Covid 19 Travel update

     As of April 6th, 2021 Sky news confirmed the following points regards the Uk’s travel update:[1] 

  1.  The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson confirmed that the reopening of non-essential shops, outdoor hospitality, and hair salons would take place in England, on the 12th of April.
  • The government has revealed that traffic light system for foreign travel would commence from 17th of May (Although there isn’t any firm date regards this yet)
  • The Global Travel Taskforce will report on how international leisure travels and tours would resume later this week.
  • Unlike the former Covid test procedure, the rapid Covid test would be offered to everyone in England twice-weekly. This would include home delivery of test kits.
  • Before and after testing would occur and would be trialled at nine events after which vaccine passports could be issued.However, there will be no vaccine passport in April or May.
  • If restrictions and on the 21st of June, government scientists have warned that another wave is very likely.

Before we proceed to talk about the need for a fit-to-fly certificate, let’s give you a recap of the present situation in the UK.

Despite being the first country globally to start a vaccination scheme, the United Kingdom is one of the countries that has seen the highest number of deaths from Covid as a result of the deadly second wave over the winter months. Since then, the country has been on lockdown until recently when it was moderately lifted.

Regarding travel, the UK mandated all travellers arriving in the UK, including British citizens, to present a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of arrival. This policy was put in place on the 18th of January. Before this, the borders had been open with no test requirements.

What are the travel restrictions?

  • As stated earlier, all arrivals must provide a negative test taken within the past 72 hours,
  • All arrivals must complete a Passenger Locator Form before arriving in the UK.
  • All arrivals from countries not on the UK’s “ban list” must quarantine for 10 days. Members of their family do not need to quarantine unless they’ve also just arrived in the UK.
  • All travellers coming from any of the countries on the restricted list will quarantine in a designated hotel at their own expense.
  • Non-UK residents from “red list” countries will be refused entry.
  • All travellers must purchase a “quarantine package” before arriving in the UK.
  • The fine for dodging quarantine will range from £5,000 rising to £10,000.
  • Travellers arriving from the “red list” countries and staying in a quarantined hotel are not eligible for Test to Release.

Why do you need a fit-to-fly certificate?

Fit Fly Health Certificate is a statement by a doctor that says you are free from symptoms of a disease or virus and you are fit to fly. For example, when you have had a health issue or you have to wear a cast due to an incident, your airline or travel insurance company may require a fit to fly certificate to know that you are in good shape to fly and that it would not be a risk for you, for them or other passengers on board to have you on a plane.

You need the fit-to-fly certificate because:

  • You cannot travel to most countries without one
  • The certificate proves that on the day of the test you were negative for the presence of COVID-19.
  • Even though It is likely that you were negative just 72 hours before, it is assumed that you will be safe to fly and not be carrying coronavirus onboard the plane.

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