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After finally opening up to millions of international tourists without the need to quarantine if you’re fully vaccinated, the British government was considering changing its entry restrictions today.

However, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made a U-turn on his pledge to introduce an amber waitlist. The quick u-turn comes after an outcry in the United Kingdom at the proposed idea of having an amber waitlist. The list would have shown nations at risk of moving into the UK’s red list. 

The proposal would have set the British travel industry back on a day that the United Kingdom reopened to much of the world. 

The move would have warned people in amber list countries — such as the United States — that they were about to be put on the red list. If you’re coming from a red list country, you’ll still have to complete a mandatory hotel quarantine at your expense. 

Primrose Hill, London

The British Prime Minister suggested that the move would help to combat the spread of new variants from around the world.

Boris Johnson stated, “We also have to recognize that people want, badly, to go on their summer holidays, we need to get the travel industry moving again, we need to get our city centers open again and so we want an approach that is as simple as we can possibly make it.”

Deansgate, Manchester

The Reaction From The Travel Industry 

The news sparked fury among the British travel industry. The country has been closed to the U.S and European travelers for most of the previous 16 months. 

Today was the day that Britain reopened to the world, yet the new restrictions would mean various travelers would avoid coming to the U.K if they were on the amber waitlist. 

Manchester, UK

Also, many British travelers would avoid going to countries that would have been on the amber waitlist, which likely included Spain. 

The Shadow Transport Secretary Jim MacMahon stated, “Not only have ministers failed to protect our borders, allowing the Delta variant to reach the UK in such force, but time and time again they’ve refused to be straight with the public and industry.”

The Current Entry Requirements And COVID-19 Situation In The U.K

U.S and EU travelers can come to the United Kingdom if their country is on the amber list and they have received two vaccinations.

Before today, most incoming passengers from the U.S and the E.U would have to quarantine. The quarantine would take place in a government hotel or a private accommodation. 

UK Goes into 2nd Lockdown

Today, amber list travelers will need to book a COVID-19 day 2 test and show proof of vaccination. To prove your vaccination status, you’ll need either an EU Digital COVID Certificate or a CDC card for the USA.

If you can’t provide either of these, you’ll need to follow the rules for unvaccinated travelers from the U.S and the E.U. 

The United Kingdom has lifted almost all restrictions on life within the country. As a result, you’ll find all bars, nightclubs, and restaurants open again. You’ll also enjoy all attractions with zero restrictions. 

Seven Sisters, U.K

The U.K decided to reopen on July 19th following a very successful vaccination drive. Almost all adults have now received their second vaccination dose.

If you’re looking to visit a European nation without any frustrating COVID-19 restrictions, the U.K is the best option for you. 

England's Peak District

Nonetheless, if the British government had stuck to its plan of making an amber waitlist, travel to the U.K could have become more restricted again.

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