No isolation for fully vaccinated travellers, arriving in England from EU and US
Fully jabbed arrivals from amber listed countries in Europe or from the United States will no longer be required to quarantine, the UK government has announced. This change goes into effect on Monday, 2nd of August, at 2PM BST.
In order to be exempt from the quarantine, they have to provide a certificate of an approved vaccine by the US and EU authorities. You will still be required to take a Covid test (both Rapid Antigen or PCR are acceptable) before departure and book in advance an approved PCR test for your second day of stay in England.
However, it should be noted that fully jabbed travellers returning from France and Canada will still have to self-isolate, due to persistent cases of the Beta variant, first identified in South Africa. Anyone who has been in France or Canada in the previous 10 days will need to quarantine in their own accommodation and will need a day two and day eight test, regardless of their vaccination status.
What about the Delta variant?
As with any virus, COVID-19 is constantly evolving, and its exposure to human hosts has resulted in numerous variants. Four in particular were considered especially concerning earlier this year. The Delta variant was first identified in India and has now become the UK's dominant strain.
There is no question that the Delta variant is more powerful than the original Alpha, but as the UK has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, it is also one of the most protected.
Vaccinated individuals are not immune to the Delta strain but are at least 67% safer.