Quarantine and testing rules for foreign holidays under traffic light system

Low-cost airlines will be taking off with flights to many destinations in the coming weeks.

Jet2 won’t restart until the end of June, but others like it easyJet, TUI and Ryanair are ready to start flying May 17th.

The goals are divided into a traffic light system made up of green, amber and red lists. These have yet to be confirmed, although flights and holidays are scheduled to start in less than two weeks.

The traffic light travel system is set up based on four tests, the mirror Reports.

These are: vaccination rates, number of coronavirus cases, prevalence of “worrying variants” and quality of test data.

The “green list” includes countries that do not require self-isolation or quarantine.


Travel destinations such as Portugal, some Greek islands, Malta, Iceland and Gibraltar have been classified as likely countries on the “green list”, especially after the German Foreign Office changed Covid’s travel advice for selected travel destinations.

Caribbean countries like Jamaica and Grenada as well as the Cayman Islands were also mentioned after considering vaccination rates, infection rates, variant evidence and data quality.

Passengers must take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before the second day of their return to the UK. No quarantine is required unless a positive test is reported.


Popular holiday destinations such as mainland Greece, Spain, France and Italy could initially be on the British “amber list”, as has been claimed.

These could be updated during regular reviews with other destinations such as Denmark, Cyprus, Turkey, Italy and Croatia, which will eventually be put on the green list.

The EU has already put forward plans for coronavirus vaccine certificates that could be used by UK vacationers this summer.

According to the proposal of the European Commission, digital green certificates are accepted as proof that a person has received a Covid-19 sting, received a negative test result or has recovered from the virus.

The Spanish Tourism Minister Fernando Valdes Verelst said at an international summit that the country would once again welcome tourists – including from Great Britain – in June.

Home quarantine for 10 days is required when returning to the UK. Passengers must also take a test before departure, a PCR test on the second and eighth days. An additional test-to-release test is possible on the fifth day to end the self-isolation early.


A total of 40 countries are currently on the government’s “Red List”, which means that travel from these destinations is prohibited.

The website states: “If you have been to or through any of the countries listed below in the past 10 days, you will be refused entry into the UK. If you are a UK or Irish citizen or have UK residency rights you can enter.

“You must be quarantined in a government-approved hotel for 10 days.”

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Although this list is subject to change, it is likely that many of the countries now listed will remain “red” when the lists are announced.

Travel from destinations such as Brazil, South Africa, India, Argentina and the United Arab Emirates – including Dubai – are currently prohibited.

Anyone returning to the UK from a “red” country must stay in the government-approved hotel quarantine for 10 days and run a series of negative Covid tests.

This currently costs £ 1750 and the cost of departure and PCR testing on the second and eighth day of isolation must also be paid for.


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