England will remove quarantine for fully vaccinated U.S and EU tourists from next Monday.
The change will come into place at 4.00 BST, and it opens London and the rest of England to millions of visitors after over a year of restrictions. Currently, only people who have received their vaccination in the UK can avoid quarantine upon arrival, except for French travelers.
British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps stated it would apply to those who’ve received full vaccination from jabs approved by the EU and the U.S. According to reports, the falling COVID-19 rates in the last seven days encouraged Boris Johnson to open to the country.
The move will help recover England’s — and particularly London’s — battered tourism industry. The United Kingdom has effectively closed since June 2020, enforcing a quarantine on almost all arrivals.
A Breakdown Of The Changes
- People that have received full vaccination will not need to quarantine if they’re entering England from an Amber country
- The new change will go through at 4 am British Summer Time
- Travelers will still need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day two after arrival
- The vaccine needs to have approval from the European Medicines Agency or the US FDA
- International cruise ships can now depart England once more
The travel industry has reacted with delight at the news. Airlines UK said the news would provide “a lifeline for thousands of businesses reliant on international inbound travel.” In addition, Joss Croft of UK inbound said the news would bring in 28 billion GBP into the inbound tourism sector.
Although England has dropped many restrictions for U.S travelers, the U.S hasn’t lifted restrictions on the United Kingdom. The United States issued a level four travel warning against the United Kingdom after the United Kingdom dropped all restrictions on life.
Despite England’s rapidly rising cases in the last month, Boris Johnson decided to unlock the country on July 19th. The British called the day “freedom day,” after the country scrapped masks, social distancing, and opened everything back to normal.
The move attracted condemnation from governments worldwide, and scientists called Britain’s freedom day wreckless. However, since the United Kingdom dropped restrictions, cases have started to flatline. Scientists are unsure whether this is a result of the school holidays, herd immunity, or issues with the data.
What Is The COVID-19 Situation In England?
Cases have dropped from around 50,000 cases per day to about 25,000 cases per day in the last seven days. Therefore, England possibly sees an end to the pandemic after one of the most successful vaccination rollouts in the world.
Travelers looking for freedom — and aren’t we all — will love the lack of restrictions in England. Life feels almost back to normal again, and all tourist attractions are open and waiting for tourists.
The U.K has given 88.3 percent of its entire adult population their first vaccine dose. Over 71% of people have received their second vaccination dose, and by September, the country expects to have vaccinated its entire adult population.
Most of Europe has opened up to American travelers, but the continent is starting to enforce restrictions because of the delta variant. England — on the other hand — has gone the other way, which will delight many travelers.
London is one of the world’s most famous cities, and it attracts millions of American tourists every year. American travelers can enter London without restrictions from Monday and enjoy the end of the summer in the city.
Americans now have almost all of Europe to choose from after over a year of Europe banning U.S tourists.
It’s great news all around!
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