What about the government traffic light system and returning to the UK?
For passengers returning to the UK before Monday 04 October at 4.00am, pre-departure and arrival Covid-19 testing requirements are still in place.
For all destinations it will be necessary to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test within 72 hours of your return journey to England and the tests must meet the criteria outlined by the UK Government.
Travellers may find it more convenient to self-test when overseas as this negates the need to source a local testing facility and many suppliers of self-tests can be found online. When reviewing the available options, please be sure to check your chosen provider meets the necessary criteria for re-entry into the UK. Anyone testing positive prior to travel will not be permitted to travel back into England and will be required to follow local rules for isolation – you could incur additional costs during this period (check your travel insurance as these costs may be covered).
If you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, then you may be exempt from self-isolation and some testing requirements. You will still need to complete a PCR test on day 2 after your return to the UK but you will not need to self-isolate unless the test is positive.
For passengers returning to the UK after Monday 04 October at 4.00am, the Government will no longer use a traffic light system of red, amber or green with the current green and amber country lists merged to create a new two-tier status.
When returning to England, if you have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days under an approved vaccination programme, you must:
- book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England
- complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
- take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive in England
You do not need to:
- take a pre-departure test before return to England
- take a day 8 COVID-19 test
- quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days after you arrive in England
You must be able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated (plus 14 days) with a document (digital or paper-based) from a national or state-level public health body that includes, as a minimum:
- forename and surname(s)
- date of birth
- vaccine brand and manufacturer
- date of vaccination for every dose
- country or territory of vaccination and/or certificate issuer
ALL travellers irrespective of return date to England
It is not our intention to operate to any country on the government red list. You are currently unable to travel to these countries from the United Kingdom. Anyone returning from these countries that are a British or Irish resident, will need to stay in hotel quarantine on arrival into the UK at their own expense for 10 days. Pre-departure and arrival Covid-19 testing requirements also apply.
ALL passengers will still need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form ahead of your return to England. UK Passenger Locator forms can be filled out on-line here. When completing your Passenger Locator Form it will be necessary to provide the booking reference for your pre-booked Day 2 PCR test.
Please also take the time to review the information specific to your chosen destination on the FCDO travel advice website as there may be additional local rules and restrictions in place which are important for your arrival and stay. In all cases, holiday travel will only be possible so long as the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice allows for non-essential travel.
We will endeavour to keep this information up-to-date but would emphasise that you should also check with official sources before booking and again regularly prior to travel as the situation is constantly evolving. Here’s a current directory of the green, amber, and red list countries, this information will be updated after 04 October 2021.
From the end of October, it is anticipated that eligible fully vaccinated passengers and those with an approved vaccine from a select group of non-red countries will be able to replace their day 2 test with a cheaper lateral flow test, reducing the cost of tests on arrival into England. More details will appear here in due course.
The Information shown in the table below for test providers is accurate to the best of our knowledge and is provided as guidance only.
Randox, C-19 and Qured all offer appropriate Covid-19 testing, but please ensure these meet the needs of your holiday, destination country and your pre departure schedule before any purchase is made.