The system lists countries that travelers can enter and enjoy non-quarantine travel and confirms destinations where self-isolation is required upon return.
Nations are divided into a green, orange and red list, with different quarantine and Covid testing restrictions in place for each category.
Covid restrictions were eased further this month, giving the green light for the gradual resumption of international leisure travel for the first time in months.
The “Stay in the UK” regulation was lifted on May 17, meaning that leisure travel from England was no longer illegal.
However, strict border control measures will remain in place and there are a number of rules and restrictions thanks to a new traffic light system that assesses the safety of countries to travel to, based on current rates. coronavirus disease and immunization programs.
Currently, only countries on the “green list” are considered safe for leisure travel, and the government advises people not to travel to countries that currently remain on the “orange” lists. and “red” for the holidays.
This caused some confusion last week as more than 30 people trying to fly to Malaga were returned to East Midlands airport for not having the correct documents.
They were told that without any proof of Spanish residency they would not be able to catch their pre-booked Ryanair flight scheduled for Friday May 21.
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Here are the latest updates on overseas travel for popular UK tourist destinations.
The Netherlands – From 15 May, partners of UK nationals holding a Dutch residence permit issued under Article 50 TEU will be allowed to enter. Partners must meet the criteria defined by the Dutch government and must have a copy of their partner’s residence permit with them. A negative PCR test carried out less than 72 hours before arrival, plus proof of a negative rapid test (antigen / LAMP) carried out no later than 24 hours before boarding, the alternative option is a negative PCR test carried out less 24 hours before scheduled arrival. The government advises people not to travel to countries that remain on the “orange” list for holidays, which currently includes the Netherlands.
Germany – As of May 23, the UK is designated as an area of concern for virus variants, meaning you can only enter Germany from the UK if you are a German citizen, resident or spouse / partner / child under 18, or if you can invoke an urgent humanitarian reason such as immediate family bereavement. No other traveler can enter Germany from the UK. The government advises people not to travel to countries that remain on the “orange” list for vacations which currently includes Germany.
Belgium – British nationals who are not resident in Belgium or in another EU or Schengen area country will only be allowed to enter Belgium for essential reasons. Those traveling will need to provide proof of the essential reason for their trip. In exceptional circumstances, the Belgian Embassy in the UK may be able to issue an Essential Travel Certificate (ETC) as a document for those who have difficulty obtaining proof that their travel is essential. A negative PCR test, no more than 72 hours before arrival. The government advises people not to travel to countries that remain on the “orange” list for vacations which currently includes Belgium.
Denmark – If you live in the UK, you will be able to enter Denmark if you have a “valid objective”. You can see the list of valid targets on the Danish coronavirus website. You will need to provide proof of your valid goal. Travelers residing in the UK must also show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry. A negative Covid-19 test, no more than 48 hours before arrival. The government advises people not to travel to countries that remain on the “orange” list for vacations which currently includes Denmark.
Ireland – All passengers arriving in Ireland must complete a COVID-19 Passenger Tracking Form and provide proof that you have a negative or ‘undetected’ result from a COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before your arrival in Ireland, or have proof that you are exempt from this legal obligation.
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France – Arrivals from the United Kingdom do not need to justify an essential reason to enter France. This applies to all air, car, ferry and train passengers. All other measures, detailed below, are in place for those traveling from the UK. The French government strongly recommends limiting international travel to a minimum. All travelers from the UK, including children aged 11 and over, will be required to test negative for the COVID-19 PCR test, carried out less than 72 hours before departure. The government advises people not to travel to countries that remain on the “orange” list for vacations which currently includes France.
Portugal – There are no restrictions on travel to Portugal from England and Scotland. All passengers, except children up to the age of 2, traveling to or through Portugal in transit, must present a negative RT-PCR test result for SARS / COVID-19 at the time of check-in. ‘boarding. The test must have been taken within 72 hours of departure.
Greece – British nationals are allowed to enter Greece if they are permanent residents in the UK, Greece or another EU / EFTA state. If you are a UK national residing in another country not listed above, you are likely to be refused entry to Greece. A negative PCR test that was performed within 72 hours of your time of arrival in Greece. British travelers with proof of two COVID-19 vaccinations taken at least 14 days before travel are also exempt from self-isolation. Passengers arriving from the UK must undergo a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival. The government advises people not to travel to countries that remain on the “orange” list for vacations which currently includes Greece.
Spain – As of May 24, entry restrictions and testing requirements for UK arrivals in Spain no longer apply. However, travelers from the UK should be prepared to show proof of a negative test if they have traveled to a country on the Spanish list of ‘countries at risk’ within 14 days of travel. The government advises people not to travel to countries that remain on the “orange” list for vacations which currently includes Spain.
Poland – UK nationals, their spouses and children are included in the list of those exempt from entry restrictions related to COVID-19. The government advises people not to travel to countries that remain on the “orange” list for vacations which currently includes Poland.
Romania – Travelers arriving from the UK no longer need to have had a negative PCR test before flying or show proof of vaccination or self-isolate upon arrival in Romania. The government advises people not to travel to countries that remain on the “orange” list for vacations which currently includes Romania.
Jersey – All passengers are offered free tests upon arrival in Jersey. Passengers who do not participate in the testing program must self-isolate for 14 days.
Information on travel restrictions for other countries around the world can be found on Gov.uk