The latest travel update from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office hopes to make it easier for families and loved ones to reunite and restore people’s confidence in travel.
As of 4am on 11 October 2021, the red list has been reduced to 7 countries.
The 7 countries that remain on the red list are: Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.
You will not be able to travel to the UK if you have been in a red list country in the past 10 days.
The only exception is if you are a UK or Irish National, or UK resident. If this is the case, then you will need to take a COVID-19 test prior to departure, complete the passenger locator form and self-isolate on arrival for 10 days in a quarantine hotel paid for in advance.
What if I am traveling to the UK from another country?
Fully vaccinated passengers traveling to the UK from any non-red list country no longer have to take a COVID test prior to departure. A passenger will be classified as fully vaccinated where they have completed a course of an approved vaccine (and at least 14 days have passed since the course completion) in an approved country.
Additionally from late October 2021, it is expected that fully vaccinated passengers arriving into England will no longer have to take a PCR test two days after arrival – a less expensive lateral flow test will suffice. To further simplify the travel process, passengers will be able to send a photograph of their test result to the UK government, rather than having to input reference numbers via an online form as present What if I am not fully vaccinated?
If you are not fully vaccinated and arriving from a country other than that on the red list, you will be need to self-isolate at home for 10 days after arrival in the UK.
You will need to take a PCR or lateral flow/antigen test in the 3 days prior to traveling to the UK.
You will then need to subsequently take a day 2 and day 8 PCR test.
Test to release will remain an option for those who will want to shorten their isolation upon arrival in the UK.
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