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Vaccinated Residents of the UK Are No Longer Required to Self-Quarantine After Return

News Good news for travelers from the UK who want to visit a foreign country but couldn’t do this due to the quarantine requirement. Starting from 19 July, fully vaccinated residents of the UK do no longer need to self-isolate after their return home. The exemption is valid for a large list of international destinations (so-called amber countries). Note that only vaccination certificates and the NHS app are recognized as legal proofs.

The government decided to take this step after backlash from UK citizens who live abroad and cannot enter the UK without the quarantine requirement although they were vaccinated in their countries of residence. Moreover, many of these people were vaccinated with the same vaccines that the NHS uses. People under 18 who return home from amber list countries will also not need to self-isolate.

This new policy will potentially make traveling to 140 countries, which are on the amber list, easier. Not only hotels in Mallorca or Playa del Sol await travelers from the UK. Many tourist destinations that are popular with UK vacationers are on the amber list. That being said, the new policy doesn’t change the fact that some countries have strict rules regarding travelers from the UK, so they may still be obliged to take PCR tests or do extensive paperwork. Travelers returning to the UK will still be obliged to take a PCR test on the second day. However, the mandatory test on the eighth day is no longer necessary. The requirements for fully vaccinated people are now the same whether they plan to visit a green or amber list country.

Note that the government recognizes people “fully vaccinated” when they received the final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days ago. While British people planning to travel abroad this summer welcome the change, domestic hoteliers are still waiting for any positive shifts. They complain that the government does nothing to save the country’s inbound tourism.

Indeed, keeping the borders of the UK closed is costly. The country is losing £70m in exports every day. Businesses cannot start working properly, donating to the overall recovery after the pandemic. Inbound tourism is the fifth largest sector in the UK, and this branch of the economy is currently dying. The government needs to come up with a plan as soon as possible and let foreign guests visit the country.

14.07.2021

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Chisinau
Chisinau travel guide
First mentions of this city appeared in 1466. For a long time Chisinau has been a boyar patrimony. Today this is a large historical and cultural center. For convenience the city is divided into Low and High. You can see ancient buildings built in medieval times in Low Chisinau, while High Chisinau is considered the business center of the city. Each year new modern buildings appear here. Probably, Organ Hall and National Drama Theater located opposite to it are main cultural sights of the … Read further
Menton
Cuisine of Menton
Italy has profoundly influenced culinary traditions of Menton. During the tour over historical part of the city travelers will come across numerous cozy bistros. The best one among them is considered to be the Le Chaudron bistro offering its visitors the most popular ethnic dishes. The specialities of the eating house are considered to be different sea foods. Expert cooks prepare grilled fish and serve it with fantastic accompaniments. The visitors will love fluffy desserts and the wine list of … Read further
Alkmaar
Traditions and festivals in Alkmaar
The city of Alkmaar welcomes guests with a decent choice of destinations and traditional cordiality. Prepare yourself for a variety of pleasant surprises and multifaceted experiences from this stunning destination. Alkmaar consists of stair-step bridges, canals, ancient paved bridges, gabled roofs, crowned Gothic cathedrals, narrow streets, which suddenly end in historical squares, and the atmosphere of an ancient place typical for the old-fashioned towns of the Netherlands. But the real heart … Read further
Saarbrucken
Saarbrucken cultural sights
The Saint Johannes Market is considered to be a true center of city life as this area concentrates numerous restaurants, shops and entertainment establishments. Scenic age old streets start right from the market. Most of them are completely closed for transport. Not far from the Saint Johannes Market tourists will discover Der Schlosskirche – the Palace Church being a marvelous landmark of gothic style architecture. The church was built in the 15th century. Though its long history the church … Read further
Groningen
Groningen attractions and entertainment
Groningen concentrates many canals that give it an extraordinary beauty. People might want to stay here forever, and it must be said that sometimes it turns out that way. Tourists falling for narrow streets ideal for cycling, beautiful houses, as if enveloping city streets and amazingly picturesque embankments, decide to stay here for the rest of their lives. However, the city is attractive not only for this - thus, active recreation enthusiasts feel great here, being offered all sorts of … Read further
Denpasar
Denpasar for families and kids
The main entertainment for guests of the popular Balinese resort is a beach relaxation and walks in picturesque places. Nevertheless, you can diversify leisure with children in Denpasar, with other interesting events. With older children, you can go to the Bali Wake Park. This is a kind of marine entertainment park located right on the picturesque coast. It differs from the usual centers of water sports in that, its visitors are offered a lot of unusual entertainment. There are special training … Read further
Luanda
Shopping in Luanda
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Bern
Extreme and fun in Bern
Ropetech Ropes Course. Ropetech Ropes Course is located near the Bern railway station, namely in the forest Dalhoelzli. You can reach it by trams № 7 and № 8 or by buses № 19 and № 28. You should get off at the "Thunplatz" stop. If you like outdoor activities, then adventure and fun are waiting for you here. The ticket price is 38 francs. The park is a complex consisting of 7 crossings. Their height is from 4 to 23 meters above the ground. You will choose the appropriate level of … Read further
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