A new system of travel restrictions in the UK came into effect on Monday, October 4, the green, amber and red wrist systems were abolished and two categories of approaches were adopted.
This major review of the Covid rules, announced on September 17, replaces the traffic light system, which has been a source of long-standing controversy and confusion for tourists and the travel industry.
In addition to the streamlined list, the new measures include clear rules for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers, as well as major changes to the Covid test system for arrival in the UK. It is included.
Here’s how the new restrictions affect countries that can travel from the UK:
Which country is on the list of the new “green” rest of the world?
The new “Other Regions” list of low-risk travel destinations is basically a combination of the green and amber categories of traffic light systems. Therefore, countries not on the red list are also included.
However, just because a country is on the list of other countries does not mean that you can book a vacation in that country effortlessly, even if you have both Covid vaccines.
This is because the new travel restrictions apply only to arrivals in the UK and do not reflect the measures being taken at the destination itself.
For example, in many countries you need to undergo a pre-departure inspection before visiting. These rules often depend on whether or not you are vaccinated.
You also need to find out if a PCR test is needed in your country, or if a cheaper antigen (immunoflow) test is sufficient, and how many days before arrival you need to be tested.
In addition, at some destinations, visitors are required to present a “Covid passport” to sit outside the restaurant, enter indoor attractions, or travel by public transport.
Therefore, it is important to check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website to see immigration requirements and restrictions before booking an international trip.
In some countries, UK travelers are off limits, even though they are on the list of other worlds.
For example, Australia, which was a permanent fixture on the Green List, has been issued a travel ban for 18 months. The rules have been relaxed since November, but this initially applies only to Australian citizens.
Meanwhile, the United States has been set to allow entry from the United Kingdom since early November, but so far it remains off limits to British tourists.
The following countries are currently on the Red List, and all other countries are on the world list of low-risk destinations.
- Cape Verde
- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- French Guiana
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- sea bream
- Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
What is the new travel ban?
Previously, passengers arriving in the United Kingdom had to undergo a pre-departure antigen (immunoflow) test three days before departure.
However, starting at 4 am on Monday, October 4, this requirement has been abolished for vaccinated British citizens of other countries on the world list.
Travelers arriving in the United Kingdom from Red List countries should continue to undergo pre-departure testing.
Upon arrival, fully vaccinated arrivals must book and pay for the Covid test on Day 2 and add the booking details to the Passenger Locator Form. This form must be completed 48 hours before arrival in the UK.
However, double-jab travelers no longer need to take a second Covid test after the 8th day, as they did before when the amber list arrived.
These rules also apply to people under the age of 18 residing in the United Kingdom, whether or not they are fully vaccinated.
The government has announced that it will abolish the mandatory PCR test for vaccinated arrivals and will carry out an antigen test. However, the move will not take effect on October 4, and will be rolled out by the end of October instead.
It is hoped that the exam will be canceled in time for the half-year vacation after Secretary of Transportation Grant Shapps told MP on Wednesday that the Department of Health (DHSC) is “aware” of the half-year.
Can I travel if I have not been vaccinated with Covid?
With the abolition of the Green List and Amber List, the new regulations are becoming more stringent for travelers who are not vaccinated with Covid.
Unvaccinated travelers need to be self-quarantined regardless of their destination, as they will not have access to a green list that provides more generous rules for people without jabs.
Beginning October 4, unvaccinated arrivals will take pre-departure tests three days before returning to the UK, book and pay for tests on days 2 and 8, and passenger locators 48 hours before arrival. You need to fill out the form.
Upon arrival, you must be quarantined at home for 10 days and take the test before the 2nd day and after the 8th day.
In the UK, travelers can leave the quarantine early if they pay for the 5th day private Covid test through the Test to Release scheme.