New quarantine rules for travelers take effect
Thousands of travelers arriving in the UK are undergoing drastic changes in self-isolation rules.
The main change for UK passengers who have been fully vaccinated by the NHS is that they no longer need a 10-day quarantine when arriving from ‘Amber List’ countries – such as Spain, Italy , Greece and the United States.
The first beneficiaries were on board British Airways flight 262 from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, which landed just 33 minutes after the rule change at 4 a.m. Two more flights from Orange List locations, Lagos and New York, had arrived at 6 a.m.
The first ferry to arrive from an Orange List location was Stena Line from Hook of Holland to Harwich, which docked at 6.30am.
Passengers must always provide a negative coronavirus test result before departure to the UK and pre-book a PCR test after arrival.
But over the weekend, thousands of unvaccinated vacationers rushed back from Spain’s Balearic Islands. Arrivals from Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza were without quarantine until 4 a.m. – when they were transferred to the orange list.
At Gatwick, an easyJet flight arrived from Ibiza just three hours before the deadline, while Palma’s Jet2 touched down at Manchester Airport a few minutes before midnight.
Hundreds of thousands of British travelers to or planning to visit France learned on Friday evening that vaccinated arrivals in the UK will still need to be quarantined.
The government announced that existing Orange List rules – requiring self-isolation – would continue to apply to passengers returning from France, amid concerns over the possible importation of the identified ‘beta variant’. for the first time in South Africa.
The “orange plus” rule also applies to anyone crossing French territory to Channel ports – although Eurostar passengers from Amsterdam and Brussels are exempt, as trains pass through France without stopping.