The closure of the borders of the United Kingdom, in force since mid-August due to the Sars-CoV-2 pandemic, will ease from December 15… for a fee. From December 15, travelers entering England and coming from countries at risk, including France, appearing on the kingdom’s red list will be able to reduce the duration of their mandatory quarantine on arrival, which goes from 14 to 5 days in case of negative screening.
This “tested-delivered” system (if the test is negative) will be borne by the traveler, who will have to pay between 65 and 120 pounds sterling (135 euros), whether he is a foreigner traveling to the United Kingdom or a Briton returning home after a stay abroad.
For a family of four, the budget can reach 550 euros. To “not overload the NHS” (the public health care system), PCR tests will have to be carried out in private laboratories which the government should issue the list, at the beginning of December, that is to say at the end of the second confinement, in force since November 5. The test must be performed at least five days after arrival. Travelers will need to book this screening before traveling, complete a form to locate them, and must remain isolated before performing this screening. It currently takes between 24 and 48 hours to obtain test results. No exit is authorized and the fine for non-compliance can reach 1,000 pounds, or 1,125 euros.
A colossal potential windfall when you consider that in 2019, the United Kingdom welcomed more than 40 million foreign visitors and that 37 million Britons (six in ten) crossed the border. Especially since the end of the Brexit transition period, the traffic rules change from 1is January 2021. For most nationals of the European Union, the European Economic Area and for the Swiss, it will also be necessary to add the cost of a valid passport to enter and leave the country from October 2021, according to the Home Office, equivalent to the Ministry of the Interior.
The country, which has recorded more than 55,000 deaths from Covid (48,000 in France) for 1.5 million cases (2.1 million in France), should, on the other hand, reduce physical distancing measures during the holidays. . Boris Johnson has announced that he will authorize certain groupings, or family “bubbles”, with a determined number of people. Once is not customary in England: this measure is free.