Travel rules to United Kingdom changed as of October 2021
October will see significant changes when entering the United Kingdom (UK). These include the elimination of the ID card as a valid proof of identity to enter the country and the relaxation of travel restrictions for vaccinated persons. Issues that will affect your next business trip to the UK.
Passport as identity document
As a result of the Brexit, from the 1st October 2021, it will only be possible to enter the UK with a passport. Using an ID card will then no longer be valid as proof of identity. Were you living in the UK on or before December 31, 2020? Then you can still use your ID card until the end of 2025. After that, it too will expire. This change applies to all areas covered by the UK, i.e. England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Relaxations in travel restrictions for vaccinated persons
In addition, travel restrictions are being eased for fully vaccinated people. If you are travelling from a country that is not on the red list, you will no longer need to take a coronavirus test prior to departure as of 4th October 2021. However, you still need to have booked a PCR test on day 2 after arrival, of which you must be able to show proof of the booked test upon entry. This test will remain mandatory for the time being. Do you come from a red country and want to travel to the UK? If so, a hotel quarantine is mandatory upon entry.
Virtually all of Europe consists of green and orange countries, including the Netherlands. This allows you, as a business traveler, to take advantage of these relaxations. On your return trip to the Netherlands, there are no more restrictions on entry, except that you must show a valid corona card. The UK has always been the top destination for business travelers. It is therefore great that travel between the Netherlands and the areas covered by the UK is now much easier.
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