The government of the United Kingdom made some changes to how they allow returning citizens and foreign travelers to enter the country. The changes were made in June 2020 and they are still being enforced today. One of the rules that they decided to change is the rule concerning self-isolation protocols. We will discuss these rules here so read on and find out what you need to do when traveling to the United Kingdom.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do Spanish citizens need to know when traveling to the UK?
Self-isolation protocols might be one of the most strictly followed health measures in the UK, but citizens from Spain need to know that not all of you need to impose self-isolation. The first thing that they have to determine is whether they will have to self-isolate when they get to the UK or not. This is important for you since you will potentially lose 10 days of your stay in the UK if you self-isolate when you don’t need to.
There is a list of countries whose travelers do not need to self-isolate when they get to the UK however, Spain is not included in the list. That doesn’t mean that all citizens of Spain will need to quarantine themselves for two weeks upon arrival. It simply means that travelers who have stayed in Spain and traveled to the UK within the last 10 days will have to go on self-isolation. The same rule applies to those who have transited through Spain and other non-exempt countries within the previous 14 days.
Whether they need to self-isolate or not, Spanish citizens will most likely need to present a Health Declaration Form in order to enter the United Kingdom so why not get one anyway.
What is the UK Passenger Locator Form and when do you need one?
The government of the United Kingdom needs all travelers to fill out a UK Passenger Locator Form before they travel to the UK. In particular, travelers and returning citizens who are coming from outside the Common Travel Area must complete this important task. They need to fill out the form online and submit proof of the Locator Form once they arrive at the point of entry.
The document will contain the address where the traveler will spend his 10 days in self-isolation, as well as his contact details while he is staying in the UK. The government will use the information that the form contains to track the progress of the self-isolation. They will also use the contact information to get in touch with the traveler if he or a person he is traveling with is infected with COVID-19.
Just remember to fill out the form online and never print the form out or fill it out by hand. It should be completed within 48 hours of arrival to avoid delays.
I am about to arrive in the UK. What do I do at the airport?
The first thing to do is to present a printed copy of the UK Passenger Locator Form confirmation, if you have filled one out, to the authorities at the port of entry. You can also show a copy of the confirmation email on your phone if it is too much of a bother for you to carry a printed page with you. UK port authorities may also require you to provide a Health Declaration Form along with the confirmation email.
If you need to go into self-isolation, you need to prepare before your arrival by choosing the place where you will complete the process. Upon arrival, you have to go to the address immediately. Avoid using any form of public transportation unless you have to. But if you must, make sure to leave enough space (around six feet) between yourself and the nearest passenger.
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Where do I go for more information?
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