Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Coronavirus in England: current situation and restrictions. Can I fly to England?


By mid-February, the total number of coronavirus cases in England was over 4 million, with approximately 2.5 million deaths recorded. The UK has recently introduced the Covid alert level system – from 1 to 5, of which 1 is no virus at all and 5 is complete failure of the health service. Currently, the UK is as high as tier 5, which means the transmission of the virus is so high or rising so rapidly that it could pose a threat to the smooth running of the healthcare system. In the UK, however, the immunization program is advancing rapidly. More than 15 million people received the first dose of the vaccine.

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Immunization program, UK

Coronavirus in England: restrictions

On Wednesday, January 6, a single system of restrictions was introduced in Great Britain. This means that you can only leave home in justified cases, including to work, to the doctor, to attend educational classes or to do grocery shopping and arrange the most important matters.

You can also leave the house for recreational purposes, but only alone or possibly with one person. You can also leave your place of residence in a life-threatening situation. All travel in the UK is prohibited, except in urgent situations. It is also forbidden to stay overnight outside the home.

All primary, secondary and tertiary schools are closed in the UK and switched to distance learning in early January. However, nurseries are still open.

Due to the danger posed by the new mutation of the coronavirus, the government recommends people who are particularly at risk of a severe course of the disease to be extremely careful and avoid contact, and if they are unable to work remotely – refrain from practicing.


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Coronavirus in England – residents respecting social distancing

Coronavirus in England – is it possible to fly?

However, the serious epidemiological situation in England does not mean that Poles cannot travel to Great Britain. However, there are many restrictions.

Importantly, all persons coming to the United Kingdom from Poland are subject to the obligation to undergo a 10-day self-isolation in the place they declare.. Showing a negative coronavirus test result does not exempt you from quarantine.

Some people are exempt from the obligation to undergo a 10-day quarantine. These include professional drivers transporting goods or people in international road transport, people coming to England to transit to another country or seasonal agricultural workers who are provided with work on a specific farm.


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London Gatwick Airport, UK

Coronavirus in England – covid tests

On February 15, a regulation was issued according to which every person arriving in the UK must test negative for the coronavirus. The test must be performed prior to entry into England, up to three days prior to arrival. Visitors are also required to undergo additional tests on the second and eighth days of quarantine in England.

UK accepts PCR, LAMP and Antigen and Lateral Flow Assays. When in quarantine, the tests must be ordered before coming to England on the UK government website (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england) and the package reference number enter in the localization form. The UK government does not cover the cost of the package. The traveler must pay for the tests. The package costs £ 210, or about a thousand zlotys.

Regardless of the country from which you come to England, it is obligatory to fill in the Public Health Passenger Locator Form. The form must be completed at https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk at the earliest 48 hours before arriving in England.



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