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Travel to UK from USA.

IF a US traveler travels to UK and follows the UK 14 quarantine rule, is the US traveler not allowed to travel to a Schengen zone country directly from the UK?

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12120 posts

Interesting question. Be careful of one size fits all answers as some Schengen countries have implemented unique entry requirements which in some situations are more restrictive and in others less restrictive.

Posted by
4419 posts

There are some countries such as Portugal, Spain etc where you can’t travel to from the U.K. and this list is likely to get longer as Covid cases are on the increase in much of Europe. The U.K. news today is mentioning France, Greece and Croatia may be added to the no travel list. Spain was added last week with only a few hours notice, so people are being repatriated early.

The UK 14 day quarantine means that you aren’t even allowed to leave the garden of the house you are staying in for exercise and you shouldn’t use public transport to get from the airport to your accommodation. You would need to get food delivered to your accommodation. There are strict penalties for non compliance.

Please stay at home. Europe isn’t going anywhere. We need to get this virus under control.

Posted by
12120 posts

I just double checked, Hungary for instance categorizes the UK as "Yellow" meaning that you have to have 2 COVID PCR tests done 48 hours apart within the 5 days prior to arrival. But they also state that you are judged as RED, YELLOW, or GREEN based upon your passport and not the country you are traveling through. The US is also Yellow so in this case it doesn't matter. All very confusing.

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Thanks everyone for your help. Sadly we are not trying to find "sneaky loopholes", so much as we are desperately trying to find a legal and safe way to visit our daughter and son in law in Luxembourg. We have not seen them in a long time and we know they are suffering with lonliness as well. They just moved to Luxembourg about 6 months before this happened, and now they cant visit family in the USA and family can't visit them in Europe. I feel terrible for them, and felt that being quarantined for 2 weeks was a small price to pay if I can see them and help them.

Posted by
12120 posts

ji; I didn't hear anything sneaky in your questions or intent. Dont blame you at all for wanting to follow the rules to accomplish your goals. Sorry if you took my post that way. Matter of fact, let me delete it.

Posted by
24834 posts

Luxembourg has been on the list recently in the UK for no travel due to the figures. My phone just went off with a quarantine order for people arriving in the UK from Belgium, Andorra, and Bahamas from 0400 hours Saturday.

Posted by
3101 posts

I understand wanting to see family. My question is, why the UK when you really want to go to Luxembourg? It would be much easier to quarantine with your relatives.

Posted by
9176 posts

What I was led to believe is that entry is based on your passport. Since most Americans are banned from travel to Luxembourg, two weeks quarantine won't fly.

The best thing to do is contact the Luxembourg consulate and ask.

Posted by
596 posts

I feel your sadness at not being able to visit family in Europe. I usually visit my UK family during my school summer break. We have UK and US passports so I may have been able to get into the UK and stay for a while but I just canceled the trip. I didn't want to risk family members on either side of the Atlantic. I am hopeful for a summer visit next year even if that means camping in my sister's back yard for 2 weeks. (I am a teacher so I have the time in the Summer to do the quarantine if necessary and she lives in the countryside on a large plot of land surrounded by fields). I am not booking any airline tickets until at least next April when we know more about how 2021 will be for US - UK travel.
Margaret