By Ron Howells • 30 August 2021 • 9:19
Latest changes begin today, Monday, August 30, as seven countries go green.
From today, people travelling to the UK from Canada and Denmark will now not need to isolate as the UK’s latest Covid travel rules have come into force.
Finland, Switzerland, the Azores, Liechtenstein and Lithuania are also on the “green list” as of 04:00 BST. However, all travellers into the UK from newly red-listed Thailand and Montenegro now need to isolate in government-approved hotels.
All arrivals must take at least one Covid test, however, many countries have gone one step further and banned UK residents from entering altogether.
Travellers coming from green list countries do not need to quarantine when they come back to the UK – whether or not they have had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine.
They still have to be tested before their return to the UK, however, and book a test for day two after their return, and fill in a passenger location form.
Only British or Irish nationals and UK residents are allowed into the country if they have been to red list countries. They then have to pay to self-isolate in a government-approved quarantine hotel.
Most countries are on the amber list – fully-vaccinated adults do not have to quarantine on their return from these locations, but do have to have tests before returning and two days after they get back.
Heathrow airport queues
Furious passengers at Heathrow Airport have been forced to stand in long queues with no social distancing at passport control.
Seething travellers faced waiting more than three hours at Terminals 2 and 5 to pass through stringent Covid checks at Border Control on Sunday.
The chaotic scenes come after Border Force officials were reportedly told they don’t need to make Covid checks for travellers arriving into the UK from green and amber list countries.
The U-turn was made to reduce queues but holidaymakers vented their anger at standing in long lines which have been described as “brutal”.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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