UK residents long to visit their friends, family, and loved ones with special chocolate hampers and other gifts. But it can be confusing to understand which countries are on the green list for UK vacationers and for how long. May 17 marked the day when international travel became legal for nonessential travel for UK vacationers. The government had declared that travelling abroad would be restricted but the travel industry and residents did not anticipate that it would be so restricted.
Understanding The Traffic Light Tabulation System For Travel
A country can be listed as green, amber or red for UK vacationers and each listing has specific rules for quarantine and Covid testing. England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are all following the same rules for travel. It is advisable not to holiday to countries on the red or amber list and this list contains a majority of the international destinations. The countries on the green list are the only countries you can travel to without having to quarantine.
The government’s main concern with applying these rules and restrictions is to ensure that it does NOT import new cases or stronger variants from foreign locations. There is speculation that there are some variants that may be vaccine-resistant. The countries on each list get updated every three weeks by the ministers to ensure the overall public health safety of the entire region. This means that there is a possibility that the countries on the green list can be put on a “watch list” if there are significant concerns.
Procedures For UK Travellers Travelling To & From Green Countries
There is an extremely limited number of countries and territories listed on the green list and some of these countries include Iceland, Israel and Singapore. The following is the procedure that UK travellers must follow while travelling from a green country returning to England even if they have been vaccinated. The country of departure should be on the green list. If there are other countries en route to the final destination, they should also be on the green list.
- Conduct a Covid-19 test three days before departure for England and receive a negative test result before the departure flight for England.
- Make a reservation for testing on the second day of your return to England, prior to departure.
- Fill out a passenger locator form.
People with positive test results for the second day of testing after their arrival will be required to quarantine. The NHS (National Health Service) Test & Trace can require passengers to quarantine if they believe someone has travelled with a person who tested positive. You might require your passport details, your flight details, departure, arrival times for your flights and addresses at your destination to fill in the passenger locator form. Passengers travelling through countries in the amber list can use the Test to Release program to help them complete the quarantine requirements earlier than expected.
Most of the countries of the world are either on the amber list or the red list for UK vacationers. Government officials discourage travelling to and from countries on the red list unless extremely necessary.