The U.K., which has taken a cautious and prolonged approach to reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic, announced on Wednesday that it will allow vaccinated travelers from U.S. and many European countries to enter England and Scotland without quarantining, beginning Aug. 2. A negative COVID-19 test will still be required prior to travel, as well as a PCR test on or before day two of their visit.
The U.S. is the most valuable market, with the transatlantic trade route incredibly important for both business and tourism. We know Americans have been eager to visit again, and with Britain’s tourism and hospitality businesses now reopen, we are ready to welcome them back to our iconic cities, countryside and world-class cultural attractions.
Vaccinated American travelers will need to show proof of vaccination through a physical vaccine card, along with proof of U.S. residency. (Unvaccinated visitors will still be required to quarantine for 10 days.) All visitors will also need to complete the U.K.’s online passenger form within 48 hours of arriving. Visitors should also note that the individual countries within the U.K. (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) are setting their own courses for reopening, so restrictions may vary between destinations and should be confirmed before traveling between them.
Fully vaccinated U.S. and EU visitors will at last be able to travel quarantine-free to England and Scotland. The cruise industry will breathe a sigh of relief that the crucial relaunch of international cruise departures from England has been given the green light, giving hope to a sector which has struggled to stay afloat. It also throws a vital lifeline to airlines and businesses throughout the sector, by helping to restore much-need transatlantic travel and essential links to the EU.
VisitBritain notes that entry requirements and in-destination guidance remain subject to change, so travel advisors and their clients are advised to stay up to date by regularly checking www.gov.uk.