On 17th May, England and Scotland reduced travel restrictions pertaining to several countries or territories. These places are on what is now called the ‘green list’, and people arriving from them are no longer required to quarantine.
The coloured list system includes classifications of ‘green’, ‘amber’ and ‘red’, which identify the level of risk associated with people arriving from those places. In general, countries and territories on the green list may now be convenient destinations for people hoping to plan a holiday abroad. For a full list of the countries and territories currently on the green list—which will be updated every three weeks—click here.
While restrictions may have been reduced for green list destinations, there are still certain precautions that travellers must take. When planning a holiday abroad, consider the following steps:
- Monitor vaccination requirements—At this time, it appears that many major airlines—such as Ryanair and British Airways—are not planning to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for travellers. However, certain destinations may have their own vaccine-related requirements.
- Plan for testing—Even when travelling from countries on the green list, people will continue to be required to take a COVID-19 test both before boarding their flight for the UK and within two days of arriving.
- Check your insurance—According to industry experts, approximately 70 to 80 per cent of travel insurance policies include some form of cover for holidays that must be cancelled due to a positive COVID-19 test. Check your policy to make sure that this type of recourse is included.
All prospective travellers need to understand that the green list only applies to travellers arriving in or returning to England and Scotland. As such, some destinations on the green list may still have stringent restrictions—such as quarantine—upon your arrival. Be sure to research all requirements and plan your trip accordingly.
Content by Zywave, Inc. provided by TH March.