Wednesday, June 9, 2021

These 7 EU Countries Now Permit Entry for British Tourists

These 7 EU Countries Now Permit Entry for British Tourists

The United Kingdom government surprised the world on June 23, 2016, when it voted to leave the European Union, the phenomenon also known as “Brexit”.

After more than three years of discussion and political fractures, the UK officially left the EU on January 31, 2020, giving up many of its perks, but as the country claims “winning sovereignty” by cutting immigration and stopping payments to Brussels, as every member state is obliged to, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

However, two months later, the world entered full lockdowns and started imposing strict travelling restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak.

After over a year of minimal travelling, when the UK started opening its borders, India was suffering the worst day, with the biggest daily rise of Coronavirus cases recorded in 2021. On March 24, 275 people died, and 47,262 were reported infected with the B.1.617 variant, a mutation of the COVID-19 virus, 50 per cent more transmissible than the previous one.

Although Prime Minister Boris Johnson banned travellers from India on April 19, over 20,000 people entered the country during the period the ban was discussed to be imposed. On May 13, Public Health England reported that 1,313 people were infected with the Indian variant of the virus, with almost half of the cases being related to the travellers, as mentioned earlier.

According to the data published on the UK’s official government website, about 77 per cent of the British population or 40,573,517 have received the first dose of the anti-COVID vaccine, and 53.6 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated, or 28.227,362 people.

However, data shows that the number of COVID-19 infections has almost doubled during the last week, while the Indian variant cases continue increasing. Another 6,048 positive cases and 13 deaths were reported on June 8, whereas a week earlier, the UK marked its first day with zero deaths since the Coronavirus pandemic started and counted 3,165 positive cases.

The World Health Organisation reports that there are 5,584 positive cases reported in the last 24 hours and one death.

As a protective measure against the further spread of the Indian variant of the virus, many countries have banned travelling from the UK, whereas other countries such as Denmark, Spain, Iceland, Italy, Cyprus and Portugal have granted permission for British travellers to enter their countries.

The Faroe Islands, an autonomous Danish territory, and Gibraltar, a British overseas territory, also welcome UK travellers without quarantine requirements.

Denmark

On June 4, Denmark announced that fully vaccinated British nationals are allowed to enter the country without undergoing quarantine or testing requirements.

“With effect from Saturday, June 5, 2021, at 16 vaccinated from OECD countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States, are equated with vaccinated from “yellow” third countries, with vaccinated from EU and Schengen countries,” the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted.

The permit is only granted to travellers who have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency (Janssen, Pfizer by BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca by Oxford), administered at least 14 days before arrival.

Ireland

Despite imposing some of the most stringent restrictions on its citizens during the lockdown due to the pandemic, Ireland has announced that starting on July 19, when the country intends to launch the EU’s COVID-19 passport, all vaccinated travellers coming from the UK will be allowed to visit the country.

Besides vaccinated travellers, Ireland will also allow free-of-restrictions entrance for travellers that recovered from the virus and for those that have tested negative for Coronavirus in recent months.

Spain

The Spanish government has ceased requiring British citizens to present COVID-19 test results or undergo self-isolation requirements from May 24, meaning that the holidaymakers are welcomed to travel to Spain for their vacations.

In a bid to revive tourism which has been significantly affected by the pandemic, Spain has opened its borders for UK travellers who make up almost two-thirds of the total arrivals.

“We have opened the door, but now we need the support of the British government so that citizens can come without restrictions,” Costa del Sol’s Head of tourism, Margarita del Cid, said.

While in 2019, Spain was a travelling destination for more than 18 million British citizens; in 2020, the Malaga province reported that only 2.2 million people visited the place, accounting for €10 billion in losses in tourism.

>>Travelling to Spain for Summer 2021: Here’s What You Need to Know

Portugal

According to the Portuguese tourism website Visit Portugal, since May 17, Britons have been permitted to enter the country for essential and non-essential reasons by presenting a negative COVID-19 test result, which has to be taken 72 hours before they enter the country.

“Non-essential travellers from the UK are allowed to enter Portugal as of the 00:00 of May 17, but must present proof of a negative test for COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time,” Portugal’s authorities noted.

For passengers that do not possess a test, a fine between  €500 and €2,000 was warned to be issued.

Italy

Since May 16, travellers from the UK who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have been allowed to travel to Italy without undergoing any quarantine restrictions upon arrival. However, the requirement for the traveller to get tested prior to departure has remained effective.

“Our goal is to reopen Italy for tourism, domestic and international,” Mario Draghi, Italy’s Prime Minister, said after announcing the UK as a safe country to receive tourists.

>>Travelling to Italy This Summer Amid COVID: What You Need to Know Before Booking a Trip

Cyprus

Travellers from the UK who want to visit Cyprus are eligible to do so without being subjected to quarantine requirements since April 26, when the regulation came into effect.

However, the authorities’ requirement for a negative PCR laboratory test taken 72 hours before reaching Cyprus remains.

Iceland

The country opened its door for British travellers on March 18, becoming among the first countries to allow travelling for individuals that have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with one of the World Health Organization or European Medicines Agency authorised vaccines.

“When persons are protected against the same virus, with the same vaccines that the same companies produce, there is no medical reason to discriminate based on the location where the jab is; administered,” Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist Thorolfur Gudnason said.

British Tourists Banned From Traveling to France & Germany

And while some EU countries have reopened the borders for British travellers, other have in contrast, shut down their doors to arrivals from the former EU member due to the Indian COVID-19 variant

Since May 23, Germany has imposed entry restrictions for all travellers arriving from the United Kingdom, including the Isle of Man, Channel Island and all other British overseas territories due to new COVID-19 variants.

“The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland continues to be affected by COVID-19. There are local outbreaks occurring again, including cases of more infectious variants such as the Indian variant at present. Therefore, to prevent the further spread of the virus, the United Kingdom has been classified as an area of variant of concern with effect from May 23, 2021,” a notice issued by the German Mission in the UK reads.

Similarly to Germany, France decided to tighten restrictions for UK travellers due to Coronavirus new variants spread across the UK.

“Given the development of the so-called Indian variant, health measures have been tightened for people travelling to France from the UK,” the Consulate General of France in London statement reads.

Thus, since May 31, the only travellers from the UK allowed entering France are European nationals, French residents and travellers visiting the country for essential reasons.



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