Travel Traffic Lights….does Green really mean Go?

Here’s a handy guide to help clear up any travel traffic light confusion.

Red List

South Africa

Travelling to a red list country? You can only re-enter the UK if you’re a British or Irish National with UK Residency.

Unfortunately you cannot avoid quarantine when returning from a red list country, regardless of vaccination status.

Steps to take before arrival back in the UK:

  • You must take a Covid-19 test in the red-list country and provide a negative result. Children aged 10 years and under do not need to take this test.
  • You must book a quarantine hotel package for your return to the UK and book two Covid-19 tests.
  • You need to fill in a passenger locator form, found here 

Steps to take once you have arrived back in the UK:

  • Stay for 10 days in the quarantine hotel
  • Take a Covid-19 test on day two
  • Take a Covid-19 test on day eight
  • If both results are negative you may leave the quarantine hotel

Amber List

Spain

If you have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days outside of travel, you can now avoid home quarantine when you return from an amber list country.

Steps to take before arrival back in the UK:

  • Within 72 hours of return, you need to take a Covid-19 test and provide a negative result. You can either purchase a test in the UK and take it with you, or arrange one in resort as long as it’s an acceptable test. Children aged 10 years and under do not need to take this test.
  • Book your Covid-19 test/tests for your arrival back in the UK, this will either be a day two only test if you’re fully vaccinated, or day two and day eight tests if you haven’t had your vaccines. You will need proof of test booking for your passenger locator form. Children aged four years and under do not need to take this test.
  • You need to fill in a passenger locator form, found here 

Steps to take once you have arrived back in the UK:

  • If you have had both of your vaccines at least 14 days before your return date, then you need to take a Covid-19 test on or before day two. Children aged four years and under do not need to take this test.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated you will need to quarantine at home and take Covid-19 tests on day two and day eight. Children aged four years and under do not need to take these tests.
  • If your tests are negative you may leave home quarantine on day ten.

Green List

Norway

Even if you have been fully vaccinated, there are still a few steps to take when returning from a green list country.

  • Within 72 hours of return, you need to take a Covid-19 test and provide a negative result. You can either purchase a test in the UK and take it with you, or arrange one in resort as long as it’s an acceptable test. Children aged 10 years or under do not need to take this test.
  • Book your Covid-19 day two test for your arrival back in the UK; you will need proof of test booking for your passenger locator form. Children aged four years and under do not need to take this test.
  • You need to fill in a passenger locator form, found here 

Travelling with children?

There are different age limits for children for the different COVID-19 travel tests:

  • Test to enter another country – check foreign travel advice for your destination
  • Test before travel back to England – children aged 10 and under do not need to take a test
  • Day 2 and day 8 tests after arrival in England – children aged 4 and under do not need to take a test
  • Test to Release test – children of all ages must take the test if adults in the household are taking part in the scheme

But don’t forget….

Countries may have their own rules regarding entry, including proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test, so it’s important to check the entry requirements at your destination of choice before you travel. You can find more information here https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

You can find details of which countries are on the Red, Amber and Green list here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england

This information was correct at the time of posting, but is subject to change. The next Government travel update is due 25th August 2021 with expected changes implemented on the 29th August 2021.