Can I travel?

Can I travel to London for the Africa Energy Forum?

From Monday 1st November 2021, travellers from all countries will be able to enter England if they are fully vaccinated with a UK Government-recognised vaccine. All travellers must book Covid tests in advance of arrival in the UK and complete a Passenger Locator form.

Two local test centres near the venue are Boots Bond Street and BioGroup Pathology Laboratory, Bond Street.

Recognised vaccines include; Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen.

Those who are not fully-vaccinated, or who are vaccinated with an unapproved vaccine, will be required to quarantine on arrival.

Recent additions to countries on the approved vaccination list include Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa. Countries with approved vaccination for travel to England.

What if I'm not fully vaccinated?
Unvaccinated travellers (or those with vaccinations not approved by the UK Government) can travel to England. You must test negative before arriving, and will be required to quarantine for up to ten days. We recommend reducing the quarantine period to 5 days by using the Test to Release scheme. This must be booked in advance. About the Test to Release scheme.

We have lots of people travelling to meet in-person in London for the much-anticipated Africa Energy Forum 15-17 November 2021, including confirmed speakers, sponsors and delegates from Africa, Europe and North America.

Travel requires planning these days, so we've carefully curated some guidance and resources to help you.

Use a planner
We recommend planning your trip via either TimaticSkyscanner or Sherpa. These tools provide guidance based on the latest rules regarding vaccinations, testing, and quarantine between countries. 

Certain travellers may request exemptions from UK Government. For example, many attendees to COP26 in Scotland have been afforded exemptions to travel. Exemptions can be provided for high-value business travellers, those representing governments including diplomats and other envoys, and protected jobs. This page explains which jobs are eligible to apply for exemptions. Unfortunately, EnergyNet can't support your request for an exemption (though we will support valid visa applications as normal).

Ultimately, your circumstances will be particular to you, so you will need to consider:
  • your own personal situation,
  • your corporate policy,
  • the policy of any countries you are travelling to, from or through, and
  • the policy of the United Kingdom/England
It's vital to stay safe and help support national and international public health programmes. For the great majority of aef's traditional attendees, it is possible to travel safely and within the rules, however it does take preparation and planning. We look forward to seeing as many familiar faces as possible in November.

Find out what we're doing at aef to keep everyone safe.