Our Guide To International Travel
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Our Guide To International Travel During Covid-19

On 17th May 2021, the UK government introduced a 'traffic light system' to reopen overseas travel. The new system allows the public to identify countries they can visit, whilst protecting the wider UK public health and the necessary requirements in place to achieve this.

With the ever changing advice, our clients will expect answers to all your questions on international travel during the Covid-19 pandemic and the traffic light system, simplifying the rules and regulations. The information will be updated as and when the UK government releases further information.

 

What are the main considerations and requirements for UK travellers?

There are new travel restrictions and requirements in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus and its variants. For the most up-to date information check https://www.gov.uk/travel-abroad to help plan your journey in advance or contact our team.

 

The main considerations and requirements for UK travellers include:

1

You must check the entry requirements for your chosen destination before you travel. Check the entry requirements for your destination country on the GOV.UK foreign travel advice pages. You may be required to evidence your COVID-19 vaccination status and/or show a negative PCR test result.

2

Ensure you book COVID tests and complete relevant documentation (such as Passenger Locator Forms) for your destination.

You can find the official list of government-approved testing providers here

3

Ensure you book the required testing and/or quarantine packages for your return to the UK before you travel. For more information on green, amber and red list packages click here.

4

Travellers may require their COVID-19 vaccination status (either via the app or in paper format).

You can check how to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination statues here.

5

You will need to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your return journey to England. Anyone testing positive prior to travel will not be permitted to travel back into England, will be required to follow local rules for isolation – you could incur additional costs during this period.

6

All passengers entering the UK are required to complete a ‘Passenger Locator’ form before arrival. The form must be completed and submitted within 48 hours of arriving into the UK. Passengers will need to show the form when checking in to travel. The passenger locator form can be found here.


What is the ‘traffic light system and what are the current testing and quarantine requirements for each category?

The UK introduced a ‘green’ and ‘amber’ level to the government’s previous ‘red’ list of countries making up the new traffic light system. Each destination will be categorised depending on several factors including the country’s vaccination programme, the rate of infection, the prevalence of variants of concern and the access to reliable scientific data.

Each category will come with its own testing and quarantine requirements which will replace the current rules and restrictions.

 

The below table outlines the current requirements for green, amber and red list countries:

Measure Green Country Amber Country Red Country
Passenger Locator Form Yes Yes Yes
Pre-departure Test
(in destination)
Yes Yes Yes
Managed Quarantine at Hotel No No 10 days
Self-Isolation No 10 days
*Not applicable to fully vaccinated travellers - see below.
N/A
Test to Release No On day 5
*Not applicable to fully vaccinated travellers - see below.
No
PCR Testing
(upon arrival in the UK)
On or before day 2 On or before day 2 On or before 2
Further PCR Testing
(upon arrival in the UK)
No Day 8
*Not applicable to fully vaccinated travellers - see below.
Day 8

Which countries are on the UK’s green, amber and red list?

Green List Countries

A list of the most up to date amber countries can be found here. The government have also stated that they will provide advance warning to travellers if it is likely that a country will move from the green list to the amber list.

 

Amber List Countries

A list of the most up to date amber countries can be found here. 

 

Red List Countries

A list of the most up to date red countries can be found here.

 

The government advises against all travel to red list countries. Only UK nationals or permanent residents will be allowed entry if you have travelled to a red list country in the past 10 days.

All UK arrivals from red list countries will need to self-isolate in a government appointed hotel for 10 days. For more information on booking testing and hotel quarantine packages, click here.


What are the rules for fully vaccinated travellers?

As of 19th July, fully vaccinated travellers returning to England from ‘amber list’ countries will no longer have to quarantine on arrival.

Passengers will still be required to take a pre-departure test up to 72 hours before they travel to England and a PCR test on day two of their arrival, but arrivals will no longer have to take a test on day eight. This means the rules for fully vaccinated travellers arriving from ‘amber list’ destinations will effectively be the same for all passengers arriving from ‘green list’ countries.

All English passengers can show their COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad to countries or territories that have stated this as an entry requirement. Please note however, there are not many countries that currently accept proof of vaccination. Please check the entry requirements for your destination country on the GOV.UK foreign travel advice pages.


We are here to help

Still confused by the government guidelines on travel? Get in touch with the CT Business Travel team who can assist with the latest advice on travel rules and restrictions. Contact us online or call 01892 673422.

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