New journey guidelines got here into impact on October 4. In a bid to simplify the journey site visitors lights, the Authorities has scrapped the inexperienced and amber lists. There’s now solely a crimson record, after which in all places else.
Any longer, absolutely vaccinated travellers is not going to must take a pre-departure check earlier than arriving within the UK. They may nonetheless must take a PCR check on or earlier than day two on return to the UK, however from an unknown date in late October, this check will change from a PCR to a lateral move check.
The crimson record has additionally been slashed from 54 international locations right down to seven. Solely Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Haiti, Venezuela and Dominican Republic stay on the resort quarantine record.
So what are the remaining journey guidelines? Beneath we clarify all the things it’s good to know.
Which international locations can I journey to?
The inexperienced and amber lists have merged. Because of this if you’re absolutely vaccinated you’ll be able to journey to 224 international locations or territories with out having to enter quarantine in your return. You might be additionally exempt from needing to take a pre-departure check 72 hours earlier than arrival dwelling.
In case you are not absolutely vaccinated, it’s essential to take a check as much as 72 hours earlier than travelling again to the UK, then enter a 10-day quarantine on return to the UK, with two additional checks. The one nation that unvaccinated Britons can return from, with out quarantine, is Eire.
Which international locations are on the crimson record?
Arrivals from crimson record international locations must enter a resort quarantine at their very own expense. A ten-day stint in resort quarantine will value as much as £2,285, which incorporates the price of two PCR checks on days two and eight. Second adults and youngsters value much less.
The crimson record is now significantly shorter than it was once. The seven international locations on the record are Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Haiti, Venezuela and Dominican Republic. Purple record arrivals should organise their resort quarantine keep previous to arriving within the UK, or probably face a wonderful. Avoiding resort quarantine fully comes with fines of as much as £10,000.
Are all international locations letting in Britons?
All international locations have their very own necessities on testing, vaccination certification, quarantine and different documentation. Many countries are welcoming Britons, though eighteen have border restrictions prohibiting Britons from entry. Verify the vacation spot’s International, Commonwealth and Improvement Workplace (FCDO) web page to search out out for those who can go.
Do I must take a check earlier than I journey?
This depends upon the vacation spot. If there’s a requirement, it’s usually a PCR check taken 72 hours earlier than journey. Nevertheless, many international locations now settle for a vaccine certificates as a substitute of a PCR check. Verify the vacation spot’s FCDO web page earlier than you go.
Do I must take a check earlier than returning dwelling?
In case you are absolutely vaccinated, you now don’t must take a pre-departure check earlier than arriving within the UK. In case you are not absolutely vaccinated, it’s essential to take a lateral move check 72 hours earlier than arriving within the UK and have a certificates to show your unfavourable end result. Some airways will deny boarding for those who shouldn’t have a certificates displaying a unfavourable end result.
Do I must take a check after arriving dwelling?
In case you are absolutely vaccinated, it’s essential to take a PCR check on or earlier than day two (arrival day is day zero). It will change to a lateral move or antigen check later in October.
In case you are not absolutely vaccinated, it’s essential to enter quarantine and take PCR checks on days two and eight. When you decide in for Take a look at to Launch, you’ll be able to take a second check on day 5 to exit quarantine (in case your result’s unfavourable), however will nonetheless must take the additional check on day eight.
What are the foundations for below 18s?
Travellers aged below 18 who’re returning to England from international locations not on the crimson record is not going to face self-isolation on return (this was already the case for below 18s getting back from inexperienced or amber locations). They won’t must take a pre-departure check earlier than coming again to England. Youngsters aged 11 and above should take a check on or earlier than day two.
Nearly all of international locations don’t require vaccine certificates from below 18 year-olds, however some do. Malta, for instance, requires 12 to 18-year-olds to be absolutely vaccinated earlier than arrival. Youngsters aged 5 to 11 can enter Malta if accompanied by vaccinated mother and father or authorized guardians, offered they present a unfavourable PCR check carried out inside 72 hours of journey.