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Travelling From UK to Europe

Travelling From UK to Europe

British nationals travelling to the European Union are facing different entry restrictions to the Member States than they would have if the United Kingdom was still part of the EU.

Yet, as the country left the EU block on December 31, 2020, the UK  is now considered a third country to the EU, so its nationals face tighter restrictions when travelling to any of the Member States, reports.

In addition to Brexit, the UK has witnessed a surge in infection rates since the beginning of the pandemic, which makes it even harder for Brits to travel to the EU, in particular to those who have not been vaccinated yet.

UK passport holders wishing to travel to any of the 27 EU countries must be informed of the entry rules of each country in advance in order to avoid any unpleasant occurrences. Here is a guideline of the entry requirements the individual EU member states apply for arrivals from the UK.

Fully Vaccinated Britons Welcomed by the Majority of EU Member States

Vaccinated British nationals have been allowed to travel to Austria exempt from the entry quarantine requirement since mid-August, when the country announced it had abolished the requirement for arrivals from the UK, India, Russia, Nepal, Botswana, South Africa and Zambia. However, those showing a recovery certificate have to register digitally before entering.

Fully vaccinated Britons with one of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) authorized vaccines which are  Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson, are also permitted to enter the Czech territory exempted from quarantine and testing requirements.  Furthermore, travellers who have recovered from the virus are exempted from entry requirements, but both categories must present their medical certificate issued by the UK authorities, which is equivalent to the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate.

Cyprus also permits fully vaccinated Britons to enter the country free of entry requirements, as the latest assessment published by the Cypriot authorities indicated, in spite of the fact that the country is currently placed in the red category.

Furthermore, to enter Danish territory, the UK nationals have to either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, have previously recovered from the virus or can present a negative test that was taken within 72 hours (PCR tests) or 24 hours (antigen tests) before reaching the country.

Finland and France both permit fully vaccinated Britons to enter, while France also permits entry for those that were previously infected with Coronavirus.

However, to be fully vaccinated, the traveller must have been immunized with two shots of vaccines authorized by the Finnish Health Institute and the French Health Authorities

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Furthermore, Greece permits Britons to enter without getting tested or quarantined upon arrival if 14 days have passed since the final dose of the authorized vaccines has been received or if the traveller was positive for the virus at least 30 days before reaching the country.

“Acceptable vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm among others,” the Government said.

Which Countries Impose Testing Requirements for British Travellers?

All unvaccinated travellers reaching European countries must undergo testing requirements at some point, whether before departure or upon arrival.

Unvaccinated British nationals can enter Greece if they present a negative PCR  test taken within 72 hours before travelling or 24 hours for antigen tests.  Italy has also ended its five-day self-isolation requirement for Britons if they present a negative test taken within 24 hours of reaching the country.

On the other hand, the Croatian authorities allow unvaccinated Britons to enter the country if they hold the results of an antigen test taken within 48 hours or a PCR test taken within 72 hours before entering the country to be presented upon arrival.

Moreover, travellers from the UK reaching Ireland that haven’t been vaccinated must provide a negative result of the PCR test, not older than 72 hours. If they fail to do so, a two-week quarantine and additional post-arrival testing provided through the Irish Health Service Executive await them.

Cyprus imposes a double testing requirement for unvaccinated travellers from red category countries, including here the UK, to provide the first test taken 72 hours before reaching the country and the second one upon arrival. In addition to the testing requirements, the traveller has to stay isolated until the second test result is issued. Cyprus has seen huge increases in Tourists arriving due to its safe covid legislation and convienient location. 

Portugal and Spain also permit Britons to enter the countries if they provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure. However, antigen tests are no longer accepted in Spain. The requirement, of course, applies to those unvaccinated only.

In Which Countries Are Britons Obligated to Quarantine Upon Arrival?

The Austrian authorities require unvaccinated Britons to present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival or an antigen test taken 48 hours prior to reaching the country. In addition, travellers need to self-isolate for ten days with a chance to end the quarantine by taking another test on the fifth day upon arrival.

All travellers reaching Germany from high-risk areas, such as the UK, must undergo quarantine requirements, regardless of the vaccination status. However, being fully vaccinated with EMA vaccines or providing a negative test from the fifth day of quarantine can end the self-isolation time for Britons earlier.

As previously reported, Estonia has placed the UK on its red list since the country has reported more than 681.73 infection rates per 100,000 inhabitants during the last 14 days. In addition, Britons must undergo a ten-day quarantine and get tested upon arrival as well as on the sixth day of the quarantine, with the possibility of reducing the self-isolation time.

Moreover, unvaccinated travellers arriving from the UK are obliged to provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours or 24 hours for antigen tests before reaching Czechia. In addition, the second test should be taken within five days of arrival, and until the result is issued, the traveller remains self-isolated.

Britons can reach Danish territory if they present a negative test upon arrival, with another test taken at least four later, ending the ten-day quarantine requirement imposed on them.

In order to enter France, unvaccinated British nationals must provide a negative test taken within 24 hours before entering France; undergo a seven-day quarantine, with the chance to be randomly tested upon arrival.

As fully vaccinated Britons can enter Finland free of entry requirements, unvaccinated travellers are banned from entering the country entirely.

Moreover, Belgium allows British nationals to enter the country for essential purposes, as the UK is considered a high-risk area (red category country) and an entry ban is imposed. However, a test taken within the first two days upon arrival is required for vaccinated travellers and those who recovered from the virus. On the other hand, the unvaccinated travellers must undergo a ten-day quarantine and double testing, which has to be done on the first day upon arrival and on the seventh day of the quarantine, which can end the self-isolation time earlier.

information dated 11th September 2021 

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