Coronavirus news in Great Britain

Coronavirus news in Great Britain

Restrictions on movement and gatherings remain in place in Great Britain but they have gradually been eased during the summer.

Coronavirus news in Great Britain

Restrictions on movement and gatherings remain in place in Great Britain but they have gradually been eased during the summer.

Mobility

United Kingdom has lifted restrictions on entry to England for a number of countries and territories. Finland is currently on this list of the countries exempt from England's coronavirus travel quarantine. To find out which countries are included, please check the Government website for updated information. Otherwise you will still be required to complete a mandatory 14-day period of self-isolation. Please note that the countries or territories are different depending on whether you’re travelling to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. 

All residents or visitors travelling to the UK are required to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK. Please check the Government website for exemptions. 

Before travelling, the traveller must consult the UK authorities' instructions for obtaining more detailed and up-to-date information. Always check the UK authorities' website for the latest information on restrictions.

Flight routes between Finland and Great Britain have been reduced to twice-daily flights between Heathrow and Helsinki operated by Finnair. British Airways and Norwegian have ceased operating for the time being. Please check with the airline prior to travelling as changes and cancellations are possible at a short notice.

Please avoid using public transport when possible. If it is essential to use public transport, wearing a face covering is compulsory.

Groups of up to two households can meet in any location - public or private, indoors or outdoors.  You should not socialise outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households. It is against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place in private homes (including gardens and other outdoor spaces). Please check the COVID-19 Secure guidelines for businesses and venues. 

Local authorities may also have put in place local restrictions. Please check the local restrictions page to see possible additional restrictions in place in your area.

Further information on entering UK: Gov.uk: Entering the UK.
Further information on using public transport, meeting friends and family and public gatherings etc: Gov.uk: Coronavirus (COVID‑19).

Health

It is recommended to use a face covering when safe distance of 2 metres is not possible. Currently, it is compulsory to use a face covering in public transport as well as in shops and supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, banks, building societies, post offices, and indoor transport hubs. From 8 August, you will also be required to wear face coverings in a greater number of public indoor settings such as museums, galleries, cinemas, places of worship, and public libraries. Further information on face coverings is available here.

Heathrow airport is currently trialling temperature screening in Terminal 2 Arrivals and Terminal 2 and Terminal 5 check-in.

If you feel ill, please contact the local National Health Service (NHS) and follow national guidelines. If you have coronavirus symptoms, contact NHS 111 -helpline primarily via email https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/ and follow their instructions. You can also call them by dialing 111. Do not go to the hospital or doctor’s surgery.

More information on NHS -services: nhs.gov.uk
More information on travelling through Heathrow incl. temperature screening:  Heathrow.com

Services

Retailers are open, subject to certain conditions.

Restaurants, pubs, museums and other tourist destinations are allowed to open, in compliance with certain safety rules. The same goes to gyms, pools and leisure centres. According to the latest government information:

  • Schools, nurseries and colleges will open for all children and young people on a full-time basis and universities are working to reopen as fully as possible from 1 September. 
  • From 1 October, if prevalence remains around or below current levels, audiences will be allowed back in stadiums and conferences and other business events are allowed to take place in a COVID-19 Secure way.

More information on available services: Gov.uk: Guidance -- Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do.

Sanctions for breaking the guidelines

Fines for breaking the guidelines differ depending on where you are (England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland). The fines start form 100GBP and can go up to 3000GBP. People who do not pay a fine could be taken to court, where they could be fined an unlimited amount.

More information on the Metropolitan Police website: Coronavirus police powers

Other

Coronavirus guidelines vary depending whether you are in England, Scotland, Wales of Northern Ireland. Please check guidelines prior to travelling to your destination.

More information on guidelines in England: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
More information on guidelines in Scotland: Gov.uk: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for individuals and businesses in Scotland.
More information on guidelines in Wales: Gov.wales: Coronavirus (COVID-19).
More information on guidelines in Northern Ireland: nidirect.gov.uk: Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Customer service at the Embassy

Due to the current situation, we have reduced our customer service hours.

Please contact us primarily via email.
Before contacting us, check the latest information and news on our website and that of our Ministry for Foreign Affairs as well as our facebook and twitter.

General enquiries can be emailed to [email protected].  
If you need assistance in consular matters, please send an email to [email protected].

If your enquiry is very urgent, please contact us by phone on weekdays from 10am to 12.30pm, and 1.15pm to 4pm, tel: +44 (0)20 7838 6200. 

Our Consular Section only accepts customers in urgent and emergency situations by appointment. Please book an appointment via email beforehand. Please note that we require a prior appointment for all visitors to the Embassy. We have suspended the reception of normal visa applications and residence permit applications until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

PLEASE NOTE: All customers are required to wear a face covering whilst visiting the Embassy.

When the Embassy is closed, you can – in the event of an emergency – contact the Foreign Ministry’s 24/7 Service Centre (Tel. +358 9 1605 5555 or e-mail [email protected]).