England took a big step in reopening the battered travel industry today.
From July 19th, all fully vaccinated Brits can visit not only ‘green list’, but also ‘amber list’ countries, without a need to quarantine upon return to England. It’s huge news for Brits hoping to bag an escape to a favorite destination, but unfortunately, the good news isn’t being extended to one key group: visitors.
UK Travel Quarantine Changes
The UK is making it easier for Brits to travel abroad from England, but not for visitors from most countries to travel to England.
From July 19th, fully vaccinated UK residents will be able to bypass any quarantine upon return from ‘amber list’ countries, opening up a significant number of options, including Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal and North American hotspots including the USA.
Well, once the USA drops entry restrictions against Brits, of course.
The ‘quarantine free’ news is a welcome step change from the UK government, but it’s also left airlines and potential visitors wanting much more. At least for the time being, visitors from ‘amber list’ countries are not excluded from quarantine, or day 2 and 8 testing. Only UK residents can enter without quarantine.
This means arrivals from the USA and other amber list countries are still welcome to enter, but they must quarantine for 10 days and take an expensive battery of covid-19 tests, or pay extra to quarantine for just 5 days, with an even more expensive setup.
One Way Street For Travel
Airlines and tourism industry officials have urged the government to open quarantine free travel to all arrivals from all ‘green’ and ‘amber’ list countries, not just returning residents. It’s expected that the policy could be reviewed before the end of July, but for the time being, it’s simply a welcome boost for outbound UK tourism, mostly to ever popular areas of Europe.
Travelers on both sides of the pond are eager for a gridlock between the USA, EU and UK to come to an end. The United States continues to ban most tourist arrivals from the European Union and UK, despite the EU dropping restrictions against the USA and adding the country to its ‘safe list’. For now, quarantine free returns from ‘amber’ list countries is a significant boost for UK residents.