Guidance below is for travelling from England though rules are similar for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Choose your destination:
The main issue when it comes to choosing a destination is choosing a relatively ‘safe’ destination and sorting out your pre and post-travel covid testing (as well as budgeting for it). Most of you will know by now that the government has created a traffic-light system (green, amber and red) to classify countries according to their infection and vaccination rates, taking into account other important factors such as the prevalence of variant strains of covid. The bottom line is that leisure travel to ‘green’ destinations is permitted without having to quarantine (subject to covid testing) and frankly, far less hassle in terms of covid testing and needing to quarantine. Furthermore, the government has advised against non-essential travel to amber and red countries but they will be reviewing the lists every three weeks.
Book your covid tests:
Below is a summary of the main requirements when it comes to covid testing required to travel into and out of the UK.
Published 19th May 2021
Words: Dr Lafina Diamandis