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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 has a new simplified system for international travel, which replaces the traffic light system. However, we still need to respect and follow the travel rules and restrictions set by each country.

Travel Restrictions by Country

The majority of popular holiday destinations now appear on the safe or non-red countries list, which gives us an idea of where we can travel once we’re fully vaccinated.

From 4 am on Monday 4th October, the amber and green lists merged together to become one safe list. Plus, if you’re fully vaccinated, you don’t need to take a PCR test before travelling back home to England from one of these countries.

However, to put all of the information in one place we’ve created the table below. If your chosen destination is not on the table, it’s likely they aren’t allowing visitors from the UK just yet. Please refer to the UK Foreign Travel Advice web page, to find the country’s travel rules before visiting it.

  • Country
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • (including islands)Greece
  • The NetherlandsHolland
  • 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
  • non-red list country
  • non-red list country
  • non-red list country
  • non-red list country
  • non-red list country
  • non-red list country
  • non-red list country
  • non-red list country
  • non-red list country
  • non-red list country
  • non-red list country
  • non-red list country
  • non-red list country
  • non-red list country
  • The archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira are on the green listnon-red list country
  • non-red list country
  • non-red list country
  • non-red list country
  • 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
  • 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 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.
    • Unvaccinated 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 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.
  • 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 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?

Previously, we were advised not to travel to countries or territories that appeared on the red list by The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). On Monday 1st November, the remaining destinations were removed from the red list and the list was empty.

However, from noon on Friday 26th November, the following countries in Southern Africa went on the red list:

  • South Africa
  • Namibia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Botswana
  • Lesotho
  • Eswatini

Advice against all but essential travel was imposed due to new COVID variant fears and the current assessment of COVID-19 risks. Also, direct flights from these countries were banned from midday Friday, until hotel quarantine was up and running from 4 am on Sunday 28th.

Therefore, if you are a UK or Irish resident returning to the UK between noon Friday 26th November and 4 am Sunday 28th November from any of the six countries, you’ll need to self-isolate at home for ten days. Plus, you need to take PCR tests on day two and day eight post-arrival. You should take them even if you’ve already booked or taken a lateral flow test. Then if you arrive from 4 am on Sunday 28th, you must isolate in a government-approved facility for ten days. During your stay, you’ll be required to take a coronavirus test on day two and day eight. On balance, from Tuesday 30th November at 04:00 when you return to the UK from abroad you’ll need to take a PCR test within 48 hours of arrival and self-isolate until you have a negative result.  

This is a reminder that although we can travel abroad more easily and visit many more countries. It’s still important that we check the travel restrictions and entry requirements of our chosen destination, to ensure entry is permitted before our departure. Also, on our return, we must continue to follow the UK’s travel rules. To travel with confidence, follow our safe travel advice.

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The UK’s travel restrictions to countries on the red list

In the 10 days before you arrive in England from a country on the red list, (before Monday 1st November at 04:00), you must:

Moving forward, the red list and quarantine hotels will continue to operate as this is the UK’s first defense against incoming variants of concern (VOC). This is being reviewed every three weeks.

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 will continue to 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 are measures for Coronavirus, 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?

Coronavirus has had a huge impact on the travel industry across the world and will do so for some time. How we move today and in the future will be different.

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. Although travel is getting easier, we must still follow 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 non-red listed countries. There’s no UK law that can stop you from visiting a country on the 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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