Updated UK COVID Travel Guidelines For July 2021

Team Hoo
21st July 2021

COVID travel guidelines are changing once more in the UK. With restrictions easing, stay up to date with the latest changes. 

It certainly has been a rough year or so, but now it all seems to be coming to an end. While things are far from getting back to normal, we seem to be heading into that kind of general direction, with things starting to ease off a bit more. COVID -19 guidelines are being removed in parts of the UK, with other parts lagging behind slightly. 

If you’re planning to go travelling now that things are starting to calm down a little, you still need to make sure that you are being careful and taking precautions. You have got to remember that just because we are no longer in lockdown, doesn’t mean that the threat of COVID-19 isn’t still very real.

What are you going to do then, in order to stay safe?

If You’re Planning On Heading Abroad

If you’re planning on heading abroad now that more places are opening up, we still advise you to exercise caution. It’s not entirely safe to be doing so now, and you will still have to self isolate when you come back. If you are vaccinated, as of the 19th July, you will no longer have to self isolate for 10 days when you come back from an amber-list country. This only applies if you have a negative COVID test 3 days before leaving and a PCR test 2 days after you get back. You also need to be able to prove you were vaccinated more than 14 days ago.

You do not need to self isolate when returning from a green list country, but must do so for a red list country, whether you are vaccinated or not. You are also required to take multiple COVID tests during this time if you have visited a red list country.

Make sure that you take a look at the green, amber and red lists before you book anything. You should be aiming to go to a green country if you are insistent on travelling, however it is still better for you to stay at home as much as you can rather than leaving the confines of the country.

When Staying In The UK

If you’re going to be staying in the UK this summer and having vacation at home, you will be happy to know that you won’t have to be doing it in lockdown like last year. Having your vacation at home is the safest option, and the UK tourist industry is going to thank you massively for it. It’s been desperate to get back into the swing of things, and now it finally may be able to.

July 19th is the confirmed date for the next easing of COVID-19 restrictions. This includes the rule of 6 to be scrapped, allowing people to meet as many people as they like once more. As well as this, the rule that makes wearing a mask mandatory is also going on this date, as the UK attempts to make some kind of move back towards normalcy. 

It’s important to understand that with these easings there is going to come a spike in cases of COVID, but this was always going to happen. The only thing that you can do is make sure that you are washing your hands, and if you think that you have the symptoms of COVID, get tested and isolate yourself if it is positive. 

Remember To Stay Safe

If you are going to be travelling abroad, make sure that you check the country’s guidelines on handling COVID to ensure you are doing it properly. You may wear a mask in the UK if you want to, it will just no longer be a legal requirement as of the 19th July, but again, this doesn’t mean that you can’t if it makes you feel safer.

When you are booking any kind of travel this year, it is always going to be a massive IF you can go. As such, we recommend that you make sure you can get your money back if it happens to get cancelled.

The social distancing guidelines that have been in place for the last year will also be on their way out, but this doesn’t mean that people want you in their personal space. While you don’t have to give them 2m of room, make sure that you are not crowding people, just in case. 

Keep An Eye On The News

Keep in mind that everything you know can change in the blink of an eye. We recommend that you keep one eye on the news at all times, just to make sure you are up to date on the latest information surrounding COVID.

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