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Where Can I Travel While Restrictions Are In Place?

Travel restrictions now exist when you travel internationally. The current travel restrictions are there to keep everyone safe while allowing the travel industry and the world to slowly open up again.

The UK government’s restrictions include a traffic light system, which we should all refer to before booking a trip. We also need to respect and follow the travel rules and restrictions each country sets.

Travel Restrictions by Country

The majority of popular holiday destinations appear on the green and amber lists, which gives us an idea of where we can travel once we’re fully vaccinated. To put all of the information in one place we’ve created the table below. If your chosen destination is not in the table, it’s likely they aren’t allowing visitors from the UK just yet. Refer to the UK Foreign Travel Advice web page, as well as the UK government’s traffic light list to find the country’s travel rules before visiting it.

  • Country
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • (including islands)Greece
  • The NeatherlandsHolland
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Malta
  • Including the AzoresPortugal
  • (including the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca)Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • UK travel list
  • Green
  • Amber
  • Green
  • Green
  • Amber
  • Amber
  • Green
  • Green
  • Amber
  • Amber
  • Green
  • Green
  • Amber
  • Green
  • The archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira are on the green listAmber
  • Amber
  • Green
  • Red
  • FCDO Advice
  • OK to travel
  • OK to travel
  • OK to travel
  • OK to travel
  • OK to travel
  • OK to travel
  • OK to travel
  • OK to travel
  • OK to travel
  • OK to travel
  • OK to travel
  • OK to travel
  • OK to travel
  • OK to travel
  • OK to travel
  • OK to travel
  • OK to travel
  • Not ok to travel
  • Travel Restrictions
  • • Unvaccinated visitors must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test. The NAAT test must be taken 72 hours before departure. The Antigen test must be done 48 hours before departure. Then quarantine for 10 days.
    • Fully vaccinated visitors can enter without restrictions. They only require an approved vaccination certificate.
  • • Unvaccinated visitors must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing. Then quarantine for 10 days upon entering.
    • Fully vaccinated visitors can enter without restrictions. They only require an approved vaccination certificate.
  • • All visitors must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing.
    • Unvaccinated visitors need to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
    • Fully vaccinated visitors need an approved vaccination certificate to avoid quarantine.
  • Visitors are not required to quarantine after entering.• Unvaccinated visitors must present a negative Antigen (quick-test) test result, taken 48 hours before departure.
    • Fully vaccinated visitors can enter without restrictions. They only require an approved vaccination certificate.
  • • Unvaccinated visitors must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure. They'll also need to quarantine for 14 days
    • Fully vaccinated visitors can enter without restrictions. They require an approved vaccination certificate.
  • • Unvaccinated visitors must present a negative Antigen (quick-test) test taken less than 24 hours before departure. Then quarantine for 7 days.
    • Fully vaccinated visitors can enter without restrictions. They only require an approved vaccination certificate.
  • • Unvaccinated visitors must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 48 hours before departure. Then quarantine for 10 days.
    • Fully vaccinated travellers must present proof of vaccination or recovery, before entering.
  • Vaccinated visitors are not required to quarantine after entering.• Unvaccinated visitors must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 48 hours before departure. Then quarantine for 5 days.
    • Fully vaccinated visitors require an approved vaccination certificate.
  • On arrival, they will be subject to random rapid tests. If they test positive, they’ll have to quarantine for 10 days. Visitors are not required to quarantine after entering.• Unvaccinated visitors must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test. The RT-PCR (NAAT) test must be taken 72 hours before. The Antigen must be taken 48 hours hours before departure.
    • Fully vaccinated visitors require approved vaccination certificates.
  • The isolation period can be shortened Travelers can take a test on day 5 and end quarantine earlier with negative test results.• All visitors must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test.
    • The RT-PCR (NAAT) test must be taken 48 hours before departure. The Antigen (quick-test) must be taken 24 hours before departure.
    • All visitors need to quarantine for 10 days upon entering.
  • • Visitors must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure.
    • Unvaccinated visitors need to quarantine for 5 days.
    • Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.
  • • Unvaccinated visitors must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure. Then quarantine for 14 days upon entering.
    • Fully vaccinated visitors can enter without restrictions. They only require an approved vaccination certificate.
  • • Visitors must present a negative Antigen (quick-test) test taken 48 or 72 hours before departure.
    • Unvaccinated visitors to quarantine for 5 days.
    • Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.
  • Visitors are not required to quarantine after entering.• Unvaccinated visitors must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure.
    • Fully vaccinated visitors can enter without restrictions. They only need an approved vaccination certificate.
  • • Unvaccinated visitors must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure. They’ll need to quarantine for 14 days upon entering.
    • Fully vaccinated visitors can enter without restrictions. They only require an approved vaccination certificate.
  • Visitors are not required to quarantine after entering.• Unvaccinated visitors must present a negative Antigen (quick-test) test taken 48 hours before departure.
    • Fully vaccinated visitors can enter without restrictions. They only require an approved vaccination certificate.
  • Visitors are not required to quarantine after entering.• Unvaccinated visitors must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test. The NAAT test must be taken 72 before departure. The Antigen 48 hours before.
    • Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test.
  • Visitors are not required to quarantine after entering Turkey.• Unvaccinated visitors must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing.
    • Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test.

 

What Countries Are We Not Allowed To Travel To?

We are advised not to travel to countries or territories that appear on the red list. However, if you do wish to travel to a red-listed country, we can provide cover for travel against FCDO advice.  After that ensure you follow the UK’s travel rules when returning home.

Travel restrictions to countries on the red list

In the 10 days before you arrive in England from a country on the red list, you must:

Please note that these rules must be followed regardless of whether you have been fully vaccinated or not.

Flying and Airline Travel Restrictions

travel restrictions on flights

Always check with your airline to note their air travel restrictions. Depending on the airline, going on a flight today will certainly differ from a flight pre-pandemic. As well as the usual flight restrictions we have to follow, such as keeping an eye on our liquid and luggage weight limits, there will be measures for COVID-19, such as wearing a face mask on-board.

For more information about what you need to consider when flying during the pandemic read our previous blog on the subject.

When Will Travel Restrictions Be Lifted?

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the travel industry and will do for some time yet. How we move today and in the future may be different again.

Each country has put restrictions in place, based upon the country’s risk tolerance, vaccination rollouts, as well as the progression and mutation of the virus. At this time, we must follow all travel restrictions to keep safe. In turn, they should help all of us to travel with peace of mind. Wherever we may be and whoever we travel with.

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Although travel is only permitted to a number of countries on the green list. There’s no UK law that can stop you from visiting a country on the amber or red list. If you’re fully vaccinated you may have more freedom. Either way, always follow the rules and travel restrictions of the country you’re visiting.

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