The UK government has announced a new, simplified system for international travel. The current red, amber, and green traffic light system will be replaced by a single red list and simplified measures for the rest of the world.
The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on an individual’s vaccination status. The government will also recognise full vaccinations from 17 other countries and territories.
Effective 4:00 am Monday, 4 October, if travellers are fully vaccinated then they must:
Travellers will no longer be required to:
The rules for fully vaccinated people will also apply if an individual is under 18 and resident in the United Kingdom or one of the listed countries or territories with approved vaccination programmes.
In order to qualify as a fully vaccinated individual, travellers must:
If an individual is fully vaccinated, but does not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules, they must follow the rules for non-vaccinated individuals.
Effective 4:00 am Monday, 4 October, if travellers are not fully vaccinated then they must:
After arrival, travellers must:
Individuals may be eligible to end quarantine early by paying for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release Scheme.
Effective 4:00 am Monday, 4 October, individuals who have been in a country or territory on the red list in the 10 days prior to arrival will only be allowed to enter the United Kingdom if they are a British or Irish national, or they have residence rights in the United Kingdom.
Before travelling, individuals must:
After arrival, travellers must:
Individuals arriving from red countries are not eligible to take part in the Test to Release Scheme.
In addition to the changes outlined above, the government has also announced that from the end of October, eligible fully vaccinated passengers, and those with an approved vaccine from a select group of non-red countries will be able to replace their Day 2 test with a lateral flow test on arrival. If an individual tests positive, they will need to isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test. The government also intends to make changes to allow passengers who change flights or international trains during their journey to follow the measures associated to their country of departure, rather than any countries they have transited through as part of their journey. The government is hoping to introduce these changes by the end of October, and we will provide further updates as these become available.
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