Travelling overseas for leisure will now be permitted from 17th May so we can all now begin to think about a well earned holiday! Countries have been placed into a 'traffic light system', with green, amber and red lists that set out the rules for things such as testing and quarantining for travellers returning to England. Which list (Green, Amber or Red) a country is currently on will be reviewed every few weeks and depends on a number of factors, including the percentage of the population that has been vaccinated, infection rates and the prevalence of "variants of concern". Many of the tourist hotspots are likely to be moved onto the green list before the end of summer, but the government will also have the right to rapidly remove countries from the green or amber lists if cases spiral quickly. Most European countries will require arrivals to have a vaccination certificate, or a negative Covid-19 test result, or evidence of immunity through having had the virus. These are likely to be largely paper-based checks from May 17 because digital alternatives that would allow automated access through borders are still under development.
Keep an eye on this page regularly and read on below for guidance on choosing a destination and which country is in which list currently.
UPDATE 03/06/21: There have been changes to the countries on the Green, Amber and Red list coming into effect from Tuesday 8th June - please check the list before you travel.
Travellers returning from Green countries will not need to self-isolate/quarantine on return (unless they receive a positive result) but must take a pre-departure test as well as a PCR test on the second day after they arrive back in the UK.
Travellers returning from Amber countries will have to self-isolate/quarantine at home for 10 days and will also have to have a pre-departure test and book and pay for two PCR tests on days two and eight of their home quarantine. If they want to be released early, they can also pay for a PCR test on the fifth day but they still have to take the test on the eighth day even if fully vaccinated.
Travellers returning from Red countries will have to self-isolate/quarantine for 10 days in government-approved hotels at a cost of £1,750 per person, with pre-departure tests and tests on days two and eight.
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