Significant changes to the rules on international travel have been announced today for fully vaccinated travellers
- The traffic light system for overseas travel has been simplified with the most important change being the removal of the amber ‘traffic light’ category. As a result, all destinations are now considered clear for travel, with the exception of the red list. These changes will come into effect from 4am on 22 September.
- The requirement for compulsory pre-departure PCR tests for fully vaccinated travellers returning to England from overseas is set to be removed and replaced with the cheaper and quicker lateral flow test. These changes will come into effect from from 4 October.
- A pre-booked day 2 PCR test will still be required for UK arrivals until further announcements are made in October.
This update represents a considerable change to the number of destinations open to travellers and should also greatly simplify international travel for the vast majority of travellers from England. Entry requirements for all countries should always be checked prior to departure, and may be subject to change.
If you have any questions or queries surrounding the reopening of international travel, our dedicated team are on hand to help and would be delighted to hear from you.