirement for arriving guests with need to self isolate. However, it was difficult to obtain a visa for travel. The fact is that almost all British visa centers abroad were not working.

    And yet, the restrictive measures introduced inside the country gave the first positive results, the number of cases decreased. Since May 13, the UK has begun to ease domestic quarantine and return to normal life. However, repeated outbreaks of the disease are forcing the British government to return to separate prohibitive measures.

    Rules for entering the UK under quarantine restrictions

    The difficult epidemiological situation forced the British Cabinet to impose restrictions on entry into the country. Obviously, they were belated, given that the state did not close its external borders.

    From 8 June, all foreigners entering the UK must:

    • fill out a special form, where you need to indicate contact information and place of residence, and email address;
    • self isolate for 14 days.

    You can get to the place of quarantine by public transport, but subject to the mask regime and social distancing. For violation of these rules, you could face a fine, in extreme cases – expulsion from the country.

    Exceptions to the rules

    The actions of the British authorities are well suited to the Soviet slogan during the New Economic Policy: “One step forward, two steps back”. By adopting travel restrictions, Boris Johnson’s cabinet also adopted an extensive list of exceptions to them. In particular, the 14 days self isolate period is not required to go among:

    • diplomats and state representatives of the EU countries;
    • transiting passengers;
    • train carriages, ships, and aircraft;
    • medical tourists;
    • scientists;
    • specialists of the oil, gas, and nuclear industries.

    A complete list of all exceptions can be found on the British Embassy Information Portal.

    UK and EU

    Having made a decision to withdraw from the common European space, Great Britain is forced to build new political relations with the European Union. Despite the fact that individual European countries were in no hurry to let English tourists into their territory without self isolating for 14 days, on July 10 the British government decided not to extend this rule to guests from European countries.

    UK and the world

    Since mid-July, the British authorities have also begun to exempt visitors from countries belonging to the so-called “green zone” from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation. Today this list, in addition to European countries, includes about 30 more states. A complete list of it is published on a special website.

    Charter flights

    Due to the closure of external borders by most countries in the world, the UK has provided its citizens with the opportunity to return home by charters. Persons who have a residence permit were also able to use them.

    When can quarantine be violated?

    The British authorities admit cases of violation of the mandatory quarantine. It can be done:

    • during the travel from the airport to the place of self isolate;
    • in an emergency when something threatens your life;
    • if you need to go to the store if the other way to deliver the goods failed;
    • to travel to hospitals by ambulance.

    Covid-19 and political decisions

    The Prime Minister of Great Britain said that the new travel restrictions that the government is introducing due to the increase in the incidence of Covid-19 may be in effect for another six months.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke in Parliament about the introduction of new quarantine restrictions in England. In the evening he repeated the main points of his speech in a television address to the nation.

    New measures in England:

    • Pubs and restaurants will close at ten o’clock sharp;
    • Mandatory service by waiters, ordering from the bar is prohibited everywhere;
    • If possible, citizens should work from home.

    Other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – determine their own quarantine measures.

    “I am sorry that this will affect a large part of the business, but we must act,” the prime minister said. Thus, in England, where it is no longer possible to gather in groups of more than six people, the restrictions will increase, however, amid complaints from small businesses about serious losses due to quarantine, the government will not take more stringent measures.

    Johnson noted that these measures could remain in effect for about six months. “This virus has become a phenomenon in our lives. And I must tell the members of parliament and the whole country that our fight against it will continue,” the Prime Minister said.

    In recent weeks, the number of cases of Covid-19 in Britain has risen sharply. Scientific and medical advisers to the government warned that if the disease spreads at the same rate as now, the country could become sick up to 50 thousand people a day.

    An infectious disease professor at the University of Liverpool said these measures would not be enough. He speaks of a “serious concern” in the scientific community as the infection rate among people under 50 is growing.

    Tough measures in Scotland

    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that the country would temporarily claim travel ban.

    The measure of self isolation has already been introduced for more than 1.7 million people in Glasgow and some of its suburbs. Now, according to Sturgeon, this will apply to the entire country.

    In addition, Scotland, following England, will ban pubs and restaurants after 10 pm.

    Thus, Scotland has stricter quarantine measures than England, where it is still allowed to visit, albeit with greater restrictions.

    Since Monday, the “rule of six” has been in effect in England: people who do not live under one roof can gather (even at home) in an amount of no more than six people.

    “The reason we took these steps is because we know these restrictions are holding back the spread of the virus in the west of Scotland.”

    Do the restrictions work?

    Restrictions are introduced, but as it turned out, not everyone understands them. And it’s not even the folly of people, but the system itself with different levels and exceptions.

    Liverpool people have no time for fun. There are already more COVID patients in hospitals in the city than at the peak of the first wave. Restrictions of the third, that is, the highest level of self isolating were introduced here recently.

    Even by introducing seemingly tough restrictions, the government is trying to inflict minimal damage on business. As a result, the quarantine is very special, with numerous exceptions.

    The three-tier system of restrictions is so complex that even police chiefs do not understand the rules, writes the Daily Mail. The confusion did not stop officers from fining four students a record £ 40,000 for hosting an illegal party.

    But hardly anyone can punish the inhabitants of the village of States. The river divides the village into two parts. Each belongs to different municipalities. And they have different rules.

    London is one of the regions where quarantine may be tightened in the near future. In the meantime, there are second-level restrictions: residents are forbidden to gather in groups of more than six people and need to self isolate.

    Conclusion

    Due to the coronavirus, the United Kingdom has become disunited. The British government controls the situation only in England. Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland decide for themselves, what to do. If you are going to travel to the UK, you need to know the basic rules for entering the country so as not to waste extra time when going through airport security. These rules differ depending on the type of visa and also the country from which you are coming. As for Covid-19, further plans for the 14-day self isolate and the establishment of “air bridges” are expected to be announced within the nearest time. You should see for yourself, whether a self isolation requirement applies to you, definitely see more information on how this requirement will affect your plans to visit the UK.

    Read more
    07.10.2021
  • United Kingdom Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    What you must do depends on whether you qualify as fully vaccinated under the rules for travel to England.
    There are different rules if you have been in a red list country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England. Red list rules apply whether you are fully vaccinated or not.
    Entry requirements for international travelers arriving in the UK will depend on the individual’s past 10-day travel history. Travel from countries designated as ‘Red’ is permitted only for British or Irish nationals and residents. The list of ‘Red’ list countries can be found here.
    All arrivals from red list countries must pre-book hotel quarantine packages prior to travel. Further details can be found here.
    Region-specific restrictions or exemptions on entry are available for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
    Individuals are not permitted to enter with EU, EEA, or Swiss national ID cards. They are required to present a valid passport to enter the country. Details, including exemptions, can be found here.
    *Mandatory Testing: Travelers arriving from Red list countries, irrespective of vaccination status, are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test report obtained within three days prior to travel. Such travelers are also subject to additional tests after arrival, on or before day two and on or after day eight of quarantine.
    Unvaccinated travelers from all other countries are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test report from no more than three days prior to travel. Further, travelers are subject to additional tests on or before day two and on or after day eight of quarantine.
    Fully vaccinated travelers from other countries are exempt from pre-departure testing requirements. However, they must take a COVID-19 test on or before day two of arrival.
    Children aged four and below are exempt from all testing requirements.
    Children aged between 5-17 who are residents of the UK or are arriving from a country with an approved vaccination program do not have to take a COVID-19 test before traveling to England. However, they must take a test on or before day two.
    COVID-19 tests can be pre-booked
    here.
    Different regulations may apply if traveling to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
    Individuals traveling to England from within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man, are exempt from testing requirements.
    The cost of NHS Test and Trace tests for international passengers varies with the destination and vaccination status of travelers. Details can be found here.
    *Quarantine Upon Entry: Travelers arriving from Red list countries are required to quarantine for ten days in a managed quarantine hotel. Details can be found here.
    Unvaccinated travelers from other countries are required to quarantine at home for ten days upon arrival in England. They can leave quarantine early using the Test to Release scheme by paying for a private COVID-19 test on day five and testing negative on both the day two and day five tests.
    Fully vaccinated travelers from other countries are exempt from quarantine requirements on arrival.
    Children resident in the UK or arriving from a country with an approved vaccination program are not required to quarantine. Whereas, children coming from other countries are required to quarantine at home.
    Individuals traveling to England from within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man, are exempt from quarantine requirements.
    Different regulations may apply if traveling to Scotland
    , Wales or Northern Ireland.


    Internal Restrictions:
    Travel abroad from England: Read guidance about what you need to do to travel abroad from England.

    *Travel within the U.K.: Region-specific restrictions or exemptions on entry are available for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
    *Face Mask: In England, it is recommended to wear masks in crowded places such as public transports. Scotland introduced new rules tightening the mandatory use of facemasks. Face masks are required in shops, public transport, and workplace settings, including locations such as canteens. In Wales, masks are required on public transports and in all public indoor areas, except pubs and restaurants. In Northern Ireland, masks are required in shops, hospitality venues and on public transports.

    *Curfew: There are no nationwide curfews in place.
    *Region Specific Regulations:
    London: London has the highest number of COVID-19 cases and confirmed deaths in the UK. City-specific COVID-19 updates can be found here. London Underground and other public transportation continue to offer altered services; updates can be found here.
    Glasgow: Although Glasgow has been severely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, it is currently recording a relatively moderate positivity rate compared to other regions. Details on local advisories and updates can be found here.
    Edinburgh: Edinburgh continues to record a high number of COVID-19 cases. Given the increased pressure on the healthcare system, limited non-critical medical procedures are likely to be postponed. However, most business restrictions in Edinburgh have been lifted. Details can be found here.
    Birmingham: Pubs, bars, and restaurants have reopened indoor dining areas. Cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play are permitted in accordance with the COVID-19 measures.Local guidance for COVID-19 can be found here.
    Manchester: Manchester is currently categorised as an Enhanced Response Area (ERA). However, most business and gathering restrictions have been lifted. City-specific COVID-19 updates can be found here.
    *Overseas Territories Regulations:
    Anguilla-specific regulations can be found here.
    Bermuda-specific regulations can be found here.
    British Virgin Islands-specific regulations can be found here.
    Falkland Islands-specific regulations can be found here.
    Gibraltar-specific regulations can be found here.
    Turks and Caicos-specific regulations can be found here.

    Read more
    06.10.2021
  • United Kingdom

    UK Travel Restrictions: What You Need TO Know Before Going

    The UK – four countries in one bottle: monarchical England with a lot of attractions, mountains, and blue lakes of Scotland, the land of medieval castles in Wales, and cozy villages of Northern Ireland.

    A land of rains, pipes, and fox hunting, the UK is constantly gaining global attention. Either Lord of the Dance will come on tour, or Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery will shine in another Hollywood fairy tale. And even though it is still difficult to obtain a British visa, and travel to foggy Albion promises to result in a tidy sum, the tourist flow to the country does not dry up – we all want to stand at the threshold of the English monarchy, delve into the rules of pub etiquette, pick up a kilt for the cold autumn and recite “To be or not to be?” directly in the homeland of Shakespeare.

    In addition, the UK has medieval castles and Gothic cathedrals, the tranquil beauty and serenity of rural landscapes, the recklessness and frenzy of evening London, granite of science in the best language schools, shopping in expensive prestigious boutiques and rummaging through the junk at flea markets. In short, a great variety.

    Let’s take a look at what it takes to properly enter the United Kingdom.

    General rules for entering the UK

    Upon arrival at the UK airport, you will have your passport or other identification checked to ensure that you are allowed to enter the country. Your documents must be valid throughout your visit to England. Before leaving for the UK, check the documents you will need to enter the UK.

    You may be asked at the border to confirm your relationship with the children you are traveling with if border control doubts that you are the parent of the child. For example, you have a different last name with your child.

    You can present:

    • a certificate of birth or adoption,
    • a marriage or divorce certificate (if your child has a different surname),
    • a consent from the parent of the child, giving him the right to travel with you. The letter must contain the contacts of the parents.

    Your carrier (for example, an airline) will check your passport and other travel documents and then send information about you to customs. You can ask to take a look at this information.

    Your passport is subject to verification, so keep it ready. Remove the cover of your passport before showing it. If you are wearing dark glasses, take them off. If you go through control with your family, then stick together.

    If you are not from the EEA or Switzerland, your carrier will give you a “landing page”. Please fill it out before going through border control. This will save you time. Passport, as well as the “landing page” will be checked at the control.

    Passing through British customs

    UK entry regulations require you to cooperate if you are stopped at customs and asked about your baggage. If you broke the rules, then any of your things, as well as what you are transporting it in, can be confiscated.

    It is prohibited to import weapons, ammunition, drugs, pornography, and poisons into the UK. Special permits are required for items of cultural or historical value, drugs containing drugs, plants, wild birds, and animals.

    Products made from meat and milk are a travel ban: even a box of chocolates is confiscated. As an exception, you can import baby food or dietary food for people with various diseases, but its weight should not exceed 2 kg.

    Those who travel to the UK with pets will have to prepare an international veterinary certificate and a special license, as well as tune in to a long quarantine. Pets that meet the PETS program are admitted to the country without delay. Export restrictions and prohibitions are the same as for import.

    Tax free

    Non-EU tourists staying in the UK for less than 3 months a year can take advantage of the Tax free system. When making retail purchases in participating stores, you can get up to 20% VAT refund. Global Blue prepares a refund for amounts from 30 GBP, Tax Free Worldwide – from amounts of 50 GBP per check. In the store, you will need to fill out a special form, keep the receipt and the integrity of the packaging, present the goods and documents at customs (the employee will put a stamp), and then at the Cash Refund point. VAT can be returned in cash at Heathrow Airport or by wire transfer to a bank card.

    What questions are asked at the UK border?

    If you have already received a UK visa and packed your suitcases, then it’s time to think about the following topic: the rules for entering the UK. Before travel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the information on entering the United Kingdom, at least in general terms, in order to feel more confident. As a rule, a tourist thinks about what questions he may be asked when crossing the English border, how to behave, how long the process takes, whether medical insurance is required, and what can and cannot be brought into the country.

    So, according to the rules of entry into England, upon arrival, all tourists are given a small migration card in English (UK Border Agency Landing Card). There you need to indicate some of your personal information, including the address where you plan to stay in the UK. You will have to fill them right on the spot; the questions are simple, so there will be no difficulties at this stage. You need to be prepared for the fact that you will have to stand in a rather big queue since airports are often very busy.

    UK Border Crossing Documents

    Some documents are required when entering the UK, but there are not many of them. The most important are papers confirming the purpose of your visit to the country. This can be an invitation from relatives you are going to visit, or from a company where you are traveling on business. If the purpose of the travel is for tourism purposes only, you should bring your hotel booking confirmation. You can show it if the officer asks where you plan to stay.

    In each individual situation, it is worth taking additional documents with you to cross the English border. If, for example, you got married and changed your last name, and the old one is indicated on your visa, take a marriage registration certificate to prevent unnecessary questions. If you are traveling with a child and you have different surnames, you should take your birth certificate with you; if you are not his parent, then you must have documents confirming your right to accompany him during his travel to Britain; these papers will definitely be asked. All of them must be provided in English, translation is not required.

    UK and Covid-19

    Traveling to the UK may be a dream of many people, but the current situation in the world can greatly prevent from visiting the country.

    The situation with the spread of the new coronavirus Covid-19 infection in the UK remains tense. The country is among the states with an unfavorable course of the disease. The success of the British healthcare system looks especially weak in comparison with some other European countries. On the first day of autumn, more than 334 thousand cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the UK. At the same time, more than 41 thousand people have already died. The daily increase in cases is also not encouraging – 1715 people as of August 31.

    Against this background, the country‘s cabinet of ministers has repeatedly come under serious public criticism. Many experts have accused the government of being unprepared for the pandemic and delaying the adoption of restrictive measures. Fuel to the fire was added by the fact that the head of the British government Boris Johnson himself fell ill with the coronavirus Covid-19, temporarily moving away from the government.

    A nationwide quarantine was announced, when local hospitals were already unable to cope with the large flow of sick citizens. At the same time, the British authorities, unlike other European countries, did not close their borders and introduce a mandatory 14 days quarantine requirement for arriving guests with need to self isolate. However, it was difficult to obtain a visa for travel. The fact is that almost all British visa centers abroad were not working.

    And yet, the restrictive measures introduced inside the country gave the first positive results, the number of cases decreased. Since May 13, the UK has begun to ease domestic quarantine and return to normal life. However, repeated outbreaks of the disease are forcing the British government to return to separate prohibitive measures.

    Rules for entering the UK under quarantine restrictions

    The difficult epidemiological situation forced the British Cabinet to impose restrictions on entry into the country. Obviously, they were belated, given that the state did not close its external borders.

    From 8 June, all foreigners entering the UK must:

    • fill out a special form, where you need to indicate contact information and place of residence, and email address;
    • self isolate for 14 days.

    You can get to the place of quarantine by public transport, but subject to the mask regime and social distancing. For violation of these rules, you could face a fine, in extreme cases – expulsion from the country.

    Exceptions to the rules

    The actions of the British authorities are well suited to the Soviet slogan during the New Economic Policy: “One step forward, two steps back”. By adopting travel restrictions, Boris Johnson’s cabinet also adopted an extensive list of exceptions to them. In particular, the 14 days self isolate period is not required to go among:

    • diplomats and state representatives of the EU countries;
    • transiting passengers;
    • train carriages, ships, and aircraft;
    • medical tourists;
    • scientists;
    • specialists of the oil, gas, and nuclear industries.

    A complete list of all exceptions can be found on the British Embassy Information Portal.

    UK and EU

    Having made a decision to withdraw from the common European space, Great Britain is forced to build new political relations with the European Union. Despite the fact that individual European countries were in no hurry to let English tourists into their territory without self isolating for 14 days, on July 10 the British government decided not to extend this rule to guests from European countries.

    UK and the world

    Since mid-July, the British authorities have also begun to exempt visitors from countries belonging to the so-called “green zone” from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation. Today this list, in addition to European countries, includes about 30 more states. A complete list of it is published on a special website.

    Charter flights

    Due to the closure of external borders by most countries in the world, the UK has provided its citizens with the opportunity to return home by charters. Persons who have a residence permit were also able to use them.

    When can quarantine be violated?

    The British authorities admit cases of violation of the mandatory quarantine. It can be done:

    • during the travel from the airport to the place of self isolate;
    • in an emergency when something threatens your life;
    • if you need to go to the store if the other way to deliver the goods failed;
    • to travel to hospitals by ambulance.

    Covid-19 and political decisions

    The Prime Minister of Great Britain said that the new travel restrictions that the government is introducing due to the increase in the incidence of Covid-19 may be in effect for another six months.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke in Parliament about the introduction of new quarantine restrictions in England. In the evening he repeated the main points of his speech in a television address to the nation.

    New measures in England:

    • Pubs and restaurants will close at ten o’clock sharp;
    • Mandatory service by waiters, ordering from the bar is prohibited everywhere;
    • If possible, citizens should work from home.

    Other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – determine their own quarantine measures.

    “I am sorry that this will affect a large part of the business, but we must act,” the prime minister said. Thus, in England, where it is no longer possible to gather in groups of more than six people, the restrictions will increase, however, amid complaints from small businesses about serious losses due to quarantine, the government will not take more stringent measures.

    Johnson noted that these measures could remain in effect for about six months. “This virus has become a phenomenon in our lives. And I must tell the members of parliament and the whole country that our fight against it will continue,” the Prime Minister said.

    In recent weeks, the number of cases of Covid-19 in Britain has risen sharply. Scientific and medical advisers to the government warned that if the disease spreads at the same rate as now, the country could become sick up to 50 thousand people a day.

    An infectious disease professor at the University of Liverpool said these measures would not be enough. He speaks of a “serious concern” in the scientific community as the infection rate among people under 50 is growing.

    Tough measures in Scotland

    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that the country would temporarily claim travel ban.

    The measure of self isolation has already been introduced for more than 1.7 million people in Glasgow and some of its suburbs. Now, according to Sturgeon, this will apply to the entire country.

    In addition, Scotland, following England, will ban pubs and restaurants after 10 pm.

    Thus, Scotland has stricter quarantine measures than England, where it is still allowed to visit, albeit with greater restrictions.

    Since Monday, the “rule of six” has been in effect in England: people who do not live under one roof can gather (even at home) in an amount of no more than six people.

    “The reason we took these steps is because we know these restrictions are holding back the spread of the virus in the west of Scotland.”

    Do the restrictions work?

    Restrictions are introduced, but as it turned out, not everyone understands them. And it’s not even the folly of people, but the system itself with different levels and exceptions.

    Liverpool people have no time for fun. There are already more COVID patients in hospitals in the city than at the peak of the first wave. Restrictions of the third, that is, the highest level of self isolating were introduced here recently.

    Even by introducing seemingly tough restrictions, the government is trying to inflict minimal damage on business. As a result, the quarantine is very special, with numerous exceptions.

    The three-tier system of restrictions is so complex that even police chiefs do not understand the rules, writes the Daily Mail. The confusion did not stop officers from fining four students a record £ 40,000 for hosting an illegal party.

    But hardly anyone can punish the inhabitants of the village of States. The river divides the village into two parts. Each belongs to different municipalities. And they have different rules.

    London is one of the regions where quarantine may be tightened in the near future. In the meantime, there are second-level restrictions: residents are forbidden to gather in groups of more than six people and need to self isolate.

    Conclusion

    Due to the coronavirus, the United Kingdom has become disunited. The British government controls the situation only in England. Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland decide for themselves, what to do. If you are going to travel to the UK, you need to know the basic rules for entering the country so as not to waste extra time when going through airport security. These rules differ depending on the type of visa and also the country from which you are coming. As for Covid-19, further plans for the 14-day self isolate and the establishment of “air bridges” are expected to be announced within the nearest time. You should see for yourself, whether a self isolation requirement applies to you, definitely see more information on how this requirement will affect your plans to visit the UK.

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    30.09.2021
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    UK Travel Restrictions: What You Need TO Know Before Going

    The UK – four countries in one bottle: monarchical England with a lot of attractions, mountains, and blue lakes of Scotland, the land of medieval castles in Wales, and cozy villages of Northern Ireland.

    A land of rains, pipes, and fox hunting, the UK is constantly gaining global attention. Either Lord of the Dance will come on tour, or Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery will shine in another Hollywood fairy tale. And even though it is still difficult to obtain a British visa, and travel to foggy Albion promises to result in a tidy sum, the tourist flow to the country does not dry up – we all want to stand at the threshold of the English monarchy, delve into the rules of pub etiquette, pick up a kilt for the cold autumn and recite “To be or not to be?” directly in the homeland of Shakespeare.

    In addition, the UK has medieval castles and Gothic cathedrals, the tranquil beauty and serenity of rural landscapes, the recklessness and frenzy of evening London, granite of science in the best language schools, shopping in expensive prestigious boutiques and rummaging through the junk at flea markets. In short, a great variety.

    Let’s take a look at what it takes to properly enter the United Kingdom.

    General rules for entering the UK

    Upon arrival at the UK airport, you will have your passport or other identification checked to ensure that you are allowed to enter the country. Your documents must be valid throughout your visit to England. Before leaving for the UK, check the documents you will need to enter the UK.

    You may be asked at the border to confirm your relationship with the children you are traveling with if border control doubts that you are the parent of the child. For example, you have a different last name with your child.

    You can present:

    • a certificate of birth or adoption,
    • a marriage or divorce certificate (if your child has a different surname),
    • a consent from the parent of the child, giving him the right to travel with you. The letter must contain the contacts of the parents.

    Your carrier (for example, an airline) will check your passport and other travel documents and then send information about you to customs. You can ask to take a look at this information.

    Your passport is subject to verification, so keep it ready. Remove the cover of your passport before showing it. If you are wearing dark glasses, take them off. If you go through control with your family, then stick together.

    If you are not from the EEA or Switzerland, your carrier will give you a “landing page”. Please fill it out before going through border control. This will save you time. Passport, as well as the “landing page” will be checked at the control.

    Passing through British customs

    UK entry regulations require you to cooperate if you are stopped at customs and asked about your baggage. If you broke the rules, then any of your things, as well as what you are transporting it in, can be confiscated.

    It is prohibited to import weapons, ammunition, drugs, pornography, and poisons into the UK. Special permits are required for items of cultural or historical value, drugs containing drugs, plants, wild birds, and animals.

    Products made from meat and milk are a travel ban: even a box of chocolates is confiscated. As an exception, you can import baby food or dietary food for people with various diseases, but its weight should not exceed 2 kg.

    Those who travel to the UK with pets will have to prepare an international veterinary certificate and a special license, as well as tune in to a long quarantine. Pets that meet the PETS program are admitted to the country without delay. Export restrictions and prohibitions are the same as for import.

    Tax free

    Non-EU tourists staying in the UK for less than 3 months a year can take advantage of the Tax free system. When making retail purchases in participating stores, you can get up to 20% VAT refund. Global Blue prepares a refund for amounts from 30 GBP, Tax Free Worldwide – from amounts of 50 GBP per check. In the store, you will need to fill out a special form, keep the receipt and the integrity of the packaging, present the goods and documents at customs (the employee will put a stamp), and then at the Cash Refund point. VAT can be returned in cash at Heathrow Airport or by wire transfer to a bank card.

    What questions are asked at the UK border?

    If you have already received a UK visa and packed your suitcases, then it’s time to think about the following topic: the rules for entering the UK. Before travel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the information on entering the United Kingdom, at least in general terms, in order to feel more confident. As a rule, a tourist thinks about what questions he may be asked when crossing the English border, how to behave, how long the process takes, whether medical insurance is required, and what can and cannot be brought into the country.

    So, according to the rules of entry into England, upon arrival, all tourists are given a small migration card in English (UK Border Agency Landing Card). There you need to indicate some of your personal information, including the address where you plan to stay in the UK. You will have to fill them right on the spot; the questions are simple, so there will be no difficulties at this stage. You need to be prepared for the fact that you will have to stand in a rather big queue since airports are often very busy.

    UK Border Crossing Documents

    Some documents are required when entering the UK, but there are not many of them. The most important are papers confirming the purpose of your visit to the country. This can be an invitation from relatives you are going to visit, or from a company where you are traveling on business. If the purpose of the travel is for tourism purposes only, you should bring your hotel booking confirmation. You can show it if the officer asks where you plan to stay.

    In each individual situation, it is worth taking additional documents with you to cross the English border. If, for example, you got married and changed your last name, and the old one is indicated on your visa, take a marriage registration certificate to prevent unnecessary questions. If you are traveling with a child and you have different surnames, you should take your birth certificate with you; if you are not his parent, then you must have documents confirming your right to accompany him during his travel to Britain; these papers will definitely be asked. All of them must be provided in English, translation is not required.

    UK and Covid-19

    Traveling to the UK may be a dream of many people, but the current situation in the world can greatly prevent from visiting the country.

    The situation with the spread of the new coronavirus Covid-19 infection in the UK remains tense. The country is among the states with an unfavorable course of the disease. The success of the British healthcare system looks especially weak in comparison with some other European countries. On the first day of autumn, more than 334 thousand cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the UK. At the same time, more than 41 thousand people have already died. The daily increase in cases is also not encouraging – 1715 people as of August 31.

    Against this background, the country‘s cabinet of ministers has repeatedly come under serious public criticism. Many experts have accused the government of being unprepared for the pandemic and delaying the adoption of restrictive measures. Fuel to the fire was added by the fact that the head of the British government Boris Johnson himself fell ill with the coronavirus Covid-19, temporarily moving away from the government.

    A nationwide quarantine was announced, when local hospitals were already unable to cope with the large flow of sick citizens. At the same time, the British authorities, unlike other European countries, did not close their borders and introduce a mandatory 14 days quarantine requirement for arriving guests with need to self isolate. However, it was difficult to obtain a visa for travel. The fact is that almost all British visa centers abroad were not working.

    And yet, the restrictive measures introduced inside the country gave the first positive results, the number of cases decreased. Since May 13, the UK has begun to ease domestic quarantine and return to normal life. However, repeated outbreaks of the disease are forcing the British government to return to separate prohibitive measures.

    Rules for entering the UK under quarantine restrictions

    The difficult epidemiological situation forced the British Cabinet to impose restrictions on entry into the country. Obviously, they were belated, given that the state did not close its external borders.

    From 8 June, all foreigners entering the UK must:

    • fill out a special form, where you need to indicate contact information and place of residence, and email address;
    • self isolate for 14 days.

    You can get to the place of quarantine by public transport, but subject to the mask regime and social distancing. For violation of these rules, you could face a fine, in extreme cases – expulsion from the country.

    Exceptions to the rules

    The actions of the British authorities are well suited to the Soviet slogan during the New Economic Policy: “One step forward, two steps back”. By adopting travel restrictions, Boris Johnson’s cabinet also adopted an extensive list of exceptions to them. In particular, the 14 days self isolate period is not required to go among:

    • diplomats and state representatives of the EU countries;
    • transiting passengers;
    • train carriages, ships, and aircraft;
    • medical tourists;
    • scientists;
    • specialists of the oil, gas, and nuclear industries.

    A complete list of all exceptions can be found on the British Embassy Information Portal.

    UK and EU

    Having made a decision to withdraw from the common European space, Great Britain is forced to build new political relations with the European Union. Despite the fact that individual European countries were in no hurry to let English tourists into their territory without self isolating for 14 days, on July 10 the British government decided not to extend this rule to guests from European countries.

    UK and the world

    Since mid-July, the British authorities have also begun to exempt visitors from countries belonging to the so-called “green zone” from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation. Today this list, in addition to European countries, includes about 30 more states. A complete list of it is published on a special website.

    Charter flights

    Due to the closure of external borders by most countries in the world, the UK has provided its citizens with the opportunity to return home by charters. Persons who have a residence permit were also able to use them.

    When can quarantine be violated?

    The British authorities admit cases of violation of the mandatory quarantine. It can be done:

    • during the travel from the airport to the place of self isolate;
    • in an emergency when something threatens your life;
    • if you need to go to the store if the other way to deliver the goods failed;
    • to travel to hospitals by ambulance.

    Covid-19 and political decisions

    The Prime Minister of Great Britain said that the new travel restrictions that the government is introducing due to the increase in the incidence of Covid-19 may be in effect for another six months.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke in Parliament about the introduction of new quarantine restrictions in England. In the evening he repeated the main points of his speech in a television address to the nation.

    New measures in England:

    • Pubs and restaurants will close at ten o’clock sharp;
    • Mandatory service by waiters, ordering from the bar is prohibited everywhere;
    • If possible, citizens should work from home.

    Other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – determine their own quarantine measures.

    “I am sorry that this will affect a large part of the business, but we must act,” the prime minister said. Thus, in England, where it is no longer possible to gather in groups of more than six people, the restrictions will increase, however, amid complaints from small businesses about serious losses due to quarantine, the government will not take more stringent measures.

    Johnson noted that these measures could remain in effect for about six months. “This virus has become a phenomenon in our lives. And I must tell the members of parliament and the whole country that our fight against it will continue,” the Prime Minister said.

    In recent weeks, the number of cases of Covid-19 in Britain has risen sharply. Scientific and medical advisers to the government warned that if the disease spreads at the same rate as now, the country could become sick up to 50 thousand people a day.

    An infectious disease professor at the University of Liverpool said these measures would not be enough. He speaks of a “serious concern” in the scientific community as the infection rate among people under 50 is growing.

    Tough measures in Scotland

    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that the country would temporarily claim travel ban.

    The measure of self isolation has already been introduced for more than 1.7 million people in Glasgow and some of its suburbs. Now, according to Sturgeon, this will apply to the entire country.

    In addition, Scotland, following England, will ban pubs and restaurants after 10 pm.

    Thus, Scotland has stricter quarantine measures than England, where it is still allowed to visit, albeit with greater restrictions.

    Since Monday, the “rule of six” has been in effect in England: people who do not live under one roof can gather (even at home) in an amount of no more than six people.

    “The reason we took these steps is because we know these restrictions are holding back the spread of the virus in the west of Scotland.”

    Do the restrictions work?

    Restrictions are introduced, but as it turned out, not everyone understands them. And it’s not even the folly of people, but the system itself with different levels and exceptions.

    Liverpool people have no time for fun. There are already more COVID patients in hospitals in the city than at the peak of the first wave. Restrictions of the third, that is, the highest level of self isolating were introduced here recently.

    Even by introducing seemingly tough restrictions, the government is trying to inflict minimal damage on business. As a result, the quarantine is very special, with numerous exceptions.

    The three-tier system of restrictions is so complex that even police chiefs do not understand the rules, writes the Daily Mail. The confusion did not stop officers from fining four students a record £ 40,000 for hosting an illegal party.

    But hardly anyone can punish the inhabitants of the village of States. The river divides the village into two parts. Each belongs to different municipalities. And they have different rules.

    London is one of the regions where quarantine may be tightened in the near future. In the meantime, there are second-level restrictions: residents are forbidden to gather in groups of more than six people and need to self isolate.

    Conclusion

    Due to the coronavirus, the United Kingdom has become disunited. The British government controls the situation only in England. Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland decide for themselves, what to do. If you are going to travel to the UK, you need to know the basic rules for entering the country so as not to waste extra time when going through airport security. These rules differ depending on the type of visa and also the country from which you are coming. As for Covid-19, further plans for the 14-day self isolate and the establishment of “air bridges” are expected to be announced within the nearest time. You should see for yourself, whether a self isolation requirement applies to you, definitely see more information on how this requirement will affect your plans to visit the UK.

    Read more
    22.09.2021
  • United Kingdom The United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office has advised all citizens of the country to purchase travel insurance that covers them for healthcare as travel to Europe is different now.

    Even though the UK is no longer part of the European Union, the Office revealed that the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) still is valid when travelling in the EU as long as it remains in date.

    However, when the document expires, Britons will need to replace it with a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

    “Travel to Europe is different. Your EHIC remains valid in the EU, replace it with a GHIC when it expires. You should still get travel insurance that covers you for healthcare,” Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office wrote on its official Twitter account on September 15.

    For Britons whose EHIC has expired, they can apply for a GHIC on the National Health Service (NHS) website. The application is free of charge, and applicants should provide the following information in order to be eligible to obtain a GHIC:

    Full name
    Date of birth
    Address
    National Insurance or NHS number (England and Wales)
    CHI number (Scotland)
    Health and Care number (Northern Ireland)
    Britons can use the EHIC or the GHIC when travelling to an EU country, but such documents can’t be used when travelling to Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. This means that most people can’t get medical treatment, and for that reason, everyone is advised to get appropriate travel insurance based on their needs.

    Nonetheless, residents of the UK can use their passports to access medical treatment offered by Norway.

    “Remember that the EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs, such as mountain rescue in ski resorts, being flown back to the UK, or lost or stolen property. It is not valid on cruises,” the Government highlighted.

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    For those who plan to take out travel insurance, the authorities recommend that everyone checks the following:

    The level of healthcare cover the insurance includes
    The travel disruption covers the insurance includes
    The terms and conditions
    According to the UK’s authorities, travel insurance policies are intended to cover many situations such as medical expenses, loss or theft of possessions, and trip cancellations.

    Consequently, it is recommended that everyone gets an insurance policy as soon as they book a trip in order to make sure that they are covered if any changes occur before their departure.

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    21.09.2021
  • United Kingdom

    UK Travel Restrictions: What You Need TO Know Before Going

    The UK – four countries in one bottle: monarchical England with a lot of attractions, mountains, and blue lakes of Scotland, the land of medieval castles in Wales, and cozy villages of Northern Ireland.

    A land of rains, pipes, and fox hunting, the UK is constantly gaining global attention. Either Lord of the Dance will come on tour, or Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery will shine in another Hollywood fairy tale. And even though it is still difficult to obtain a British visa, and travel to foggy Albion promises to result in a tidy sum, the tourist flow to the country does not dry up – we all want to stand at the threshold of the English monarchy, delve into the rules of pub etiquette, pick up a kilt for the cold autumn and recite “To be or not to be?” directly in the homeland of Shakespeare.

    In addition, the UK has medieval castles and Gothic cathedrals, the tranquil beauty and serenity of rural landscapes, the recklessness and frenzy of evening London, granite of science in the best language schools, shopping in expensive prestigious boutiques and rummaging through the junk at flea markets. In short, a great variety.

    Let’s take a look at what it takes to properly enter the United Kingdom.

    General rules for entering the UK

    Upon arrival at the UK airport, you will have your passport or other identification checked to ensure that you are allowed to enter the country. Your documents must be valid throughout your visit to England. Before leaving for the UK, check the documents you will need to enter the UK.

    You may be asked at the border to confirm your relationship with the children you are traveling with if border control doubts that you are the parent of the child. For example, you have a different last name with your child.

    You can present:

    • a certificate of birth or adoption,
    • a marriage or divorce certificate (if your child has a different surname),
    • a consent from the parent of the child, giving him the right to travel with you. The letter must contain the contacts of the parents.

    Your carrier (for example, an airline) will check your passport and other travel documents and then send information about you to customs. You can ask to take a look at this information.

    Your passport is subject to verification, so keep it ready. Remove the cover of your passport before showing it. If you are wearing dark glasses, take them off. If you go through control with your family, then stick together.

    If you are not from the EEA or Switzerland, your carrier will give you a “landing page”. Please fill it out before going through border control. This will save you time. Passport, as well as the “landing page” will be checked at the control.

    Passing through British customs

    UK entry regulations require you to cooperate if you are stopped at customs and asked about your baggage. If you broke the rules, then any of your things, as well as what you are transporting it in, can be confiscated.

    It is prohibited to import weapons, ammunition, drugs, pornography, and poisons into the UK. Special permits are required for items of cultural or historical value, drugs containing drugs, plants, wild birds, and animals.

    Products made from meat and milk are a travel ban: even a box of chocolates is confiscated. As an exception, you can import baby food or dietary food for people with various diseases, but its weight should not exceed 2 kg.

    Those who travel to the UK with pets will have to prepare an international veterinary certificate and a special license, as well as tune in to a long quarantine. Pets that meet the PETS program are admitted to the country without delay. Export restrictions and prohibitions are the same as for import.

    Tax free

    Non-EU tourists staying in the UK for less than 3 months a year can take advantage of the Tax free system. When making retail purchases in participating stores, you can get up to 20% VAT refund. Global Blue prepares a refund for amounts from 30 GBP, Tax Free Worldwide – from amounts of 50 GBP per check. In the store, you will need to fill out a special form, keep the receipt and the integrity of the packaging, present the goods and documents at customs (the employee will put a stamp), and then at the Cash Refund point. VAT can be returned in cash at Heathrow Airport or by wire transfer to a bank card.

    What questions are asked at the UK border?

    If you have already received a UK visa and packed your suitcases, then it’s time to think about the following topic: the rules for entering the UK. Before travel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the information on entering the United Kingdom, at least in general terms, in order to feel more confident. As a rule, a tourist thinks about what questions he may be asked when crossing the English border, how to behave, how long the process takes, whether medical insurance is required, and what can and cannot be brought into the country.

    So, according to the rules of entry into England, upon arrival, all tourists are given a small migration card in English (UK Border Agency Landing Card). There you need to indicate some of your personal information, including the address where you plan to stay in the UK. You will have to fill them right on the spot; the questions are simple, so there will be no difficulties at this stage. You need to be prepared for the fact that you will have to stand in a rather big queue since airports are often very busy.

    UK Border Crossing Documents

    Some documents are required when entering the UK, but there are not many of them. The most important are papers confirming the purpose of your visit to the country. This can be an invitation from relatives you are going to visit, or from a company where you are traveling on business. If the purpose of the travel is for tourism purposes only, you should bring your hotel booking confirmation. You can show it if the officer asks where you plan to stay.

    In each individual situation, it is worth taking additional documents with you to cross the English border. If, for example, you got married and changed your last name, and the old one is indicated on your visa, take a marriage registration certificate to prevent unnecessary questions. If you are traveling with a child and you have different surnames, you should take your birth certificate with you; if you are not his parent, then you must have documents confirming your right to accompany him during his travel to Britain; these papers will definitely be asked. All of them must be provided in English, translation is not required.

    UK and Covid-19

    Traveling to the UK may be a dream of many people, but the current situation in the world can greatly prevent from visiting the country.

    The situation with the spread of the new coronavirus Covid-19 infection in the UK remains tense. The country is among the states with an unfavorable course of the disease. The success of the British healthcare system looks especially weak in comparison with some other European countries. On the first day of autumn, more than 334 thousand cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the UK. At the same time, more than 41 thousand people have already died. The daily increase in cases is also not encouraging – 1715 people as of August 31.

    Against this background, the country‘s cabinet of ministers has repeatedly come under serious public criticism. Many experts have accused the government of being unprepared for the pandemic and delaying the adoption of restrictive measures. Fuel to the fire was added by the fact that the head of the British government Boris Johnson himself fell ill with the coronavirus Covid-19, temporarily moving away from the government.

    A nationwide quarantine was announced, when local hospitals were already unable to cope with the large flow of sick citizens. At the same time, the British authorities, unlike other European countries, did not close their borders and introduce a mandatory 14 days quarantine requirement for arriving guests with need to self isolate. However, it was difficult to obtain a visa for travel. The fact is that almost all British visa centers abroad were not working.

    And yet, the restrictive measures introduced inside the country gave the first positive results, the number of cases decreased. Since May 13, the UK has begun to ease domestic quarantine and return to normal life. However, repeated outbreaks of the disease are forcing the British government to return to separate prohibitive measures.

    Rules for entering the UK under quarantine restrictions

    The difficult epidemiological situation forced the British Cabinet to impose restrictions on entry into the country. Obviously, they were belated, given that the state did not close its external borders.

    From 8 June, all foreigners entering the UK must:

    • fill out a special form, where you need to indicate contact information and place of residence, and email address;
    • self isolate for 14 days.

    You can get to the place of quarantine by public transport, but subject to the mask regime and social distancing. For violation of these rules, you could face a fine, in extreme cases – expulsion from the country.

    Exceptions to the rules

    The actions of the British authorities are well suited to the Soviet slogan during the New Economic Policy: “One step forward, two steps back”. By adopting travel restrictions, Boris Johnson’s cabinet also adopted an extensive list of exceptions to them. In particular, the 14 days self isolate period is not required to go among:

    • diplomats and state representatives of the EU countries;
    • transiting passengers;
    • train carriages, ships, and aircraft;
    • medical tourists;
    • scientists;
    • specialists of the oil, gas, and nuclear industries.

    A complete list of all exceptions can be found on the British Embassy Information Portal.

    UK and EU

    Having made a decision to withdraw from the common European space, Great Britain is forced to build new political relations with the European Union. Despite the fact that individual European countries were in no hurry to let English tourists into their territory without self isolating for 14 days, on July 10 the British government decided not to extend this rule to guests from European countries.

    UK and the world

    Since mid-July, the British authorities have also begun to exempt visitors from countries belonging to the so-called “green zone” from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation. Today this list, in addition to European countries, includes about 30 more states. A complete list of it is published on a special website.

    Charter flights

    Due to the closure of external borders by most countries in the world, the UK has provided its citizens with the opportunity to return home by charters. Persons who have a residence permit were also able to use them.

    When can quarantine be violated?

    The British authorities admit cases of violation of the mandatory quarantine. It can be done:

    • during the travel from the airport to the place of self isolate;
    • in an emergency when something threatens your life;
    • if you need to go to the store if the other way to deliver the goods failed;
    • to travel to hospitals by ambulance.

    Covid-19 and political decisions

    The Prime Minister of Great Britain said that the new travel restrictions that the government is introducing due to the increase in the incidence of Covid-19 may be in effect for another six months.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke in Parliament about the introduction of new quarantine restrictions in England. In the evening he repeated the main points of his speech in a television address to the nation.

    New measures in England:

    • Pubs and restaurants will close at ten o’clock sharp;
    • Mandatory service by waiters, ordering from the bar is prohibited everywhere;
    • If possible, citizens should work from home.

    Other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – determine their own quarantine measures.

    “I am sorry that this will affect a large part of the business, but we must act,” the prime minister said. Thus, in England, where it is no longer possible to gather in groups of more than six people, the restrictions will increase, however, amid complaints from small businesses about serious losses due to quarantine, the government will not take more stringent measures.

    Johnson noted that these measures could remain in effect for about six months. “This virus has become a phenomenon in our lives. And I must tell the members of parliament and the whole country that our fight against it will continue,” the Prime Minister said.

    In recent weeks, the number of cases of Covid-19 in Britain has risen sharply. Scientific and medical advisers to the government warned that if the disease spreads at the same rate as now, the country could become sick up to 50 thousand people a day.

    An infectious disease professor at the University of Liverpool said these measures would not be enough. He speaks of a “serious concern” in the scientific community as the infection rate among people under 50 is growing.

    Tough measures in Scotland

    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that the country would temporarily claim travel ban.

    The measure of self isolation has already been introduced for more than 1.7 million people in Glasgow and some of its suburbs. Now, according to Sturgeon, this will apply to the entire country.

    In addition, Scotland, following England, will ban pubs and restaurants after 10 pm.

    Thus, Scotland has stricter quarantine measures than England, where it is still allowed to visit, albeit with greater restrictions.

    Since Monday, the “rule of six” has been in effect in England: people who do not live under one roof can gather (even at home) in an amount of no more than six people.

    “The reason we took these steps is because we know these restrictions are holding back the spread of the virus in the west of Scotland.”

    Do the restrictions work?

    Restrictions are introduced, but as it turned out, not everyone understands them. And it’s not even the folly of people, but the system itself with different levels and exceptions.

    Liverpool people have no time for fun. There are already more COVID patients in hospitals in the city than at the peak of the first wave. Restrictions of the third, that is, the highest level of self isolating were introduced here recently.

    Even by introducing seemingly tough restrictions, the government is trying to inflict minimal damage on business. As a result, the quarantine is very special, with numerous exceptions.

    The three-tier system of restrictions is so complex that even police chiefs do not understand the rules, writes the Daily Mail. The confusion did not stop officers from fining four students a record £ 40,000 for hosting an illegal party.

    But hardly anyone can punish the inhabitants of the village of States. The river divides the village into two parts. Each belongs to different municipalities. And they have different rules.

    London is one of the regions where quarantine may be tightened in the near future. In the meantime, there are second-level restrictions: residents are forbidden to gather in groups of more than six people and need to self isolate.

    Conclusion

    Due to the coronavirus, the United Kingdom has become disunited. The British government controls the situation only in England. Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland decide for themselves, what to do. If you are going to travel to the UK, you need to know the basic rules for entering the country so as not to waste extra time when going through airport security. These rules differ depending on the type of visa and also the country from which you are coming. As for Covid-19, further plans for the 14-day self isolate and the establishment of “air bridges” are expected to be announced within the nearest time. You should see for yourself, whether a self isolation requirement applies to you, definitely see more information on how this requirement will affect your plans to visit the UK.

    Read more
    14.09.2021
  • United Kingdom

    UK Travel Restrictions: What You Need TO Know Before Going

    The UK – four countries in one bottle: monarchical England with a lot of attractions, mountains, and blue lakes of Scotland, the land of medieval castles in Wales, and cozy villages of Northern Ireland.

    A land of rains, pipes, and fox hunting, the UK is constantly gaining global attention. Either Lord of the Dance will come on tour, or Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery will shine in another Hollywood fairy tale. And even though it is still difficult to obtain a British visa, and travel to foggy Albion promises to result in a tidy sum, the tourist flow to the country does not dry up – we all want to stand at the threshold of the English monarchy, delve into the rules of pub etiquette, pick up a kilt for the cold autumn and recite “To be or not to be?” directly in the homeland of Shakespeare.

    In addition, the UK has medieval castles and Gothic cathedrals, the tranquil beauty and serenity of rural landscapes, the recklessness and frenzy of evening London, granite of science in the best language schools, shopping in expensive prestigious boutiques and rummaging through the junk at flea markets. In short, a great variety.

    Let’s take a look at what it takes to properly enter the United Kingdom.

    General rules for entering the UK

    Upon arrival at the UK airport, you will have your passport or other identification checked to ensure that you are allowed to enter the country. Your documents must be valid throughout your visit to England. Before leaving for the UK, check the documents you will need to enter the UK.

    You may be asked at the border to confirm your relationship with the children you are traveling with if border control doubts that you are the parent of the child. For example, you have a different last name with your child.

    You can present:

    • a certificate of birth or adoption,
    • a marriage or divorce certificate (if your child has a different surname),
    • a consent from the parent of the child, giving him the right to travel with you. The letter must contain the contacts of the parents.

    Your carrier (for example, an airline) will check your passport and other travel documents and then send information about you to customs. You can ask to take a look at this information.

    Your passport is subject to verification, so keep it ready. Remove the cover of your passport before showing it. If you are wearing dark glasses, take them off. If you go through control with your family, then stick together.

    If you are not from the EEA or Switzerland, your carrier will give you a “landing page”. Please fill it out before going through border control. This will save you time. Passport, as well as the “landing page” will be checked at the control.

    Passing through British customs

    UK entry regulations require you to cooperate if you are stopped at customs and asked about your baggage. If you broke the rules, then any of your things, as well as what you are transporting it in, can be confiscated.

    It is prohibited to import weapons, ammunition, drugs, pornography, and poisons into the UK. Special permits are required for items of cultural or historical value, drugs containing drugs, plants, wild birds, and animals.

    Products made from meat and milk are a travel ban: even a box of chocolates is confiscated. As an exception, you can import baby food or dietary food for people with various diseases, but its weight should not exceed 2 kg.

    Those who travel to the UK with pets will have to prepare an international veterinary certificate and a special license, as well as tune in to a long quarantine. Pets that meet the PETS program are admitted to the country without delay. Export restrictions and prohibitions are the same as for import.

    Tax free

    Non-EU tourists staying in the UK for less than 3 months a year can take advantage of the Tax free system. When making retail purchases in participating stores, you can get up to 20% VAT refund. Global Blue prepares a refund for amounts from 30 GBP, Tax Free Worldwide – from amounts of 50 GBP per check. In the store, you will need to fill out a special form, keep the receipt and the integrity of the packaging, present the goods and documents at customs (the employee will put a stamp), and then at the Cash Refund point. VAT can be returned in cash at Heathrow Airport or by wire transfer to a bank card.

    What questions are asked at the UK border?

    If you have already received a UK visa and packed your suitcases, then it’s time to think about the following topic: the rules for entering the UK. Before travel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the information on entering the United Kingdom, at least in general terms, in order to feel more confident. As a rule, a tourist thinks about what questions he may be asked when crossing the English border, how to behave, how long the process takes, whether medical insurance is required, and what can and cannot be brought into the country.

    So, according to the rules of entry into England, upon arrival, all tourists are given a small migration card in English (UK Border Agency Landing Card). There you need to indicate some of your personal information, including the address where you plan to stay in the UK. You will have to fill them right on the spot; the questions are simple, so there will be no difficulties at this stage. You need to be prepared for the fact that you will have to stand in a rather big queue since airports are often very busy.

    UK Border Crossing Documents

    Some documents are required when entering the UK, but there are not many of them. The most important are papers confirming the purpose of your visit to the country. This can be an invitation from relatives you are going to visit, or from a company where you are traveling on business. If the purpose of the travel is for tourism purposes only, you should bring your hotel booking confirmation. You can show it if the officer asks where you plan to stay.

    In each individual situation, it is worth taking additional documents with you to cross the English border. If, for example, you got married and changed your last name, and the old one is indicated on your visa, take a marriage registration certificate to prevent unnecessary questions. If you are traveling with a child and you have different surnames, you should take your birth certificate with you; if you are not his parent, then you must have documents confirming your right to accompany him during his travel to Britain; these papers will definitely be asked. All of them must be provided in English, translation is not required.

    UK and Covid-19

    Traveling to the UK may be a dream of many people, but the current situation in the world can greatly prevent from visiting the country.

    The situation with the spread of the new coronavirus Covid-19 infection in the UK remains tense. The country is among the states with an unfavorable course of the disease. The success of the British healthcare system looks especially weak in comparison with some other European countries. On the first day of autumn, more than 334 thousand cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the UK. At the same time, more than 41 thousand people have already died. The daily increase in cases is also not encouraging – 1715 people as of August 31.

    Against this background, the country‘s cabinet of ministers has repeatedly come under serious public criticism. Many experts have accused the government of being unprepared for the pandemic and delaying the adoption of restrictive measures. Fuel to the fire was added by the fact that the head of the British government Boris Johnson himself fell ill with the coronavirus Covid-19, temporarily moving away from the government.

    A nationwide quarantine was announced, when local hospitals were already unable to cope with the large flow of sick citizens. At the same time, the British authorities, unlike other European countries, did not close their borders and introduce a mandatory 14 days quarantine requirement for arriving guests with need to self isolate. However, it was difficult to obtain a visa for travel. The fact is that almost all British visa centers abroad were not working.

    And yet, the restrictive measures introduced inside the country gave the first positive results, the number of cases decreased. Since May 13, the UK has begun to ease domestic quarantine and return to normal life. However, repeated outbreaks of the disease are forcing the British government to return to separate prohibitive measures.

    Rules for entering the UK under quarantine restrictions

    The difficult epidemiological situation forced the British Cabinet to impose restrictions on entry into the country. Obviously, they were belated, given that the state did not close its external borders.

    From 8 June, all foreigners entering the UK must:

    • fill out a special form, where you need to indicate contact information and place of residence, and email address;
    • self isolate for 14 days.

    You can get to the place of quarantine by public transport, but subject to the mask regime and social distancing. For violation of these rules, you could face a fine, in extreme cases – expulsion from the country.

    Exceptions to the rules

    The actions of the British authorities are well suited to the Soviet slogan during the New Economic Policy: “One step forward, two steps back”. By adopting travel restrictions, Boris Johnson’s cabinet also adopted an extensive list of exceptions to them. In particular, the 14 days self isolate period is not required to go among:

    • diplomats and state representatives of the EU countries;
    • transiting passengers;
    • train carriages, ships, and aircraft;
    • medical tourists;
    • scientists;
    • specialists of the oil, gas, and nuclear industries.

    A complete list of all exceptions can be found on the British Embassy Information Portal.

    UK and EU

    Having made a decision to withdraw from the common European space, Great Britain is forced to build new political relations with the European Union. Despite the fact that individual European countries were in no hurry to let English tourists into their territory without self isolating for 14 days, on July 10 the British government decided not to extend this rule to guests from European countries.

    UK and the world

    Since mid-July, the British authorities have also begun to exempt visitors from countries belonging to the so-called “green zone” from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation. Today this list, in addition to European countries, includes about 30 more states. A complete list of it is published on a special website.

    Charter flights

    Due to the closure of external borders by most countries in the world, the UK has provided its citizens with the opportunity to return home by charters. Persons who have a residence permit were also able to use them.

    When can quarantine be violated?

    The British authorities admit cases of violation of the mandatory quarantine. It can be done:

    • during the travel from the airport to the place of self isolate;
    • in an emergency when something threatens your life;
    • if you need to go to the store if the other way to deliver the goods failed;
    • to travel to hospitals by ambulance.

    Covid-19 and political decisions

    The Prime Minister of Great Britain said that the new travel restrictions that the government is introducing due to the increase in the incidence of Covid-19 may be in effect for another six months.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke in Parliament about the introduction of new quarantine restrictions in England. In the evening he repeated the main points of his speech in a television address to the nation.

    New measures in England:

    • Pubs and restaurants will close at ten o’clock sharp;
    • Mandatory service by waiters, ordering from the bar is prohibited everywhere;
    • If possible, citizens should work from home.

    Other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – determine their own quarantine measures.

    “I am sorry that this will affect a large part of the business, but we must act,” the prime minister said. Thus, in England, where it is no longer possible to gather in groups of more than six people, the restrictions will increase, however, amid complaints from small businesses about serious losses due to quarantine, the government will not take more stringent measures.

    Johnson noted that these measures could remain in effect for about six months. “This virus has become a phenomenon in our lives. And I must tell the members of parliament and the whole country that our fight against it will continue,” the Prime Minister said.

    In recent weeks, the number of cases of Covid-19 in Britain has risen sharply. Scientific and medical advisers to the government warned that if the disease spreads at the same rate as now, the country could become sick up to 50 thousand people a day.

    An infectious disease professor at the University of Liverpool said these measures would not be enough. He speaks of a “serious concern” in the scientific community as the infection rate among people under 50 is growing.

    Tough measures in Scotland

    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that the country would temporarily claim travel ban.

    The measure of self isolation has already been introduced for more than 1.7 million people in Glasgow and some of its suburbs. Now, according to Sturgeon, this will apply to the entire country.

    In addition, Scotland, following England, will ban pubs and restaurants after 10 pm.

    Thus, Scotland has stricter quarantine measures than England, where it is still allowed to visit, albeit with greater restrictions.

    Since Monday, the “rule of six” has been in effect in England: people who do not live under one roof can gather (even at home) in an amount of no more than six people.

    “The reason we took these steps is because we know these restrictions are holding back the spread of the virus in the west of Scotland.”

    Do the restrictions work?

    Restrictions are introduced, but as it turned out, not everyone understands them. And it’s not even the folly of people, but the system itself with different levels and exceptions.

    Liverpool people have no time for fun. There are already more COVID patients in hospitals in the city than at the peak of the first wave. Restrictions of the third, that is, the highest level of self isolating were introduced here recently.

    Even by introducing seemingly tough restrictions, the government is trying to inflict minimal damage on business. As a result, the quarantine is very special, with numerous exceptions.

    The three-tier system of restrictions is so complex that even police chiefs do not understand the rules, writes the Daily Mail. The confusion did not stop officers from fining four students a record £ 40,000 for hosting an illegal party.

    But hardly anyone can punish the inhabitants of the village of States. The river divides the village into two parts. Each belongs to different municipalities. And they have different rules.

    London is one of the regions where quarantine may be tightened in the near future. In the meantime, there are second-level restrictions: residents are forbidden to gather in groups of more than six people and need to self isolate.

    Conclusion

    Due to the coronavirus, the United Kingdom has become disunited. The British government controls the situation only in England. Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland decide for themselves, what to do. If you are going to travel to the UK, you need to know the basic rules for entering the country so as not to waste extra time when going through airport security. These rules differ depending on the type of visa and also the country from which you are coming. As for Covid-19, further plans for the 14-day self isolate and the establishment of “air bridges” are expected to be announced within the nearest time. You should see for yourself, whether a self isolation requirement applies to you, definitely see more information on how this requirement will affect your plans to visit the UK.

    Read more
    11.09.2021
  • United Kingdom The British media have reported that the United Kingdom’s Government is planning to remove the system that the country currently uses for incoming travellers, known as the traffic light system.

    Consequently, if the traffic light system gets abolished by the end of September, travellers who have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease will be able to enter the UK without being subject to the self-isolation rules.

    There’s a possibility that the pre-departure test requirement might also be dropped for those who have been fully jabbed, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

    The UK’s traffic light system was established by the country’s authorities in order to protect public health as well as prevent the spread of the virus and its variants within the territory.

    Just like its name suggests, the traffic light system consists of three main categories – green, amber, and red – in which countries are placed based on their epidemiological rate.

    Still, even though the data regarding other countries’ COVID-19 situation gets updated regularly, most of the arrivals from the EU countries continue to remain subject to the pre-departure test requirement.

    Addressing the topic, the CEO of PC Agency, Paul Charles, said that the British government wants to move towards a travel system that is based on the individual risk of a person rather than a “blanket country” type of risk.

    This means that if a new system starts applying, travellers will be subject to entry restrictions depending on their vaccination status and not the COVID-19 risk that the country they are travelling from has.

    “The UK has a great opportunity to set a global standard. That’s what the Prime Minister should be doing so that other countries follow. That actually should be as simple as go or no go. Yes, you might have some red countries where there are signs of variants or which have higher infection levels than the UK, but if you’re fully jabbed, and you’ve chosen to be fully jabbed, you want to return to some sort of normality,” Charles said in an interview for BBC.

    In addition, he said that countries need to fall into line and set a standard where travellers are allowed to go virtually anywhere at their own individual risk and where the testing rules are looser for those who have been fully vaccinated.

    Read more
    10.09.2021
  • United Kingdom

    UK Travel Restrictions: What You Need TO Know Before Going

    The UK – four countries in one bottle: monarchical England with a lot of attractions, mountains, and blue lakes of Scotland, the land of medieval castles in Wales, and cozy villages of Northern Ireland.

    A land of rains, pipes, and fox hunting, the UK is constantly gaining global attention. Either Lord of the Dance will come on tour, or Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery will shine in another Hollywood fairy tale. And even though it is still difficult to obtain a British visa, and travel to foggy Albion promises to result in a tidy sum, the tourist flow to the country does not dry up – we all want to stand at the threshold of the English monarchy, delve into the rules of pub etiquette, pick up a kilt for the cold autumn and recite “To be or not to be?” directly in the homeland of Shakespeare.

    In addition, the UK has medieval castles and Gothic cathedrals, the tranquil beauty and serenity of rural landscapes, the recklessness and frenzy of evening London, granite of science in the best language schools, shopping in expensive prestigious boutiques and rummaging through the junk at flea markets. In short, a great variety.

    Let’s take a look at what it takes to properly enter the United Kingdom.

    General rules for entering the UK

    Upon arrival at the UK airport, you will have your passport or other identification checked to ensure that you are allowed to enter the country. Your documents must be valid throughout your visit to England. Before leaving for the UK, check the documents you will need to enter the UK.

    You may be asked at the border to confirm your relationship with the children you are traveling with if border control doubts that you are the parent of the child. For example, you have a different last name with your child.

    You can present:

    • a certificate of birth or adoption,
    • a marriage or divorce certificate (if your child has a different surname),
    • a consent from the parent of the child, giving him the right to travel with you. The letter must contain the contacts of the parents.

    Your carrier (for example, an airline) will check your passport and other travel documents and then send information about you to customs. You can ask to take a look at this information.

    Your passport is subject to verification, so keep it ready. Remove the cover of your passport before showing it. If you are wearing dark glasses, take them off. If you go through control with your family, then stick together.

    If you are not from the EEA or Switzerland, your carrier will give you a “landing page”. Please fill it out before going through border control. This will save you time. Passport, as well as the “landing page” will be checked at the control.

    Passing through British customs

    UK entry regulations require you to cooperate if you are stopped at customs and asked about your baggage. If you broke the rules, then any of your things, as well as what you are transporting it in, can be confiscated.

    It is prohibited to import weapons, ammunition, drugs, pornography, and poisons into the UK. Special permits are required for items of cultural or historical value, drugs containing drugs, plants, wild birds, and animals.

    Products made from meat and milk are a travel ban: even a box of chocolates is confiscated. As an exception, you can import baby food or dietary food for people with various diseases, but its weight should not exceed 2 kg.

    Those who travel to the UK with pets will have to prepare an international veterinary certificate and a special license, as well as tune in to a long quarantine. Pets that meet the PETS program are admitted to the country without delay. Export restrictions and prohibitions are the same as for import.

    Tax free

    Non-EU tourists staying in the UK for less than 3 months a year can take advantage of the Tax free system. When making retail purchases in participating stores, you can get up to 20% VAT refund. Global Blue prepares a refund for amounts from 30 GBP, Tax Free Worldwide – from amounts of 50 GBP per check. In the store, you will need to fill out a special form, keep the receipt and the integrity of the packaging, present the goods and documents at customs (the employee will put a stamp), and then at the Cash Refund point. VAT can be returned in cash at Heathrow Airport or by wire transfer to a bank card.

    What questions are asked at the UK border?

    If you have already received a UK visa and packed your suitcases, then it’s time to think about the following topic: the rules for entering the UK. Before travel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the information on entering the United Kingdom, at least in general terms, in order to feel more confident. As a rule, a tourist thinks about what questions he may be asked when crossing the English border, how to behave, how long the process takes, whether medical insurance is required, and what can and cannot be brought into the country.

    So, according to the rules of entry into England, upon arrival, all tourists are given a small migration card in English (UK Border Agency Landing Card). There you need to indicate some of your personal information, including the address where you plan to stay in the UK. You will have to fill them right on the spot; the questions are simple, so there will be no difficulties at this stage. You need to be prepared for the fact that you will have to stand in a rather big queue since airports are often very busy.

    UK Border Crossing Documents

    Some documents are required when entering the UK, but there are not many of them. The most important are papers confirming the purpose of your visit to the country. This can be an invitation from relatives you are going to visit, or from a company where you are traveling on business. If the purpose of the travel is for tourism purposes only, you should bring your hotel booking confirmation. You can show it if the officer asks where you plan to stay.

    In each individual situation, it is worth taking additional documents with you to cross the English border. If, for example, you got married and changed your last name, and the old one is indicated on your visa, take a marriage registration certificate to prevent unnecessary questions. If you are traveling with a child and you have different surnames, you should take your birth certificate with you; if you are not his parent, then you must have documents confirming your right to accompany him during his travel to Britain; these papers will definitely be asked. All of them must be provided in English, translation is not required.

    UK and Covid-19

    Traveling to the UK may be a dream of many people, but the current situation in the world can greatly prevent from visiting the country.

    The situation with the spread of the new coronavirus Covid-19 infection in the UK remains tense. The country is among the states with an unfavorable course of the disease. The success of the British healthcare system looks especially weak in comparison with some other European countries. On the first day of autumn, more than 334 thousand cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the UK. At the same time, more than 41 thousand people have already died. The daily increase in cases is also not encouraging – 1715 people as of August 31.

    Against this background, the country‘s cabinet of ministers has repeatedly come under serious public criticism. Many experts have accused the government of being unprepared for the pandemic and delaying the adoption of restrictive measures. Fuel to the fire was added by the fact that the head of the British government Boris Johnson himself fell ill with the coronavirus Covid-19, temporarily moving away from the government.

    A nationwide quarantine was announced, when local hospitals were already unable to cope with the large flow of sick citizens. At the same time, the British authorities, unlike other European countries, did not close their borders and introduce a mandatory 14 days quarantine requirement for arriving guests with need to self isolate. However, it was difficult to obtain a visa for travel. The fact is that almost all British visa centers abroad were not working.

    And yet, the restrictive measures introduced inside the country gave the first positive results, the number of cases decreased. Since May 13, the UK has begun to ease domestic quarantine and return to normal life. However, repeated outbreaks of the disease are forcing the British government to return to separate prohibitive measures.

    Rules for entering the UK under quarantine restrictions

    The difficult epidemiological situation forced the British Cabinet to impose restrictions on entry into the country. Obviously, they were belated, given that the state did not close its external borders.

    From 8 June, all foreigners entering the UK must:

    • fill out a special form, where you need to indicate contact information and place of residence, and email address;
    • self isolate for 14 days.

    You can get to the place of quarantine by public transport, but subject to the mask regime and social distancing. For violation of these rules, you could face a fine, in extreme cases – expulsion from the country.

    Exceptions to the rules

    The actions of the British authorities are well suited to the Soviet slogan during the New Economic Policy: “One step forward, two steps back”. By adopting travel restrictions, Boris Johnson’s cabinet also adopted an extensive list of exceptions to them. In particular, the 14 days self isolate period is not required to go among:

    • diplomats and state representatives of the EU countries;
    • transiting passengers;
    • train carriages, ships, and aircraft;
    • medical tourists;
    • scientists;
    • specialists of the oil, gas, and nuclear industries.

    A complete list of all exceptions can be found on the British Embassy Information Portal.

    UK and EU

    Having made a decision to withdraw from the common European space, Great Britain is forced to build new political relations with the European Union. Despite the fact that individual European countries were in no hurry to let English tourists into their territory without self isolating for 14 days, on July 10 the British government decided not to extend this rule to guests from European countries.

    UK and the world

    Since mid-July, the British authorities have also begun to exempt visitors from countries belonging to the so-called “green zone” from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation. Today this list, in addition to European countries, includes about 30 more states. A complete list of it is published on a special website.

    Charter flights

    Due to the closure of external borders by most countries in the world, the UK has provided its citizens with the opportunity to return home by charters. Persons who have a residence permit were also able to use them.

    When can quarantine be violated?

    The British authorities admit cases of violation of the mandatory quarantine. It can be done:

    • during the travel from the airport to the place of self isolate;
    • in an emergency when something threatens your life;
    • if you need to go to the store if the other way to deliver the goods failed;
    • to travel to hospitals by ambulance.

    Covid-19 and political decisions

    The Prime Minister of Great Britain said that the new travel restrictions that the government is introducing due to the increase in the incidence of Covid-19 may be in effect for another six months.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke in Parliament about the introduction of new quarantine restrictions in England. In the evening he repeated the main points of his speech in a television address to the nation.

    New measures in England:

    • Pubs and restaurants will close at ten o’clock sharp;
    • Mandatory service by waiters, ordering from the bar is prohibited everywhere;
    • If possible, citizens should work from home.

    Other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – determine their own quarantine measures.

    “I am sorry that this will affect a large part of the business, but we must act,” the prime minister said. Thus, in England, where it is no longer possible to gather in groups of more than six people, the restrictions will increase, however, amid complaints from small businesses about serious losses due to quarantine, the government will not take more stringent measures.

    Johnson noted that these measures could remain in effect for about six months. “This virus has become a phenomenon in our lives. And I must tell the members of parliament and the whole country that our fight against it will continue,” the Prime Minister said.

    In recent weeks, the number of cases of Covid-19 in Britain has risen sharply. Scientific and medical advisers to the government warned that if the disease spreads at the same rate as now, the country could become sick up to 50 thousand people a day.

    An infectious disease professor at the University of Liverpool said these measures would not be enough. He speaks of a “serious concern” in the scientific community as the infection rate among people under 50 is growing.

    Tough measures in Scotland

    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that the country would temporarily claim travel ban.

    The measure of self isolation has already been introduced for more than 1.7 million people in Glasgow and some of its suburbs. Now, according to Sturgeon, this will apply to the entire country.

    In addition, Scotland, following England, will ban pubs and restaurants after 10 pm.

    Thus, Scotland has stricter quarantine measures than England, where it is still allowed to visit, albeit with greater restrictions.

    Since Monday, the “rule of six” has been in effect in England: people who do not live under one roof can gather (even at home) in an amount of no more than six people.

    “The reason we took these steps is because we know these restrictions are holding back the spread of the virus in the west of Scotland.”

    Do the restrictions work?

    Restrictions are introduced, but as it turned out, not everyone understands them. And it’s not even the folly of people, but the system itself with different levels and exceptions.

    Liverpool people have no time for fun. There are already more COVID patients in hospitals in the city than at the peak of the first wave. Restrictions of the third, that is, the highest level of self isolating were introduced here recently.

    Even by introducing seemingly tough restrictions, the government is trying to inflict minimal damage on business. As a result, the quarantine is very special, with numerous exceptions.

    The three-tier system of restrictions is so complex that even police chiefs do not understand the rules, writes the Daily Mail. The confusion did not stop officers from fining four students a record £ 40,000 for hosting an illegal party.

    But hardly anyone can punish the inhabitants of the village of States. The river divides the village into two parts. Each belongs to different municipalities. And they have different rules.

    London is one of the regions where quarantine may be tightened in the near future. In the meantime, there are second-level restrictions: residents are forbidden to gather in groups of more than six people and need to self isolate.

    Conclusion

    Due to the coronavirus, the United Kingdom has become disunited. The British government controls the situation only in England. Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland decide for themselves, what to do. If you are going to travel to the UK, you need to know the basic rules for entering the country so as not to waste extra time when going through airport security. These rules differ depending on the type of visa and also the country from which you are coming. As for Covid-19, further plans for the 14-day self isolate and the establishment of “air bridges” are expected to be announced within the nearest time. You should see for yourself, whether a self isolation requirement applies to you, definitely see more information on how this requirement will affect your plans to visit the UK.

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    30.08.2021
  • United Kingdom Seven countries will move from Amber to Green, including Canada and Finland, while Montenegro and Thailand will become Red requiring 10-night hotel quarantine upon return.

    You can access England’s page for Green, Amber, and Red lists here.

    Green, Amber & Red Entry Requirements
    Green

    Fully vaccinated and non-vaccinated can visit without quarantine. However, Pre-departure PCR-RT and day two PCR tests are required.
    Amber

    Fully vaccinated and unvaccinated can visit. Pre-departure PCR-RT and PCR tests upon return on day two required. Unvaccinated need to self isolate for 10 days.
    Red

    Quarantine is required in specific hotels at £2,285 per adult for 10 days. Pre-departure and two PCRT-RT tests after arrival required.
    Here’s the update:
    Countries affected moving to the green list (currently amber)
    The Azores (Portugal)
    Canada
    Denmark
    Finland
    Liechtenstein
    Lithuania
    Switzerland
    Countries affected moving to the red list (currently amber)
    Montenegro
    Thailand
    Green Watchlist
    The following countries are in danger of moving from Green to Amber

    Anguilla
    Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory
    Antigua and Barbuda
    Barbados
    Bermuda
    British Indian Ocean Territory
    Cayman Islands
    Croatia
    Dominica
    Grenada
    Israel and Jerusalem
    Madeira
    Montserrat
    Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
    Taiwan
    Turks and Caicos Islands
    Conclusion

    The most significant news time this is the moving of Thailand from Amber to Red and not removing Turkey from the Red list.

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    27.08.2021
  • United Kingdom Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    Authorities in the UK issued the new nation’s COVID-19-related international entry restrictions for several countries effective 04:00 July 19. In accordance with the government’s so-called “traffic light” system for foreign travel, various countries and territories are categorized as “green,” “amber,” or “red” in order of increasing COVID-19 transmission risk based on local disease activity and immunization rates.
    Passengers transiting through the UK will not be subject to immigration checks and will be cleared for their onward flight as long as it is on the same calendar date as the arriving flight. However, those transiting within the Common Travel Area (CTA) will be required to undergo quarantine if they have visited a ‘Red list’ country in the previous ten days.
    Authorities have extended COVID-19 emergency measures until September. People who have symptoms or test positive are required to self-isolate for 10 days. Those who live with someone who either has symptoms or tests positive must self-isolate for 14 days.
    COVID-19 tests for travelers arriving in England from ‘green list and ‘amber list’ countries can be booked here.
    Pre-arrival booking for hotel quarantine packages is available here.
    International cruises are operating. UK travelers can fly to Gibraltar and Malta without quarantine as part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s green light program.
    *Mandatory Testing: All travelers entering the UK are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test report from no more than three days prior to travel.
    Additional tests are required for individuals arriving from ‘Green list’ countries as well as vaccinated individuals arriving from ‘Amber list’ countries on the second day of arrival. Non-vaccinated individuals arriving from the ‘Amber list’ and all those arriving from the ‘Red’ list are required to get tested on the second and eighth day of arrival.
    Travelers who have been fully immunized in the UK, US, or most of Europe are exempt from quarantine and the eighth day test when returning from ‘Amber list’ countries.
    The cost of NHS Test and Trace tests for international passengers varies with the destination and vaccination status of travelers. Details can be found here.
    Authorities started a new lateral flow testing procedure for individuals working in essential services. These would include haulers, seafarers, transport crew, seasonal agricultural workers, and some travelers. Required tests would begin after the second day of stay in the country. Arrivals staying in the UK for less than two days will not need to be tested.
    Individuals traveling to England from Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, Ascension, Falkland Islands, and St Helena are exempt from testing requirements. The full list of exemptions can be found here.
    *Quarantine Upon Entry: Travelers returning to the UK from ‘Green list’ countries are not required to quarantine: Fully-vaccinated travelers from the USA and the EU ‘Amber list’ countries, including France, are allowed to travel to the UK without undergoing quarantine restrictions.
    Non-vaccinated individuals arriving from countries on the ‘Amber list’ are required to quarantine at home for ten days upon arrival.
    All travelers arriving from a country placed on the ‘Red list’ are required to be quarantined in a hotel for ten days and get tested on or before the second day and on or after the eighth day. They are required to pay 1,750 GBP for their hotel quarantine, COVID-19 testing, and transportation. Quarantine hotel packages must be booked before arrival here.
    Different regulations may apply if traveling to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
    Individuals traveling to the UK must provide their journey and contact details 48 hours before their arrival in the UK by completing an online passenger locator form.
    Travelers are exempt from filling out the aforementioned form if they’re travelling from Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, and they were there for 10 days or more. Individuals traveling for purposes of jobs listed here are exempt.
    The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) requires travelers to Gibraltar to complete an online passenger locator and ‘Relevant area’ form.
    For the latest updates on Red, amber, green lists: check the rules for travel to England from abroad.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel within the U.K.: Region-specific restrictions or exemptions on entry are available for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
    Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 or is notified of having been in contact with someone infectious and fails to self-isolate could face fines up to 10,000 GBP.
    Health authorities have advised individuals not to travel in and out of areas most impacted by the Indian COVID-19 variant. These areas include Bolton, Blackburn, Kirklees, Bedford, Burnley, Leicester, Hounslow, and North Tyneside.
    *Face Mask: The use of face masks is mandatory in several public locations, including banks, supermarkets, train stations, airports, bus stations, universities, and on public transportation across the UK. Scotland introduced new rules tightening the mandatory use of facemasks. Face masks are required in workplace settings, including locations such as canteens.
    *Curfew: There are no nationwide curfews in place.
    *Region Specific Regulations:
    The full list of restrictions in England can be found here. The full list of restrictions effective in London can be found here.
    The full list of restrictions currently applicable in Northern Ireland can be found here.
    Scotland has introduced a five-tier system under which COVID-19 regulations are determined in accordance with an area’s ‘Protection Level’. Area-wise categorization and further details on the system can be found here.
    Welsh Government Coronavirus Updates are available here.
    *Overseas Territories Regulations:
    Anguilla-specific regulations can be found here.
    Bermuda-specific regulations can be found here.
    British Virgin Islands-specific regulations can be found here.
    Falkland Islands-specific regulations can be found here.
    Gibraltar-specific regulations can be found here.
    Turks and Caicos-specific regulations can be found here.

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    25.08.2021
  • United Kingdom 25/08/2021 The second-largest United Kingdom-based carrier, British Airways, started operating flights from London Heathrow to Ljubljana, Slovenia, after almost two years of no air traffic, which was imposed to halt the further spread of Coronavirus.

    Moreover, each Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, passengers can travel between the two cities for the next four weeks.

    The Head of Airline Management at Fraport Slovenija airport, Janez Krašnja, welcomed the decision and wished for more robust travel and other business relations with the UK.

    “We are happy that one of the most popular routes among Slovenian passengers is returning to Ljubljana. We welcome stronger travel and business ties between Slovenia and Great Britain,” Krašnja said, EX-YU Aviation reports.

    Published on 18.01.2021
    Ryanair and British Airways continue to refuse refunds for customers who can’t legally travel.
    British Airways Secures £2 billion Government Loan.
    EasyJet secures new five-year $1.87 billion loan with UK guarantee
    Ryanair cancels its flights between Belfast and London Stansted until end of March following COVID-19 restrictions.

    Published on 14.12.2020
    British Airways parent to outline path toward climate neutrality.
    British Airways Buenos Aires/London flight will have a stopover in Sao Paulo
    Virgin Atlantic cancels its planned Manchester to India flights
    Virgin Atlantic resumes flights to and from Cape Town

    Published on 27.11.2020
    Virgin Atlantic launches pre-departure COVID-19 testing trial on London Heathrow-Barbados flights.

    Published on 20.11.2020
    Virgin Atlantic ready to partner flybe. after restart.

    Published on 13.11.2020
    Morocco : Resumption of TUI fly flights to Belgium and France

    Published on 09.11.2020
    British Airways suspends flights between Inverness, London Heathrow because of COVID-19 lockdown in England

    Published on 08.11.2020
    British Airways, easyJet halt Tel Aviv-London flights until 3 December
    British Airways to suspend Gatwick operations during lockdown

    Published on 06.11.2020
    British Airways to cut back on flights in November
    British Airways cancels flights to Sydney via Singapore until 2021
    EasyJet cuts more flights and sells planes after new Covid controls

    Published on 04.11.2020
    Jet2 cancels all flights from England from 5 November to 2 December

    Published on 03.11.2020
    Jet2 will suspend flights from Leeds Bradford Airport to Crete, Rhodes, Larnaca, Paphos until 2021

    Published on 02.11.2020
    EasyJet plans to cancel hundreds of flights from London Gatwick Airport amid second lockdown announcement
    TUI Airways suspends flights departing from England and Wales from 5 November to 2 December because of lockdowns
    Wizz Air expands its London Luton route network

    Published on 30.10.2020
    Jet2 confirms dates when flights to several destinations will resume

    Published on 28.10.2020
    Jet2 suspends flights to some Spanish airports until 10 February 2021

    Published on 27.10.2020
    Jet2 will suspend flights from U.K. to Malta from 31 October to 14 February 2021
    Wizz Air increases flights from London Luton Airport and Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Canary Islands

    Published on 26.10.2020
    Jet2 cancels Zadar and Pula routes for 2021 summer season

    26.10.2020 Virgin Atlantic in last week’s schedule update filed additional adjustment to its planned operation for the month of November 2020. As of 23OCT20, planned operation as follows. Additional changes remain highly possible.

    London Heathrow – Atlanta 3 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Boston eff 21NOV20 3 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Bridgetown – Antigua 2 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Bridgetown – Grenada 2 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Delhi 4 weekly 787-9 (5 weekly from 16NOV20)
    London Heathrow – Hong Kong 4 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Johannesburg 4 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Lagos 1 daily A350-1000XWB
    London Heathrow – Los Angeles 1 daily 787-9/A350-1000XWB
    London Heathrow – Miami 3 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Montego Bay 2 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Mumbai 5 weekly 787-9 (4 weekly from 16NOV20)
    London Heathrow – New York JFK 2 daily 787-9/A350-1000XWB
    London Heathrow – Shanghai Pu Dong 2 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Tel Aviv 4 weekly 787-9 (1 daily from 17NOV20)

    Planned 1 daily A350-1000XWB service to Atlanta and Johannesburg from 16NOV20, has been postponed to 01DEC20 at the earliest.

    Published on 25.10.2020
    Ryanair announces a travel corridor between the UK and the Canary Islands

    22.10.2020 Virgin Atlantic in recent schedule update delayed planned Airbus A350-1000XWB service introduction on Atlanta and Johannesburg. Previously scheduled from 25OCT20, planned A350 service has been tentatively scheduled to 16NOV20. Additional changes remain highly possible.

    London Heathrow – Atlanta
    25OCT20 – 15NOV20 3 weekly 787-9
    eff 16NOV20 1 daily A350-1000XWB

    London Heathrow – Johannesburg
    25OCT20 – 15NOV20 4 weekly 787-9
    eff 16NOV20 1 daily A350-1000XWB

    Published on 21.10.2020
    Virgin Atlantic delays Atlanta / Johannesburg A350 service until mid-Nov 2020

    Published on 20.10.2020
    TUI Airways Dec 2020/Jan 2021 Manchester – Toulouse aircraft changes

    18.10.2020 Wizz Air in the last few weeks continue to adjust planned operation for Wizz Air UK, due various travel restrictions and market demand. As of 17OCT20, Wizz Air UK’s planned operation, under “W9” flight numbers, for the month of November 2020 as follows.

    Additional changes remain likely.

    Doncaster/Sheffield – Larnaca 2 weekly
    Doncaster/Sheffield – Lublin 1 weekly
    Doncaster/Sheffield – Malaga 1 weekly
    Doncaster/Sheffield – Tenerife South 1 weekly
    London Gatwick – Athens 4 weekly
    London Gatwick – Lanzarote 3 weekly
    London Gatwick – Malta 3 weekly
    London Gatwick – Naples 4 weekly
    London Luton – Athens 3 weekly
    London Luton – Belgrade 2 weekly
    London Luton – Bourgas 2 weekly
    London Luton – Bratislava 2 weekly
    London Luton – Catania 2 weekly
    London Luton – Constanta 2 weekly
    London Luton – Debrecen 2 weekly
    London Luton – Kaunas 4 weekly
    London Luton – Kosice 2 weekly
    London Luton – Kyiv Zhulyany 2 weekly
    London Luton – Larnaca 2 weekly
    London Luton – Lisbon 1 weekly until 06NOV20
    London Luton – Lublin 2 weekly
    London Luton – Lviv 2 weekly (1 weekly from 09NOV20)
    London Luton – Malaga 1 weekly
    London Luton – Moscow Vnukovo 2 weekly
    London Luton – Olsztyn-Mazury eff 16NOV20 2 weekly
    London Luton – Poznan 2 weekly (5 weekly from 16NOV20)
    London Luton – Prishtina 2 weekly
    London Luton – St. Petersburg 1 weekly
    London Luton – Satu Mare 2 weekly
    London Luton – Suceava 5 weekly
    London Luton – Thessaloniki 2 weekly
    London Luton – Thira 2 weekly until 08NOV20
    London Luton – Zakynthos 2 weekly until 07NOV20

    18.10.2020 British Airways as of Friday 16OCT20 filed latest adjustment to its planned Intercontinental network, for the month of November 2020. Latest adjustment sees selected destinations remain cancelled or continue to be served at reduced frequencies. Planned A380 service resumption has been postponed to 01DEC20 at the earliest, in latest update.

    Additional changes remain highly possible, due to various travel restrictions.

    London Gatwick – Antigua – Providenciales 2 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Antigua – St. Kitts 2 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Antigua – Tobago 2 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Bermuda 5 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Bridgetown 1 daily 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Cancun 3 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Kingston 3 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Mauritius 5 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Orlando 1 daily 777-200ER (3 weekly from 16NOV20)
    London Gatwick – Punta Cana 3 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – St. Lucia – Grenada 2 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – St. Lucia – Port of Spain 2 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – San Jose (Costa Rica) 2 weekly 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Abuja 1 daily 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Accra 1 daily 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Atlanta 1 daily 787-8
    London Heathrow – Bahrain 5 weekly 787-8
    London Heathrow – Bangalore 5 weekly A350-1000XWB
    London Heathrow – Bangkok 4 weekly 787-8
    London Heathrow – Boston 2 daily 787-9/A350-1000XWB
    London Heathrow – Bridgetown 1 daily 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Buenos Aires Ezeiza 4 weekly 787-8
    London Heathrow – Cairo 1 daily 787-8/-9 (Planned A321neo service delayed to 01DEC20. Flight number change to BA400/401 remains in effect)
    London Heathrow – Cape Town 1 daily 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Chennai 5 weekly 787-8
    London Heathrow – Chicago O’Hare 2 daily 787-9
    London Heathrow – Dallas/Ft. Worth 1 daily 787-9/-10
    London Heathrow – Delhi 1 daily 787-9
    London Heathrow – Denver 3 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Dubai 2 daily 787-9/A350-1000XWB
    London Heathrow – Hong Kong 1 daily 777-300ER (Including 4 weekly with new 4-class cabin)
    London Heathrow – Houston 3 weekly 787-8
    London Heathrow – Hyderabad 5 weekly 787-8 (selected dates 787-9)
    London Heathrow – Islamabad 1 daily 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Johannesburg 1 daily 777-300ER
    London Heathrow – Kuala Lumpur 4 weekly 787-8
    London Heathrow – Kuwait City 3 weekly 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Lagos 1 daily 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Lahore 4 weekly 787-8
    London Heathrow – Las Vegas 3 weekly 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Los Angeles 11 weekly 787-9/777-300ER (including new 4-class 777 cabin on certain flights)
    London Heathrow – Mahe Island 2 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Male 3 weekly 777-300ER (new 4-class cabin)
    London Heathrow – Mexico City 4 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Miami 1 daily 787-9
    London Heathrow – Montreal 4 weekly 787-8
    London Heathrow – Mumbai 2 daily 777-300ER/787-8/787-9
    London Heathrow – Muscat 3 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Nairobi 5 weekly 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Nassau – Grand Cayman 4 weekly 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Newark 1 daily 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – New York JFK 6 daily 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Philadelphia 3 weekly A350-1000XWB
    London Heathrow – Riyadh 3 weekly 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – San Francisco 1 daily 777-300ER
    London Heathrow – Santiago de Chile 3 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Sao Paulo Guarulhos 1 daily 787-8
    London Heathrow – Seattle 1 daily 787-10
    London Heathrow – Seoul Incheon 3 weekly 787-8
    London Heathrow – Singapore 4 weekly 777-300ER
    London Heathrow – Tel Aviv 9 weekly 787-9/A350-1000XWB
    London Heathrow – Tokyo Haneda 5 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Toronto 11 weekly 787-9/-10
    London Heathrow – Washington Dulles 1 daily A350-1000XWB

    Published on 18.10.2020
    British Airways cancels flights from London’s Gatwick Airport until March 2021

    Published on 17.10.2020
    British Airways Nov 2020 Intercontinental network as of 16OCT20
    Jet2 announces Leeds Bradford Airport flights to Crete after quarantine removed
    Virgin Atlantic reaffirms Manchester – India network launch in NW20

    Published on 16.10.2020
    British Airways Cairo flight number changes from late-Oct 2020

    Published on 15.10.2020
    Jet2 launches flights from Newcastle to some non-quarantine European countries
    Norwegian Air UK delays service resumption to March 2021
    Virgin Atlantic will launch flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Manchester starting 20 December

    Published on 12.10.2020
    EasyJet cuts seven destinations from Belfast International Airport; 10 delayed until 2021
    Jet2 suspends flights to Alicante, Malaga and Faro until 2021 amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

    Published on 10.10.2020
    British Airways relaunches flights from London to Zagreb
    British Airways resumes flights between London and Zagreb from 25 October

    Published on 09.10.2020
    TUI will resume flights to the Caribbean next month

    09.10.2020 Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet from December 2020 is launching scheduled service to the UK, with Delhi – London Heathrow and Mumbai – London Heathrow route scheduled, with leased Airbus A330-900neo aircraft.

    Delhi – London Heathrow eff 04DEC20 1 weekly
    SG9594 DEL1300 – 1730LHR 330 57
    SG9595 LHR1930 – 0755+1DEL 330 15

    Mumbai – London Heathrow eff 06DEC20 1 weekly
    SG9596 BOM1245 – 1730LHR 330 1
    SG9597 LHR1930 – 0845+1BOM 330 7

    Published on 07.10.2020
    TUI Airways W20 Birmingham – Ilha do Sal service changes
    Jet2 cancels some flights to Turkey until 31 October

    Published on 01.10.2020
    Ryanair adds Leeds/Bradford – Vilnius from late-Oct 2020

    Published on 30.09.2020
    Eastern Airways adds Newquay – Manchester service from late-Oct 2020

    30.09.2020 BA CityFlyer during the month of October 2020 schedules following service to/from London City. As of 27SEP20, planned operation for the period of 01OCT20 – 24OCT20 as follows. Various travel restrictions may lead to last minute service adjustment.

    London City – Amsterdam 10-11 weekly
    London City – Belfast City 10 weekly
    London City – Berlin Tegel 5-6 weekly
    London City – Dusseldorf 5-6 weekly
    London City – Edinburgh 15 weekly
    London City – Florence 11-13 weekly
    London City – Frankfurt 5-6 weekly
    London City – Glasgow 11 weekly
    London City – Ibiza eff 16OCT20 10 weekly
    London City – Malaga eff 19OCT20 5 weekly
    London City – Nice eff 16OCT20 9 weekly
    London City – Palma Mallorca eff 16OCT20 5 weekly
    London City – Prague 23OCT20
    London City – Zurich 5 weekly

    29.09.2020 Qatar Airways in this week’s schedule update filed additional changes to its Northern winter 2020/21 operations to the UK, effective 25OCT20 – 27MAR21. Latest adjustment as of 24SEP20 as follows.

    Doha – Edinburgh Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly. 787-8 replaces A350-900XWB (2 of 4 weekly by A350 from 01FEB21, all 4 weekly by A350 from 01MAR21)
    Doha – London Gatwick Reduce from 18 to 4 weekly (7 weekly form 26DEC20), 787-8 operating

    Previously reported changes:
    Doha – London Heathrow Reduce from 6 to 4 daily (1 daily A350-900XWB and 3 daily 777-300ER. 4 daily 777 from 17DEC20)
    Doha – Manchester Reduce from 21 to 17 weekly, 787-8 replaces 777/787/A350

    Following routes remain unchanged for the moment:
    Doha – Birmingham 7 weekly 787-8
    Doha – Cardiff 5 weekly 787-8

    29.09.2020 British Airways during the month of October 2020 plans to operate following Intercontinental routes, as of 25SEP20. Planned operation for the period of 01OCT20 – 24OCT20 as follows.

    Last minute changes remain highly possible.

    London Gatwick – Antigua 2 weekly 777-200ER (5 weekly from 12OCT20)
    London Gatwick – Bermuda 4 weekly 777-200ER (5 weekly from 14OCT20)
    London Gatwick – Bridgetown 3-6 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Cancun eff 17OCT20 3 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Kingston 3 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Mauritius eff 15OCT20 3 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Montego Bay eff 13OCT20 2 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Orlando eff 12OCT20 1 daily 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – St. Lucia 2 weekly 777-200ER (3 weekly from 15OCT20)
    London Gatwick – St. Lucia – Grenada eff 14OCT20 2 weekly 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Abuja 1 daily 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Accra 1 daily 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Atlanta 1 daily 787-9
    London Heathrow – Bahrain 3 weekly 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Bangalore 4 weekly A350-1000XWB
    London Heathrow – Boston 1 daily A350-1000XWB
    London Heathrow – Bridgetown eff 17OCT20 1 daily 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Buenos Aires Ezeiza 4 weekly 787-8
    London Heathrow – Cairo 1 daily 787-8
    London Heathrow – Cape Town 1 daily 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Chicago O’Hare 1 daily 787-9/A350-1000XWB
    London Heathrow – Dallas/Ft. Worth 1 daily 787-10
    London Heathrow – Delhi 1 daily 787-9
    London Heathrow – Dubai 1 daily A350-1000XWB (10 weekly 777-200ER/A350-1000XWB from 16OCT20)
    London Heathrow – Grand Cayman 777-200ER operates every 14 days
    London Heathrow – Hong Kong 1 daily 777-300ER
    London Heathrow – Houston 3 weekly 787-8
    London Heathrow – Hyderabad 4 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Islamabad 1 daily 787-8
    London Heathrow – Johannesburg 1 daily 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Kuala Lumpur 4 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Kuwait City 3 weekly 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Lagos 1 daily 777-300ER
    London Heathrow – Lahore eff 12OCT20 4 weekly 787-8
    London Heathrow – Los Angeles 1 daily 777-200ER/-300ER
    London Heathrow – Mahe Island eff 10OCT20 2 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Male eff 16OCT20 2 weekly 777-300ER
    London Heathrow – Mexico City 4 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Miami 1 daily 787-9
    London Heathrow – Montreal 3 weekly 787-8
    London Heathrow – Mumbai 1 daily 787-8
    London Heathrow – Muscat eff 16OCT20 3 weekly 787-8
    London Heathrow – Nairobi 5 weekly 777-300ER
    London Heathrow – New York JFK 2 daily 777-200ER (-300ER operates 1 of 2 daily 07OCT20 – 15OCT20)
    London Heathrow – Philadelphia 2 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Riyadh 3 weekly 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – San Francisco 1 daily 787-9
    London Heathrow – Sao Paulo Guarulhos 1 daily 787-9
    London Heathrow – Seattle 3 weekly 787-10
    London Heathrow – Shanghai Pu Dong 2 weekly 777-300ER
    London Heathrow – Singapore 4 weekly 777-300ER
    London Heathrow – Tel Aviv 1 daily 787-9/A350-1000XWB
    London Heathrow – Tokyo Haneda 3 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Toronto 1 daily 787-8
    London Heathrow – Washington Dulles 1 daily A350-1000XWB

    Published on 25.09.2020
    Wizz Air UK W20 new routes launch revision as of 24SEP20

    Published on 09.09.2020
    Jet2 cancels more flights to Canary Islands in a blow for holidaymakers
    Wizz Air UK expands Doncaster/Sheffield network in W20

    Published on 04.09.2020
    British Airways W20 Russia service adjustment as of 03SEP20
    British airline Jet2 has cancelled flights to Croatia

    Published on 02.09.2020
    British Airways W20 Maldives service adjustment as of 01SEP20
    TUI Airways adds Edinburgh – Chambery service from late-Dec 2020

    Published on 01.09.2020
    Virgin Atlantic will also resume flying to Tel Aviv and Atlanta in September as travel restrictions ease
    British Airways resumes Cayman Islands service in mid-Sep 2020
    TUI Airways plans Banjul service from Nov 2020

    Published on 31.08.2020
    British Airways Nov/Dec 2020 domestic reductions as of 30AUG20
    BA CityFlyer Nov 2020 Domestic flight reductions as of 30AUG20
    EasyJet Manchester Sep 2020 operations as of 30AUG20
    EasyJet closes 3 UK bases from 01SEP20

    28.08.2020 Jet2.com in summer 2021 season plans to introduce various new routes to Cyprus, Greece and Portugal. Planned operation includes the following.

    Belfast International – Larnaca eff 02MAY21 1 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Kalamata eff 02MAY21 1 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Mytilene eff 06MAY21 1 weekly 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Lisbon eff 02APR21 2 weekly 737-300
    Leeds/Bradford – Skiathos eff 19MAY21 1 weekly 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Thira eff 06MAY21 1 weekly 737-800

    Published on 27.08.2020
    Jet2.com resumes Glasgow – Geneva service from Dec 2020

    Published on 26.08.2020
    Virgin Atlantic Cargo adds Milan service from Sep 2020
    British Airways schedules 787-9 Islamabad service in March 2021

    Published on 25.08.2020
    Flights to Croatia: British Airways Cancels Lines to Zagreb, Split, Pula for September

    Published on 24.08.2020
    British Airways NW20 A380 operations as of 21AUG20
    British Airways increases Islamabad service from Sep 2020
    TUI to restart flights to Portugal from August 29 after country is removed from UK quarantine list

    Published on 22.08.2020
    Jet2 resumes flights to Faro from 24 August after quarantine restrictions for arrivals from Portugal lifted

    Published on 21.08.2020
    Virgin Atlantic Sep/Oct 2020 operations as of 16AUG20
    Aurigny extends interim schedule to mid-Sep 2020

    Published on 20.08.2020
    Virgin Atlantic Sep/Oct 2020 India operations as of 19AUG20
    Virgin Atlantic moves Manchester – Orlando service resumption to Oct 2020

    Published on 19.08.2020
    Wizz Air UK launches London Gatwick base in late-October 2020

    Published on 17.08.2020
    No flights from Alderney to UK before 21 September
    EasyJet services terminated to, from London Southend Airport next month, outbound flights cut from Newcastle and Stansted

    Published on 15.08.2020
    EasyJet scraps Malta-bound package holidays

    Published on 14.08.2020
    Jet2 confirms flights to France will continue despite FCO travel ban to country

    Published on 13.08.2020
    Virgin Atlantic to resume flights from London to Delhi, Mumbai from September 2

    Published on 12.08.2020
    British Airways resumes London Heathrow – Barbados service from mid-Oct 2020
    TUI cancels more flights and holidays to Spain, Morocco and Cyprus due to Covid

    Published on 11.08.2020
    Easyjet resumes flights to Egypt’s Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh

    11.08.2020 British Airways on Monday (10AUG20) filed additional schedule update for Northern winter 2020/21 season, mainly focusing on South Africa service. Latest adjustment, includes changes not covered from last week, as follows.

    London Gatwick – Orlando eff 21NOV20 Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly, 777-200ER operating (Frequency reduction from late-Nov previously not covered)
    London Heathrow – Bahrain – Dammam Reduce from 7 weekly 777-200ER to 5 weekly 787-8 (Previously not reported, service operated by 787-9 from 01JAN21), Bahrain – Dammam sector cancelled in NW20
    London Heathrow – Cape Town Reduce from 2 to 1 daily, BA043/042 747 service cancelled. Planned 777-300ER on BA059/058, instead of 747, remains unchanged
    London Heathrow – Johannesburg Reduce from 2 to 1 daily, A380 operating
    London Heathrow – Phoenix Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly, 787-9 operating (Previously not reported, frequency reduction in effect until 03JAN21)

    Previously reported changes:
    London City – New York JFK (westbound via Shannon) 1 daily A318 service cancelled
    London Gatwick – Cancun eff 06DEC20 Previously planned increase from 5 to 6 weekly unchanged
    London Gatwick – Cape Town Northern winter seasonal service from 26NOV20 closed for reservation, previously scheduled 3 weekly 777, increasing to 5 from 10JAN21
    London Gatwick – Las Vegas 3 weekly 777 service cancelled in W20
    London Gatwick – Montego Bay eff 13OCT20 Service resumption since March 2012, 2 weekly 777-200ER (Previously reported)
    London Gatwick – New York JFK 1 daily service remains cancelled in winter season
    London Gatwick – St. Lucia Planned increase from 7 to 9 weekly cancelled, 777-200ER operating
    London Gatwick – Tampa 6 weekly 777-200ER (no changes)
    London Heathrow – Abu Dhabi 1 daily service cancelled in NW20
    London Heathrow – Accra A350-1000XWB replaces 747-400, 1 daily
    London Heathrow – Atlanta Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly, 787-9 operating
    London Heathrow – Austin 5 of 7 weekly operated by A350-1000XWB, replacing 777-300ER (no additional changes as of 11AUG20)
    London Heathrow – Baltimore/Washington Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly, 787-8/-9 operating
    London Heathrow – Bangalore Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly, A350-1000XWB replaces 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Bangkok 787-9 replaces 3-class 777-200ER, 1 daily
    London Heathrow – Beijing Daxing 777-300ER replaces 787-9, 1 daily
    London Heathrow – Boston Reduce from 25 to 14 weekly, 4 weekly BA203/202 and 1 daily BA239/238 cancelled.
    BA213/212 787-9 replaces 747-400
    BA215/214 A350-1000XWB replaces 777-200ER

    London Heathrow – Buenos Aires Ezeiza Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly, 787-8 replaces 3-class 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Chennai Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly, 787-8/-9 operating
    London Heathrow – Chicago O’Hare
    BA295/294 787-9 replaces 747-400
    BA297/296 3-class 777-200ER replaces 4-class 777-200ER

    London Heathrow – Dallas/Ft. Worth 787-9 replaces 747-400, 1 daily (Aircraft change filed prior to COVID19 impact)
    London Heathrow – Delhi
    BA257/256 3-class 777-200ER replaces 4-class aircraft
    BA143/142 787-8 replaces -9

    London Heathrow – Denver 787-9 replaces 747-400, 1 daily
    London Heathrow – Dubai Reduce from 3 to 2 daily
    BA107/106 3-class 777-200ER replaced by 4-class aircraft until 31DEC20, 787-9 from 01JAN21
    BA105/104 787-9 replaces 4-class 777-200ER
    BA109/108 1 daily 747-400 cancelled

    London Heathrow – Durban 3 weekly 787-8 service cancelled in NW20
    London Heathrow – Hong Kong Reduce from 2 to 1 daily, BA031/032 cancelled. 777-300ER operating
    London Heathrow – Houston Reduce from 2 to 1 daily, BA197/196 cancelled. 4-class 777-200ER operating
    London Heathrow – Hyderabad Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly, 1 of 5 weekly operated by 787-9, instead of -8
    London Heathrow – Islamabad Initial update as of 06AUG20 tentatively displaying 1 daily, instead of 3 weekly (787-8 operating)
    London Heathrow – Jeddah 5 weekly 777-200ER cancelled until 14DEC20
    London Heathrow – Kuala Lumpur 787-8 replaces -9, 1 daily
    London Heathrow – Lagos New 4-class 777-200ER replaces 747-400
    London Heathrow – Las Vegas 3-class 777-200ER replaces 747-400, 1 daily (Planned A380 service 02JAN21 – 10JAN21 for CES also cancelled)
    London Heathrow – Los Angeles Reduce from 21 to 11 weekly
    BA281/280 Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly, new 4-class 777-300ER replaces 787-9
    BA269/268 1 daily A380
    BA283/282 1 daily 747-400 cancelled

    London Heathrow – Male Planned 3 weekly 777-300ER service replacing London Gatwick unchanged (Previously not reported, new 4-class 777-300ER to operate from 01JAN21)
    London Heathrow – Miami Reduce from 3 to 2 daily, BA211/210 cancelled
    BA207/206 A380 replaces 747-400
    BA209/208 777-200ER replaces 747-400 (787-9 operates from 01JAN21)
    BA211/210 1 daily 747-400 cancelled

    London Heathrow – Montreal Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly, 787-8 operating
    London Heathrow – Mumbai Reduce from 3 to 2 daily
    BA139/138 787-8 replaces 777-200ER
    BA135/134 Cancelled
    BA199/198 777-200ER replaced by 6 weekly 787-9 and 1 weekly 787-8

    London Heathrow – Nairobi Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly, 777-200ER operating
    London Heathrow – Nashville Reduce from 5 to 4 weekly, 787-8 operating
    London Heathrow – Newark Reduce from 2 to 1 daily, BA189/188 cancelled. 787-10 replaces -9 from 01DEC20 on BA185/184
    London Heathrow – New Orleans Reduce from 5 to 4 weekly, 787-8 operating
    London Heathrow – New York JFK Reduce from 8 to 6 daily, BA179/182 and BA183/178 cancelled. All flights operated by 777-200ER (majority with new 4-class aircraft)
    London Heathrow – Orlando 1 daily 3-class 777-200ER, new nonstop route (BA operated 1-stop London Heathrow – Orlando service in mid-80s)
    London Heathrow – Osaka Kansai 3 weekly 787-8 service closed for reservation in NW20
    London Heathrow – Philadelphia Reduce from 12 to 7 weekly, A350-1000XWB replaces 747-400 and 787-9
    London Heathrow – Pittsburgh 4 weekly service cancelled during winter season
    London Heathrow – Rio de Janeiro Galeao Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly, 787-8 operating
    London Heathrow – San Diego Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly, 787-9 replaces 747-400
    London Heathrow – San Francisco Reduce from 2 to 1 daily
    BA285/284 777-300ER replaces 747-400
    BA287/286 1 daily A380/777-200ER cancelled

    London Heathrow – San Jose CA Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly, 787-9 operating
    London Heathrow – Santiago de Chile Reduce from 5 to 4 weekly, 787-9 operating
    London Heathrow – Seattle Reduce from 10 to 7 weekly, 787-10 operates BA049/048 1 daily, instead of 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Seoul Incheon Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly, 787-8 operating
    London Heathrow – Shanghai Pu Dong Reduce from 10 to 7 weekly, 3-class 777-200ER operating
    London Heathrow – Singapore 777-300ER replaces A380, 1 daily
    London Heathrow – Singapore – Sydney 1 daily 777-300ER cancelled until 14DEC20 inclusive (LHR departure)
    London Heathrow – Tel Aviv
    BA163/162 787-9 replaces 3-class 777-200ER
    BA165/164 New 4-class 777-200ER replaces old 4-class aircraft

    London Heathrow – Toronto
    BA093/092 787-8 replaced by 5 weekly 787-10 and 2 weekly 787-9
    BA099/098 787-9 replaces -8

    London Heathrow – Vancouver 777-200ER replaces 747-400, 1 daily
    London Heathrow – Washington Dulles Reduce from 2 to 1 daily, A350-1000XWB replaces 747-400/787-9

    Published on 10.08.2020
    Loganair adds Newcastle – Exeter service from Sep 2020
    British Airways resumes London-Tel Aviv flights
    Jet2 to resume flights and holidays to Cyprus next week for first time since March

    Published on 08.08.2020
    British Airways to operate multiple weekly flights between India and London from August 17

    Published on 07.08.2020
    Eastern Airways adds Teesside – London Heathrow service from mid-Sep 2020
    British Airways resumes Islamabad service from mid-August 2020

    Published on 05.08.2020
    Virgin Atlantic files for Chapter 15 bankruptcy because of COVID-19

    05.08.2020 British Airways this week filed changes to its North American operation during winter 2020/21 season, from 25OCT20 to 27MAR21. This week’s update sees the airline file operational aircraft changes for Boeing 747-400 replacement, although the oneWorld carrier continues to display 747-400 operation in its network as of 04AUG20.

    As the airline’s schedule update is incomplete for the moment, additional changes will be reflected during the course of next few weeks, pending on latest market condition.

    London City – New York JFK (westbound via Shannon) 1 daily A318 service cancelled, reservation closed
    London Gatwick – New York JFK 
    1 daily service remains cancelled in winter season
    London Gatwick – Orlando 1 of 2 daily service moves to London Heathrow. 777-200ER operating
    London Gatwick – Tampa 6 weekly 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Atlanta 
    1 daily 787-9
    London Heathrow – Austin 
    5 of 7 weekly operated by A350-1000XWB, replacing 777-300ER
    London Heathrow – Baltimore/Washington 3 of 7 weekly operated by 787-9, replacing -8
    London Heathrow – Boston
    BA203/202 777-200ER (4 weekly)
    BA213/212 787-9 replaces 747-400
    BA215/214 A350-1000XWB replaces 777-200ER
    BA239/238 777-200ER

    London Heathrow – Chicago O’Hare
    BA295/294 787-9 replaces 747-400
    BA297/296 3-class 777-200ER replaces 4-class 777-200ER

    London Heathrow – Dallas/Ft. Worth 
    787-9 replaces 747-400 (This adjustment was filed prior to COVID19 impact)
    London Heathrow – Denver 
    787-9 replaces 747-400
    London Heathrow – Houston 1 of 2 daily operated by 777-200ER, replacing 787-9
    London Heathrow – Las Vegas No schedule update, service continues to display 1 daily 747-400 (A380 02JAN21 – 10JAN21)
    London Heathrow – Los Angeles Except BA281/280 4 of 7 weekly operated by new 4-class 777-300ER instead of 787-9, BA continues to display BA269/268 with A380, BA283/282 with 747-400
    London Heathrow – Miami
    BA207/206 A380 replaces 747-400
    BA211/210 continues to display 747-400
    BA209/208 777-200ER replaces 747-400

    London Heathrow – Montreal 
    1 daily 787-8
    London Heathrow – Nashville 
    5 weekly 787-8
    London Heathrow – Newark 2 daily 787-9
    London Heathrow – New Orleans 5 weekly 787-8
    London Heathrow – New York JFK Except BA183/178 continues to display 747-400, the other 7 daily flights operated by 777-200ER (mostly operated by new 4-class aircraft)
    London Heathrow – Orlando 1 daily 3-class 777-200ER, new nonstop route (Previously reported on Airlineroute, BA operated 1-stop London Heathrow – Orlando service in mid-80s)
    London Heathrow – Philadelphia No schedule update, service continues to display 1 daily 747-400 and 5 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Phoenix 1 daily 787-9
    London Heathrow – Pittsburgh 4 weekly 787-8
    London Heathrow – San Diego 5 of 7 weekly displays 787-9, while 747-400 continues to operate 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – San Francisco
    BA285/284 777-300ER replaces 747-400
    BA287/286 continues to display A380/777-200ER

    London Heathrow – San Jose CA 1 daily 787-9
    London Heathrow – Seattle 
    BA049/048 787-10 replaces 777-200ER, 1 daily (BA053/052 3 weekly 777-200ER)
    London Heathrow – Toronto
    BA093/092 787-8 replaced by 5 weekly 787-10 and 2 weekly 787-9
    BA099/098 787-9 replaces -8

    London Heathrow – Vancouver 
    777-200ER replaces 747-400, 1 daily
    London Heathrow – Washington Dulles No schedule update, service continues to display 1 daily each 747-400/787-9

    04.08.2020 British Airways during the month of August 2020 schedules 101 European routes out of London Heathrow, including domestic service, with approximate 805 weekly departures. Planned operation based on 02AUG20 OAG schedules listing as follow.

    Note due to various travel restriction and quarantine rule, planned operation listed below remains subject to change and may see last minute modifications. The following list does not include flights operated by BA CityFlyer.

    Domestic
    London Heathrow – Aberdeen 10 weekly
    London Heathrow – Belfast City 9 weekly
    London Heathrow – Edinburgh 17 weekly
    London Heathrow – Glasgow 14 weekly
    London Heathrow – Inverness 6 weekly
    London Heathrow – Jersey 18 weekly
    London Heathrow – Manchester 7 weekly
    London Heathrow – Newcastle 5 weekly
    London Heathrow – Newquay 5 weekly

    Europe
    London Heathrow – Alicante 11 weekly
    London Heathrow – Amsterdam 17 weekly
    London Heathrow – Athens 35 weekly
    London Heathrow – Barcelona 18 weekly
    London Heathrow – Bari 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Basel/Mulhouse 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Bastia 1 weekly
    London Heathrow – Berlin Tegel 17 weekly
    London Heathrow – Bilbao 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Billund 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Bodrum 1 weekly
    London Heathrow – Bologna 12 weekly
    London Heathrow – Bordeaux 5 weekly
    London Heathrow – Brindisi 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Brussels 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Bucharest 5 weekly
    London Heathrow – Budapest 5 weekly
    London Heathrow – Cagliari 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Catania 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Chania 6 weekly
    London Heathrow – Copenhagen 10 weekly
    London Heathrow – Corfu 14 weekly
    London Heathrow – Dalaman 5 weekly
    London Heathrow – Dublin 6 weekly
    London Heathrow – Dubrovnik 7 weekly
    London Heathrow – Dusseldorf 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Faro 19 weekly
    London Heathrow – Figari 1 weekly
    London Heathrow – Frankfurt 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Funchal 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Geneva 10 weekly
    London Heathrow – Genoa 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Gibraltar 12 weekly
    London Heathrow – Gothenburg 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Hamburg 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Hannover 
    3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Ibiza 21 weekly
    London Heathrow – Irakleion 5 weekly
    London Heathrow – Istanbul 7 weekly
    London Heathrow – Kalamata 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Kefallinia 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Kos 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Krakow 5 weekly
    London Heathrow – Lanzarote 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Larnaca 13-21 weekly
    London Heathrow – Lisbon 13-21 weekly
    London Heathrow – Luxembourg 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Lyon 5 weekly
    London Heathrow – Madrid 12 weekly
    London Heathrow – Mahon 6 weekly
    London Heathrow – Malaga 25 weekly
    London Heathrow – Malta 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Marseille 12 weekly
    London Heathrow – Milan Malpensa 21 weekly
    London Heathrow – Moscow Domodedovo 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Munich 9 weekly
    London Heathrow – Mykonos 8 weekly
    London Heathrow – Naples 10 weekly
    London Heathrow – Nice 33 weekly
    London Heathrow – Olbia 5 weekly
    London Heathrow – Oslo 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Palermo 6 weekly
    London Heathrow – Palma Mallorca 22 weekly
    London Heathrow – Paphos 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Paris CDG 6 weekly
    London Heathrow – Pisa 11 weekly
    London Heathrow – Porto 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Prague 6 weekly
    London Heathrow – Preveza 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Prishtina 1 weekly
    London Heathrow – Pula 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Reykjavik Keflavik 5 weekly
    London Heathrow – Rhodes 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Rome 19 weekly
    London Heathrow – Seville 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Sofia 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Split 9 weekly
    London Heathrow – Stockholm Arlanda 6 weekly
    London Heathrow – Tenerife South 6 weekly
    London Heathrow – Thira 6 weekly
    London Heathrow – Tirana 5 weekly
    London Heathrow – Toulouse 10 weekly
    London Heathrow – Turin 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Valencia 5 weekly
    London Heathrow – Venice 14 weekly
    London Heathrow – Verona 6 weekly
    London Heathrow – Vienna 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Warsaw 6 weekly
    London Heathrow – Zagreb 6 weekly
    London Heathrow – Zakynthos 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Zurich 8 weekly

    Published on 03.08.2020
    Atlantic Airways 4Q20 Edinburgh operation update as of 31JUL20
    British Airways August 2020 European network as of 02AUG20

    Published on 28.07.2020
    British Airways may resume Pakistan flights from August

    Published on 27.07.2020
    Jet2 cancels all flights to mainland Spain until 16 August

    Published on 26.07.2020
    TUI cancels all holidays to mainland Spain to Aug. 9

    Published on 23.07.2020
    Eastern Airways schedules new domestic routes from Sep 2020
    TUI to restart flights from Cardiff Airport 1st August

    23.07.2020 British Airways this week filed changes to its Intercontinental operation for the month of September 2020. As of 22JUL20, planned operation as follows.

    Various travel restrictions continue to impact the airline’s planned operation and passenger traffic rights. Additional changes expected in the next few weeks.

    London Gatwick – Antigua – Providenciales 1 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Antigua – St. Kitts 2 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Antigua – Tobago 2 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Bermuda 1 daily 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Bridgetown 6 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Cancun 4 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Kingston 3 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Las Vegas 1 daily 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Mauritius 3 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Orlando 11 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Punta Cana 3 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – St. Lucia – Grenada 2 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – St. Lucia – Port of Spain 5 weekly 777-200ER
    London Gatwick – Tampa 1 daily 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Abuja 1 daily 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Accra 1 daily 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Atlanta 1 daily 787-9
    London Heathrow – Bahrain 3 weekly 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Baltimore/Washington 4 weekly 787-8
    London Heathrow – Bangalore 3 weekly A350-1000XWB
    London Heathrow – Bangkok 1 daily 787-8
    London Heathrow – Boston 2 daily 777-200ER/A350-1000XWB
    London Heathrow – Buenos Aires Ezeiza 4 weekly 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Cape Town 3 weekly 777-300ER
    London Heathrow – Chennai 3 weekly 787-8/-9
    London Heathrow – Chicago O’Hare 2 daily 787-9/A350-1000XWB
    London Heathrow – Dallas/Ft. Worth 1 daily 787-10
    London Heathrow – Delhi 10 weekly 777-200ER/787-8
    London Heathrow – Denver 1 daily 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Dubai 1 daily A350-1000XWB
    London Heathrow – Hong Kong 1 daily 777-300ER
    London Heathrow – Houston 5 weekly 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Hyderabad 3 weekly 787-8/-9
    London Heathrow – Islamabad 3 weekly 787-8
    London Heathrow – Johannesburg 1 daily 777-300ER
    London Heathrow – Kuala Lumpur 5 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Kuwait City 3 weekly 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Lagos 1 daily 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Las Vegas 1 daily 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Los Angeles 2 daily 787-9
    London Heathrow – Mahe Island 2 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Mexico City 4 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Miami 1 daily 787-9
    London Heathrow – Montreal 3 weekly 787-8
    London Heathrow – Mumbai 10 weekly 777-200ER/787-8
    London Heathrow – Nairobi 4 weekly 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Nassau – Grand Cayman 4 weekly 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Newark 1 daily 787-9
    London Heathrow – New York JFK 4 daily 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Philadelphia 1 daily 787-9
    London Heathrow – Riyadh 4 weekly 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – San Francisco 1 daily 777-300ER
    London Heathrow – Sao Paulo Guarulhos 1 daily 787-9
    London Heathrow – Seattle 1 daily 787-10
    London Heathrow – Seoul Incheon 5 weekly 787-8
    London Heathrow – Shanghai Pu Dong 2 weekly 777-300ER
    London Heathrow – Singapore 1 daily 777-300ER
    London Heathrow – Tel Aviv 2 daily 787/A350
    London Heathrow – Tokyo Haneda 1 daily 787-9 (this route is not served from 01AUG20 to 28AUG20)
    London Heathrow – Toronto 1 daily 787-8
    London Heathrow – Vancouver 1 daily 777-200ER
    London Heathrow – Washington Dulles 1 daily A350-1000XWB

    Published on 22.07.2020
    British Airways resumes Shanghai service from August 2020

    Published on 21.07.2020
    Eastern Airways plans Dublin launch in late-August 2020
    Wizz Air UK expands Spain / Greece network in August 2020

    21.07.2020 British Airways in the second half of July 2020 continues gradual network resumption on various European routes. Previously reported on Airlineroute, the airline is moving short-haul London Gatwick service to Heathrow, at least until 06SEP20 the latest.

    Planned operation for the remainder of July, with frequency based on week of 19JUL20, as follows.

    London Heathrow – Aberdeen 14 weekly
    London Heathrow – Alicante 12 weekly
    London Heathrow – Amsterdam 20 weekly
    London Heathrow – Athens 15 weekly
    London Heathrow – Barcelona 19 weekly
    London Heathrow – Basel/Mulhouse 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Belfast City 14 weekly
    London Heathrow – Berlin Tegel 19 weekly
    London Heathrow – Billund 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Bologna 7 weekly
    London Heathrow – Brinidsi 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Brussels 9 weekly
    London Heathrow – Bucharest 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Budapest 10 weekly
    London Heathrow – Cagliari 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Chania 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Copenhagen 14 weekly
    London Heathrow – Corfu 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Dalaman 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Dublin 11 weekly
    London Heathrow – Dubrovnik 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Dusseldorf 6 weekly
    London Heathrow – Edinburgh 20 weekly
    London Heathrow – Faro 13 weekly
    London Heathrow – Funchal 1 weekly
    London Heathrow – Geneva 12 weekly
    London Heathrow – Gibraltar 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Glasgow 14 weekly
    London Heathrow – Gothenburg 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Hamburg 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Hannover 6 weekly
    London Heathrow – Ibiza 11 weekly
    London Heathrow – Inverness 7 weekly
    London Heathrow – Irakleion 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Istanbul 5 weekly
    London Heathrow – Jersey 14 weekly
    London Heathrow – Kalamata 1 weekly
    London Heathrow – Kos 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Krakow 5 weekly
    London Heathrow – Larnaca 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Lisbon 10 weekly
    London Heathrow – Madrid 12 weekly
    London Heathrow – Mahon 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Malaga 23 weekly
    London Heathrow – Manchester 7 weekly
    London Heathrow – Marseille 7 weekly
    London Heathrow – Milan Malpensa 13 weekly
    London Heathrow – Munich 6 weekly
    London Heathrow – Mykonos 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Naples 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Newcastle 7 weekly
    London Heathrow – Newquay 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Nice 19 weekly
    London Heathrow – Olbia 20 weekly
    London Heathrow – Oslo 5 weekly
    London Heathrow – Palermo 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Palma Mallorca 16 weekly
    London Heathrow – Paris CDG 21 weekly
    London Heathrow – Pisa 7 weekly
    London Heathrow – Porto 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Prague 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Preveza 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Prishtina 1 weekly
    London Heathrow – Reykjavik Keflavik 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Rhodes 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Rome 14 weekly
    London Heathrow – Seville 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Sofia 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Split 5 weekly
    London Heathrow – Stockholm Arlanda 6 weekly
    London Heathrow – Tenerife South 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Thessaloniki 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Thira 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Tirana 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Toulouse 7 weekly
    London Heathrow – Turin 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Valencia 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Venice 7 weekly
    London Heathrow – Verona 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Warsaw 7 weekly
    London Heathrow – Zagreb 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Zakynthos 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Zurich 7 weekly

    Published on 20.07.2020
    Virgin Atlantic returns to the skies after Covid-19 grounding
    Norwegian Air UK extends preliminary schedule into S21

    Published on 15.07.2020
    Jet2 resumes flights: Full list of destinations and new rules passengers must follow

    Published on 14.07.2020
    EasyJet to Resume Flights to Gibraltar from Next Week 20JULY
    TUI to restart flights from Bristol Airport to destinations in Greece and Spain from 25 July

    Published on 13.07.2020
    Jet2.com outlines July/August 2020 scheduled operations

    13.07.2020 Norwegian Air UK (DI) in recent weeks revised planned service resumption. As of 12JUL20 OAG schedules listing, the airline intends to resume scheduled long-haul operation as early as 09DEC20, although this is likely to change. Reservation is available at time this post goes to press.

    Preliminary Norwegian Air UK’s long-haul routes for winter season as follows.

    London Gatwick – Boston 1 daily (5 weekly 07JAN21 – 27MAR21)
    London Gatwick – Los Angeles 9 weekly (5 weekly 11JAN21 – 14FEB21)
    London Gatwick – Miami 1 daily (5 weekly 12JAN21 – 22FEB21)
    London Gatwick – New York JFK 3 daily (16 weekly 09JAN21 – 27MAR21)
    London Gatwick – Orlando 6 weekly (3 weekly 11JAN21 – 21FEB21)
    London Gatwick – San Francisco 4 weekly (3 weekly 19JAN21 – 23FEB21)
    London Gatwick – Tampa 3 weekly (2 weekly 11JAN21 – 27MAR21)

    13.07.2020 British carrier Jet2.com this week will resume scheduled operation, initially operating slightly over 200 routes during the period of 15JUL20 – 26AUG20. All service will be operated by Boeing 737-800 aircraft, while selected service to/from Manchester also sees Airbus A321 operating.

    Various travel restrictions will impact the airline’s planned operation.

    Belfast – Alicante eff 18JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Belfast – Dalaman eff 20JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Belfast – Gran Canaria eff 16JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Belfast – Ibiza eff 19JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Belfast – Lanzarote eff 19JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Belfast – Tenerife South eff 17JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Alicante eff 16JUL20 5 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Almeria eff 19JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Antalya eff 17JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Bergerac eff 18JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Bodrum eff 17JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Chania eff 21JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Corfu eff 15JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Corvera eff 17JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Dalaman eff 16JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Dubrovnik eff 18JUL20 1 weekly 737-800 (2 weekly from 18AUG20)
    Birmingham – Faro eff 01AUG20 1 daily 737-800
    Birmingham – Fuerteventura eff 15JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Funchal eff 03AUG20 1 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 16JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Ibiza eff 16JUL20 4 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Irakleion eff 15JUL20 2 weekly 737-800 (3 weekly from 25JUL20)
    Birmingham – Kos eff 16JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Lanzarote eff 16JUL20 4 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Larnaca eff 01AUG20 2 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Mahon eff 15JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Malaga eff 15JUL20 5 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Murcia eff 17JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Palma Mallorca eff 15JUL20 1 daily 737-800
    Birmingham – Paphos eff 02AUG20 2 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Pula eff 19JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Rhodes eff 18JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Skiathos eff 15JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Split eff 15JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Birmingham – Tenerife South eff 15JUL20 1 daily 737-800
    Birmingham – Zakynthos eff 15JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    East Midlands – Alicante eff 16JUL20 5 weekly 737-800
    East Midlands – Antalya eff 17JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    East Midlands – Bodrum eff 16JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    East Midlands – Corfu eff 17JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    East Midlands – Dalaman eff 19JUL20 2 weekly 737-800 (3 weekly from 27JUL20)
    East Midlands – Faro eff 01AUG20 5 weekly 737-800
    East Midlands – Fuerteventura eff 18JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    East Midlands – Funchal eff 03AUG20 1 weekly 737-800
    East Midlands – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 18JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    East Midlands – Ibiza eff 16JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    East Midlands – Irakleion eff 17JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    East Midlands – Kefallinia eff 15JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    East Midlands – Kos eff 17JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    East Midlands – Lanzarote eff 16JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    East Midlands – Larnaca eff 01AUG20 2 weekly 737-800
    East Midlands – Mahon eff 18JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    East Midlands – Malaga eff 16JUL20 5 weekly 737-800
    East Midlands – Palma Mallorca eff 15JUL20 1 daily 737-800
    East Midlands – Paphos eff 02AUG20 2 weekly 737-800
    East Midlands – Pisa eff 18JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    East Midlands – Rhodes eff 15JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    East Midlands – Split eff 19JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    East Midlands – Tenerife South eff 17JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    East Midlands – Zakynthos eff 15JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    Edinburgh – Alicante eff 25JUL20 2 weekly 737-800 (3 weekly from 06AUG20)
    Edinburgh – Antalya eff 17JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Edinburgh – Bodrum eff 16JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Edinburgh – Dalaman eff 18JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Edinburgh – Dubrovnik eff 24AUG20 1 weekly 737-800
    Edinburgh – Faro eff 01AUG20 3 weekly 737-800
    Edinburgh – Fuerteventura eff 25JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Edinburgh – Funchal eff 03AUG20 1 weekly 737-800
    Edinburgh – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 31JUL20 2 weekly 737-800

    Edinburgh – Ibiza eff 09AUG20 3 weekly 737-800
    Edinburgh – Irakleion eff 03AUG20 1 weekly 737-800
    Edinburgh – Lanzarote eff 25JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Edinburgh – Larnaca eff 05AUG20 1 weekly 737-800
    Edinburgh – Mahon eff 31JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Edinburgh – Malaga eff 25JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Edinburgh – Tenerife South eff 26JUL20 4 weekly 737-800
    Glasgow – Alicante eff 27JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Glasgow – Bodrum eff 24AUG20 1 weekly 737-800
    Glasgow – Corfu eff 22JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Glasgow – Dalaman eff 17JUL20 2 weekly 737-800 (3 weekly from 09AUG20)
    Glasgow – Faro eff 01AUG20 4 weekly 737-800
    Glasgow – Fuerteventura eff 25JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Glasgow – Funchal eff 07AUG20 1 weekly 737-800
    Glasgow – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 25JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Glasgow – Ibiza eff 25JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    Glasgow – Irakleion eff 16JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Glasgow – Izmir eff 13AUG20 1 weekly 737-800
    Glasgow – Kefallinia eff 15JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Glasgow – Lanzarote eff 25JUL20 4 weekly 737-800
    Glasgow – Larnaca eff 05AUG20 1 weekly 737-800
    Glasgow – Malaga eff 25JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    Glasgow – Palma Mallorca eff 25JUL20 5 weekly 737-800
    Glasgow – Paphos eff 01AUG20 2 weekly 737-800
    Glasgow – Rhodes eff 17JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Glasgow – Tenerife South eff 25JUL20 6 weekly 737-800
    Glasgow – Zakynthos eff 15JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Alicante eff 15JUL20 1 daily 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Almeria eff 19JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Antalya eff 16JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Bergerac eff 18JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Bodrum eff 15JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Chania eff 19JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Corfu eff 21JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Dalaman eff 17JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Faro eff 01AUG20 1 daily 737-800

    Leeds/Bradford – Fuerteventura eff 18JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Funchal eff 02AUG20 1 weekly 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 18JUL20 2 weekly 737-800 (3 weekly from 20AUG20)
    Leeds/Bradford – Ibiza eff 16JUL20 6 weekly 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Irakleion eff 17JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Kefallinia eff 17JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Kos eff 17JUL20 1 weekly 737-800 (2 weekly from 26JUL20)
    Leeds/Bradford – Lanzarote eff 16JUL20 5 weekly 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Larnaca eff 16AUG20 1 weekly 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Mahon eff 19JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Malaga eff 15JUL20 1 daily 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Palma Mallorca eff 15JUL20 1 daily 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Paphos eff 01AUG20 2 weekly 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Pula eff 19JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Rhodes eff 22AUG20 1 weekly 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Split eff 18JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Tenerife South eff 17JUL20 4 weekly 737-800
    Leeds/Bradford – Zakynthos eff 15JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    London Stansted – Alicante eff 15JUL20 5 weekly 737-800
    London Stansted – Antalya eff 15JUL20 5 weekly 737-800
    London Stansted – Bodrum eff 15JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    London Stansted – Chania eff 21JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    London Stansted – Corfu eff 16JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    London Stansted – Dalaman eff 15JUL20 6 weekly 737-800

    London Stansted – Dubrovnik eff 18JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    London Stansted – Faro eff 01AUG20 1 daily 737-800
    London Stansted – Fuerteventura eff 15JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    London Stansted – Funchal eff 03AUG20 2 weekly 737-800
    London Stansted – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 16JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    London Stansted – Ibiza eff 16JUL20 5 weekly 737-800
    London Stansted – Irakleion eff 21JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    London Stansted – Izmir eff 16JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    London Stansted – Kefallinia eff 15JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    London Stansted – Kos eff 16JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    London Stansted – Lanzarote eff 16JUL20 4 weekly 737-800 (6 weekly from 04AUG20)
    London Stansted – Larnaca eff 01AUG20 2 weekly 737-800
    London Stansted – Mahon eff 17JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    London Stansted – Malaga eff 17JUL20 4 weekly 737-800
    London Stansted – Palma Mallorca eff 15JUL20 1 daily 737-800
    London Stansted – Paphos eff 01AUG20 2 weekly 737-800 (3 weekly from 11AUG20)
    London Stansted – Skiathos eff 15JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    London Stansted – Split eff 19JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    London Stansted – Tenerife South eff 16JUL20 1 daily 737-800
    London Stansted – Zakynthos eff 15JUL20 4 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Alicante eff 15JUL20 1 daily 737-800/A321
    Manchester – Almeria eff 18JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Antalya eff 15JUL20 1 daily 737-800
    Manchester – Bergerac eff 18JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Bodrum eff 18JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Chania eff 21JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Corfu eff 17JUL20 4 weekly 737-800/A321
    Manchester – Corvera eff 17JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Dalaman eff 15JUL20 1 daily 737-800/A321
    Manchester – Dubrovnik eff 16JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Faro eff 01AUG20 1 daily 737-800
    Manchester – Fuerteventura eff 15JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Funchal eff 03AUG20 1 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 16JUL20 4 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Ibiza eff 15JUL20 1 daily 737-800
    Manchester – Irakleion eff 15JUL20 4 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Izmir eff 15JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Kefallinia eff 15JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Kos eff 16JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – La Rochelle eff 18JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Lanzarote eff 16JUL20 4 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Larnaca eff 03AUG20 2 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Mahon eff 17JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Malaga eff 15JUL20 1 daily 737-800
    Manchester – Palma Mallorca eff 15JUL20 10 weekly 737-800/A321 (11 weekly from 02AUG20)
    Manchester – Paphos eff 01AUG20 4 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Pisa eff 18JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Preveza eff 18JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Pula eff 16JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Rhodes eff 20JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Skiathos eff 15JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Split eff 18JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Manchester – Tenerife South eff 15JUL20 8 weekly 737-800/A321 (10 weekly from 08AUG20)
    Manchester – Zakynthos eff 15JUL20 4 weekly 737-800
    Newcastle – Alicante eff 17JUL20 5 weekly 737-800
    Newcastle – Antalya eff 20JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Newcastle – Bodrum eff 21JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Newcastle – Corfu eff 20JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Newcastle – Dalaman eff 16JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    Newcastle – Dubrovnik eff 19JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Newcastle – Faro eff 01AUG20 5 weekly 737-800
    Newcastle – Fuerteventura eff 18JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Newcastle – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 16JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Newcastle – Ibiza eff 10AUG20 3 weekly 737-800
    Newcastle – Irakleion eff 21JUL20 1 weekly 737-800 (2 weekly from 14AUG20)
    Newcastle – Izmir eff 21JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Newcastle – Kos eff 20JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Newcastle – Lanzarote eff 16JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    Newcastle – Mahon eff 17JUL20 2 weekly 737-800
    Newcastle – Malaga eff 17JUL20 4 weekly 737-800
    Newcastle – Palma Mallorca eff 17JUL20 4 weekly 737-800 (5 weekly from 04AUG20)
    Newcastle – Pisa eff 18JUL20 1 weekly 737-800
    Newcastle – Rhodes eff 01AUG20 1 weekly 737-800
    Newcastle – Tenerife South eff 17JUL20 3 weekly 737-800
    Newcastle – Zakynthos eff 15JUL20 2 weekly 737-800

    Published on 11.07.2020
    Travel giant TUI axes summer flights from Aberdeen
    Jet2 cancels flights from Scotland to Spain and other countries left off the no quarantine list

    Published on 10.07.2020
    Blue Islands schedules new routes launch in late-August 2020
    Blue Islands adds limited-time Jersey – London Gatwick service in July 2020

    Published on 08.07.2020
    Eastern Airways revises Teesside – Alicante seasonal service in 3Q20
    British Airways adds London Heathrow – Newquay service from late-July 2020

    06.07.2020 British Airways during the week of 05JUL20 schedules 61 European routes from London Heathrow, with 365 weekly departure flights, including domestic service to Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey and Manchester.

    As of 03JUL20, planned operation for the week of 05JUL20 as follows. Various travel restrictions will impact the airline’s planned operation.

    London Heathrow – Aberdeen 11 weekly
    London Heathrow – Alicante 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Amsterdam 14 weekly
    London Heathrow – Athens 5 weekly
    London Heathrow – Barcelona 16 weekly
    London Heathrow – Belfast City 9 weekly
    London Heathrow – Berlin Tegel 12 weekly
    London Heathrow – Bologna 6 weekly
    London Heathrow – Chania 1 weekly
    London Heathrow – Copenhagen 8 weekly
    London Heathrow – Corfu 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Dublin 6 weekly
    London Heathrow – Edinburgh 14 weekly
    London Heathrow – Faro 8 weekly
    London Heathrow – Geneva 9 weekly
    London Heathrow – Gibraltar 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Glasgow 14 weekly
    London Heathrow – Gothenburg 1 weekly
    London Heathrow – Ibiza 6 weekly
    London Heathrow – Jersey 7 weekly
    London Heathrow – Krakow 1 weekly
    London Heathrow – Larnaca 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Lisbon 12 weekly
    London Heathrow – Madrid 12 weekly
    London Heathrow – Malaga 10 weekly
    London Heathrow – Manchester 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Marseille 4 weekly
    London Heathrow – Milan Malpensa 13 weekly
    London Heathrow – Munich 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Mykonos 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Nice 12 weekly
    London Heathrow – Oslo 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Palermo 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Palma Mallorca 9 weekly
    London Heathrow – Paris CDG 12 weekly
    London Heathrow – Pisa 5 weekly
    London Heathrow – Preveza 1 weekly
    London Heathrow – Prishtina 1 weekly
    London Heathrow – Rome 12 weekly
    London Heathrow – Split 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Stockholm Arlanda 7 weekly
    London Heathrow – Thira 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Tirana 1 weekly
    London Heathrow – Toulouse 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Valencia 3 weekly
    London Heathrow – Venice 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Warsaw 1 weekly
    London Heathrow – Zagreb 2 weekly
    London Heathrow – Zakynthos 1 weekly
    London Heathrow – Zurich 1 weekly

    The oneWorld member will gradually resume additional European routes by mid-July 2020. Previously reported on Airlineroute, BA’s short-haul service to/from London Gatwick will move to London Heathrow from mid-July 2020, at least until 07SEP20 inclusive.

    Published on 03.07.2020
    BA CityFlyer adds London City – Belfast service from Sep 2020

    01.07.2020
    British Airways later this month will resume service at London Gatwick, initially operating long-haul service to The Caribbean. Planned operation as follows.

    London Gatwick – Bermuda eff 17JUL20 2 weekly 777
    London Gatwick – Bridgetown eff 18JUL20 2 weekly 777
    London Gatwick – Kingston eff 20JUL20 2 weekly 777
    London Gatwick – St. Lucia eff 25JUL20 1 weekly 777

    TUI Airways UK from July 2020 plans to resume scheduled passenger operation, initially operating from Birmingham, London Gatwick and Manchester on 11JUL20. Other bases will be resumed during summer schedule, including Dublin from 23JUL20, Bristol and Glasgow from 25JUL20, and following from 01AUG20: Bournemouth, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, Exeter, London Stansted, Newcastle.

    For July 2020, the airline schedules 293 flights in total, based on 28JUN20 OAG schedules (9210 flights as of 08MAR20). The following only focuses on planned operation for July and August 2020. Additional frequencies and routes to be resumed on/after 29AUG20 is excluded in this list. Additional changes remainly likely.

    Birmingham – Alicante eff 25JUL20 1 weekly
    Birmingham – Bourgas eff 27JUL20 1 weekly
    Birmingham – Corfu eff 17JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 03AUG20)
    Birmingham – Faro eff 02AUG20 1 weekly
    Birmingham – Fuerteventura eff 01AUG20 1 weekly
    Birmingham – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 27JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 27AUG20)
    Birmingham – Ibiza eff 17JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 03AUG20)
    Birmingham – Irakleion eff 12JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 06AUG20)
    Birmingham – Kefallinia eff 06AUG20 1 weekly
    Birmingham – Kos eff 11JUL20 1 weekly (3 weekly from 01AUG20)
    Birmingham – Lanzarote eff 16JUL20 1 weekly
    Birmingham – Larnaca eff 02AUG20 2 weekly
    Birmingham – Mahon eff 01AUG20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 12AUG20)
    Birmingham – Malaga eff 26JUL20 1 weekly
    Birmingham – Palma Mallorca eff 11JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 31JUL20, 4 weekly from 08AUG20, 5 weekly from 23AUG20)
    Birmingham – Paphos eff 01AUG20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 13AUG20)
    Birmingham – Reus eff 04AUG20 1 weekly
    Birmingham – Rhodes eff 15JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 25JUL20, 3 weekly from 07AUG20)
    Birmingham – Skiathos eff 07AUG20 1 weekly
    Birmingham – Tenerife South eff 17JUL20 1 weekly (3 weekly from 28JUL20)
    Birmingham – Thessaloniki eff 03AUG20 1 weekly
    Birmingham – Zakynthos eff 26JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 04AUG20, 3 weekly from 14AUG20)
    Bournemouth – Lanzarote eff 06AUG20 1 weekly
    Bournemouth – Corfu eff 07AUG20 1 weekly
    Bournemouth – Palma Mallorca eff 01AUG20 2 weekly
    Bristol – Alicante eff 08AUG20 1 weekly
    Bristol – Bourgas eff 31JUL20 1 weekly
    Bristol – Corfu eff 31JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 10AUG20)
    Bristol – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 30JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 10AUG20)
    Bristol – Ibiza eff 30JUL20 1 weekly
    Bristol – Irakleion eff 26JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 13AUG20)
    Bristol – Kefallinia eff 02AUG20 1 weekly
    Bristol – Kos eff 25JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 11AUG20)
    Bristol – Lanzarote eff 30JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 23AUG20)
    Bristol – Larnaca eff 02AUG20 2 weekly
    Bristol – Malaga eff 02AUG20 1 weekly
    Bristol – Palma Mallorca eff 25JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 12AUG20)
    Bristol – Paphos eff 01AUG20 2 weekly
    Bristol – Reus eff 25AUG20 1 weekly
    Bristol – Rhodes eff 25JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 05AUG20)
    Bristol – Tenerife South eff 31JUL20 2 weekly
    Bristol – Zakynthos eff 31JUL20 2 weekly
    Cardiff – Alicante eff 01AUG20 1 weekly
    Cardiff – Bourgas eff 03AUG20 1 weekly
    Cardiff – Corfu eff 07AUG20 1 weekly
    Cardiff – Ibiza eff 05AUG20 1 weekly
    Cardiff – Kos eff 01AUG20 1 weekly
    Cardiff – Lanzarote eff 06AUG20 1 weekly
    Cardiff – Larnaca eff 09AUG20 1 weekly
    Cardiff – Malaga eff 02AUG20 1 weekly
    Cardiff – Palma Mallorca eff 01AUG20 2 weekly
    Cardiff – Paphos eff 02AUG20 1 weekly
    Cardiff – Rhodes eff 05AUG20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 22AUG20)
    Cardiff – Tenerife South eff 04AUG20 2 weekly
    Cardiff – Zakynthos eff 04AUG20 1 weekly
    Doncaster/Sheffield – Alicante eff 01AUG20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 11AUG20)
    Doncaster/Sheffield – Bourgas eff 07AUG20 1 weekly
    Doncaster/Sheffield – Corfu eff 07AUG20 1 weekly
    Doncaster/Sheffield – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 08AUG20 1 weekly
    Doncaster/Sheffield – Kos eff 05AUG20 1 weekly
    Doncaster/Sheffield – Lanzarote eff 02AUG20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 13AUG20)
    Doncaster/Sheffield – Malaga eff 02AUG20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 12AUG20)
    Doncaster/Sheffield – Palma Mallorca eff 01AUG20 2 weekly
    Doncaster/Sheffield – Paphos eff 02AUG20 1 weekly
    Doncaster/Sheffield – Rhodes eff 04AUG20 1 weekly
    Doncaster/Sheffield – Tenerife South eff 03AUG20 2 weekly
    Doncaster/Sheffield – Zakynthos eff 07AUG20 1 weekly
    Dublin – Corfu eff 24JUL20 1 weekly
    Dublin – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 27JUL20 1 weekly
    Dublin – Irakleion eff 28JUL20 1 weekly
    Dublin – Lanzarote eff 23JUL20 1 weekly
    Dublin – Palma Mallorca eff 25JUL20 1 weekly
    Dublin – Zakynthos eff 26JUL20 1 weekly
    East Midlands – Alicante eff 04AUG20 1 weekly
    East Midlands – Corfu eff 07AUG20 1 weekly
    East Midlands – Faro eff 09AUG20 1 weekly
    East Midlands – Ibiza eff 01AUG20 1 weekly
    East Midlands – Irakleion eff 02AUG20 1 weekly
    East Midlands – Kos eff 01AUG20 2 weekly
    East Midlands – Lanzarote eff 13AUG20 1 weekly
    East Midlands – Larnaca eff 09AUG20 1 weekly
    East Midlands – Malaga eff 13AUG20 1 weekly
    East Midlands – Palma Mallorca eff 01AUG20 1 weekly
    East Midlands – Paphos eff 01AUG20 2 weekly
    East Midlands – Rhodes eff 01AUG20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 25AUG20)
    East Midlands – Tenerife South eff 07AUG20 1 weekly
    East Midlands – Zakynthos eff 04AUG20 1 weekly
    Exeter – Corfu eff 07AUG20 1 weekly
    Exeter – Irakleion eff 11AUG20 1 weekly
    Exeter – Lanzarote eff 06AUG20 1 weekly
    Exeter – Palma Mallorca eff 01AUG20 1 weekly
    Exeter – Paphos eff 08AUG20 1 weekly
    Exeter – Zakynthos eff 06AUG20 1 weekly
    Glasgow – Corfu eff 07AUG20 1 weekly
    Glasgow – Enfidha eff 03AUG20 1 weekly
    Glasgow – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 03AUG20 1 weekly
    Glasgow – Ibiza eff 01AUG20 1 weekly
    Glasgow – Lanzarote eff 30JUL20 1 weekly
    Glasgow – Palma Mallorca eff 25JUL20 2 weekly
    Glasgow – Paphos eff 12AUG20 1 weekly
    Glasgow – Reus eff 31JUL20 2 weekly
    Glasgow – Rhodes eff 08AUG20 1 weekly
    Glasgow – Tenerife South eff 31JUL20 2 weekly
    Glasgow – Zakynthos eff 02AUG20 1 weekly
    London Gatwick – Alicante eff 25JUL20 1 weekly
    London Gatwick – Bourgas eff 14AUG20 1 weekly
    London Gatwick – Chania eff 04AUG20 1 weekly
    London Gatwick – Faro eff 23JUL20 1 weekly
    London Gatwick – Fuerteventura eff 25JUL20 1 weekly
    London Gatwick – Ibiza eff 16JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 10AUG20)
    London Gatwick – Irakleion eff 12JUL20 2 weekly
    London Gatwick – Kos eff 15JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 09AUG20)
    London Gatwick – Lanzarote eff 13JUL20 2 weekly
    London Gatwick – Larnaca eff 02AUG20 2 weekly
    London Gatwick – Mahon eff 25JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 14AUG20)
    London Gatwick – Malaga eff 26JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 26AUG20)
    London Gatwick – Naples eff 24AUG20 1 weekly
    London Gatwick – Palma Mallorca eff 11JUL20 1 weekly (3 weekly from 28JUL20)
    London Gatwick – Paphos eff 01AUG20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 13AUG20)
    London Gatwick – Rhodes eff 15JUL20 1 weekly (3 weekly from 01AUG20)
    London Gatwick – Skiathos eff 07AUG20 1 weekly
    London Gatwick – Tenerife South eff 12JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 31JUL20)
    London Gatwick – Thessaloniki eff 03AUG20 1 weekly
    London Gatwick – Zakynthos eff 28JUL20 1 weekly
    London Stansted – Corfu eff 07AUG20 1 weekly
    London Stansted – Irakleion eff 06AUG20 1 weekly
    London Stansted – Palma Mallorca eff 01AUG20 1 weekly
    London Stansted – Paphos eff 05AUG20 1 weekly
    London Stansted – Rhodes eff 01AUG20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 26AUG20)
    Manchester – Alicante eff 25JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 25AUG20)
    Manchester – Bourgas eff 27JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 13AUG20)
    Manchester – Chania eff 04AUG20 1 weekly
    Manchester – Corfu eff 24JUL20 2 weekly
    Manchester – Faro eff 19JUL20 1 weekly
    Manchester – Fuerteventura eff 25JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 26AUG20)
    Manchester – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 25JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 13AUG20)
    Manchester – Ibiza eff 11JUL20 1 weekly (3 weekly from 05AUG20)
    Manchester – Irakleion eff 12JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 04AUG20)
    Manchester – Kefallinia eff 02AUG20 1 weekly
    Manchester – Kos eff 11JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 29JUL20, 3 weekly from 11AUG20)
    Manchester – Lanzarote eff 16JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 26JUL20, 3 weekly from 10AUG20
    Manchester – Larnaca eff 02AUG20 3 weekly
    Manchester – Mahon eff 31JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 12AUG20)
    Manchester – Malaga eff 26JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 05AUG20)
    Manchester – Naples eff 24AUG20 1 weekly
    Manchester – Palma Mallorca eff 11JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 27JUL20)
    Manchester – Paphos eff 01AUG20 3 weekly
    Manchester – Reus eff 25JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 04AUG20)
    Manchester – Rhodes eff 15JUL20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 25JUL20, 3 weekly from 04AUG20)
    Manchester – Skiathos eff 04AUG20 2 weekly
    Manchester – Tenerife South eff 12JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 31JUL20)
    Manchester – Thira eff 04AUG20 1 weekly
    Manchester – Zakynthos eff 26JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 14AUG20)
    Newcastle – Alicante eff 01AUG20 1 weekly
    Newcastle – Bourgas eff 07AUG20 1 weekly
    Newcastle – Corfu eff 07AUG20 1 weekly
    Newcastle – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 03AUG20 1 weekly
    Newcastle – Ibiza eff 03AUG20 1 weekly
    Newcastle – Irakleion eff 11AUG20 1 weekly
    Newcastle – Kos eff 02AUG20 1 weekly
    Newcastle – Larnaca eff 02AUG20 1 weekly
    Newcastle – Malaga eff 02AUG20 1 weekly
    Newcastle – Palma Mallorca eff 01AUG20 2 weekly
    Newcastle – Paphos eff 01AUG20 1 weekly
    Newcastle – Reus eff 09AUG20 1 weekly
    Newcastle – Rhodes eff 01AUG20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 26AUG20)
    Newcastle – Tenerife South eff 04AUG20 2 weekly
    Newcastle – Zakynthos eff 07AUG20 1 weekly

    30.06.2020 British Airways in the last few weeks gradually filed changes to its network at London Gatwick, for summer 2020 season. Upon service resumption from 15JUL20, the airline will not be resuming following routes for the remainder of summer 2020 season.

    London Gatwick – Almeria
    London Gatwick – Antalya
    London Gatwick – Corfu (BA operates service to/from London Heathrow)
    London Gatwick – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas
    London Gatwick – Lima
    London Gatwick – Milan Bergamo
    London Gatwick – New York JFK
    London Gatwick – Nice (BA continues to operate to/from London Heathrow)
    London Gatwick – Rome (BA continues to operate to/from London Heathrow)
    London Gatwick – San Jose (Costa Rica)
    London Gatwick – Toronto (BA continues to operate to/from London Heathrow)

    Published on 30.06.2020
    British Airways schedules London Heathrow – Jersey service in July 2020

    Published on 27.06.2020
    British Airways July/August 2020 Long-Haul operations as of 26JUN20

    Published on 26.06.2020
    BA CityFlyer July 2020 operations ex. London City Airport
    TUI cancels ALL flights to Florida until December

    23.06.2020
    TUI to resume flights to 8 destinations in Greece and Spain from 11 July

    Virgin Atlantic during the weekend of 20JUN20’s schedule update revised planned operation for the remainder of summer 2020 season, when the airline resumes regular passenger service from 20JUL20. The revised summer schedule sees service focusing on London Heathrow, as well as 1 route from Manchester.

    Planned operation listed below may still be affected by travel restrictions on selected countries.

    London Heathrow – Antigua eff 01OCT20 1 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Antigua – Grenada eff 02OCT20 2 weekly A330-300
    London Heathrow – Antigua – Tobago eff 04OCT20 1 weekly A330-300
    London Heathrow – Atlanta eff 25AUG20 3 weekly 787-9 (1 daily A330-300 from 01SEP20)
    London Heathrow – Boston eff 01OCT20 1 daily A330-300
    London Heathrow – Bridgetown eff 01AUG20 1 weekly 787-9 (3 weekly from 01OCT20)
    London Heathrow – Delhi eff 01SEP20 1 daily A330-300
    London Heathrow – Havana eff 01SEP20 2 weekly A330-300
    London Heathrow – Hong Kong eff 20JUL20 3 weekly 787-9 (1 daily from 31AUG20)
    London Heathrow – Johannesburg eff 14SEP20 1 daily 787-9 (5 weekly 01OCT20 – 13OCT20)
    London Heathrow – Lagos eff 23AUG20 3 weekly A350-1000XWB (1 daily from 29AUG20)
    London Heathrow – Las Vegas eff 01SEP20 1 daily 787-9
    London Heathrow – Los Angeles eff 21JUL20 3 weekly 787-9/A350-1000XWB (1 daily from 01AUG20; A350-only from 22SEP20)
    London Heathrow – Miami eff 18AUG20 3 weekly 787-9 (1 daily A330-300 from 01SEP20)
    London Heathrow – Montego Bay eff 02OCT20 2 weekly 787-9
    London Heathrow – Mumbai eff 01SEP20 1 daily 787-9
    London Heathrow – New York JFK eff 21JUL20 3 weekly A350-1000XWB (1 daily from 01AUG20, 3 daily 787-9/A350 from 01SEP20)
    London Heathrow – Orlando eff 20JUL20 2 daily 787-9
    London Heathrow – San Francisco eff 04AUG20 3 weekly 787-9 (1 daily from 02SEP20)
    London Heathrow – Seattle eff 01SEP20 1 daily 787-9
    London Heathrow – Shanghai Pu Dong eff 04AUG20 1 weekly 787-9 (1 daily from 01SEP20)
    London Heathrow – Tel Aviv eff 09AUG20 3 weekly 787-9 (1 daily from 01SEP20)
    London Heathrow – Washington Dulles eff 01SEP20 1 daily A330-300
    Manchester – Orlando eff 02AUG20 4 weekly 787-9 and 3 weekly A330-300 (1 daily A330-300 from 31AUG20)

    Eastern Airways starting today (22JUN20) gradually restores scheduled operation, initially operating at reduced frequencies. Planned operation between 22JUN20 and 28AUG20, based on 21JUN20 OAG schedules, as follows. Additional changes remain possible.

    Aberdeen – Humberside 5 weekly Jetstream J41
    Cardiff – Anglesey eff 13JUL20 10 weekly Jetstream J41 (based on schedule listing, launch date subject to change)
    Leeds/Bradford – Newquay eff 09JUL20 5 weekly Jetstream J41, new route
    Southampton – Belfast City eff 22JUN20 5 weekly Jetstream J41
    Southampton – Leeds/Bradford eff 29JUN20 4 weekly Jetstream J41 (5 weekly from 08JUL20)
    Southampton – Manchester eff 22JUN20 4 weekly Jetstream J41 (5 weekly from 08JUL20)
    Southampton – Newcastle eff 22JUN20 5 weekly Jetstream J41
    Southampton – Teesside eff 06JUL20 5 weekly Jetstream J41
    Teesside – Aberdeen eff 22JUN20 5 weekly Jetstream J41
    Teesside – Alicante 17JUL20 – 11SEP20 2 weekly E170, new route
    Teesside – Belfast City eff 22JUN20 5 weekly Jetstream J41
    Teesside – Dublin eff 20JUL20 5 weekly Saab 2000 (based on schedule listing, launch date subject to change)
    Teesside – London City eff 06JUL20 8 weekly Saab 2000
    Teesside – Newquay eff 06JUL20 2 weekly Jetstream J41, new route

    Published on 22.06.2020
    Eastern Airways 22JUN – 28AUG20 operations as of 21JUN20
    Virgin Atlantic to restart flights to 17 destinations in August
    Virgin Atlantic suspends flights between Glasgow and Orlando until end of 2020

    Published on 12.06.2020
    Loganair adds Exeter service from July 2020

    Published on 08.06.2020

    British Airways July 2020 London Heathrow domestic network as of 04JUN20

    British Airways in the last few days filed domestic operations from London Heathrow for the month of July 2020, as the airline resumes service to Belfast, Inverness, Manchester, Newcastle and Newquay. Planned operation in July 2020, as of 04JUN20 as follows.

    London Heathrow – Aberdeen 14 weekly
    London Heathrow – Belfast City 14 weekly
    London Heathrow – Edinburgh 20 weekly
    London Heathrow – Glasgow 14 weekly
    London Heathrow – Inverness 7 weekly
    London Heathrow – Manchester 14 weekly
    London Heathrow – Newcastle 7 weekly
    London Heathrow – Newquay eff 18JUL20 3 weekly

    London Heathrow – Isle of Man service is currently not scheduled in July 2020.

    Virgin Atlantic to resume passenger flights in July

     

    Published on 03.06.2020
    Jet2 resumes flights – full list of destinations for July and new rules for passengers

    Published on 02.06.2020
    Loganair 01 – 14JUN20 operations as of 31MAY20

    Published on 01.06.2020
    Wizz Air resumes direct flights from London Luton Airport to Malaga, Mallorca, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote from 1 July

    Published on 29.05.2020
    easyJet June 2020 operations as of 28MAY20

    Published on 27.05.2020
    British Airways cancels all flights from Leeds Bradford Airport to London Heathrow

    Published on 22.05.2020
    Jet2 to resume flights from 1 July after COVID-19 forces suspension

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    25.08.2021
  • United Kingdom The UK Transport Secretary announced on Wednesday that from 4 AM on August 2, 2021, England would open for visitors from the United States and Europe that are fully vaccinated without a mandatory quarantine (France excluded).

    Visitors must have been fully vaccinated a minimum of 14 days before arrival using FDA or EMA-approved vaccines. In addition, visitors need to have a pre-arrival Covid-19 test performed not more than three days before and do a second test on or before day 2 after arriving in England.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-travel-update-government-waives-quarantine-for-arrivals-fully-vaccinated-from-europe-and-usa-while-also-confirming-international-cruise-restart

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    29.07.2021
  • United Kingdom People who are fully vaccinated from the EU and US will be able to avoid quarantine when arriving in England, the BBC has been told.
    BBC.

    Boris Johnson has decided that, from August 16, those who have been fully vaccinated will not be required to take a test if they come into contact with someone with Covid unless they have symptoms.

    It had previously been reported that workers would only be released from self-isolation after a negative test, and health officials had been planning for a major new system of compulsory testing to free people from isolating.

    With Covid cases falling for a seventh successive day, Mr Johnson has also decided to reopen the country to foreign tourists from the EU and North America who have been fully vaccinated. Travel to the UK was previously only possible without quarantine from a handful of green list countries.
    Telegraph.co.uk

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    28.07.2021
  • United Kingdom Latest News: COVID-19 vaccinated travelers from France will still be required to quarantine beginning 19 July (BBC, 16.07.2021). Government to update COVID-19-related quarantine requirements for arrivals from Amber-list countries from July 19 (GARDA, 08.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    Authorities in the UK issued the new nation’s COVID-19-related international entry restrictions for several countries effective 04:00 July 19. In accordance with the government’s so-called “traffic light” system for foreign travel, various countries and territories are categorized as “green,” “amber,” or “red” in order of increasing COVID-19 transmission risk based on local disease activity and immunization rates.
    When the newly scheduled modifications come into effect, Bulgaria and Hong Kong will move to the green list; Croatia and Taiwan, on the other hand, will move to the green watchlist indicating that these two countries might move to the green list soon. Spain’s Balearic Islands and the British Virgin Islands will move to the amber list. At the same time, Cuba, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Sierra Leone will move to the red list.
    Travelers arriving from green-listed countries are not required to quarantine unless a mandatory COVID-19 test taken on or before the second day after arriving in the UK returns a positive result. The green list includes Australia, Bermuda, Gibraltar, Madeira, Malta, New Zealand, Israel, Iceland, Singapore, Brunei, and several other UK overseas territories.
    Arrivals from amber countries must currently self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival and take COVID-19 tests on the second and eighth days of their quarantine periods. Health officials may perform spot checks to ensure compliance. Persons without suitable accommodations must stay at their own expense in facilities arranged by the government. All arrivals must fill out a passenger locator form providing contact details and travel history over the past 10 days.
    Business travelers arriving from amber-listed countries will be permitted to temporarily leave self-isolation under limited circumstances for critical business purposes. The measure only applies to business executives who can demonstrate that their activity will benefit a UK-based organization employing at least 500 people; such executives must apply for approval to leave quarantine before travel and be subject to all other testing and quarantine requirements.
    Travelers who have visited red countries within 10 days before arrival in the UK will be barred from entry. Countries on the red list include, but are not limited to, Turkey, South Africa, Brazil, Kenya, Ethiopia, India, UAE, Argentina, Nepal, Qatar, Bangladesh, Philippines, Seychelles, and Pakistan. British and Irish nationals, visa holders, and permanent residents are exempt from the entry ban; however, all permitted arrivals from red-listed countries must self-isolate in a government-approved hotel quarantine facility for 10 days at their own expense.
    Also effective July 19, UK residents arriving from amber-designated countries who have been fully vaccinated under a state-approved program within the UK will no longer have to quarantine on arrival in England; they will, however, still need to provide a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival and submit to a confirmatory test within 48 hours after arrival. Additionally, children under the age of 18 arriving from amber countries will be exempt from quarantine. Children under the age of four will be exempt from testing requirements; those aged 5-10 must take a PCR test on day two after arrival, while those aged 11 to 18 will need to take a PCR test no more than 72 hours before departure and an additional test on day two after arrival.
    All international arrivals must present proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 before boarding their flights for the UK. Any persons arriving without such proof may be fined or denied entry. Arrivals from outside the British Isles and Ireland must be tested no more than 72 hours before departing their country of origin. Exemptions are in place for children under the age of 11, international rail and maritime crews, and certain other categories of travelers. Persons arriving from the British Overseas Territories of Saint Helena, Ascension Island, and the Falkland Islands are exempt. The government has issued online guidance on test criteria and details of certain traveler categories that are exempt.
    Authorities have introduced additional procedures for testing certain categories of international arrivals. The system uses lateral flow tests to identify cases, enabling these arrivals to avoid quarantine. The categories include commercial truckers, transport crew, seafarers, seasonal agricultural workers, and certain travelers engaged in essential activity supporting the national interest. Such arrivals will be required to take a test before the end of their second day in the UK; those staying in the UK for longer periods will be required to take two further tests every three days.
    Arrivals staying in the UK for fewer than two days will not require a test. Tests will be obtained through various means, including workplace and community testing programs, home-testing kits, and – for commercial truckers – testing sites situated along major routes. Individuals receiving a positive test must take a PCR test and self-isolate for 10 days. Arrivals from elsewhere in the British Isles and Ireland will not be subject to the requirements.
    Officials review these measures weekly or in response to significant changes in disease activity abroad. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
    Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Arrive at the airport early to prevent your seat from being reallocated to a standby passenger. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.


    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel within the U.K.: Authorities have extended COVID-19 emergency measures until September. People who have symptoms or test positive are required to self-isolate for 10 days. Those who live with someone who either has symptoms or tests positive must self-isolate for 14 days.
    Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 or is notified of having been in contact with someone infectious and fails to self-isolate could face fines up to 10,000 GBP.
    Health authorities have advised individuals not to travel in and out of areas most impacted by the Indian COVID-19 variant. These areas include Bolton, Blackburn, Kirklees, Bedford, Burnley, Leicester, Hounslow, and North Tyneside.
    *Face Mask: The use of face masks is mandatory in several public locations, including banks, supermarkets, train stations, airports, bus stations, universities, and on public transportation across the UK. Scotland introduced new rules tightening the mandatory use of facemasks. Face masks are required in workplace settings, including locations such as canteens.
    *Curfew: There are no nationwide curfews in place.
    *Region Specific Regulations:
    The full list of restrictions in England can be found here. The full list of restrictions effective in London can be found here.
    The full list of restrictions currently applicable in Northern Ireland can be found here.
    Scotland has introduced a five-tier system under which COVID-19 regulations are determined in accordance with an area’s ‘Protection Level’. Area-wise categorization and further details on the system can be found here.
    All of Wales is currently in a transition phase, moving from level 1 to level 2, restrictions. Detailed information can be found here.
    *Transportation: Transportation status. Travel within the UK is permitted. Public transportation is operational across England. However, social distancing rules apply to all services. Freight from Denmark is not allowed to dock in England. Air, rail, and sea services between France and the UK are operational. Eurostar services have resumed their operations between Belgium and the UK.
    *Overseas Territories Regulations:
    Anguilla-specific regulations can be found here.
    Bermuda-specific regulations can be found here.
    British Virgin Islands-specific regulations can be found here.
    Falkland Islands-specific regulations can be found here.
    Gibraltar-specific regulations can be found here.
    Turks and Caicos-specific regulations can be found here.

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    19.07.2021
  • United Kingdom 1. Passengers who have been in or transited through Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Congo
    (Dem. Rep.), Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Panama,
    Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay,
    Venezuela, Zambia or Zimbabwe in the past 10 days are not allowed to enter. This does not apply to: – British nationals; – nationals of Ireland (Rep.); – residents of the United
    Kingdom.

    2. Passengers arriving from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Falkland Isl., Faroe Isl., Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore or St. Helena are subject to a COVID-19
    test on day 2 after arrival at their own expense. They must have a payment confirmation obtained at: https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/ or
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/providers-of-day-2-and-day-8-coronavirus-testing-for-international-arrivals .

    3. Passengers arriving from a country other than Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Falkland Isl., Faroe Isl., Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore or St. Helena are
    subject to a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8 after arrival at their own expense. They must have a payment confirmation obtained at:
    https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/ or https://www.gov.uk/guidance/providers-of-day-2-and-day-8-coronavirus-testing-for-international-arrivals .

    4. Passengers entering the United Kingdom must complete a “Public Health Passenger Locator Form”. The form must include the booking reference number for the required COVID-19
    tests or the invoice number for the quarantine hotel booking. The form can be obtained at https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk and must be presented
    at check-in and to immigration upon arrival. – This does not apply to military personnel with an exemption letter from the Ministry of Defence. – More exemptions can be found at
    https://tinyurl.com/yytxv2cp .

    5. Passengers transiting through the United Kingdom must complete a “Public Health Passenger Locator Form”. The form can be obtained at
    https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk and must be presented at check-in and to immigration upon arrival. – This does not apply to military personnel
    with an exemption letter from the Ministry of Defence. – More exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/yytxv2cp .

    6. Passengers entering or transiting through the United Kingdom must have a negative COVID-19 test result. The test must have been taken at most 3 days before departure of the
    last direct flight to the United Kingdom. Tests accepted are: antigen, LAMP, nucleic acid and PCR tests. The test result must be in English, French or Spanish. Passengers details
    (name, date of birth or age) on the test result must match those stated in the passport or other travel document. The test result must also include the contact details of the
    issuing laboratory. – This does not apply to: – passengers younger than 11 years; – passengers arriving from Ireland (Rep.); – merchant seamen; – military personnel with an
    exemption letter from the Ministry of Defense; – more exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/yytxv2cp .

    7. Passengers arriving in England who have been in or transited through Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile,
    Colombia, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Oman,
    Panama, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Arab
    Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia or Zimbabwe in the past 10 days must: – have a quarantine package for 11 nights; and – arrive at Birmingham (BHX), Farnborough (FAB), Gatwick
    (LGW), Heathrow (LHR) or London City (LCY). More details can be found at https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/ . – This does not apply to military personnel with an
    exemption letter from the Ministry of Defence.

    8. Passengers arriving in Aberdeen (ABZ), Edinburgh (EDI), Glasgow (GLA), Glasgow Prestwick (PIK) or Inverness (INV) in Scotland must have a quarantine package for 11 nights. More
    details can be found at https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/ . – This does not apply to: – merchant seamen; – military personnel with an exemption letter from the
    Ministry of Defence.

    9. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 10 days. Details can be found for: – England at:
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/booking-and-staying-in-a-quarantine-hotel-when-you-arrive-in-england ; – Scotland at:
    https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-health-checks-at-borders/pages/self-isolation/ ; – Wales at:
    https://gov.wales/how-self-isolate-when-you-travel-wales-coronavirus-covid-19 ; – Northern Ireland at:
    https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-advice .

    10. Flights from Ethiopia, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates are suspended. – This does not apply to flights arriving at the South Arrival and Immigration Hall of Birmingham
    (BHX) or the Terminal 3 of Heathrow (LHR).

    11. Airline crew not residing in the United Kingdom are subject to self-isolation in a hotel until their next flight.

    12. Effective 04:00 local time, 30 June 2021, passengers who have been in or transited through Dominican Rep., Eritrea, Haiti, Mongolia, Tunisia or Uganda in the past 10 days are
    not allowed to enter. This does not apply to: – British nationals; – nationals of Ireland (Rep.); – residents of the United Kingdom.

    13. Effective 04:00 local time, 30 June 2021, passengers arriving in England who have been in or transited through Dominican Rep., Eritrea, Haiti, Mongolia, Tunisia or Uganda in
    the past 10 days must: – have a quarantine package for 11 nights; and – arrive at Birmingham (BHX), Farnborough (FAB), Gatwick (LGW), Heathrow (LHR) or London City (LCY). More
    details can be found at https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/ . – This does not apply to military personnel with an exemption letter from the Ministry of Defence.

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    30.06.2021
  • United Kingdom 1. Passengers who have been in or transited through Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Congo
    (Dem. Rep.), Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Panama,
    Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay,
    Venezuela, Zambia or Zimbabwe in the past 10 days are not allowed to enter. This does not apply to: – British nationals; – nationals of Ireland (Rep.); – residents of the United
    Kingdom.

    2. Passengers arriving from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Falkland Isl., Faroe Isl., Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel, New Zealand, Portugal (until 7 June 2021), Singapore or St. Helena
    are subject to a COVID-19 test on day 2 after arrival at their own expense. They must have a payment confirmation obtained at: https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/ or
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/providers-of-day-2-and-day-8-coronavirus-testing-for-international-arrivals .

    3. Passengers arriving from a country other than Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Falkland Isl., Faroe Isl., Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel, New Zealand, Portugal (until 7 June 2021),
    Singapore or St. Helena are subject to a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8 after arrival at their own expense. They must have a payment confirmation obtained at:
    https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/ or https://www.gov.uk/guidance/providers-of-day-2-and-day-8-coronavirus-testing-for-international-arrivals .

    4. Passengers entering the United Kingdom must complete a “Public Health Passenger Locator Form”. The form must include the booking reference number for the required COVID-19
    tests or the invoice number for the quarantine hotel booking. The form can be obtained at https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk and must be presented
    at check-in and to immigration upon arrival. – This does not apply to military personnel with an exemption letter from the Ministry of Defence. – More exemptions can be found at
    https://tinyurl.com/yytxv2cp .

    5. Passengers transiting through the United Kingdom must complete a “Public Health Passenger Locator Form”. The form can be obtained at
    https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk and must be presented at check-in and to immigration upon arrival. – This does not apply to military personnel
    with an exemption letter from the Ministry of Defence. – More exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/yytxv2cp .

    6. Passengers entering or transiting through the United Kingdom must have a negative COVID-19 test result. The test must have been taken at most 3 days before departure of the
    last direct flight to the United Kingdom. Tests accepted are: antigen, LAMP, nucleic acid and PCR tests. The test result must be in English, French or Spanish. Passengers details
    (name, date of birth or age) on the test result must match those stated in the passport or other travel document. The test result must also include the contact details of the
    issuing laboratory. – This does not apply to: – passengers younger than 11 years; – passengers arriving from Ireland (Rep.); – merchant seamen; – military personnel with an
    exemption letter from the Ministry of Defense; – more exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/yytxv2cp .

    7. Passengers arriving in England who have been in or transited through Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile,
    Colombia, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Oman,
    Panama, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Arab
    Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia or Zimbabwe in the past 10 days must: – have a quarantine package for 11 nights; and – arrive at Birmingham (BHX), Farnborough (FAB), Gatwick
    (LGW), Heathrow (LHR) or London City (LCY). More details can be found at https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/ . – This does not apply to military personnel with an
    exemption letter from the Ministry of Defence.

    8. Passengers arriving in Aberdeen (ABZ), Edinburgh (EDI), Glasgow (GLA), Glasgow Prestwick (PIK) or Inverness (INV) in Scotland must have a quarantine package for 11 nights. More
    details can be found at https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/ . – This does not apply to: – merchant seamen; – military personnel with an exemption letter from the
    Ministry of Defence.

    9. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 10 days. Details can be found for: – England at:
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/booking-and-staying-in-a-quarantine-hotel-when-you-arrive-in-england ; – Scotland at:
    https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-health-checks-at-borders/pages/self-isolation/ ; – Wales at:
    https://gov.wales/how-self-isolate-when-you-travel-wales-coronavirus-covid-19 ; – Northern Ireland at:
    https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-advice .

    10. Flights from Ethiopia, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates are suspended.

    11. Airline crew not residing in the United Kingdom are subject to self-isolation in a hotel until their next flight.

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    16.06.2021
  • United Kingdom Latest News: Four-month countrywide COVID-19 lockdown to end on 17 May (Reuters, 16.05.2021). ‘Traffic lights system’ for foreign travel will come into effect in Scotland from 17 May (BBC, 11.05.2021). People in Scotland will be able to travel to some international destinations without having to quarantine on their return (BBC, 10.05.2021). Authorities to prohibit entry from Maldives, Nepal, and Turkey starting May 12 (Garda World, 10.05.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From 17 May: The rules for entering England change depending on where you have travelled from outside the UK (Red, amber and green list rules for entering England).
    *Red list countries and territories: If you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the last 10 days you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. You must follow these rules even if you have been vaccinated. Before you travel to England you must: take a COVID-19 test; book a quarantine hotel package, including 2 COVID-19 tests; complete a passenger locator form. On arrival in England you must: quarantine in a managed hotel, including 2 COVID-19 tests.

    *Amber list countries and territories: What you must do if you have been in an amber country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England. You must follow these rules even if you have been vaccinated. Before you travel to England you must:
    take a COVID-19 test; • book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 travel tests to be taken after arrival in England; • complete a passenger locator form
    -On arrival in England: On arrival in England you must: • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days; • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8. Read about quarantine and taking COVID-19 tests. You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.
    -Travel within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man: You do not need to take a COVID-19 test or quarantine on arrival in England if you are travelling within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, (the Common Travel Area), and you have not been outside of the Common Travel Area in the previous 10 days.
    -If you have been in a country or territory on the red list: If you have also been in or through a country or territory on the red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must follow the red list rules. Read about making a transit stop in a red list country or territory .
    -Countries on the watchlist or moving to red: If conditions change in a country or territory, it can be moved from the amber list to the red list. If that is likely to happen, this will normally be flagged in the Amber watchlist column in the table below. If there is a sudden change in conditions, a country or territory may be moved between lists without warning. The amber list is not exhaustive. If a country or territory is not on this list, you should not assume that it is a green or red list country or territory. Countries and territories are only green or red if they appear on the green or red list.

    *Green list countries and territories: Before you travel to England you must: • take a COVID-19 test; • book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England; • complete a passenger locator form
    -On arrival in England: You must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive. You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive. You must quarantine if NHS Test & Trace informs you that you travelled to England with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

    -If you have been in a country or territory on the red or amber list: If you have also been in or through a country or territory on the red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must follow the red list rules. If you have also been in or through a country or territory on the amber list in the 10 days before you arrive in England, and have not visited a country on the red list, you must follow the amber list rules. Read about making a transit stop in an amber or red list country or territory.
    -Countries on the watchlist or moving to amber: If conditions change in a country or territory, it can be moved from the green list to the amber or red list. If that is likely to happen, this will normally be flagged in the green watchlist column in the table below. If there is a sudden change in conditions, a country or territory may be moved between lists without warning.

    *Other countries of the UK: Check the rules if you’re entering Scotland, entering Wales or entering Northern Ireland. You are strongly discouraged from all unnecessary travel to red or amber list countries or territories, for example for leisure purposes.

    Internal Restrictions:
    -In England: A new COVID-19 variant is spreading in some parts of England. Find out what you should do. From 17 May, you can socialise indoors in a group of up to 6 people or 2 households, including for overnight stays. Up to 30 people can meet outside. Pubs, theatres and other venues can open indoors. Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can open for people on holiday. Read the guidance on what you can do..
    -In Scotland: From 17 May, most areas are changing COVID-19 protection levels. Find out your area’s level in Scotland on GOV.SCOT.
    -In Wales: From 3 May, gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools can open. Children and adults can take part in indoor organised activities. Your household can choose one other household to meet indoors, becoming an extended household. Read the rules for Wales on GOV.WALES.
    -In Northern Ireland: From 30 April, non-essential shops, hairdressers and outdoor areas at pubs and restaurants can reopen. You can stay overnight in self-contained accommodation but only with your household or bubble. Read the guidance on current restrictions on nidirect.

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    17.05.2021
  • United Kingdom Latest News: UK government to allow international travel to resume from 17 May; 12 countries included in quarantine-free list (Reuters, 07.05.2021). British government to add India to COVID-19 travel red list (Reuters, 22.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to UK: If you’re travelling to England you must either quarantine in the place you’re staying or in a managed quarantine hotel for 10 days because of coronavirus (COVID-19). What you need to do depends on where you travel in the 10 days before you arrive in England. You must also get 2 coronavirus tests after you arrive in England. You’ll need to book these before you travel. Find out how to book the tests you must get after you arrive in England and if you need to book a quarantine hotel.
    Find out what to do if you’re:
    travelling to Scotland
    travelling to Wales
    travelling to Northern Ireland
    You cannot currently enter the UK here if you’ve been in or through a country on the banned travel list (sometimes known as the ‘red list’) in the last 10 days, unless you’re British, Irish or you have the right to live in the UK.
    Before you leave for the UK you’ll need to:
    • complete a Passenger Locator Form
    • provide proof of a negative coronavirus test
    Find out more about what you’ll need to do before you leave for the UK because of coronavirus.
    Your passport or identity card will be checked when you arrive at a UK port or airport to make sure you’re allowed to come into the country. It should be valid for the whole of your stay.
    You may also need a visa to come into or travel through the UK, depending on your nationality.
    *From 17 May: The rules for entering England change depending on where you have travelled from outside the UK. There will be different rules to follow if you’re entering Scotland , entering Wales or entering Northern Ireland.
    You are strongly discouraged from all unnecessary travel to red or amber list countries or territories, for example for leisure purposes.
    People who live in England who have had a full vaccine course (2 doses), will be able to demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status for outbound international travel to countries where this is recognised.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *In England: More businesses reopen, such as shops, outdoor areas at pubs and restaurants, hairdressers, and gyms. Read the guidance on what you can do.

    *In Scotland: There are 5 COVID-19 protection levels (0-4). From 26 April, all of Scotland is at Level 3. Read the timetable for easing restrictions in Scotland on GOV.SCOT.

    *In Wales: From 3 May, gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools can open. Children and adults can take part in indoor organised activities. Your household can choose one other household to meet indoors, becoming an extended household. Read the rules for Wales on GOV.WALES.

    *In Northern Ireland: From 30 April, non-essential shops, hairdressers and outdoor areas at pubs and restaurants can reopen. You can stay overnight in self-contained accommodation but only with your household or bubble. Read the guidance on current restrictions on NIdirect

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    07.05.2021
  • United Kingdom Latest News: British government bans entry to people from several countries because of COVID-19; U.K., Irish nationals exempt (Reuters, 02.04.2021). British government bans entry to people from Pakistan, Kenya, the Philippines and Bangladesh because of COVID-19; U.K., Irish nationals exempt (Reuters, 02.04.2021). Travel restrictions eased across Wales; travel from England not permitted until at least 12 April (NWP, 31.03.2021). Lawmakers agree to prolong COVID-19 emergency measures for six months (AP, 25.03.2021). Government in Britain bans all passenger flights from Ethiopia, Qatar, Oman, Somalia from 19 March (Aviation & Travel, 17.03.2021). Stay-at-home restriction in Scotland will be lifted on 2 April; travel restrictions set to be lifted on 26 April (Cumnock Chronicle, 16.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    Entry to UK: If you’re travelling to England you must either quarantine in the place you’re staying or in a managed quarantine hotel for 10 days because of coronavirus (COVID-19). What you need to do depends on where you travel in the 10 days before you arrive in England. You must also get 2 coronavirus tests after you arrive in England. You’ll need to book these before you travel. Find out how to book the tests you must get after you arrive in England and if you need to book a quarantine hotel.
    Find out what to do if you’re:
    travelling to Scotland
    travelling to Wales
    travelling to Northern Ireland
    You cannot currently enter the UK here if you’ve been in or through a country on the banned travel list (sometimes known as the ‘red list’) in the last 10 days, unless you’re British, Irish or you have the right to live in the UK.
    Before you leave for the UK you’ll need to:
    • complete a Passenger Locator Form
    • provide proof of a negative coronavirus test
    Find out more about what you’ll need to do before you leave for the UK because of coronavirus.
    Your passport or identity card will be checked when you arrive at a UK port or airport to make sure you’re allowed to come into the country. It should be valid for the whole of your stay.
    You may also need a visa to come into or travel through the UK, depending on your nationality.

    Internal Restrictions:
    National lockdown rules currently apply in England because of coronavirus. Find out what the rules are in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
    Other information, regarding Guidance on the National Lockdown

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    02.04.2021
  • United Kingdom Under draft laws published yesterday to implement Johnson’s road map out of lockdown, leaving the UK without a “reasonable excuse” such as work or education will be illegal until June 30. People who travel from England to another part of the UK with the aim of leaving the country, or who go to an airport trying to do so, face fines of £5,000.

    Holidays will be banned until the end of June with people who try to leave the country facing £5,000 fines as ministers tighten border restrictions.

    Quarantine-free holidays may not be possible to most destinations until August or September. France is likely to be added to the “red list” this week.

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/overseas-travel-ban-extended-until-july-due-to-third-wave-fears-p0t06k0bg

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    24.03.2021
  • United Kingdom More countries added to red list to protect UK vaccination programme against variants of concern
    Ethiopia, Oman, Somalia and Qatar to be added to England’s red list. Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores) and Mauritius to be removed from England’s red list.

    travel bans implemented for visitors from Ethiopia, Oman, Somalia and Qatar from 4am Friday 19 March 2021
    British, Irish and third-country nationals with residence rights (including long-term visa holders) arriving from these countries will be required to quarantine in a government-approved hotel quarantine facility for 10 days
    move follows new data showing an increased risk of importation of variants of concern.

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    16.03.2021
  • United Kingdom Latest News: Flights from Newcastle International Airport to Paris Charles de G aulle resume as some COVID-19 restrictions are eased (Northumberland Gazette, 01.03.2021). Stay-at-home restriction in Scotland expected to be lifted from 5 April (Edinburgh Live, 24.02.2021). Foreign holidays banned until at least 17 May (UK Mirror, 22.02.2021). Northern Ireland government extends COVID-19 lockdown restrictions until 1 April (BBC, 18.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    Entry to UK: If you’re travelling to England you must either quarantine in the place you’re staying or in a managed quarantine hotel for 10 days because of coronavirus (COVID-19). What you need to do depends on where you travel in the 10 days before you arrive in England. You must also get 2 coronavirus tests after you arrive in England. You’ll need to book these before you travel. Find out how to book the tests you must get after you arrive in England and if you need to book a quarantine hotel.
    Find out what to do if you’re:
    travelling to Scotland
    travelling to Wales
    travelling to Northern Ireland
    You cannot currently enter the UK here if you’ve been in or through a country on the banned travel list (sometimes known as the ‘red list’) in the last 10 days, unless you’re British, Irish or you have the right to live in the UK.
    Before you leave for the UK you’ll need to:
    • complete a Passenger Locator Form
    • provide proof of a negative coronavirus test
    Find out more about what you’ll need to do before you leave for the UK because of coronavirus.
    Your passport or identity card will be checked when you arrive at a UK port or airport to make sure you’re allowed to come into the country. It should be valid for the whole of your stay.
    You may also need a visa to come into or travel through the UK, depending on your nationality.

    Internal Restrictions:
    National lockdown rules currently apply in England because of coronavirus. Find out what the rules are in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
    Other information, regarding Guidance on the National Lockdown

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    11.03.2021
  • United Kingdom The UK’s roadmap to reopening
    The UK government’s plan includes four steps. With each step certain activities will once again be possible.

    Step 1 will take place as of March 8 and March 29, 2021, and will include the following once again being allowed:

    Schools and colleges
    Recreation or exercise outdoors with one other person
    Childcare
    Funerals (up to 30 people), wakes (up to six people), and weddings (up to six people)

    After that the timeline becomes a bit iffier. Step 2 will take place at least five weeks after Step 1, and no earlier than April 12, 2021. With Step 2, the following will once again be allowed:
    Indoor leisure (including gyms)
    Two households can meet outdoors
    Outdoor attractions
    Libraries and community centers
    Personal care premises
    All retail
    Outdoor hospitality
    All children’s activities
    Domestic overnight stays at households
    Self-contained accommodation

    Step 3 will take place at least five weeks after Step 2, and no earlier than May 17, 2021. With Step 3, the following will once again be allowed:

    Indoor entertainment and attractions
    30 person limits outdoors
    Domestic overnight stays
    Organized indoor adult sport
    Most significant life events (up to 30 people)
    Remaining outdoor entertainment, including performances
    Remaining accommodations
    Some large events with 25-50% capacity limits
    International travel, subject to review

    Step 4 will take place at least five weeks after Step 3, and no earlier than June 21, 2021. With Step 4, virtually all restrictions would be lifted, including the following:

    No legal limits on social contact
    Nightclubs
    Large events
    No legal limit on all life events

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021

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    22.02.2021
  • United Kingdom Government confirms mandatory hotel quarantine to be introduced from 15 February

    From 15 February anyone travelling to the UK from a country on the UK’s travel ban list will be required to quarantine in a government-approved facility for 10 days

    Managed Quarantine Facilities to come into effect from 15 FebruaryDiscussions with transport and hospitality industry already underway and commercial specification issued to hotelsHealth Secretary to oversee implementation and to chair new Cabinet sub-committee, working closely with former Vice Chief of Defence Staff, General Sir Gordon Messenger, on government rolloutDiscussions with Australia and New Zealand have taken place to share expertise on quarantining

    Building on existing tough measures, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that from 15 February anyone travelling to the UK from a country on the UK’s travel ban list will be required to quarantine in a government-approved facility for a period of 10 days.

    On Thursday evening DHSC issued a commercial specification to hotels near ports and airports, asking for proposals on how they can support the delivery of Managed Quarantine Facilities ahead of formal contracts being awarded. General Sir Gordon Messenger will also play an important role in advising the government on the delivery of the programme.

    Over the past week, the government has met with stakeholders from across the aviation, maritime, hotel and hospitality industry, and will now continue to finalise plans to enable implementation from 15 February.

    The Health Secretary held discussions with his Australian counterpart on Thursday, and officials will speak with New Zealand officials to share expertise. DHSC has also held a series of roundtables with over 60 companies and industry representatives as the public and private sector work together to reduce transmissions of COVID-19.

    Further details will be set out next week on how passengers will be able to book into the designated accommodation facilities.

    This comes as the Prime Minister appoints the Health and Social Care Secretary to oversee cross-government efforts to deliver mandatory quarantine and enhanced testing which will help tackle the threats of new variants of COVID-19. A new Cabinet sub-committee, led by the Health and Social Care Secretary, will be attended by a number of senior Cabinet ministers that will play a vital role in delivering the policy. The government is also working closely with the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as the changes come into effect.

    Detailed work is already underway with the Home Office, Department for Transport, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and other government departments.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-confirms-mandatory-hotel-quarantine-to-be-introduced-from-15-february

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    07.02.2021
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    UK Travel Restrictions: What You Need TO Know Before Going

    The UK – four countries in one bottle: monarchical England with a lot of attractions, mountains, and blue lakes of Scotland, the land of medieval castles in Wales, and cozy villages of Northern Ireland.

    A land of rains, pipes, and fox hunting, the UK is constantly gaining global attention. Either Lord of the Dance will come on tour, or Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery will shine in another Hollywood fairy tale. And even though it is still difficult to obtain a British visa, and travel to foggy Albion promises to result in a tidy sum, the tourist flow to the country does not dry up – we all want to stand at the threshold of the English monarchy, delve into the rules of pub etiquette, pick up a kilt for the cold autumn and recite “To be or not to be?” directly in the homeland of Shakespeare.

    In addition, the UK has medieval castles and Gothic cathedrals, the tranquil beauty and serenity of rural landscapes, the recklessness and frenzy of evening London, granite of science in the best language schools, shopping in expensive prestigious boutiques and rummaging through the junk at flea markets. In short, a great variety.

    Let’s take a look at what it takes to properly enter the United Kingdom.

    General rules for entering the UK

    Upon arrival at the UK airport, you will have your passport or other identification checked to ensure that you are allowed to enter the country. Your documents must be valid throughout your visit to England. Before leaving for the UK, check the documents you will need to enter the UK.

    You may be asked at the border to confirm your relationship with the children you are traveling with if border control doubts that you are the parent of the child. For example, you have a different last name with your child.

    You can present:

    • a certificate of birth or adoption,
    • a marriage or divorce certificate (if your child has a different surname),
    • a consent from the parent of the child, giving him the right to travel with you. The letter must contain the contacts of the parents.

    Your carrier (for example, an airline) will check your passport and other travel documents and then send information about you to customs. You can ask to take a look at this information.

    Your passport is subject to verification, so keep it ready. Remove the cover of your passport before showing it. If you are wearing dark glasses, take them off. If you go through control with your family, then stick together.

    If you are not from the EEA or Switzerland, your carrier will give you a “landing page”. Please fill it out before going through border control. This will save you time. Passport, as well as the “landing page” will be checked at the control.

    Passing through British customs

    UK entry regulations require you to cooperate if you are stopped at customs and asked about your baggage. If you broke the rules, then any of your things, as well as what you are transporting it in, can be confiscated.

    It is prohibited to import weapons, ammunition, drugs, pornography, and poisons into the UK. Special permits are required for items of cultural or historical value, drugs containing drugs, plants, wild birds, and animals.

    Products made from meat and milk are a travel ban: even a box of chocolates is confiscated. As an exception, you can import baby food or dietary food for people with various diseases, but its weight should not exceed 2 kg.

    Those who travel to the UK with pets will have to prepare an international veterinary certificate and a special license, as well as tune in to a long quarantine. Pets that meet the PETS program are admitted to the country without delay. Export restrictions and prohibitions are the same as for import.

    Tax free

    Non-EU tourists staying in the UK for less than 3 months a year can take advantage of the Tax free system. When making retail purchases in participating stores, you can get up to 20% VAT refund. Global Blue prepares a refund for amounts from 30 GBP, Tax Free Worldwide – from amounts of 50 GBP per check. In the store, you will need to fill out a special form, keep the receipt and the integrity of the packaging, present the goods and documents at customs (the employee will put a stamp), and then at the Cash Refund point. VAT can be returned in cash at Heathrow Airport or by wire transfer to a bank card.

    What questions are asked at the UK border?

    If you have already received a UK visa and packed your suitcases, then it’s time to think about the following topic: the rules for entering the UK. Before travel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the information on entering the United Kingdom, at least in general terms, in order to feel more confident. As a rule, a tourist thinks about what questions he may be asked when crossing the English border, how to behave, how long the process takes, whether medical insurance is required, and what can and cannot be brought into the country.

    So, according to the rules of entry into England, upon arrival, all tourists are given a small migration card in English (UK Border Agency Landing Card). There you need to indicate some of your personal information, including the address where you plan to stay in the UK. You will have to fill them right on the spot; the questions are simple, so there will be no difficulties at this stage. You need to be prepared for the fact that you will have to stand in a rather big queue since airports are often very busy.

    UK Border Crossing Documents

    Some documents are required when entering the UK, but there are not many of them. The most important are papers confirming the purpose of your visit to the country. This can be an invitation from relatives you are going to visit, or from a company where you are traveling on business. If the purpose of the travel is for tourism purposes only, you should bring your hotel booking confirmation. You can show it if the officer asks where you plan to stay.

    In each individual situation, it is worth taking additional documents with you to cross the English border. If, for example, you got married and changed your last name, and the old one is indicated on your visa, take a marriage registration certificate to prevent unnecessary questions. If you are traveling with a child and you have different surnames, you should take your birth certificate with you; if you are not his parent, then you must have documents confirming your right to accompany him during his travel to Britain; these papers will definitely be asked. All of them must be provided in English, translation is not required.

    UK and Covid-19

    Traveling to the UK may be a dream of many people, but the current situation in the world can greatly prevent from visiting the country.

    The situation with the spread of the new coronavirus Covid-19 infection in the UK remains tense. The country is among the states with an unfavorable course of the disease. The success of the British healthcare system looks especially weak in comparison with some other European countries. On the first day of autumn, more than 334 thousand cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the UK. At the same time, more than 41 thousand people have already died. The daily increase in cases is also not encouraging – 1715 people as of August 31.

    Against this background, the country‘s cabinet of ministers has repeatedly come under serious public criticism. Many experts have accused the government of being unprepared for the pandemic and delaying the adoption of restrictive measures. Fuel to the fire was added by the fact that the head of the British government Boris Johnson himself fell ill with the coronavirus Covid-19, temporarily moving away from the government.

    A nationwide quarantine was announced, when local hospitals were already unable to cope with the large flow of sick citizens. At the same time, the British authorities, unlike other European countries, did not close their borders and introduce a mandatory 14 days quarantine requirement for arriving guests with need to self isolate. However, it was difficult to obtain a visa for travel. The fact is that almost all British visa centers abroad were not working.

    And yet, the restrictive measures introduced inside the country gave the first positive results, the number of cases decreased. Since May 13, the UK has begun to ease domestic quarantine and return to normal life. However, repeated outbreaks of the disease are forcing the British government to return to separate prohibitive measures.

    Rules for entering the UK under quarantine restrictions

    The difficult epidemiological situation forced the British Cabinet to impose restrictions on entry into the country. Obviously, they were belated, given that the state did not close its external borders.

    From 8 June, all foreigners entering the UK must:

    • fill out a special form, where you need to indicate contact information and place of residence, and email address;
    • self isolate for 14 days.

    You can get to the place of quarantine by public transport, but subject to the mask regime and social distancing. For violation of these rules, you could face a fine, in extreme cases – expulsion from the country.

    Exceptions to the rules

    The actions of the British authorities are well suited to the Soviet slogan during the New Economic Policy: “One step forward, two steps back”. By adopting travel restrictions, Boris Johnson’s cabinet also adopted an extensive list of exceptions to them. In particular, the 14 days self isolate period is not required to go among:

    • diplomats and state representatives of the EU countries;
    • transiting passengers;
    • train carriages, ships, and aircraft;
    • medical tourists;
    • scientists;
    • specialists of the oil, gas, and nuclear industries.

    A complete list of all exceptions can be found on the British Embassy Information Portal.

    UK and EU

    Having made a decision to withdraw from the common European space, Great Britain is forced to build new political relations with the European Union. Despite the fact that individual European countries were in no hurry to let English tourists into their territory without self isolating for 14 days, on July 10 the British government decided not to extend this rule to guests from European countries.

    UK and the world

    Since mid-July, the British authorities have also begun to exempt visitors from countries belonging to the so-called “green zone” from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation. Today this list, in addition to European countries, includes about 30 more states. A complete list of it is published on a special website.

    Charter flights

    Due to the closure of external borders by most countries in the world, the UK has provided its citizens with the opportunity to return home by charters. Persons who have a residence permit were also able to use them.

    When can quarantine be violated?

    The British authorities admit cases of violation of the mandatory quarantine. It can be done:

    • during the travel from the airport to the place of self isolate;
    • in an emergency when something threatens your life;
    • if you need to go to the store if the other way to deliver the goods failed;
    • to travel to hospitals by ambulance.

    Covid-19 and political decisions

    The Prime Minister of Great Britain said that the new travel restrictions that the government is introducing due to the increase in the incidence of Covid-19 may be in effect for another six months.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke in Parliament about the introduction of new quarantine restrictions in England. In the evening he repeated the main points of his speech in a television address to the nation.

    New measures in England:

    • Pubs and restaurants will close at ten o’clock sharp;
    • Mandatory service by waiters, ordering from the bar is prohibited everywhere;
    • If possible, citizens should work from home.

    Other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – determine their own quarantine measures.

    “I am sorry that this will affect a large part of the business, but we must act,” the prime minister said. Thus, in England, where it is no longer possible to gather in groups of more than six people, the restrictions will increase, however, amid complaints from small businesses about serious losses due to quarantine, the government will not take more stringent measures.

    Johnson noted that these measures could remain in effect for about six months. “This virus has become a phenomenon in our lives. And I must tell the members of parliament and the whole country that our fight against it will continue,” the Prime Minister said.

    In recent weeks, the number of cases of Covid-19 in Britain has risen sharply. Scientific and medical advisers to the government warned that if the disease spreads at the same rate as now, the country could become sick up to 50 thousand people a day.

    An infectious disease professor at the University of Liverpool said these measures would not be enough. He speaks of a “serious concern” in the scientific community as the infection rate among people under 50 is growing.

    Tough measures in Scotland

    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that the country would temporarily claim travel ban.

    The measure of self isolation has already been introduced for more than 1.7 million people in Glasgow and some of its suburbs. Now, according to Sturgeon, this will apply to the entire country.

    In addition, Scotland, following England, will ban pubs and restaurants after 10 pm.

    Thus, Scotland has stricter quarantine measures than England, where it is still allowed to visit, albeit with greater restrictions.

    Since Monday, the “rule of six” has been in effect in England: people who do not live under one roof can gather (even at home) in an amount of no more than six people.

    “The reason we took these steps is because we know these restrictions are holding back the spread of the virus in the west of Scotland.”

    Do the restrictions work?

    Restrictions are introduced, but as it turned out, not everyone understands them. And it’s not even the folly of people, but the system itself with different levels and exceptions.

    Liverpool people have no time for fun. There are already more COVID patients in hospitals in the city than at the peak of the first wave. Restrictions of the third, that is, the highest level of self isolating were introduced here recently.

    Even by introducing seemingly tough restrictions, the government is trying to inflict minimal damage on business. As a result, the quarantine is very special, with numerous exceptions.

    The three-tier system of restrictions is so complex that even police chiefs do not understand the rules, writes the Daily Mail. The confusion did not stop officers from fining four students a record £ 40,000 for hosting an illegal party.

    But hardly anyone can punish the inhabitants of the village of States. The river divides the village into two parts. Each belongs to different municipalities. And they have different rules.

    London is one of the regions where quarantine may be tightened in the near future. In the meantime, there are second-level restrictions: residents are forbidden to gather in groups of more than six people and need to self isolate.

    Conclusion

    Due to the coronavirus, the United Kingdom has become disunited. The British government controls the situation only in England. Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland decide for themselves, what to do. If you are going to travel to the UK, you need to know the basic rules for entering the country so as not to waste extra time when going through airport security. These rules differ depending on the type of visa and also the country from which you are coming. As for Covid-19, further plans for the 14-day self isolate and the establishment of “air bridges” are expected to be announced within the nearest time. You should see for yourself, whether a self isolation requirement applies to you, definitely see more information on how this requirement will affect your plans to visit the UK.