The United Kingdom changed and added some rules for foreign visitors wishing to enter the country. These rule changes were implemented in June 2020 and are still in effect today. One of the rules that they decided to put into effect is the one that says that travelers are to self-isolate during the first 10 days of their stay within the UK. There is more interesting information related to these. We will be discussing them in more detail so read on and find out what they are.
Note: Since March 18th, 2022, the United Kingdom Passenger Locator Form is no longer necessary to enter the country.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do French citizens need before they travel to the United Kingdom?
Self-quarantine is one of the new rules that the British government has implemented. However, not all travelers will be required to do so. The first thing that French citizens need to do when they travel to the UK is to verify if they will have to follow the self-isolation protocols. They will potentially lose 10 days of their visit to the UK to self-isolation so this is very important.
Although France is one of the countries in the list of nations that are exempt from self-isolation, it is not an assurance that all French citizens will be exempt as well. If you are a citizen of France, you need to understand that the exemption is based on the country where you traveled to last, not your citizenship.
This simply means that people who have stayed within exempt countries for at least 14 days, and then traveled to the UK without transiting through or visiting non-exempt countries in the interim, will be allowed to enter the country without self-isolating. If they have visited or transited through non-exempt countries within the last 14 days, then the exemption will be revoked. They may still need to present a Health Declaration Form regardless of whether they are exempt or not.
Do I need a COVID vaccine or vaccination certificate to enter United Kingdom?
COVID vaccination certificates are not mandatory to enter the United Kingdom, however, fully vaccinated travelers will not have to quarantine or take a COVID test before travel (as of 11th February).
- Approved vaccines are Covaxin, Moderna, Janssen, Novavax, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Sinopharm, Sinovac. AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda also qualify as approved vaccines.
- Travelers must have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before arriving in England.
- Please note: To qualify as fully vaccinated, travelers must be vaccinated under an approved vaccination program.
Since information may change quickly, we advise you to follow up on the latest United Kingdom travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.
Do I need to take a COVID-19 test before traveling to the United Kingdom?
- COVID test requirements: There are no testing requirements.
Do I need to quarantine upon arrival in the United Kingdom?
- Quarantine requirements: There are no quarantine requirements.
When do you need a UK Passenger Locator Form?
The UK Passenger Locator Form is documentation made obligatory by the government of the United Kingdom. All foreign travelers and returning citizens are required to fill it out and present proof of submission to UK authorities. Travelers coming from places other than the Common Travel Area (CTA) are required to fill the form out. Travelers from the CTA going to other locations within the CTA will not need to fill out the document.
It contains the contact information of the passenger. It also has the address where the traveler will be spending his self-isolation period, if he is required to do so. The information within may be used by the government to check on everyone who is self-isolating to make sure that they adhere to the rules and monitor their progress. It can also be used to contact the traveler if he or a person he travels with gets infected and shows signs and symptoms of the disease. Simply put, the information in the form will be used in the effort to minimize the spread of the disease.
Do not print the form. You need to fill out the form online, not by hand. Fill out the form within 48 hours of your trip to the UK, not before or after as it may cause delays in entry.
What should I do upon arrival?
The first thing that a French citizen has to do upon arrival is to present the confirmation email for the UK Passenger Locator Form if he is required to fill one out. You can provide a printed copy or show a copy on your phone. You may also have to provide a Health Declaration Form with the confirmation email.
If he is to self-isolate, he has to go to the location post-haste. Avoid using public transport unless absolutely essential. If you do need to, ensure that you maintain a six-foot distance from the nearest passenger. You can use iVisa.com services to get a UK Passenger Locator Form or a Health Declaration Form.
Which countries are on the red list in the UK?
Red list countries: There are no countries on the red list at this time.
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