Are you dreaming of escaping overseas? With international travel back on the cards, your dream could become a reality. However, it is important to be aware of the Government’s new traffic light system which may alter your travel plans.

With travelling ground to a halt during the pandemic, it is no wonder that booking a trip away is now at the forefront of many people’s minds.

The good news is that travelling abroad this summer is possible. However, regulations have been introduced to ensure Covid safe travel. The UK Government has introduced a traffic light system to categorise countries based on their Covid-19 risk.

What factors affect each country’s categorisation?

Various factors are considered when determining each country’s level of risk, including:

  • The success of vaccine rollouts
  • The rate of infection
  • The prevalence of emerging variants of concern.

The Government plans to revise each country’s categorisation every three weeks.

What are the testing regulations for each country?

Green: A pre-departure Fit to Fly test is required prior to flying. When returning to the UK, taking a test on or before Day 2 is required. Self-isolation is not necessary unless the Day 2 test result is positive.

Amber: A pre-departure Fit to Fly test is required prior to flying. When returning to the UK, all arrivals must quarantine at home for 10 days, but can choose to shorten their self-isolation period with a Test to Release on Day 5. Testing on Day 2 and Day 8 is required.

Red: A pre-departure Fit to Fly test is required prior to flying. When returning to the UK, all arrivals must quarantine for 10 days in a Government-approved hotel. This should be arranged prior to departure. Testing on Day 2 and Day 8 is also required.

Traffic light system for arrivals.

How do I know whether my destination is red, amber or green?

You can find the full list on the Government’s website. Always check your destination’s requirements and the latest Government advice prior to travelling.

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No matter what your travel requirements are, Better2Know can help you ensure that you get to and from your destination with ease. Our Covid-19 tests provide fast and accurate results, available to view online. Visit our website for more information or speak to our highly trained advisors by phone today.




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