Only France EU country not exempt from quarantine for travel in the UK


People who have been fully vaccinated in the United States and the European Union – except France – will be allowed to travel to England without having to go into quarantine on arrival, the British government announced on Wednesday.

“We are helping people living in the US and European countries reunite with their family and friends,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tweeted, adding that the policy will come into effect on August 2 at 04:00 AM (0300 GMT).

Travelers who have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the US Food and Drug Administration or the European Medicines Agency can travel from any country on the UK government’s “orange” traffic light list without having to self-isolate at home for 10 days.

They have to take another test before departure and another test on day two after arriving in England.

Separate rules continue to apply for people coming from France.

Those traveling from an orange-listed country, including most of Europe and the US, and who have not been fully vaccinated will still be required to quarantine upon arrival.

The government also confirmed the restart of international cruises.

“This is progress that we can all enjoy,” Shapps wrote.

Britain is in the midst of a new wave of the virus due to the so-called delta variant, although the number of cases has fallen in the past week, with more than 70 percent of adults completely stung.

The devolved governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland set their own health policies and set their own rules for foreign travel.