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Heathrow and Gatwick: Latest travel advice for USA and Canada plus how rules are changing in September

Heathrow and Gatwick: Latest travel advice for USA and Canada plus how rules are changing in September
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Londoners hoping to travel to America via Heathrow and Gatwick are likely to wonder if they can.

Since the pandemic began, traveling across the pond has been fraught with difficulties and it remains the same.

This is the current status of international travel to the United States and Canada.

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Does the US allow UK nationals to enter?

Currently UK residents cannot enter the US due to border controls.

Current guidelines on the government website read: “Most British nationals cannot enter the United States if they have been in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Schengen Area, Iran, Brazil, China, South Africa or India in the past 14 days.”

“Those arriving from outside these regions will need to obtain a visa or ESTA visa waiver to enter or transit the United States of America as a visitor.

“You should refer to the US State Department website to determine what you will need.”

Does Canada allow UK citizens to enter?

Canadian authorities prevent most foreigners, including Britons, from entering Canada for the time being, including at its border with the United States.

The exclusion does not apply to “temporary foreign workers, most international students, Canadian citizens and permanent residents or their immediate and extended families; fully immunized U.S. citizens and permanent residents as of August 9, 2021.”

But from September 7 all foreigners will be allowed entry if they follow certain rules. More details are found at the bottom of the article.

If you are five years of age and older, you need proof of a negative Covid-19 molecular test which must have been taken within 72 hours of your scheduled flight or arrival at a land border crossing.

If you do not have a negative test, you will be denied boarding or entry.

If a molecular test is not available in your country, during the mandatory 14-day quarantine you will be required to report to a Public Health Canada quarantine facility.

Instead, you must provide evidence of a positive Covid-19 test taken between 14 and 90 days before your flight or when you arrive at the border.

Regardless of your nationality, you will not be allowed to board a plane if you develop symptoms of coronavirus.

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Do I have to take the test when I arrive in Canada?

You need to wear a non-medical mask or face covering while traveling, including at airport terminals and self-isolating accommodations.

If you are arriving in Canada by road and air, you are also required to take tests on arrival, on day 8 and on day 14 of the self-isolation period if you have not been fully vaccinated.

There may be additional screening procedures established by the authorities that you must comply with.

What if I receive full vaccinations?

Fully vaccinated travelers eligible to enter Canada are no longer required to self-quarantine upon arrival or complete the eighth day test. However, this does not extend to British travelers until September 7.

You must have a full series of the vaccine (or combination) at least 14 days before entering Canada.

You still need to submit a pre-departure test, take a test on arrival and prepare a quarantine plan.

The quarantine exemption has been extended to fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents.

How will the rules change from September 7th?

While British travelers are currently exempt from being exempted from quarantine, the rules will change on September 7.

The new entry requirements from September 7 will mean that anyone who has been fully vaccinated will be able to travel to Canada without having to be quarantined.

Fully vaccinated travelers should also be prepared to be quarantined if it is determined that you do not meet the necessary requirements at the border.

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