UK Reopening For Vaccinated Travelers – What You Need To Know

The British government announced earlier this week that the UK would be reopening for fully vaccinated travelers on…

UK Reopening For Vaccinated Travelers – What You Need To Know

The British government announced earlier this week that the UK would be reopening for fully vaccinated travelers on ‘amber list’ countries. While such destinations previously required inbound passengers to the UK to quarantine, full vaccination status will render them exempt as of tomorrow. Let’s take a closer look at the specifics of this rule change.

The new rules will come into effect at 04:00 local time tomorrow morning. Photo: Getty Images

No quarantine for vaccinated travelers

The headline from the government’s announcement earlier this week was that vaccination status would render amber list passengers exempt from quarantine in the UK. This had previously been the case for UK residents arriving from such destinations, but the offering has now been expanded to accommodate EU and US travelers.

This will come as a relief to people in amber list countries with friends and family in the UK. The government states that factors such as the country’s vaccination efforts have been key to allowing the rule change. The Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, stated that:

Our vaccination program is building a wall of defense against this virus so we can safely enjoy our freedoms again, with seven in 10 adults in the UK now double jabbed.”

Heathrow
Airports like Heathrow will likely see increased traffic as a result of the rule change. Photo: Getty Images

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Vaccines administered in certain places

However, certain important factors need to be considered when examining the new rules more closely. Indeed, the updated regulations, which will come into effect at 04:00 on August 2nd, only apply to amber list travelers who have received their vaccines in certain locations. While this covers a wide range of countries, it is not all-encompassing.

The government states that the quarantine exemption for amber list arrivals only applies to those “who have been fully vaccinated in Europe (EU Member States, European Free Trade Association countries, and the European microstate countries of Andorra, Monaco and Vatican City) and the USA.” This excludes amber list arrivals elsewhere in the world.

EU Green Pass
EU members are among the countries from which vaccinated travelers can visit the UK without having to quarantine upon arrival. Photo: Getty Images

It is also worth noting that, even with this exemption, such passengers are still obliged to complete a pre-departure test. The need to complete a passenger locator form to enter the UK also still stands. US arrivals will also be required to provide proof of US residency.

Meanwhile, France, as an ‘amber plus’ country, is also excluded. The government defines full vaccination status as being when a passenger received their second dose at least 14 days before their arrival. The BBC reports that under 18s will also be exempt. Regarding the rule changes, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps added that:

We’ve taken great strides on our journey to reopen international travel and today is another important step forward. Whether you are a family reuniting for the first time since the start of the pandemic or a business benefiting from increased trade – this is progress we can all enjoy.”

transatlantic travel corridor
The news will also come as a boost to fully vaccinated US travelers. Photo: Getty Images

Changes to testing requirements

The rule change will also have a slight impact on testing obligations for arrivals from amber list countries. This classification would previously have required incoming passengers to take tests on the second and eight days of their time in the country.

However, full vaccination status will mean that only the day two test is needed. This essentially brings amber list countries in line with the green list, for those who have received their vaccinations in the aforementioned approved countries.

What do you make of the UK’s shift to quarantine-free entry for vaccinated travelers from certain amber list countries? Will you be making use of this to visit the country? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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The Embraer ERJ Family: What Are The Different Models?

Founded in 1969 in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil, Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica (Embraer) has grown…

The Embraer ERJ Family: What Are The Different Models?

Founded in 1969 in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil, Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica (Embraer) has grown to become the third-largest commercial aircraft manufacturer after Boeing and Airbus. With this in mind, we thought we would take a look at the Embraer ERJ-Jet family of aircraft and see how the planes differ from one another.

The ERJ145 was the most popular variant. Photo: Getty Images

After noticing that Airbus and Boeing were concentrating on building larger planes, the Brazilian aerospace company saw a gap in the market for smaller regional jets. Designed for what Embraer perceived would be a new market for regional jet aircraft where speed and comfort would trump the fuel savings of turboprop planes, Embraer created the ERJ-family.

The engines moved to the rear

Given the name the EMB145, the first ERJ family flight took place on August 11, 1995. Over the next two years, changes were made that saw the plane’s wing-mounted engines move to a rear-fuselage-mounted position. Based on its new ERJ145 design, Embraer re-introduced the plane in 1999 in three versions the ERJ135, ERJ140, and ERJ145. Each aircraft in the ERJ-family has a swept-back wing and is powered by two Rolls-Royce AE3007 turbofan engines.

ERJ135

Explicitly built for markets with low demand, the ERJ135 allows airlines to achieve the right balance between frequency and capacity. Rather than flying one or two flights a day with larger aircraft, the ERJ135 allowed airlines to offer more frequent flights at different times of the day. Doing this gave customers more options while allowing airlines to deploy larger planes on routes where the demand is more significant.

ERJ135
The ERJ135 could seat 30 or 32 passengers, depending on the seat pitch. Photo: Getty Images

ERJ135 Specifications

The typical seat capacity is 30 seats with a 36-inch pitch or 32 seats with a 31-inch pitch.

Weights & Payload

  • Maximum Takeoff Weight = 20,000 kg / 44,092 lb
  • Maximum Landing Weight = 18,500 kg / 40,785 lb
  • Maximum Payload = 4,499 kg / 9,918 lb
  • Maximum Usable Fuel = 5,136 kg / 11,322 lb (6,396 l / 1,690 gal)

Performance

  • Max Cruise Speed = M 0.78
  • Time to Climb to FL350 = 15 minutes
  • Takeoff Field Length = 1,330 m / 4,364 ft
  • Landing Field Length = 1,360 m / 4,462 ft
  • Service Ceiling = 37,000 ft
  • Range = 1,750 NM / 3,243 km

ERJ140

Offering the same operating efficiencies as the ERJ35, the ERJ140 offers airlines an increased seat capacity while offering the same comfort and range.

ERJ-140 Specifications
The typical seat capacity of the ERJ-140 is 44 seats with a 31-inch pitch.

Weights & Payload

  • Maximum Takeoff Weight = 21,100 kg / 46,517 lb
  • Maximum Landing Weight = 18,700 kg / 41,226 lb
  • Maximum Payload = 5,292 kg / 11,666 lb
  • Maximum Usable Fuel= 5,136 kg / 11,322 lb (6,396 l / 1,690 gal

Performance

  • Max Cruise Speed = M 0.78
  • Time to Climb to FL350 = 6 minutes
  • Takeoff Field Length = 1,270 m / 4,167 ft
  • Landing Field Length = 1,380 m / 4,528 ft
  • Service Ceiling = 37,000 ft
  • Range = 1,650 NM / 3,058 km

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ERJ145

Unveiled at the 1989 Paris Air Show, the ERJ145 is arguably the most popular member of the ERJ-family of jets. The ERJ145 is the largest model in the line-up with 50 seats. According to Embraer, the ERJ145 operates with 36 airlines in 26 counties and has more than 26 million flight hours.
ERJ-145 Specifications
Typically ERJ145s are configured with 50 seats that have a 31-inch pitch.

Weights & Payload

  • Maximum Takeoff Weight = 22,000 kg / 48,501 lb
  • Maximum Landing Weight = 19,300 kg / 42,549 lb
  • Maximum Payload = 5,786 kg / 12,755 lb
  • Maximum Usable Fuel = 5,136 kg / 11,322 lb (6,396 l / 1,690 gal

Performance

  • Max Cruise Speed = M 0.78
  • Time to Climb to FL350 = 18 min
  • Takeoff Field Length = 1,380 m / 4,528 ft
  • Landing Field Length = 1,400 m / 4,593 ft
  • Service Ceiling = 37,000 ft
  • Range = 1,550 NM / 2,873 km
Embraer ERJ-145 Getty
The production of ERJ jets stopped in 2020. Photo: Getty Images

In response to airlines asking for a regional jet that they could operate on longer no-stop routes, Embraer took its most popular ERJ jet and increased its range. Called the ERJ145XR, the plane can fly 2,000 nautical miles, an increase of 450 miles compared to the standard ERJ145. Production of the Embraer ERJ- family of jets ended in 2020 after 1,231 planes were built.

Have you ever flown on an Embraer ERJ-family jet? If so, please tell us what you like or dislike about the plane in the comments.

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