The new Covid travel system has been enabled by dividing the country into two categories. The Red List and the new “Other Regions” list.
This system replaces the old three-layer signaling system, which was criticized for being too complex.
Travel rules are now more closely tied to a person’s vaccination status, giving double-jab people greater freedom.
Which countries are on the rest of the world list?
Currently, there are 54 countries on the Red List. Countries that are not on the Red List are on the list of other countries.
The countries on the Red List are:
- Cape Verde
- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- French Guiana
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- sea bream
- Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
What are the rules?
Hotel quarantine will continue to be implemented in all Red List countries, regardless of vaccination status. This means that anyone arriving in the UK from any of these countries will need to be quarantined in a government-designated hotel for 10 days, and one traveler will cost more than £ 2,200.
Other regional rules will vary depending on vaccination status.
If fully vaccinated:
If not completely vaccinated:
- Pre-departure tests (PCR or lateral flow) must be done within 3 days before traveling to the UK
- Must be quarantined for 10 days after arrival
- You need to take the PCR test on the 2nd and 8th days
- If you take a PCR test on the 5th day and it is negative, you may be released from quarantine early.
What are the rules for testing before leaving the UK?
An important thing to know about testing before you leave the UK is that testing is not required to board a flight from the UK.
Holidaymakers should only take the test if the destination country requires it. The rules often differ depending on whether you are vaccinated. In many countries, double vaccination does not require testing, so check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for relevant guidance.
And be sure to check if your country needs a PCR test or if a cheaper antigen (lateral flow) test is needed.
PCR and antigen tests often have different timescales, so be careful about how many days before your arrival you need to be tested.
How about testing during the holidays?
Some countries require visitors to present a “Covid passport” to sit outside restaurants, enter indoor attractions, and have long-distance relationships.
This is usually not a problem for people who are completely vaccinated or have evidence of a recent infection. One of these will give the traveler a Covid passport.
However, for unvaccinated travelers, the validity of a Covid passport should be renewed regularly with regular tests in the absence.
For British vacationers, this is taken up as a problem for unvaccinated children under the age of 15.
This is because the French and Austrian Covid passport systems apply to everyone over the age of 12, and the Italian Covid passport system applies to people over the age of 13.
Therefore, unvaccinated teens in these countries should be tested regularly while they are away.