Check all the links provided and with the government website of the country you intend to visit before making any travel arrangements.
Guidance on where you can go on holiday overseas is changing constantly. And now there’s the traffic light system, as well as advice from the Foreign Office. Are they the same thing? Is one better than the other? There’s a lot to think about, and you shouldn’t book any trips abroad without doing some research. But once you’ve got your head around what to look out for, it should be plain sailing.
Start close to home: covid restrictions in your area
The government has a comprehensive list of the current covid restrictions for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It includes full details about travelling abroad. Visit these pages for guidance specific to your area.
Northern Ireland www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19
Here’s a summary of the different red, amber and green designations:
- Before returning home, you need to take a covid test, book a quarantine hotel in the UK and further tests, and complete a location form.
- Once you are in the UK, you must stay in the quarantine hotel for 10 full days and have two more covid tests.
- Before returning home, you need to take a covid test, order further tests to be sent to your home and complete a location form.
- Once you are in the UK, you must quarantine at home for 10 full days and have two more covid tests. There is a Test and Release option to pay for a private test taken on day 5 which, if negative, will end the quarantine period early.
- Before returning home, you need to take a covid test, order a test to be sent to your home and complete a location form.
- Once you are in the UK, you must take the covid test sent to your home within 2 days of your arrival.
Countries can move from one traffic light to another, so always check for the very latest advice.
You can find the full list with the latest designations here. This website also has links to the information you need if you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Choosing your destination – things to consider
Is the country one where the FCDO advises against all and/or non-essential travel?
Do UK covid restrictions permit you to leave the area you live in?
Do you know whether the country is on the red, amber or green list and what you need to do when you return?
Is the country letting foreign tourists in?
Do you pass the country’s entry conditions (i.e. fully vaccinated)
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