Travel Restrictions: Explained

Travel Restrictions: Explained


We’re delighted to welcome back some much-loved holiday destinations following the recent covid travel update from transport secretary, Grant Shapps.

There’ve been a lot of changes made to the international travel rules and guidelines, and if your head is in a bit of a spin over it all, don’t worry…we’ve got it covered!

Currently, these rules only apply to passengers from England, but we will update our information as soon as further advice is given from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Where can you go?

The former traffic light system has been replaced with a red list of ‘no go’ countries. Any country that is not on the red list is fine to travel to, as long as you follow any entry requirements for the individual country, and any return to UK requirements upon coming home.

If you’re wanting to book a holiday to one of the approved ‘rest of the world’ destinations, visit our Where Can I Go? page to view the countries we can take you to. 

What are the new restrictions?

Covid travel restrictions currently state that testing requirements for fully vaccinated passengers will be reduced. From Monday 4th October at 4am, if you have received both coronavirus vaccines a minimum of 14 days before travelling, you will no longer need a return to UK PCR test. You must however, still take a day 2 PCR test. Testing rules for leaving the UK are dependent on which country you are travelling to and you can find more information here by selecting the entry requirements table.

From the end of October the day 2 PCR test can be replaced with a lateral flow test, making it cheaper for passengers. This date is still to be confirmed, but the government would like to have this in place in time for people returning from half-term breaks!

Fully vaccinated passengers will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination by using their NHS covid pass. They will also be required to fill in a pre-departure form if required by the destination they are travelling to.

All passengers will need to fill in a passenger locator form any time in the 48 hours before they return to the UK. 

Travel to red list countries is still advised against for both vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers. 

Restrictions for unvaccinated travellers

The rules are slightly different for passengers who have not received their full dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. 

Unvaccinated passengers travelling to non-red list countries will still be required to self isolate for ten days upon their return to the UK. Passengers will need to take a pre-departure test as well as a PCR test on days 2 and 8. The test-to-release programme will still be in operation, to reduce the self-isolation period. 

What if the rules change again, affecting your holiday plans?

As we all know, the pandemic is an ever changing situation, making it difficult to predict what will happen months in advance. 

To ensure our customers can still book their holiday with confidence, COVID cover is included on all holidays departing up until 31 October 2021. As a bit of extra peace of mind, we are also offering free changes on holidays departing before 30 April 2022.

Get back to doing what you love, and explore the world with your family again. If now is the right time for you to book a holiday, take a look at our current deals, with our lowest online price guarantee. You won’t be disappointed!

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