Requirements for UK citizens when travelling to Europe
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The United Kingdom, through BREXIT, left the European Union bloc on December 31, 2020. From
January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom was no longer regarded as a part of the EU bloc. As a result,
British citizens face stricter
when traveling into any of the European Union countries.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the United Kingdom has recorded a large number of Covid-19
cases within its borders. In a bid to protect its nationals and residents, the European Union
placed stricter restrictions on citizens of the UK, in addition to restrictions as a result of
British citizens who have been fully vaccinated against the virus have only BREXIT restrictions
to deal with in an attempt to enter any of the 27 states of the European Union. The unvaccinated
citizens face different restrictions, depending on the European Union country of choice.
How Does the EHIC Work?
The EHIC is a very innovative project that is efficient in providing health care
solutions. As earlier described, it provides equal eligibility to every user in any
nation that supports it, which means that as an EHIC owner in a foreign EHIC
compliant country, you are entitled to the free health services rendered to its
residents and citizens. Also, if the citizens and residents of that country are
paying a certain reduced fee for any health service, you are allowed to pay that
amount. Most times, the fees are not expensive.
To use an EHIC to get any medical care, all you need is to show your Insurance card.
Restrictions on British travel
The European Union advised that unvaccinated visitors from countries having a significant
increase in cases of Covid-19 should only be allowed into their borders if it is essential.
Member states can decide to take the advice or ignore it.
When unvaccinated British citizens enter any European Union member state, the state
reserves the right to admit any restrictions or tests they deem fit before permitting such
a one into their borders.
Some EU member states have strict regulations for holders of the United Kingdom passport,
while some states have milder regulations.
Drug prescriptions are taken care of by the Insurance scheme. Some prescriptions are
partially funded, while others are free. However, drugs gotten over the counter like
pain relievers are not taken care of.
EU member states with strict entry regulations
British citizens seeking entrance into Austria must provide a test certificate, full
vaccination, or past infection certificate. Only a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
test certificate is acceptable. Self-test and antigen tests are no longer valid.
Presenting a full vaccination certificate makes you free from any form of quarantine
or tests. Candidates with PCR test certificates are expected to get a pre-travel
clearance online before traveling. They are expected to be isolated for 10 days on
arriving in Austria. Taking another PCR test on arrival can reduce the isolation
period to 5 days.
British visitors to the Netherlands must take a pre-departure Covid-19 test and complete
a passenger locator form before arrival. On arrival into the Netherlands, visitors are
expected to self-isolate.
Unvaccinated British citizens entering Cyprus 72 hours before departure are expected
to take a PCR test. On arrival, they are expected to take another PCR test and stay
in isolation until the results of the PCR deems them fit to leave isolation.
Britons arriving in Denmark must take a post-arrival PCR test within 24 hours of
arrival. They are also expected to self-isolate for ten days. The self-isolation
period can be cut short if a covid test is taken after the fourth day of isolation,
and it marks the individual as fit and healthy.
EU member states with mild entry regulations
Vaccinated Britons face no form of restrictions when entering France. Unvaccinated
citizens, however, are required to have taken either a PCR test or an antigenic test
about 24 hours before boarding the flight.
British citizens entering the Czech Republic are required by the authorities to take
a pre-departure Covid-19 test about 72 hours before arrival. They are also expected
to complete a health form.
On arrival into the state, the visitor must take a post-arrival PCR test between 5
and 14 days of arrival.
Visitors to Italy from the United Kingdom that are unvaccinated must take a test 48
hours before arrival in Italy. The visitors are only allowed into Italy if the test
result is negative.
Visitors from the United Kingdom must give the result of a PCR test taken within 3
days before departure, or an antigen test taken within 24 hours.
Requirements for British citizens to apply for ETIAS
The ETIAS online application
is a visa waiver system that allows holders to travel into the ETIAS Schengen
countries without a visa application. It is expected to take action in 2022.
British citizens willing to travel into the
European Union member states are expected to fill up
the ETIAS application before the visit. Passport details and personal information
are needed to fill up the application form. Some form of security questions and
questions regarding health would be asked. The application process takes about
10 minutes, making it easier and faster than the conventional visa application
Abisola is an ETIAS Travel and Immigration writer with several years of writing experience
in the industry. Abisola has a unique enthusiasm for travels, tours, and tourism and loves
to educate travellers about the criteria involved in international travelling.