Travelling overseas for leisure has been permitted since 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 travelers 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 26/08/21: There have been changes to the countries on the Green, Amber and Red list coming into effect from Monday 30th August - 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. You must quarantine if NHS Test & Trace informs you that you travelled to England with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Travelers returning from Amber countries who have been fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme (plus 14 days), will no longer need to self-isolate or take a day 8 test if they can provide proof of their vaccination status to carriers in advance of travel to England. This policy will also apply to children under the age of 18. Travelers will still have to provide a negative pre departure test, and also take a PCR test on Day 2.
Non-vaccinated travelers returning from Amber countries need to provide evidence of a negative test result prior to travel, self-isolate at home for 10 days, and take a test on day 2 and day 8 after arrival. These travelers will have the option to take a further test on day 5 and end their 10-day self-isolation early, upon receipt of a negative test result.
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.
Please see below for links to government advice and news.
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