For those planning to enter the United Kingdom from August 2021 onwards, the five day quarantine and the “eighth-day” negative Covid test in Great Britain will no longer required for fully vaccinated citizens of the United States.
This comes as pressure from the travel industry reached an all time high in that country and is great news for the hospitality industry. And even though Scotland has been left to make its own decisions regarding the pandemic, it too will be lifting the requirements. The UK will now accept the infamous CDC paper card as viable proof of your full vaccination including at its many restaurants and venues.
While this is fantastic news, it should be noted that as of August 8, 2021 the UK still considers the U.S. an “amber level” country and that comes with some additional requirements. Here is the official instruction:
1. Travelers must have a valid negative COVID-19 (NAAT: PCR or LAMP, or antigen) test result taken within three days before departure of your flight to the United Kingdom.
2.If you are arriving from the U.S. and have been fully vaccinated through an approved program like Moderna or Pfizer (plus 14 days), or Johnson+Johnson (plus 28 days) before your arrival in the UK, you will not have to quarantine but you must still book and complete a Covid test for Day 2 of your stay as well as the passenger locator form.
As of today, the U.S. still warns against travel to and from the UK due to Covid & Terrorism. We are obviously awaiting a change to this status.
If you are a Covid-19 vaccinated or antibodied American citizen and you go overseas, please know that you must still prove you are “virus free” in order to be allowed back into the United States. This can be done by showing proof of a negative Covid test that was taken within three days of your departure flight home. If your test turns out to be positive for any reason (including test malfunction etc.) be prepared to quarantine in the country you were trying to leave until you test negative. (For some folks this might mean bringing a larger quantity of prescription medication, just in case!)
We are mentioning this because it is in effect now (July 2021) and few travelers seem to know about it. More information can be found on the government’s CDC website here. Look for the paragraph, “Before You Arrive in the United States”
Luckily, the Covid test is now quite easy to find at most pharmacies in Europe (not sure about elsewhere) but is not given for free to foreign travelers. You will have to pay for the test which currently ranges from around 29 euros to 47 euros.
We hope this changes soon because it is clearly an overreach. American citizens should always be allowed to return home.
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