Vaccination Leave: How the Challenge Will Ease Travel Restrictions for Millions
Months after other countries began allowing immune travelers to avoid onerous travel restrictions, the UK will introduce its own scheme on July 19. Initially, though, the opportunity to avoid quarantine from “Amber ListSites will be restricted to British residents.
These are the main questions and answers.
What are the rules nowadays?
Coming from high-risk countriesred list“They must enter 11 nights of hotel quarantine at their expense. Countries include India, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, South Africa and every country in South America.
From the Amber List sites — which includes the vast majority of popular holiday destinations, including France, Italy, Greece, mainland Spain and the United States — the requirement is 10 days of self-isolation.
Entry into the UK without quarantine is only permitted by a small number ofgreen listincluding Gibraltar, Iceland, Malta, Madeira and Spain’s Balearic Islands.
The Amber List restrictions have been described as effective travel bans, preventing people from booking summer vacations and taking trips to visit family and partners. In addition, Portugal’s sudden move from green to amber slate last month has undermined customer confidence in booking summer tours.
Sixteen months after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, many people who have been separated from loved ones, need to take business trips, or simply want to escape abroad are increasingly desperate for the opportunity to travel with relatively little hassle and expense.
What is changing?
Minister of Transport, Grant ShapsHe says travelers who are fully arrested will be able to avoid quarantine upon arrival in England – although they will still need to be tested.
People are considered to have been fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose (or, in the case of single-dose vaccines, the single vaccine). In addition, a person qualifies “in a clinical trial of an officially approved vaccine in the UK”, in recognition of their contribution to public health.
Effectively grants green list conditions to amber list entrants who have been immunized.
To whom can I prove my “bad” status – and how?
“Passengers will need to provide proof of their vaccination status to carriers before travelling,” says the Department of Transportation (DfT). In other words, your airline, ferry company or train operator will check your papers before you are allowed to board a service to the UK. Note that before departing for the UK you must complete a passenger locator form.
The NHS In England evidence of vaccination is in standard application. In addition, you can download a certificate or get a file NHS Covid letter I sent you. The latter provides the most compelling evidence.
Upon arrival, it is likely that the British Border Force will check your papers – although it is believed that electronic gates can still be used with spot checks to ensure compliance.
I am a British citizen but reside abroad. Am I eligible?
Only if you have been vaccinated in the UK – ‘foreign punches’ to deviate from quarantine are not accepted. This is not xenophobic (I hope), but because the first phase of “vaccination licenses” relies on access to the NHS database, allowing officials to check vaccinations for everyone.
So only people whose injections are given and registered in the UK are initially eligible.
British nationals residing in – and vaccinated in – the European Union will qualify for the EU Digital Covid certification, which I expect will soon be linked to the UK system.
I expect that any “100 per cent verification” process will be short-lived, and that the “British residents only” rule will soon be dropped: it is out of control with the rest of the world.
When will I be able to avoid quarantine from an amber country?
For arrivals from 4am on Monday, July 19.
For the avoidance of doubt, anyone returning before that time from one of the Amber List countries will need to complete a quarantine even if they have been fully vaccinated. They can’t stop isolating themselves.
Will the test still be required?
Arrangements will be the same currently for Green List entrants: a test before departure to the UK and one PCR after arrival on the day of arrival or one of the following two days. Together, these tests will likely cost £100 or more.
Vaccinated travelers are not expected to take a second test on the eighth day, which is the standard for the amber list.
travelling abroad? A reminder that many countries require a negative test result from people coming from the UK.
But if your destination isn’t (say, because you’ve had a vaccination or they’re relaxed), then there’s no need to get one.
No test only needs to be taken on a train, boat or plane leaving the UK.
What happens to people under 18?
They will be allowed to avoid quarantine – something that also applies to families, as the vast majority of children under 18 are not immunized.
They will still need to be tested.
Can I go anywhere on the amber list now?
No. Many countries around the world do not allow British travelers.
With coronavirus levels climbing to 100,000 per day in the UK, it is questionable how many countries would be willing to welcome British visitors, whether they were vaccinated or not.
It is the traveler’s responsibility to set the rules for each destination contemplated.
Meanwhile, some countries, such as Malta, completely ban anyone 12 years of age or older who has not been fully vaccinated.
I am returning to the UK from an amber list country via a red list country. Can I avoid quarantine?
No, the highest risk category always applies, even if you only spend an hour changing planes in Dubai or Istanbul. You should go to hotel quarantine.
What about the government’s advice not to visit the amber list countries?
This will be dropped by 4 a.m. on Monday, July 19.
Ministers’ insistence that they only visit Amber List countries for substantial reasons was already baffling, given that the State Department had not warned against travel to some Amber List destinations such as Portugal, Spain’s Canary Islands and some of the Greek islands.
Will foreign visitors be given the same choice?
Not at first, because the government wants to ensure a system for UK travelers is working.
There are hopes that the NHS certification system could be linked to the European Union’s Covid digital certificate to allow free movement of European visitors.
I don’t get a second jab until August…
Then you will not be able to take advantage of the vaccination leave until two weeks after the second dose of the vaccine. Of course if you are going on vacation for two weeks, you can leave the day after the vaccination and you will meet the conditions for return.
independent He told the pharmacists that one reason for the sudden change of heart by the government was to encourage young people to receive the vaccination.
What if I recover from Covid-19?
Unlike the European Union, there is no allowance for certified recovery from the virus. However, some destinations will allow travelers proof of recovery to avoid testing and other restrictions.
I reside in Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland. Does this apply to me?
Delegated departments make their own decisions, and these apply to residents of those countries – even if they arrive through England.
Northern Ireland will adopt the same arrangements as England but only from 26 July. Prior to this, if you travel to Northern Ireland, directly or indirectly, from an amber country, you must book a post-arrival travel test package and self-isolate for 10 days.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “We will look carefully at the statement that has been made in the UK, and will make a decision on that fairly soon as to whether or not it will apply to people returning to Scotland.”
The Welsh government is expected to issue guidance soon.