Despite lockdown rules having been lifted in England last week, international travel still remains heavily restricted, with strict procedures in place to try and stop the introduction of new coronavirus variants into the country.
The UK Government has published a series of travel lists, using a traffic light system to categorise countries into red, amber and green lists dependent on how safe it is for British citizens to travel there and back.
Those arriving from a green list destination into the UK are required to take a day 2 PCR test. Arrivals from amber list countries and territories who are not fully vaccinated need a day 2 and day 8 test, and to quarantine for 10 days.
However, those who are fully vaccinated no longer need to quarantine or take a day 8 PCR test if arriving from countries on the amber list.
Those returning from a red list country still need to enter hotel quarantine for 10 days.
But with the lists being reviewed regularly and the countries featured on each list changing rapidly, when can we expect the next travel update?
When is the next travel update?
The last travel update was published on July 14 2021, with the new rules coming into force from Monday 19 July.
The Government announced they would be reviewing travel restrictions and provide an update every three weeks, meaning that another travel update is due on either Wednesday 4 August or Thursday 5 August.
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An update from the Department for Transport states: ‘These regular review points will allow the Government to balance helping the public to understand Covid requirements when travelling to England while allowing us to constantly evaluate the risk for different countries.’
Currently, there are only a limited number of countries featured on the UK government’s ‘green list’ for travel and some – such as Australia and New Zealand – still have their borders closed to foreign tourists.
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Author: Rachael Martin