Green Light Holidays
Where to Holiday in 2021 or 2022, Who is on ‘The Green List’ & What Does it all Mean?
The UK government’s traffic light system is made up of green, amber, and red destinations. The colour category a country falls into defines the testing, self-isolation, or quarantine requirements for when you re-enter the UK after travelling. Please note, this traffic light system is for re-entry into the UK only – there are also likely to be separate entry requirements set by the country you’re travelling to.
The UK government have just announced that if you’ve had both doses of your coronavirus vaccine, (or you are under 18), you can visit countries on the amber list without having to quarantine on your return!
Green List Holidays: GO! There is no need to self-isolate on your return from holiday. On your return, just take a pre-departure test and then a further test on day two of your arrival back in the UK.
Amber List Holidays with ‘Safe to Travel’ FCDO Advice: You can travel safely by following some extra protocol. On your return home from holiday, you must self-isolate at home for 10 days. This can be cut in half if you produce a negative result from a test taken after five days. You must still take a pre-departure test and further tests on day two of your arrival back in the UK. People that have been fully vaccinated & under 18s are exempt from self-isolation.
Red (no leisure travel allowed): If you do return from a red zone, you must spend 10 days in a government endorsed quarantine hotel on return.
How do I do a PCR Test?
As testing becomes an essential part of travel, we have teamed up with Eurofins (who can provide single tests from £44.50) & Randox Health where you can get your PCR test at a discounted price by using our discount code Broadway60.
Tests before your holiday – You may need a test before travel, each country has different entry requirements – please check specific requirements in advance on the FCDO website – click here https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Tests for your journey home – You must provide proof of a negative COVID test to travel back to England; this needs to be taken in your destination up to three days before your departure. Most of our hotel partners have facilities in resort to help with this cost effectively. Ask us and we will help point you in the right direction. Please click here for the latest Government advice – https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control
Remember, We are Always Here for YOU! Just ask and we will do our best to help.
What happens if the test is positive?
You’ll need to follow local public health advice and specific procedures in place and expect to self-isolate in resort. We will have representatives in resort and be available remotely for support. You’ll also need to inform your travel insurance company; so it is essential that your travel insurance policy includes comprehensive COVID-19 cover – ask for more details on our COVID-19 policy available.
What happens if destination changes from green to amber whilst I’m on holiday?
If you’re fully vaccinated; no change to requirement. This means a pre-departure test and PCR test on day two after return, with no quarantine required – unless your test is positive. If you’re not fully-vaccinated; then you will need to quarantine for ten days on return and do PCR test on day two and day eight. Under the Test to Release scheme you can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test on day 5. If the result is negative (and the result of your day 2 test result was negative or inconclusive) you can end your quarantine. If you can’t quarantine; then we will assist you in getting a flight home before rules come into effect.
What are the rules for children travelling on amber list holidays?
No child under 18 will have to isolate; but children age five and over will need to take a PCR test on day two. Children four and under will not need to take any tests.
What happens if a destination changes to the red list whilst I’m on holiday?
Your package holiday provider will arrange for you to be repatriated before rules come into effect.
Regardless of the country category; you will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form before you return to the UK.
NB: You should still check the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) advice for individual destinations. For more information on your local travel restrictions, please refer to your local government website.
The Long Road Back
This is the start of the resumption of international holidays after an unprecedented break and we do expect it to get easier in the coming weeks and months. The government directive did also heavily suggest that you book with a fully bonded ABTA & ATOL regulated & protected operator with flexible terms, of which we certainly consider ourselves. If you have a future booking with us that you would like to amend due to the new outlines, please get in touch and we will do our best to assist.
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At Going Luxury we have worked hard to bring you the best luxury holiday offers available for the new green list holiday destinations to bring you closer to that well-deserved holiday you have been so patiently waiting for.
***NB This article was updated on 22nd July 2021, some changes may have happened since.
****BREAKING NEWS****The UK government have just announced that if you’ve had both doses of your coronavirus vaccine (or under 18), you can visit countries on the amber list without having to quarantine on your return!