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Heathrow and Gatwick: Latest UK Foreign Office travel advice for Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium

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As Covid measures continue to be relaxed around the world, more and more countries are beginning to welcome international travellers.

Here in the UK travel will soon become even easier as the traffic light system is simplified.

After October 4, the amber and green lists will be merged into one and vaccinated travellers returning to England from these countries will not have to take a PCR test before return.

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Until then countries are still categorised into red, amber and green lists, which determines the rules and restrictions on travellers.

Travellers should be aware of not only the different expectations here in the UK for red, amber and green countries, but also of the different expectations each country has in place for British travellers.

Here is the latest Foreign Office travel advice for Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Germany

Germany is on the green list

Germany is currently on the UK’s green list, which means all travellers arriving in England do not need to isolate.

Those travelling to England from Germany must take a Covid test in the three days before travel, and book and take another test two days after arriving.

They must also complete a passenger locator form.

For those looking to travel from England to Germany, the rules depend on vaccination status.

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The UK is designated as a “high-incidence area”, so you may only enter Germany from the UK for any travel purpose if you are fully vaccinated.

Unvaccinated Brits can only enter Germany if they meet certain requirements, such as being a German citizen, the partner or child of a German citizen, a German resident, serve an important role, or have an urgent need to travel.

Those who qualify but are unvaccinated must isolate in Germany for 10 days.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated and do not meet one of the exemptions outlined may not currently enter Germany from the UK.

The Netherlands

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The Netherlands is on the amber list

The Netherlands is currently on the UK’s amber list, meaning that unvaccinated passengers arriving in the UK need to isolate whereas vaccinated travellers do not.

Before travelling to England all passengers must take a test within the three days before, arrange a test to be taken two days after return, and fill in a form.

Travellers who are unvaccinated must also take a further test on day eight.

The Dutch government has restricted entry for non-EU/EEA nationals, including unvaccinated UK nationals, meaning entry will not be permitted for non-essential purposes.

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UK nationals who can provide proof of vaccination will be allowed to enter the Netherlands.

Children under the age of 18 travelling with vaccinated adults are not required to show proof of vaccination.

Further exemptions to the entry restrictions include UK nationals who reside in the Netherlands, partners of those with a residence permit, close family members of seriously ill patients or those attending the funeral of a close family member.

Grandparents visiting their new born grandchildren and divorced parents visiting children are also able to enter.

Belgium

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Belgium is on the UK’s amber list

Belgium is also on the UK’s amber list, meaning that unvaccinated travellers arriving in England must isolate but vaccinated travellers do not have to.

Travellers must also take a test before and after travel, with unvaccinated travellers taking an extra test after arriving in England.

Belgium similarly operates a travel colour code traffic light system, which assigns differing rules to passengers from different countries, and the UK is classed as a red high risk zone

Vaccinated travellers must completed a Passenger Locator Form and take a test on day one or two after arrival, and quarantine until they receive a negative result.

Alternatively, travellers can provide evidence of a negative PCR test upon arrival, taken no more than 72 hours before arrival in Belgium.

If you have a negative pre-departure test, you do not need to take tests on day one or day two.

All arrivals from countries classified as high-risk, which currently includes the UK, are required to take a test on day seven, even if you are fully vaccinated and provided evidence of a negative pre-departure test.

Unvaccinated travellers are only able to enter Belgium for a limited set of reasons, and must follow the same testing requirements.

They must also quarantine for 10 days on arrival in Belgium.

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