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We now have the first announcement from the UK Government regarding foreign holidays and travel this Summer. They will now permit travel to some countries and territories from May 17th 2021. They will grade countries using a traffic light system which is based upon their current Covid and vaccination status. Most countries will remain with heavy restrictions and will start off either red or amber. Places with good vaccine role-out programs and a continuous drop in cases of Covid-19 will move into the green category.
The Traffic Light System Explained
Green List – Everyone must take a test within 72 hours of leaving the UK. People returning to the UK from green list countries do not need to quarantine upon arrival home, however, they must take two tests. Test number one is a pre-departure antigen test. Test number two is a PCR test and has to be taken on day two upon their arrival home.
Amber List – Once again everyone must take a test 72 hours before leaving the UK. Countries on this list require you to undertake a 10 day compulsory quarantine at home along with testing, when arriving back in the UK. The first test is a pre-departure antigen test, the same as a green list destination. Test numbers two and three are PCR tests. You take these on days two and eight upon your arrival home. You can take a further test on day five, which is known as Test to Release. If this test is negative, you can leave your home quarantine early, and no test is needed on day eight.
Red List – Heavy restrictions with a compulsory 10 day quarantine in hotels and facilities selected by the UK Government. These are costly, with hotels charging around £1750 per person. This will involve a test system similar to the one in the amber bracket. This does NOT include ‘Test to Release’.
They will continue to monitor countries on the green list that could drop back into amber. The Government will add these to a watch list should there be a spike in Covid-19 cases.
Most travel companies will also offer testing packages as part of the booking, so make sure you look out for those. Also, when choosing your travel insurance look out for Covid Cover. Most insurers will now include this and this will cover any Coronavirus related issues when you travel.
The UK Government will also use the NHS smartphone app as a travel passport for vaccinated tourists and those with a negative test or antibodies. This is still currently in development, more on this soon.
Which Countries Are Listed As Green By The Government And Where Can I Travel To In 2021?
Where can I travel to in 2021? We will keep a close eye on any announcements that add or remove countries to this list. The Government will review all countries on the green list on a three-week cycle, and we will update our list to reflect this.
** THIS IS AN UPDATED LIST IN LINE WITH THE LATEST GOVERNMENT TRAVEL ADVICE ON THURSDAY 24th JUNE 2021.
3rd June – No new countries added to the green list. Portugal moved from the green list to the amber list.
24th June – Malta, Madeira, Balearic Islands and more added to the UKs green list, while six new countries added to the red list, including Haitai, Tunisia and Dominican Republic. The UK Government is also considering that its citizens who have had a double vaccine do not have to self isolate from amber list countries. Some countries are also in discussion whether to isolate non-vaccinated tourists for up to 14 days.
GIBRALTER, ISRAEL, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, BRUNEI, FAROE ISLANDS, TRISTAN DA CUNHA, ST HELENA, ASCENSION ISLANDS, FALKLAND ISLANDS, SINGAPORE, SOUTH GEORGIA & THE SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS, MALTA, THE BALEARIC ISLANDS, MADEIRA, ANTIGUA & BARBUDA, BARBADOS, DOMINICA, GRENADA, ANGUILA, MONTSERRAT, BERMUDA, BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY, BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY, BRITISH VIRIGN ISLANDS, CAYMAN ISLANDS, PITCAIRN, TURKS & CAICOS.
CUBA, CYPRUS, EGYPT, GREECE (INCLUDING MOST ISLANDS), MEXICO, SWEDEN, THAILAND, ST LUCIA, THE BAHAMAS, POLAND, ITALY, INDONESIA, HUNGARY, FRANCE, SPAIN.
MALDIVES, COSTA RICA, TURKEY, INDIA, EGYPT, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, SOUTH AFRICA, SRI LANKA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ERITREA, HAITI, KUWAIT, MONGOLIA, TUNISIA, UGANDA.
Are you excited at the thought of travel corridors now opening up? Will you be booking a foreign trip this Summer or staying closer to home? Let us know in the comment section below this post.