Stop, wait, go! Traffic lights system for international travel

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Stop, wait, go! Traffic lights system for international travel

This blog was updated on 10th May 2021 following announcements from the government

International travel restrictions from England and Scotland relax on 17th May 2021. The UK government has released its list of green, amber and red countries for travel and outlined what travellers need to do when returning to England and Scotland. Countries are classified based on factors such as the number of people vaccinated in that country and the rate of infection in the country.

Travellers must follow the requirements of each category even if they have been fully vaccinated.

Some people are exempt from requirements based on their job – see the full list here.

What countries are on each list?  

View the government list here. The list will be reviewed every three weeks.

These statuses do not have any reference to the FCDO status for that country – this should be looked at separately if required.

The UK, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands make up the Common Travel Area and require no testing or quarantine.

 

Does green list status guarantee entry?  

No. Each country has its own rules and stipulations decided by their own governments. Check requirements on the FCDO’s website or our Flight Centre Travel Hub.

 

Where can I get a test?

We advise using our testing partners – read more here.

What’s required for each category

 
GREEN LIST

Before travelling out of the UK

  1. Check entry requirements for the country you’re travelling to – you may need to test and/or quarantine.
  2. Book your COVID-19 test for day 2 of when you come back to England.

Before arriving into England and Scotland

  1. Fill in the passenger locator form – this can now be done online. Make sure you have your passport/document details, travel dates/times and COVID-19 test booking reference. Fill in the form here.
  2. A test must be taken in the 3 days before your flight back to England and Scotland. For example if you’re flying directly to England on Friday, you must take the test on the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. For more information visit this page.
  3. Take your pre-booked COVID test on day 2 after arriving in England and Scotland.

 

AMBER LIST

Before travelling out of the UK 

  1. Check entry requirements for the country you’re travelling to – you may need to test and/or quarantine.
  2. Book your COVID-19 tests for day 2 and day 8 of when you come back to England.
  3. Book your Test to Release test for day 5 if you want to leave self-isolation early.

Before arriving into England and Scotland 

  1. Know where you will be self-isolating for the required 10 day period.
  2. Fill in the passenger locator form – this can now be done online. Make sure you have your passport/document details, travel dates/times and COVID-19 test booking reference. Fill in the form here.
  3. A test must be taken in the 3 days before your flight. For example if you’re flying directly to England on Friday, you must take the test on the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. For more information visit this page.
  4. Take your pre-booked COVID test on day 2 and day 8 after arriving. If you’re testing to release, take that test on day 5.

 

RED LIST

Before travelling out of the UK  

  1. Check entry requirements for the country you’re travelling to – you may need to test and/or quarantine.
  2. Book your hotel quarantine package which includes two PCR tests. You can only book your managed quarantine hotel within a 14-day window before arrival. Book here. For more information on quarantining visit this page.

Before arriving in England  and Scotland

  1. Fill in the passenger locator form – this can now be done online. Make sure you have your passport/document details, travel dates/times, COVID-19 test booking reference and hotel quarantine booking reference. Fill in the form here.
  2. A test must be taken in the 3 days before your flight back to England and Scotland. For example if you’re flying directly to England on Friday, you must take the test on the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. For more information visit this page.
  3. Take your pre-booked COVID test on day 2 and day 8 of your hotel quarantine period. Test to Release option is not available for red list countries.

Any update on vaccine passports?

Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps has confirmed the NHS app will be used as a COVID passport/certificate. It is not the Test and Trace app, but the app that allows people to book appointments. Download for Apple and Android. Travellers will also be able to request a paper version.

It is unclear when the app will be ready to show vaccine passports.

 

Where to get further information

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