What you need to know to travel to the UK right now – AirlineGeeks.com
By Parker Davis
What you need to know about traveling to the UK right now
The restrictions are starting to fade across the world after the pandemic, many countries have closed their borders to foreign visitors. This has forced many vacationers to put their plans on hold, along with family members who continue to be separated from loved ones during this difficult time.
However, despite the loosening of local restrictions, that doesn’t mean the airline industry is back to how it was before the pandemic.
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Unfortunately for the UK, it has experienced one of the highest death rates in the world (depending on how deaths are reported in the UK), despite being one of the first countries to start to offer vaccines. They experienced a second wave and new variants of the virus in the winter, leading many countries to cancel their flights just before Christmas 2020.
The following January, the UK entered a full lockdown which is slowly eased with some restrictions still in place for UK residents until the summer.
In March 2020, the UK began cracking down on international travel, prohibiting non-essential visits to the UK to anyone residing abroad. An exception was made for citizens returning home after a trip.
Now all travelers entering the UK, regardless of their immigration status, must show a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival – a policy that has been in place since January 2021. Hotel quarantine compulsory from countries on the “red list” was introduced in mid-February. As it stands, people arriving in the UK must be quarantined for 14 days, and for 10 days if they test negative for Covid-19.
According to the gov.uk website, the following countries are on the âRed Listâ and cannot enter the UK.
In Africa, the affected countries are Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia , Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. .
In the Americas, the government added Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela on the Red List.
Finally, throughout Asia, Bangladesh, India, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are among the countries from which travel is prohibited.
With such rigid rules in place as well as the risk of fines of up to Â£ 10,000 ($ 14,000) for entering the UK without paying the 15-night Â£ 1,750 hotel package, it’s worth talking to a immigration lawyer to discuss the best options for the individual based on their circumstances of visiting the UK.
Known reasons for an exception are for professional purposes for jobs such as pilots, press journalists, border security officers and people working in public transport. The restrictions are reviewed regularly, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for the latest news from the government website.