COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
• Travelers entering England and who were fully vaccinated in the United Kingdom under the UK vaccination programme who have not been in a red list country in the 10 days before they arrive in England are exempt from quarantine. Fully vaccinated means that they must have had their final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before the date they arrive in England. Quarantine and COVID-19 Testing:
• Negative COVID-19 test, conducted no more than 72 hours before departure, must be presented by all travelers (including UK nationals) when boarding a plane, train or boat bound for England, Scotland, or Wales.
- Children under 11, travelers from the Channel Islands, Ireland or the Isle of Man (the Common Travel Area (CTA)), and travelers from Ascension Island, the Falklands and St Helena are exempt.
- The test result must either be in English, French or Spanish. Translations are not accepted and the traveler must provide the original test certificate.
- Border Force Officials may impose a fine for noncompliance.
• Additional mandatory COVID-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of the 10-day quarantine period for all travelers to England and Scotland, and for travelers from ‘amber list’ countries to Wales (travelers from ‘red list travel ban countries’ are entry banned for Wales).
- Travelers from greenlisted countries book and complete a day 2 test only.
- Travelers book a ‘travel test package’, which includes the two tests, before travel through government’s online portal. The travel test package costs GBP 210. Booking the test package must be included on the passenger locator form.
- Some exceptions apply, e.g., for staff in essential supply chains for goods coming into Scotland; and eligible regular cross-border commuters who have not been in high-risk ‘red list’ countries in the 10 days preceding entry (see below).
• Employers with more than 50 employees (of which some or all are required to take workforce tests), that require staff to travel internationally regularly; have a duty to support staff in accessing testing. Specifically, employers should communicate testing requirements; establish workplace testing or provide home testing; signpost employees to testing outside the workplace.
• 10-day self-quarantine for all travelers, except:
- Senior executives, carrying written government pre-approval, may temporarily cease quarantine to conduct activities of significant economic benefit, while maintaining normal quarantine for the remainder or their time. Pre-approval applications must be filed at least 5 business days before their travel date, and must be presented to border officials upon arrival.
- Executives must be multinational, overseas-based executives visiting a UK subsidiary or branch; or executives of overseas companies seeking to undertake exempt activity in England to make a financial investment or establish a new business.
- Their work must have an >50% chance of creating or preserving at least 500 (clarification pending) UK-based jobs in either an existing UK-based business which has at least 500 employees, or a new UK business within 2 years of the date the employee arrives in the UK.
- Travelers from green-listed countries.
- Travelers who are entering England and who fully vaccinated in the United Kingdom under the UK vaccination programme. They must not have not been in a red list country in the 10 days before they arrive in England. Fully vaccinated means that they must have had their final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before the date they arrive in England.
- This travel rule does not apply to France and all travelers who have been to France in the 10 days before they arrive in England and Wales must self isolate, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated.
- Children and young people who are under the age of 18 on the day they arrive in England and resident in the UK.
- Eligible transiting travelers, essential staff and limited other urgent travel purposes. Travelers must carry evidence of their eligibility for exemption in their hand luggage on arrival. As most exemptions are work-related, travelers typically require an employer support letter detailing proposed activities in the United Kingdom and demonstrating eligibility for an exemption.
- Regular cross-border commuters, residing in England or Wales and working abroad; or residing abroad but working in Wales; who have not stayed in a high-risk ‘red list’ country in the 10 days preceding entry.
- There is no equivalent exemption for those returning to Scotland or Northern Ireland; or for those residing abroad but working in England.
- Travelers must evidence residence in England or Wales and work in a different country; or residence abroad and work in Wales; and must evidence travel to and from the work country at least weekly, e.g., via a season ticket.
- For England, travelers can only use this exemption if they cannot perform their work remotely; and the work is considered critical. Work will be considered critical where it is defined as such (or in equivalent terms) in legislation or guidance in the country in which the traveler works, or, if the country has no such definition, if the work concerned matches one of the exemptions for work if it was being carried out in the United Kingdom. Travelers must carry an employer support letter which includes the traveler’s personal details (such as name and address), employer contact details, work description, and a certification that the work is critical and cannot be done remotely.
- Travelers arriving from the Common Travel Area (CTA) who have not been outside the CTA in the 10 days preceding entry. These individuals also do not have to provide journey or contact details. New arrivals to the CTA must provide journey and contact details and must quarantine until they have spent a total of 10 days in the CTA.
• Quarantine hotel, funded by the traveler, is required for:
- Travelers arriving in Scotland from outside the CTA. Travelers must book an 11-night hotel package before travel.
- Travelers to England who have stayed in ‘red list travel ban countries’ in the 10 days preceding entry (these travelers must arrive in England at certain ports of entry) or who cannot prove personal accommodation.
- Those who do not quarantine in hotels when required to face fines up to GBP 5,000-GBP 10,000.
- Affected travelers must purchase a quarantine package before travel through the dedicated online portal. The quarantine package covers the quarantine hotel, quarantine transport and the ‘travel test package’; and costs GBP 1,750 per single adult (additional GBP 650 for an additional adult/child over 12; additional GBP 325 for an additional child between 5-12, no additional cost for children under 5). Booking the quarantine package must be detailed on the passenger locator form that is completed within 48 hours of travelling.
- Quarantine in a quarantine hotel is not required for Northern Ireland or Wales.
• Other relevant considerations related to quarantine include:
- Passengers arriving in England can reduce the quarantine duration by taking a COVID-19 test after five full days of quarantine, in addition to the mandatory tests on day 2 and day 8. They can cease quarantine upon receiving negative tests results from the day 2 and day 5 tests. This option does not apply to travelers from high-risk ‘red list’ countries.
- Officials will perform random checks to ensure compliance with quarantine measures. Travelers face fines up to GBP 10,000 or possible prosecution for failure to comply with quarantine requirements.
- Travelers from high-risk ‘red list’ countries seeking entry to Wales must first quarantine in another region or the Common Travel Area for 10 days.
• Travelers with quarantine-exempt jobs (excluding diplomats and domestic sea fishers) may be eligible for 'bespoke testing', permitting mandatory workplace, community or home lateral flow device (LFD) testing on or before days 2, 5 and 8 after arrival.
• Visitor visa, visit in transit or direct airside transit visa applications from ‘red list' travel ban countries are restricted to urgent travel.
- Individuals with urgent travel needs should explain this in their visitor visa application and alert the VAC staff during biometric submission. If they do not hear from UKVI or the request is exceptionally urgent, they should email the Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre (CIH@homeoffice.gov), using the heading 'Coronavirus - Urgent Travel Request' in the email headline.
- For other travelers, visa applications may be delayed. Successful applicants will receive their visa when travel restrictions are lifted.
• The United Kingdom is resuming certain immigration services:
- Visa Application Centers (VACs) are reopening in many locations both in the United Kingdom and abroad, subject to local pandemic-related restrictions. A limited number of VACs are initially opening for passport return only before resuming other services. For updates on the status of VACs, including opening times in your country, check Sopra Steria for the United Kingdom; TLS contact for Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East; or VFS global for all other countries.
- Life in the UK test centers will gradually resume services. Applicants should check the booking information on the website for further details.
- Some English Testing centers will also resume services. Individuals should check the English Language Testing System (IELTS)’s website, the Pearson Test of English website or the LanguageCert website for specific updates.
- Priority and Super Priority services have now been introduced for most visa categories where the application is filed from within the UK.
• For EU Settlement applications, identity documents can be submitted by post. European Economic Area (EEA) nationals with a biometric passport or national ID card or non-EEA nationals with a biometric residence card can continue to submit their identity check using the 'EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app. The identity check is required to proceed with the remainder of the online application.
• Visits to the Overseas Visitors Records Office ('OVRO') resumed in May 2021.
• The Home Office is resuming compliance audits, both announced and unannounced.
• Travel Restrictions: Entry ban for travelers who stayed in or transited through ‘red list' travel ban countries in the 10 days preceding entry.
- Direct flights from these countries are banned (excluding cargo and freight flights).
- UK and Irish nationals, UK visa holders and permanent residents can enter from the above countries but must quarantine. This exemption does not apply to Wales. Wales bars all entrants from the above-listed countries.
- 'UK visa holders' refers to visa or other legal right of residence holders, including Indefinite Leave to Remain; existing leave to enter or remain (i.e., biometric residence permit); entry clearance or visa that grants such leave (e.g., students, workers); EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) leave; entry rights under the Withdrawal Agreement (including returning residents with a right of residence under the EEA Regulations and EEA frontier workers); and family members of EEA nationals with rights under the Withdrawal Agreement. It does not include visitor visa holders.
• Travelers who fail to declare stay in or transit through any of the above countries risk prison sentences up to 10 years.
• Virtual, with limited face-to-face interaction.
• Lease checks
• Check in/out: prior to move-in, the unit has been pre-inspected; latest health or medical certification of all incoming occupants which will state that occupant/s was never a suspected or probable case individual/s and has never been identified as positive COVID-19 case individual/s, if identified, submit result of negative RT-PCR as per DOH standard; mandatory wearing of facemask, body temperature screening and use of foot bath.
• Timelines (normal)
• Market availability; mobility is limited to verify available properties.
• Additional services available include:
- Needs assessment calls
- Share housing market information.
- Share sample properties online.
- Conduct lease contract reviews and negotiations.
- Coordinate and assist in utilities set-up such as internet and cable.
- Provide school information
- Coordinate temporary housing bookings.
- Provide information on bank accounts opening requirements,
- Provide information on local registration requirements.
• Yes, bookings are being made virtually.
• No face-to-face support is available.
• Apartments are available.
• Schools across the UK are open.
• For England - face coverings are no longer recommended for pupils in secondary schools.
• All remaining university students eligible to return to in-person teaching.
• Schools will shortly close for the summer recess.
• Lockdown Current Rules:
- England: Most restrictions have now been lifted However, the government has warned that outbreaks of the Delta variant continue, that the crisis is not complete and all of the population should take personal responsibility to remain safe.
• The whole of Scotland is at COVID Level 0 since July 19. All final restrictions will be lifted by August 9.
• The next review of measures in Wales is due on July 17.
• Some rules in Northern Ireland have changed, with another review due July 22 to take effect July 26 if approved.
• Public transport is operational.
• Some services offering a restricted timetable; social distancing is recommended. Wearing a mask is mandated by the rail companies.
• Contactless payment advised.
• International travel will resume starting May 17. - International travel is allowed for people who live in England, Scotland and Wales - Residents of Wales are still being advised to go abroad only for "essential" reasons in 2021. Northern Ireland is yet to announce a relaxation of international travel rules.
• A traffic light system will divide destinations into three categories - green, amber and red.
- Visiting green countries involves the fewest rules and there's no quarantine when travelers return. The ranking of countries depends partly on the number of COVID-19 cases and the success of their vaccine rollout. oThere are rules for each category: Green, Amber, Red. It is vital you are familiar and follow the applicable rules prior to travel and upon return. A useful source of information is: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus#coronavirus-covid-19-travel
Household GoodsSurvey (Video/In-person)
• Video only
Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
• Air: Open but slow
• Sea: Open but slow
• They are able to collect containers from the port and unload into
store (to avoid unnecessary demurrage/detention); however,
these shipments will not be delivered
• Open but slow
Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?
• No, customer must sign waiver if nominating a representative