British authorities are lifting pandemic-related health restrictions on Friday morning. Travelers no longer have to present a vaccination pass or a negative test.
Did you miss London ? Good news ! From this Friday, March 18, the United Kingdom is removing all health restrictions for travelers, vaccinated or not, as planned . No need for a negative test or a passenger locator form (PLF) to be completed before departure: with the approach of spring and the Easter holidays , the government wants to see tourists return, despite the renewed epidemic . To date, only a few rare countries have completely eliminated the test or vaccination pass as an entry filter. Iceland was the first to draw in Europe on February 25 .
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From now on, a valid passport is enough for a European traveler to visit England. The United Kingdom remaining classified as “orange” by France , this however means that a non-vaccinated person will have to provide a negative test on their return.
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Across the Channel, this step is part of the Living with COVID plan defined by the government , and maintained despite a sharp rise in cases of contamination in recent weeks.
Compulsory mask-wearing was abolished on January 27, however, and mandatory isolation for positive cases shortened on February 27. The English executive nevertheless recommends “maintaining cautious behavior as much as necessary”, for example by wearing a mask in public transport, or, until April 1, to stay at home in the event of a positive test.
On this date, free screening will be abolished, except for the elderly or vulnerable, due to its significant financial cost. Afterwards, it will be in the event of symptoms a question of “personal responsibility, just as we encourage those who may have the flu to be careful of others” , insisted Boris Johnson on February 21. To date, 86% of the population has received a second dose and 67% the booster serum. The United Kingdom, a country of 67 million people, has recorded nearly 19 million cases of coronavirus and more than 160,000 deaths.
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Brexit: how to get to the UK?
Entry requirements to England , Scotland , Northern Ireland, Wales and the Channel Islands (Jersey and Guernsey) have changed significantly for leisure or business stays since 1 October 2021. Main modification: the identity card is no longer sufficient to cross the Channel . Citizens of the EU, EEA and Switzerland must have a passport , even if it expires in less than 6 months. No visa is required for tourist stays of a maximum duration of 6 months . Note that for French residents in England ( “settled” or “pre-settled status”), the identity card remains valid until 2025.
On the telephony side, the four French operators do not overtax their subscribers' calls and mobile internet ( roaming ) made from Great Britain. Clearly, French subscribers who use their mobile from Great Britain will be able to continue to do so, as part of their package.
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What measures are in place in the UK?
In England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, most restrictions have been lifted. But caution remains in order and in terms of health the decisions of the government in London are limited to England. The other three nations have their own health prerogatives and are adopting a more cautious approach. For example, wearing a mask remains compulsory until March 28 in public transport or certain shops in Wales.
The restrictions still in force are listed on specific sites for Wales , Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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on 10/18/2021 at 5:52 p.m.
And what about the form detailing our trips (days and hours) on site.
Do you always have to fill it out?
on 09/23/2021 at 10:58
There is so much better to see than these cold, humid islands, populated by jealous and aggressive embittered people, so much better, and in Europe!
Marvelous cities steeped in history, culture and tradition.
Sunny beaches, green countryside, snow-capped peaks...
Yes, so much better! at the limit one can understand that the English are like this, and that they think only of conquering, invading, dominating.
on 09/23/2021 at 09:03
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