17 May 2021
17 May, 2021 marks a significant milestone for the UK with a further lifting of lockdown restrictions and a new Government policy for international travel.
UK Vaccine Roll-out
This cautious re-opening of society and the economy has been made possible by the success of the UK’s successful vaccine programme.
As of 17 May, nearly 70% of adults (c. 37 million) have received their first vaccine dose with nearly 40 % (over 20 million) now fully vaccinated. By July all adults will have had the vaccine with under 18s set to receive it from September, subject to approvals.
This has meant the rate of death or serious illness has reduced by over 99% since its peak, while cases are now at their lowest levels since last August.
UK Lockdown Easing
The UK’s vaccine success has meant that from 17 May further restrictions can be carefully lifted. This means that all shops, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, theme parks, tourist attractions, galleries, museums, gyms and swimming pools are now open. General social distancing measures remain in place, including use of face coverings and the 2-metre rule.
Updated UK Travel Policies
The UK Government continues to proceed with caution with international travel to safeguard the fantastic success in reducing the impact of the virus.
Also from 17 May, the UK Government has introduced a new traffic light system of countries – Green, Amber and Red. Each country’s status will depend on Covid-19 conditions and vaccination rates in that country. There are clear Government policies for pre- and post-arrival requirements.
- Green list: visitors are welcome without needing to self-isolate (negative test required)
- Amber list: Visitors are welcome but must self-isolate for 10 days (5 days with Test and Release)
- Red list: Entry permitted only with Student Visa or Child Student Visa. Under 18s can quarantine in Kings accommodation, over 18s must quarantine in Government approved hotels. (Costs apply in both cases).
These categories will be reviewed and updated every three weeks, with the expectation that more and more countries will be added to the Green List as global vaccine rates catch up with the UK.
Full details are available on the Government website here.
Quarantining in the UK
We would like to make the quarantine process as easy and comfortable for our students. Here are three guides, for each type of accommodation the student chooses: