UK Travel Guidelines

UK Travel Guidelines

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Everything there is to know about UK Travel Guidelines

The United Kingdom has imposed bans and travel restrictions on Indian travellers with the rise in Covid-19 cases. Indian travellers to the UK must mandatorily undertake the Covid-19 viral test three days before their travel date and fill in the passenger locator form accurately for safe travel. It also helps to monitor the UK government website regularly for the latest travel guidelines for UK updates.

Introduction

The United Kingdom has imposed severe restrictions on travel and transit through the UK to curb the rapid spread of the coronavirus. In crucial times like these, it is best to get vaccinated and stay indoors. However, if travel is on the cards, ensure that you keep abreast with the UK Travel Guidelines.

Important Notices Regarding UK Travel Guidelines

With the steadily increasing number of Covid-19 cases and the Delta variant threat, the United Kingdom authorities have announced that only British, Irish, and third-country nationals holding permanent residency can enter the UK. Per the latest travel guidelines for UK during pandemic released by the UK government in April 2021, Indian travellers are restricted from entering the UK until further notice.

Exceptions To the Travel Ban

As stated in the UK travel guidelines circular, there are certain exceptions under which the following people may travel to the UK.

  • Indians with valid visas (including tourist visas)
  • Standard UK Nationals
  • Foreign nationals transiting through the UK or their spouses, whether accompanying or otherwise.
  • Seamen of foreign nationality
  • Seamen of Indian Nationality can travel after receiving clearance from the Ministry of Shipping.

All travellers require a visa to transit through the UK. However, there are exceptions to the same. Check with the UK government website for the latest travel guidelines and check if you need a transit visa.

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Colour-Coded United Kingdom Travel Guidelines & Significance

The United Kingdom has launched a traffic-light system to categorise countries as per their risk profile. Countries are segregated into red, amber, and green lists. Travellers must abide by the norms subjected to the specific colour list under which their travel country falls.

The UK authorities take the countries with the highest risk category they travelled last to in the previous ten days into consideration while allowing or restricting entry. This applies to transits as well.

The Red List

If you have been to any country mentioned in the red list in the last ten days before your travel to the UK, you will have to follow the below-mentioned UK travel regulations:

  • Take a Covid-19 Viral test three days before your journey
  • Pay and book for the quarantine package for ten days
  • Book and take two Covid-19 viral tests on arrival to the UK on day two and day 8.
  • Submit the completed passenger locator form

The UK has banned travellers from the red list countries until further notice. Only British or Irish Nationals who have travelled to these countries are permitted entry into the UK.

The Amber list

Per the Travel Guidelines UK, If you have been in any country mentioned in the amber list in the last ten days before your travel to the UK, you will have to follow the below-mentioned regulations:

For fully vaccinated travellers

  • If you are fully vaccinated under the UK vaccine programme, UK vaccine programme overseas or approved vaccination programme in Europe or the US, you are required to:
  • Take a Covid-19 Viral test three days before your travel
  • Book and take the Covid-19 viral test on the day of arrival or day two of your UK stay
  • Submit the completed passenger locator form

For unvaccinated travellers

If you are an unvaccinated traveller, you must follow the same regulations as travellers from red list countries.

Note: If your stay in the UK is less than ten days, you do not need to undergo quarantine. However, you need to book 2 COVID-19 viral tests for both – day two and day eight.

Green list

Under the guidelines for travelling to the UK, the government states that if you have been in any country on the green list in the last ten days before your travel to the UK, you must follow the below-mentioned regulations:

  • Take a Covid-19 viral test 3 days before your travel
  • Book and undergo 2 Covid-19 viral tests on arrival to the UK on day two and day eight
  • Submit the completed passenger locator form
  • No quarantine is required unless you are tested positive on arrival

Note that your country listing may change from green to amber or red at any time. As such, you should regularly check the UK Government website for the latest travel guidelines for the UK.

Test To Release Scheme

You can end your quarantine early, i.e., on the fifth day, by opting for the test to release scheme and booking a private Covid-19 viral test.

  • If your test result is negative, you can end your quarantine. However, you still need to take another test on day eight as per rules.
  • If your test result is positive, you need to undergo quarantine for another ten The ten days will be counted from the day after you took the test or started showing symptoms.
  • If your test result is inconclusive, you will continue with your quarantine.

Note: The test to release scheme is not applicable for travellers from red list countries.

Transit Travel Guidelines For UK During Pandemic

When transiting through red or amber list countries, note that the norms of that particular list will apply to you under the following circumstances.

  • If new passengers come on board and mix with you.
  • If you or other passengers get out, mix with others, and get on board again.
  • In case you drive through any of the red or amber list countries, you will have to abide by the norms of that particular list, even if you have not deboarded your vehicle during your road trip.

The Need for The Passenger Locator Form

The UK authorities issue a passenger locator form on arrival to all travellers and use the details to contact you if a co-passenger becomes Covid-19 positive or check if you are following the Covid-19 rules and regulations while staying in the UK. As such, you must provide accurate details.

Points to remember when filling the passenger locator form:

  • Fill your for by including the names of travellers under 18 if you both reside at the same UK address. The age limit is under 16 when travelling to Scotland.
  • Mention the multiple journeys on your form if you have entered the UK more than once within 48 hours.
  • Providing false or deliberately misleading information on the passenger locator form is deemed a criminal offence in the UK, which could lead to a fine, imprisonment, or both.
  • Once you have filled out the form, you will receive a QR code in your mail. Keep this form handy as proof of form completion.
  • Passengers travelling to Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, falling under the exempt job category and are not required to submit the passenger locator form.

Keep checking the UK Government website for any changes in the UK travel guidelines before planning your trip booking your tickets to the UK.

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