The United Kingdom identified a new, faster-spreading strain of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, prompting the British government to place London and other parts of Southeast England in the newly created Tier 4 of its previously three-tiered COVID-response system.
Restaurants, pubs, and indoor entertainment facilities must remain closed, as the government has canceled its originally planned relaxation of restrictions for Christmas.
Numerous countries have closed their borders for UK travelers and freight. In most cases, other nationals may still leave the UK or countries in the Schengen Area.
The below information should provide private-sector security managers with the most current information. Consult directly with your airline, and follow all local guidelines when making travel arrangements.
What restrictions have the United Kingdom put in place?
As of December 20, London and other parts of Southeast England have moved to a newly created Tier 4 of the government’s previously three-tiered system to prevent the spread of COVID.
Tier 4 restrictions include the closing of retail businesses, hairdressers, and salons, on top of Tier 3’s closure of restaurants, pubs, and indoor entertainment facilities.
Areas placed under Tier 4 may no longer participate in the planned relaxation of COVID rules under the announced “Christmas Bubbles,” while other areas in the UK designated at Tier 3 and below will reduce their planned relaxation from five days to one.
Travel between England and Scotland is now banned throughout the Christmas period. Wales entered a new, separate lockdown beginning on December 20. Find more information about the recent changes on the UK government’s coronavirus website.
Advise returning from UK
Ansnei advises that travelers should get tested same day + 3-5 days after returning from the United Kingdom, and stay home for seven days. If you choose not to get tested, stay at home for 14 days. In general, we advice the following when returning from international travel:
- When you are around others, stay at least about 2 arm lengths (2 metres or 6 feet) from anyone who did not travel with you, particularly in crowded areas. Do this everywhere — both indoors and outdoors.
- Wear a mask to cover your nose and mouth when you are in shared spaces outside of your home, including when using public transportation.
- If there are people in the household who did not travel with you, wear a mask and ask everyone in the household to wear masks in shared spaces inside your home for 14 days after travel.
- Wash your hands often AND use hand sanitizer. Best option is Sanitizer with both Alcohol and Clor Hexidine .
- Watch your health: Look for symptoms of COVID-19, and take your temperature if you feel sick.
Which other European countries are restricting travel from the United Kingdom?
Belgium Until December 21, 2020
Luxembourg Until December 21, 2020
Croatia Until December 22, 2020
Greenland Until December 23, 2020
Denmark Until December 23, 2020
Moldova Until December 23, 2020
Russia Until December 29, 2020
Germany Until December 31, 2020
Lithuania Until December 31, 2020
North Macedonia Until December 31, 2020
Austria Until January 1, 2021
Czech Republic Until December 31, 2020
Latvia Until January 1, 2021
Estonia Until January 1, 2021
The Netherlands Until January 1, 2021
Romania Until January 3, 2021
Finland Until January 4, 2021
Spain Until January 5, 2021
Italy Until January 6, 2021
Poland Until January 6, 2021
Sweden Until January 21, 2021
Bulgaria Until January 31, 2021
Switzerland Until further notice
Portugal Until further notice
What if I have more questions about this report or other Europe-related security issues?
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