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Canadian travelers to the UK are not required to self-quarantine from Monday

Canadian travelers to the UK are not required to self-quarantine from Monday

Canadians traveling to the UK will not be required to self-quarantine upon arrival from Monday, whether or not they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The UK Department for Transport has said Canada and other countries are moving towards its ‘green’ list for travel, as visitors from these countries pose a low risk to public health in the UK.

The department said travelers from Canada will still need to take COVID-19 tests within three days before leaving for the UK and within two days of arrival.

The change will take effect on August 30.

The UK has also added Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Switzerland and the Azores to the “green” list.

A traveler arrives at Heathrow Airport. The UK has added Canada, Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Switzerland and the Azores to its green list. (Hannah McKay / Reuters)

“The data for all countries will be kept under review and the government will not hesitate to take action if the data shows the countries’ risk ratings have changed,” the department said.

The UK High Commission in Ottawa announced the new changes in a post on its Twitter account.

“[Canada] has been added to the UK’s green list, ”the committee said.

“This will make it easier for those looking to reconnect with family, friends and businesses in the UK”

Thailand and Montenegro added to “red” list

The UK is adding Thailand and Montenegro to its “red” list, saying the increasing number of cases in those countries poses a higher risk to public health.

“Passengers arriving in the UK from these redlisted destinations will be required to self-isolate for 10 days at a managed quarantine facility and go through the necessary testing requirements,” the department said.

Many British Canadians were frustrated after being snubbed by the plan to ease quarantine restrictions for entry into England and Scotland last month.

Countries in the UK announced on July 28 that fully vaccinated travelers in the US or Europe would not have to self-quarantine upon arrival.

Before the changes announced Thursday, travelers from Canada to the UK were required to take a COVID-19 test no later than three days before arrival, book and pay for two more tests after arrival and quarantine themselves at the location where they were staying. 10 days.

British Canadians constitute a large part of the Canadian population. In the 2016 census, 32.5% of the Canadian population reported having ancestry from the British Isles, with 6.3 million people of English descent, 4.8 million of Scottish descent and 4.6 million of Scottish descent. Irish.

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