Travel Regulations - 26/03/21 Update

Travel Regulations - 26/03/21 Update

The UK has announced a further tightening of the regulations to leave the UK from March 29. The new regulations require all travellers (i.e. all residents not just UK citizens)  to have a reasonable excuse to leave the UK and to complete a declaration form which they must carry with them to and at the port or airport of departure. These regulations will be valid at least until 30 June and failure to comply could lead to a £5000 fine.  Reasonable excuses include travel for work or study, visiting a close relative who is ill and leaving the UK after being In the UK on a temporary basis and NOT resident.

Acceptable reasons do NOT include returning home to another country (Serbia) if resident in the UK, visiting family or partner outside the UK (if not seriously ill) and going on holiday.  The form and a complete list of reasonable excuses can be found here.

The rules for entering the UK have not changed and at the time of writing Serbia is not on the Red List requiring quarantine in a government controlled hotel.

The first step of relaxation of the lockdown' rules for England also start on Monday March 29 and details can be found here   Please note that the four nations of the UK are now on separate timetables so please be careful if travelling between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Yesterday the Serbian Government adopted new provisions (adding an additional exception from previously adopted restrictions) regarding entry into Serbia. A person who has a certificate of complete vaccination against the COVID-19  (vaccinated with two doses of Pfizer, BioNTech, Sinopharm or Suptnik-V, or with one dose - if they have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine) issued by a Serbian public health institution can enter the Republic of Serbia without a negative PCR test or FIA RAPID antigen test or having to quarantine.

As ever, whilst we may every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information, we recommend that you check the regulations in both countries before travelling. We accept no responsibility for any error or omissions.

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