what countries can enter UK

Which countries can enter the UK without quarantine?

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The Coronavirus pandemic has triggered numerous travel bans around the world. The UK has banned air travel to most countries to prevent the spread of the virus.

However, the country has gained significant control over the rate of spread of the virus and the country started reopening borders to international travelers.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement on the COVID19 pandemic in a speech on July 17. He said the number of corona infection cases in the UK was decreasing by 5% to 1% every day.

As a result, it turns out that enforcing the lockdown was the correct move as it helped reduce the infection rate. For this reason, he intends to reopen the country.

Some countries will be allowed to enter the UK. However, there are many restrictions on lifting the travel ban, and people coming from these countries must follow certain rules. The government is slowly opening up the country and allowing air transport, so the transmission rate is carefully monitored.

Based on a country’s infection rate and government tax methods, the UK decides whether to allow them. Some countries, however, are allowed entry into the UK without self-quarantine.

There are countries and regions that can travel to the UK without self-quarantine (the list is updated as of 1st of September 2020):

  • Akrotiri and Dhekelia
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei
  • Cayman Islands
  • the Channel Islands
  • Cuba (recently added to the list)
  • Curaçao
  • Cyprus
  • Croatia (was recently removed from the list)
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Estonia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • French Polynesia
  • Gibraltar
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • the Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Macao (Macau)
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Montserrat
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
  • Poland
  • Portugal 
  • Reunion
  • San Marino
  • Seychelles
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Spain (was recently removed from this list)
  • St Barthélemy
  • St Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Pierre and Miquelon
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Taiwan
  • Turkey
  • Vatican
  • Vietnam

For the most recent (up to date) information follow the website of the Ministry of Health in the UK.

Some countries are considered to be in the “red zone” because of the number of their rate of infections.

Not surprisingly, the United States is on this list. In the United States, the infection rate remains high; moreover, the United States may also be on the list because it banned travel from the United Kingdom at the start of the pandemic.

Depending on the country’s infection rate, the UK will remove or add them to the “red zone” list. This is to ensure that no one travels from a country with a high infectious rate and helps the UK keep flattening the curve.

What are the rules for traveling into the UK?

rulers for traveling into the UK

Even with the ban lifted, there are still rules that people in these countries must follow.

Before you are allowed to travel to the UK, you must obtain a visa from your home country.

You will also need to test for the coronavirus and provide a certificate on arrival. Doing this will help you avoid quarantine on arrival in the UK.

Social distancing still applies

Even though the travel restrictions are lifted, there are still rules. Keeping a distance of 6 feet between people will still apply. You still have to wash your hands and disinfect.

It would be best always to wear a mask in public places, and it is the only way to stop the virus from spreading and ensuring you do not get infected while in transit from one place to another. There are still possibilities of getting infected, especially on planes.

When you get to your destination, self-quarantine for the 14 days is still recommended.

This way, should you have contracted the virus while traveling, you cannot spread it to other people in the UK. Doing this will help reduce the rate of infections caused by travelers getting into the UK.

What to do in case you suspect you have been infected?

In case you travel into the UK and have symptoms of the virus, you are advised to visit the hospital next to you.

While there, you will get tested, and depending on the results, the virus can be ruled out, or you remain quarantined.

Doing this will also help out when there is a need for contact tracing, which will help the UK government monitor any new cases caused by people getting into the country.

These are considered significant because, with this data, the UK can decide to either ban flights from the country in question or not.

If you do not wish or need to be quarantined at a medical facility, you can choose to quarantine yourself at home. This reduces congestion in the hospital, and it also saves beds for patients with other medical conditions who require hospitalization.

Flight restrictions

Before you travel to any country in the UK, take the time to find out what their regulations are. This will help you avoid issues like being stopped at the borders, and you will find out what measures have been put in place to help prevent the spread of the virus.

It is important to know the regulations in place, for it will help you stay safe as you move in and out of these countries.

Moreover, you are expected to fill forms from the health sector and government officials at least 48 hours after landing in the UK. Remember to provide your travel and contact information. If you neglect to do this before your arrival, it may take longer to enter the UK. You must follow the regulations to avoid problems with the authorities.

What’s the current COVID situation in the UK?

Source: Worldmeters

As of 1st. of September UK has 335,873 in total and 41,501 deaths due to COVID. These stats are taken from the Worldmeters / UK.