The UK has updated their country’s entry rules. Seven European countries were added yesterday to the English “Green List” for travelers, a list of countries you can travel to without being quarantined upon your return, regardless of vaccinations. Contrary to previous media speculation, Poland is not in this group.

Great Britain offers more changes to travelers. First, from August 2, the British government decided to ease restrictions on vaccinated people from the European Union and the United States – they can enter England without having to undergo a 10-day quarantine.

Now, changes have also been announced for unvaccinated people traveling from selected epidemiologically safe countries.

Great Britain. Other countries on the “green list”

Germany, Austria, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and Latvia are on the “green list”, but only the latter two accept unvaccinated UK residents without quarantine.

After these changes go into effect, 36 countries and territories will be on the “safe list”, although 16 of them are under monitoring, which means they may be moved to the “yellow list”. After you return from the countries on the “green list”, you do not need to go into quarantine for 10 days, regardless of whether the person has been vaccinated or not.

France has been moved from “Yellow plus” to the yellow list, meaning that vaccinated people will not have to self-quarantine at home upon arrival.

In turn, India, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates were moved from the red list to the yellow list, which in turn means that entry from these countries will not be allowed – as is now the case – only for citizens and residents of major countries. Britain or Ireland, and those coming from Britain rather than pay the hotel quarantine fee, Britons will stay at home (if they are not vaccinated) or will be released if they are vaccinated.

Mexico, Georgia, Reunion and Mayotte were turned in the opposite direction (which is associated with the tightening of restrictions), while Spain avoided this fate. The British media has been writing for several days that it is under study, which could cause serious chaos, as it is estimated that the number of Britons in Spain today may reach one million Britons.

All changes take effect on Saturday at 4:00 am and only apply to arrivals in England, but since the authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland usually harmonize their travel lists with the English language, we expect them to announce the same decisions soon.

Moreover, from August 12, the cost of hotel quarantine for residents and residents of Great Britain or Ireland after arriving from “red list” countries will increase. For one person, instead of £1,750, this would be £2,285. If two adults are isolated together in one room, the cost for the other person will increase from £650 to £1430. As the UK government has made clear, the new prices better reflect the actual costs of quarantine.

Source: PAP (Bartłomiej Niedziński)