UK airport restrictions

Old Apr 3rd, 2021, 12:38 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2021
Posts: 6
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
UK airport restrictions

So turns out the ticket we booked thru IceandicAir from Seattle to Iceland then to London this summer could potentially still be used IF we are allowed to hop another flight out straight to Greece but am unsure whether we will be subject to UK restrictions as the ticket would not technically be considered a LAYOVER. Does anyone know if I can get around that or do I need to change my whole flight itinerary thru Icelandic?
Sincerely,
Longing for Greece in July
botuchis is offline  
Old Apr 4th, 2021, 05:09 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 2,196
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Things often change. And I do not offer that is is accurate. But BA suggests a certain third party app to tell you what is required for your trip. https://www.britishairways.com/en-us...y-requirements
laurie_ann is offline  
Old Apr 4th, 2021, 09:58 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 67,677
Likes: 0
Received 50 Likes on 7 Posts
There is absolutely no way to tell now. Ask again in a couple of months. However - what you mean by ". . . as the ticket would not technically be considered a LAYOVER" ?

This is one ticket, right? Why are you concerned that is is not a layover?
janisj is offline  
Old Apr 4th, 2021, 10:48 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 16,965
Received 83 Likes on 5 Posts
The way I read it the flight to Greece would be an add on?
Melnq8 is offline  
Old Apr 4th, 2021, 11:50 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 67,677
Likes: 0
Received 50 Likes on 7 Posts
In either case, transiting at LHR is allowed. They don't stop people from leaving the country. The issue would be IF Greece is closed to US travelers at the time -- whichever airline is flying them to Greece will verify that they are allowed in.

Currently IF a transit passenger is over night in the UK they simply would have to stay in the hotel self isolating until checking in for their onward flight.

But as mentioned there is no way to tell what might happen 4+ months from now.
janisj is offline  
Old Apr 5th, 2021, 03:30 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jun 2020
Posts: 63
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
If you are overnighting in the UK between flights, you are entering the UK & you have to go into quarantine which is normally for 10 days but you can leave quarantine early for a valid reason eg to travel to the next destination. Where you quarantine depends on which country you were in before arriving in the UK, if it is a red list country, you have to quarantine in a specific government selected hotel, if not, then you can quarantine elsewhere. I'm not sure what you do about the COVID test package for days 2 & 8, whether you have to purchase it even if it is not used. The reference number issued for the purchase of the test package has to go on the Passenger Locator form that you complete for arrival into the UK. You will need a negative COVID test. Obviously no one knows which countries will be on the red list in a few months time and there will be changes announced, some were expected to be announced today but nothing materialised.
balthy is offline  
Old Apr 5th, 2021, 03:34 PM
  #7  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2021
Posts: 6
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I ended up changing my ticket thru Iceland air So it would reflect my travel only from the United States into Keflavík then I am going to purchase a separate flight into Athens on Lufthansa Airlines so I should be good to go now. Thank you all for the responses.
botuchis is offline  
Old Apr 5th, 2021, 10:19 PM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 8,067
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Good luck! I believe Iceland is a Schengen country, so you will probably have to go through passport control there, now that you are transiting to another Schengen country instead of the U.K.

You might want to read this on the Icelandair website:
Please note: Iceland is welcoming vaccinated visitors from outside the Schengen zone, but further travel from Iceland to the rest of Europe is currently not permitted for non-Schengen residents.”
https://www.icelandair.com/blog/iceland-is-open-faq/

Last edited by Heimdall; Apr 5th, 2021 at 10:54 PM.
Heimdall is offline  
Old Apr 6th, 2021, 11:21 AM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 3,049
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by balthy View Post
If you are overnighting in the UK between flights, you are entering the UK & you have to go into quarantine which is normally for 10 days but you can leave quarantine early for a valid reason eg to travel to the next destination. Where you quarantine depends on which country you were in before arriving in the UK, if it is a red list country, you have to quarantine in a specific government selected hotel, if not, then you can quarantine elsewhere. I'm not sure what you do about the COVID test package for days 2 & 8, whether you have to purchase it even if it is not used. The reference number issued for the purchase of the test package has to go on the Passenger Locator form that you complete for arrival into the UK. You will need a negative COVID test. Obviously no one knows which countries will be on the red list in a few months time and there will be changes announced, some were expected to be announced today but nothing materialised.
I've been reading a lot about this on FlyerTalk. Can you post a link to your information for updates or keep posting as the occur?

Trophywife007 is online now  
Old Apr 6th, 2021, 11:57 AM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Jun 2020
Posts: 63
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Here is the link. In general all info will be on gov.uk somewhere.

https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control...1-e3109cce8eae
balthy is offline  
Old Apr 6th, 2021, 01:33 PM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 3,049
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by balthy View Post
Here is the link. In general all info will be on gov.uk somewhere.

https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control...1-e3109cce8eae

Thank you!
Trophywife007 is online now  
Old Apr 6th, 2021, 01:44 PM
  #12  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,492
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
As of now, it’s still unclear if and when Greece will open to US citizens so I hope your flights are cancellable or changeable!

https://gr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
progol is offline  
Old Apr 7th, 2021, 02:10 AM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 8,067
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
It’s also unclear when non-Schengen residents will be able to travel from Iceland to Germany (see post #8), so the OP may have made a mistake by changing the tickets.
Heimdall is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Sarvowinner
Europe
22
Sep 26th, 2006 06:14 AM
kastarkey
Europe
7
Jun 24th, 2004 06:51 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:27 PM.