Travelling during Covid can be confusing and stressful, and the rules are often blurred depending on which country you are visiting. The Covid travel traffic light system list was introduced to the UK in May 2021 and acts as a guide for travellers as to which countries and territories are higher or lesser risks to visit, and the different corresponding travel guidelines. Here’s a rundown on what each list means and the current guidelines for each one as of September 2021.
Countries and territories on the green list are deemed as the safest to visit by travel experts and thus have the most lenient travel guidelines. When leaving the country for non essential travel, it is strongly recommended that you opt to visit a green list country to protect yourself and others.
- No travellers will have to isolate when returning from a green list country unless you test positive for Covid within two days of returning to the UK.
- All travellers who return from a green list country must have proof of a negative Covid test on departure from the country they are visiting.
- Everyone over the age of 5 must book a Covid test for 2 days after they return.
- All travellers have to complete a passenger locator form.
The amber list comprises the countries and territories that the government has deemed medium to high threats to visit, and most countries are currently on this list.
- Fully vaccinated travellers over the age of 18 returning from an amber list country will not be required to isolate, while those who are not fully vaccinated must complete a 10 day isolation upon return to the UK.
- You will need to take a Covid test three days before returning from an amber list country and book a PCR test for two days after returning to the UK regardless of your vaccination status.
Destinations on the red list are countries and territories that are experiencing exponential covid infections and have been deemed unsafe to visit. You should not travel to countries that are on the red list unless it is essential travel.
- All travellers returning from a red list country must be a UK national and have proof of a negative Covid test before departure
- You will be required to isolate for 10 days at a government approved quarantine hotel in the UK at your own expense of £2,285 for one adult.
Always be sure to check the government website for the appropriate travel guidelines before you travel as these rules can change frequently. Safe travels!