Latest travel advice for Autumn/Winter 2021

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From the 6th October 2021 the Foreign, commonwealth and Development office (FCDO) has lifted its advice against all but essential travel for over 30 countries as part of the new simplified system for international travel. This now replaces the traffic light system which has been in place for several months.

There are no more amber or green list countries, just a small number of countries on a red list where the advice is still not to travel. The change means those wishing to travel abroad for business or leisure will find it much easier and be able to visit more countries.

Although International travel is now much easier, the FCDO are recommending a few steps you should take if you are planning a trip abroad and we take a look at the current advice.

FCDO travel advice

  • Check the entry requirements for your destination including any entry, testing and quarantine rules.
  • Check the advice for what you might need to do on return to the UK.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated the rules of entry are likely to be different in most countries so it’s essential you understand the requirements of your destination.
  • Get to know any local COVID-19 restrictions and rules in your intended destination.
  • Plan and prepare in case you have a positive test while you are abroad – take more currency, medication and essentials. You must follow local advice regarding self-isolation, and you may need to stay longer than planned. 
  • Sign up for travel advice email alerts so you automatically receive the latest travel advice updates for the destinations you want to know about. You can do this on the GOV.UK travel advice pages. 
  • Get travel insurance and in particular coronavirus cover.
  • As well as travel insurance, if you are travelling to Europe you should have a current GHIC or new EHIC card for emergency healthcare.

Red list countries

The red list now comprises 7 countries:

Colombia

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Haiti

Panama

Peru

Venezuela

If you have visited a red list country you must follow the current rules. This applies even if you’ve travelled through a red list county in the 10 days before returning to England.

Before you travel to England you must take a covid-19 test in the 3 days before you travel to England.

Book a hotel quarantine package including 2 Covid-19 tests.

Complete a passenger locator form.

You must do this even if you’ve been fully vaccinated. Testing and quarantine also applies to all children over 4. Children under 4 do not need to take a test but should still enter managed quarantine.

These rules cover entry to England. There are slight variations for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Full details of return for all UK nations can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Posted by Graham Morley

Graham is the Business Development Manager for Compare Holiday Money.

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