The United Kingdom changed its rules on how a traveler can enter the country. The changes were made in June 2020 and are still in force today. One of the many changes that the UK implemented is the requirement for many travelers to self-isolate when they arrive at the point of entry into the country. There are other things that foreign visitors need to do when traveling to the UK. Read on as we discuss some of them.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the things that a German citizen needs to do before traveling to the UK?
As stated earlier, many travelers will be required to go on self-quarantine when they arrive in Germany. These travelers will need to prepare for the procedure. And the most important thing that they need to do is to find out if they will be obligated to keep themselves away from everybody in the first two weeks of their stay in the UK. Germany may be included in the list of countries that do not have to follow the self-isolation measures as required by British authorities. However, this does not mean that all of their citizens are free to enter the UK without going on self-quarantine. The exemption on self-isolation protocols only applies to those who have stayed in countries exempt from the self-isolation requirement for 10 days or more and then went to the UK.
There is no exemption if the traveler has transited through or stayed in non-exempt countries within 14 days of his trip. But exempted or not, travelers may still need to present a Health Declaration Form to be allowed to enter the country.
What is the UK Passenger Locator Form?
It is a document that the government of the United Kingdom is currently requesting from all travelers wishing to enter the country. It is required from all travelers coming in from any other location than the Common Travel Area or the CTA. The CTA consists of Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands. If a traveler came in from any of these places, they are not required to fill out the form. Otherwise, the form is crucial documentation.
The UK Passenger Locator Form lists the contact details of the traveler and the address where he will complete his self-isolation if he needs to do so. The government will use the form to contact the traveler if he or someone he is traveling with contracts the disease and is showing symptoms. It will also be used to check on the progress of the self-quarantine that the traveler will subject himself to.
Remember to fill out the form online. Never print it out and fill in the fields by hand. Also, you need to fill out the form within 48 hours of your arrival into the UK.
Do I need to take a COVID-19 test before traveling to the United Kingdom?
- COVID test prior to arrival- fully vaccinated travelers: There are no pre-departure testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers.
- COVID test prior to arrival- unvaccinated travelers: PCR or antigen within 72 hours.
- COVID test after arrival- fully vaccinated travelers: Pre-booked PCR or antigen within 2 days
- COVID test after arrival- unvaccinated travelers: Pre-booked PCR or antigen within 2 days and on or after day 8
- COVID test exemptions- vaccinated and unvaccinated: Travelers arriving in the UK from Ireland, the Isle of Man, Jersey or Guernsey, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, St Helena or Ascension don't need a COVID-19 test to enter. Travelers moving between Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England are also exempt from testing requirements.
Information for all travelers arriving from red list countries
- COVID test after arrival- red list countries: PCR on day 2 and day 8.
Do I need to quarantine upon arrival in the United Kingdom?
- Quarantine requirements- fully vaccinated travelers: There are no quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travelers.
- Quarantine requirements- unvaccinated travelers: 10 days home quarantine which can end early with a negative private test result on day 5.
Information for all travelers arriving from red list countries between midday 26 November and 4am 28 November
- Quarantine requirements 10 days self-isolation
- Quarantine testing PCR on day 2 and day 8.
Information for UK nationals and residents arriving from red list countries after 4am 28 November
- Quarantine requirements 10 days hotel quarantine
- Quarantine testing PCR on or before day 2 and day 8.
What do German citizens need to do upon arrival?
One of the first things that a German citizen has to do upon arriving at the point of entry is to show the printed copy of the confirmation email that the UK Passenger Locator Form will send. He can also show the confirmation email on his phone if he doesn’t want to carry something printed. He may also need to present a Health Declaration Form along with the confirmation email.
When he needs to go on self-isolation, he needs to go to the address where he will quarantine himself as soon as possible. Using public transportation is not recommended, except when there is no other option. If he needs to use public transport, he needs to maintain a distance of at least six feet to the nearest passenger.
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