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Please Note: information is correct at time of writing and we endeavour to update this page as changes are announced but we strongly advise you to check the information about your specific destination on the Gov.uk Official Foreign Travel Advice Page before booking tests and travel arrangements.

LAST UPDATED 09.20 18TH AUGUST 2021

WHICH PRE AND POST TRAVEL TESTS DO I NEED FOR GREEN, AMBER AND RED ROUTES (ENGLAND ONLY)?

Green routes require most travellers to take a PCR Test both before they leave, a test before they fly home and a Day 2 PCR Test after arriving back in England.

Travellers will only be required to quarantine if their Day 2 test shows a positive result.

Current Green Destinations include: Australia, Brunei, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel and Jerusalem, New Zealand and Singapore.

GREEN LIST NEWS:
- Travellers from seven more destinations will no longer have to quarantine after being added to the UK’s travel green list. The Azores, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania and Switzerland will move from amber to green from 4am on 30 August.

- a large number of green list destinations are also on the green 'watchlist' (at risk of moving to amber).

Check the full Green List on the Government website.

Amber List Travel Test RequirementsAmber List Travel Test Requirements

Most travel routes are currently categorised as Amber.

For Amber routes, most travellers will need to take a PCR Test before they depart. Some destinations do accept Negative Lateral Flow Test Results for entry, provided all other conditions are met.

Coming back, travellers who have not had both vaccinations are required to go into a 10 day quarantine at home and take PCR tests on Day 2 and Day 8. There is also the possibility of choosing to take an additional test on Day 5 of your quarantine, which is being called a 'Test to Release', and if that comes back as negative, you’ll then be able to cut your quarantine short. You will still need to take and return your Day 8 Test.

ABMER LIST NEWS: Europeans who are fully vaccinated but have had two different types of vaccine for example, one dose of the AstraZeneca and one dose of the Pfizer vaccine must now quarantine for 10 days on entering the UK from an amber-list country, even though they’re fully vaccinated.

- Double vaccinated travellers do not need to quarantine on arrival from 19th July - but they must still take a Day 2 Test after they arrive.

Amber status countries currently include the USA, Germany, Greece, France, Spain and China. Remember - being on UKs Amber List does not necessarily mean that country is currently accepting UK citizens. You can check the full list on the Government website here.

Red List Travel Test Requirements

Travel destinations where the data indicate either a very high level of current COVID-19 cases or a variant of concern that the Government is keen avoid are categorised as Red, and the government advised 'extra caution' against visiting them.

If you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the last 10 days you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. These destinations require a test before you fly to England and strict hotel quarantine for 10 days when you arrive. You will also need to perform the Day 2 and Day 8 PCR tests before ending your quarantine, with no option to 'Test and Release' early on Day 5.

Destinations currently designated Red include: Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Maldives, South Africa.

Remember - just because the UK is allowing people to travel to a country, that does not necessarily mean that that country is currently accepting UK citizens. You can check the full list of Red destinations on the Government Website.

RED LIST NEWS: Thailand and Montenegro are being downgraded from amber to the red list on August 30th.

FOR ALL OF THESE ROUTES...

  • ...you may also require tests when you land in your holiday destination and before you leave to come home – you can check these requirement for each individual country on the Government Foreign travel advice website.

BORDER NEWS

  • The government has removed quarantine requirements for all Amber List countries for double vaccinated individuals from 19th July, unless the jabs are mixed. They will still be required to take a Day 2 Test when they come back.
  • For some travel destinations, a negative result from a Lateral Flow test is acceptable for entry into a country, providing all other conditions are met. Please follow this link to find out more. (Please note: while we endeavour to provide the most up to date travel advice, the rules can change extremely quickly, so please check carefully with your airline/carrier, or on the Gov.uk Foreign Travel Advice Website for the exact requirements for your destination before booking. Most travel destinations still require a negative RT-PCR Test).
  • The government continues to closely monitor the spread of the Delta Variant of Coronavirus.
  • When you arrive in England, you need to follow the rules for the highest risk country or territory that you have been in or passed through in the previous 10 days. That can include transit stops.
  • Various countries across the EU have announced approval of the Indian-produced batches of AstraZeneca, known as Covishield, allowing quarantine-free travel, with Italy yet to follow.

WHAT DO WE KNOW SO FAR ABOUT VACCINE PASSPORTS?

  • People in England who are fully vaccinated are able to demonstrate their vaccination status for outbound international travel. Other countries or territories determine their own border health rules, which may include COVID-19 vaccination status. Check the entry requirements for your destination before travelling.
  • The European Union is reportedly set to make available its COVID-19 passport for all EU citizens and residents, as well as for specific categories of travellers from third countries, from July 1.
  • Canada is adapting its free ArriveCAN app to handle vaccine verifications with a view to allowing double vaccinated individuals to skip extra testing and quarantining when the boarder re-opens.
  • In parts of the US, it is reported that similar schemes are being attempted at state level, although a number of states are against the idea of vaccine passports, citing concerns about privacy and personal freedom.

Coronavirus Roadmap

  • After pushing back the original date by which COVID-19 social distancing restriction were slated to end (21st June) because of concerns surrounding the spread of the so-called 'Indian Variant', the restrictions were officially lifted on July 19th.
  • Some retailers, restaurants and healthcare facilities are still encouraging their customers to wear face coverings beyond July 19th, following rising cases of Coronavirus among vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals.

Please Note: Information is correct at time of writing and we endeavour to update this page as changes are announced. We strongly advise you to check the information about your specific destination on the Gov.uk Official Foreign Travel Advice Page before booking tests and travel arrangements.

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