Passengers are no longer checked at the entrance to the United Kingdom

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Travelers returning to England from countries on the green or yellow list are no longer checked at the entrance to British territory. Border Force officers no longer have to check if new arrivals have a negative PCR test, if they have scheduled the following tests or if they have filled out the passenger location form showing the address where they will self-isolate, if necessary.

Now, the burden will be borne by the airlines which will check that passengers have the correct documents and verify the results of the Covid-19 tests carried out before traveling. A Heathrow Airport executive told the Financial Times that this loosening of controls makes sense, as airlines are already checking passengers' documents before boarding, especially as they face heavy fines if they let people fly without proper documentation.

"It will certainly significantly reduce the time at the airport queues and, hopefully, the level of insults to which the representatives of the Border Force are subjected.Said Lucy Moreton of ISU.

A government spokesman said: "Our top priority is to protect public health, and our consolidated border regime contributes to reducing the risk of transmitting new variants.".

"All location forms and passenger documents are still checked by the carriers as required by law and suggest where it is wrong. This legal requirement for carriers is underpinned by a robust compliance regime, which is overseen by regulators..

"Adherence to these rules is essential to protect the population from new variants of Covid-19 and therefore there will be severe fines for those who do not follow the rules."

As of July 19, British travelers returning to the UK, from one of the countries on the green or yellow list, have to follow certain rules.

CThe vaccine is fully vaccinated through the UK Vaccination Program

  • must perform a PCR test for Covid-19 before departure. The test must not be older than 72 hours and must be performed by each passenger, even if he or she has been fully vaccinated, is a citizen of the United Kingdom or returns from a country on the green list.
  • must purchase and reserve a test to be performed within 2 days of returning to the UK. The test must be performed by each passenger, even if they have been completely vaccinated, if they are citizens of the United Kingdom or if they are returning from a green list country.
  • must complete a form with the address to which he will stay until he is allowed to leave the isolation, if the second test performed will have a negative result. The form must be completed by each passenger, even if they are returning from a country on the green list.
  • the above rules do not apply to minors under 10 years of age

CThe vaccine is NOT fully vaccinated through the UK Vaccination Program

  • must perform a PCR test for Covid-19 before departure. The test must not be older than 72 hours and must be taken by each passenger, even if he is a citizen of Great Britain or if he returns from a country on the green list.
  • must purchase and reserve a test package to be performed on day 2 and day 8 of return to British territory. The tests must be carried out by each passenger, even if he is a citizen of the United Kingdom or if he returns from a country on the green list.
  • must complete a form with the address to which he will stay until he is allowed to leave the isolation, if the third test performed on day 8 will have a negative result. The form must be completed by each passenger, even if they are returning from a country on the green list.
  • the above rules do not apply to minors under 10 years of age

The rules do not apply if the passenger is traveling from a red list country.

The rules do not apply if the passenger is traveling from a country on the red list or if he has transited or visited France in the last 10 days. In this case, the traveler will have to take into account the travel rules imposed by the countries on the red list, which are as follows:

  • only British, Irish and UK citizens have the right to enter British territory if they have traveled to one of the countries on the red list.
  • must perform a PCR test for Covid-19 before departure. The test must not be older than 72 hours and must be performed by each passenger, even if completely vaccinated.
  • must purchase and reserve a package of tests to be carried out on day 2 and day 8 of return to British territory. The test must be performed by each passenger, even if completely vaccinated.
  • you have to purchaseeze and book a package of accommodation at a hotel approved by the British government, where you can isolate yourself for a period of 10 days. The day the passenger arrived in the UK is Day 0. The price of a room starts at 1.750 pounds.

NFailure to comply with the above rules or false statements is considered an extremely serious act, and the offender may receive a fine of up to £ 10.000 or may be arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

2 Comments
  1. Elena says

    The part about France is misleading. You really have to follow the rules for the countries on the red list, in the sense that if you are vaccinated in the UK you still have to be quarantined, but France is on the yellow list and there is no quarantine in the hotel.
    Also, also on gov.uk, it does not say that a PCR test is mandatory.

    1. Sorin says

      All measures are complied with, except that air passengers are no longer checked at the entrance to the UK because the airlines do. Regarding the terrestrial part and all other measures applied depending on the color of the area, all measures remain as they are established by the UK

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