CHANGES TO UK TRAVEL
MORE CHANGES TO TRAVEL RULES
THINGS ARE BECOMING EASIER
After our blog earlier this week about Swiss travel rules we have another big update.
The UK has now updated it’s advice and people can now return to the UK and they will not need to quarantine if they have had two vaccinations.
WHAT’S CHANGED IN THE UK?
The UK has announced that if anyone is returning from an Amber List country then they will not need to go into quarantine if they have been vaccinated.
It’s already the case that anyone travelling to Switzerland can avoid quarantine if they have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by either the WHO, the Swiss authorities or the EU.
The UK ruling means that travel from the UK to Switzerland and back is going to be really easy. Great news for trainees planning courses this autumn and winter.
ARE THERE ANY CATCHES?
Well, yes there are.
The UK will only allow you to avoid quarantine if you have had full vaccination through the NHS – which is no problem if you are visiting Switzerland then returning.
Obviously it’s less helpful for anyone going to the UK from who had a vaccine administered outside the NHS – even if you’re double-jabbed outside the NHS it will not allow you to skip quarantine.
(So sadly that means our Swiss-based coaches can’t easily go back to the UK to see family…).
BUT THIS IS JUST FOR AMBER LIST COUNTRIES
The new announcement is for people returning to the UK having visited Amber List countries – and Switzerland is currently on the UK Amber List.
However, once nations join the UK’s Green List then there is no quarantine – whether or not you’ve been double-jabbed.
And with the Swiss vaccination programme continuing to gather speed, it’s likely rates will keep dropping and Switzerland will be on that Green List sometime soon…
SO GET READY TO SKI
This is all great news if you are considering a GAP year or a career-break.
So if you fancy becoming a ski instructor and having an amazing time the mountains, you can read a bit more below about our amazing courses in Saas Fee and Verbier.
9th July 2021
News just in – the UK no longer recommends against “non essential” travel to Switzerland.
This is a big deal as when the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) recommend against travel it means that many insurers cover stops. There are still some that will insure you but this is another big step towards easier travel.
Click here for the full information from the UK FCO.