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CORONAVIRUS HUB

Navigating the world of travel during a pandemic can be both daunting and confusing, but it is still possible. Whilst the specific restrictions vary from week to week, it is becoming clear that until we have a vaccine, the need for a Covid-19 test either before, during, or after your holiday is a necessity and should be factored in when booking your holiday.

When Can I Travel?

The government has confirmed quarantine-free travel will restart for ‘Green List’ countries starting 17 May. This will include the removal of the ‘international travel ban’. However, as before countries will be categorised by their Covid record.

For holidays at home, hotels also reopen on 17 May, although you can stay in self catering accommodation from next Monday – 12 April.

What do I need to do to travel?

When leaving the UK, there are currently no requirements set by our government. We’re able to travel freely, and there is no longer a form to ask where we are going.

However, there could very well be different requirements set by the country you are travelling to, or planning in travelling to.  Regardless of whether it is on our Green List or not, they may impose mandatory quarantine on arrival, a PCR test before travel, and a passenger locator form.

When returning to the UK, you will need the following:
– A negative Covid test, taken by a clinican to UK standards – with certificate
– A completed Passenger Locator Form
– Booked a PCR test (Depending on List Category)

Where Can I Travel?

The government will categorize countries depending on their Covid-19 risk to the UK – either by the number of cases, variants of concern, and their immunization programme, in what has been referred to as the ‘traffic light system’. Cruises abroad will also be allowed, in line with the country traffic light system.

Testing will be required when you come home, regardless of which list the country is on – and of course, there may be some requirements by the country you are visiting for entry.

A Covid-19 test (which has been taken by a clinician to UK standards – either PCR or Lateral Flow) is required before returning back to the UK, with a further PCR in the first two days of entering the country.

You also need to complete a Passenger Locator Form before arriving back into the UK.

A Covid-19 test is required before returning back to the UK, with a further PCR in the first two days of entering the country. There is no requirement to quarantine.

Green ‘Watch List’ countries are those which could shortly move to the Amber list, and therefore should be prepared for those entry conditions.

A Covid-19 test is required before returning back to the UK, where you’ll be required to quarantine at home for up to 10 days.

You will need to take further PCR tests on days 2 and 8, or use the ‘Test to Release’ scheme with a single PCR test after day 5.

From Monday 19 July, anyone fully vaccinated in the UK can travel from an Amber list country and follow the Green list rules.

A Covid-19 test is required before returning back to the UK. There is a requirement to stay in hotel quarantine for 10 days (at your own cost), with further PCR tests on day 2 and 8.

Countries

Ireland*
Jersey*
Guernsey*
Australia
Brunei
Bulgaria
Falkland Islands
Faroe Islands
Gibraltar
Hong Kong
Iceland
Malta
New Zealand
Singapore
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

Countries

Anguilla
British Antarctic Territory
Antigua and Barbuda
Barbados
Bermuda
British Indian Ocean Territory
Cayman Islands
Croatia
Dominica
Grenada
Montserrat
Pitcairn Islands
Madeira
Taiwan
Turks and Caicos

Countries

Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Armenia
Aruba
Austria
Azerbaijan
The Bahamas
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Burkina Faso
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Central African Republic
Chad
China
Comoros
Congo
Cook Islands
Côte d’Ivoire
Curaçao
Cyprus
Czech Republic (Czechia)
Denmark
Djibouti
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Estonia
Fiji
Finland
France
French Polynesia
Gabon
The Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece (including islands)
Greenland
Guadeloupe
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Honduras
Hungary
Iran
Iraq
Italy
Israel and Palestine
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kiribati
Kosovo
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macao
Madagascar
Malaysia
Mali
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mayotte
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro
Morocco
Nauru
Netherlands
New Caledonia
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
North Korea
North Macedonia
Norway
The Occupied Palestinian Territories
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Poland
Portugal (inc The Azores)
Réunion
Romania
Russia
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
South Korea
South Sudan
Spain (including Canary Islands, Balearic Islands)
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St Martin and St Barthélemy
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Tajikistan
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Ukraine
United States (USA)
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vietnam
Wallis and Futuna
Western Sahara
Yemen

Countries

Afghanistan
Angola
Argentina
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Bolivia
Botswana
Brazil
Burundi
Cape Verde
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cuba
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
Eritrea
Eswatini
Ethiopia
French Guiana
Guyana
Haiti
India
Indonesia
Kenya
Lesotho
Malawi
Maldives
Mongolia
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nepal
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Qatar
Rwanda
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
Sudan
Sri Lanka
Suriname
Tanzania
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Uganda
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Uruguay
Venezuela
Zambia
Zimbabwe

When will conditions be reviewed?

The first ‘Green List’ was unveiled by the government on 7 May, with just 12 destinations included for travel to restart on 17 May, in accordance with the traffic light system.

The ‘traffic light’ lists will be constantly assessed and will be reviewed frequently – with an update every three weeks, any country at risk of moving category will be added to either the Red, Amber or Green Watch Lists.

The system as a whole will be reviewed again on 28 June, and then no later than 31 July (school holidays) and 1 October.

Testing Centres & Testing Kits (For UK Departures)

Acorn Pharmacy (Berkhamsted)
Hubert Figg Chemist (Berkhamsted)
Doctor Now
(Beaconsfield)
Your-Doctor (Tring / Wexham Park)
Corona Test Centre (Watford & London)
In House Doctor – Dr Jeremy Cohen
Express Test (Gatwick / Edinburgh Airport)

Randox Health
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When returning to the UK

No matter where you return from, the government requires a full PCR test (on day 2 for Green, and day 2 & 7 for Amber) from an approved supplier which can be found here.

Foreign Office (FCDO) – Global Travel Advice

The restrictions on travel are updated frequently, especially when countries are dealing with the virus at different stages and have different policies in place to what we have in the UK.

For specific country and region advice, its best to visit the FCDO website, which has the most up to date information.

Country Health Forms

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