What are the rules for travelling abroad now?

Some foreign holidays are allowed once again but taking a trip abroad is not straightforward. 

Countries have been sorted into a traffic-light system – red, amber and green – which indicates the danger from Covid-19 in each destination. 

The Government is advising people not to travel to countries on the amber list – which at the moment covers the vast majority of foreign destinations, including most of Europe.  

If a country is on the green list, holidaymakers can visit without having to quarantine on their return. It is important to stress that of these green list countries, only Portugal and Iceland are currently accepting tourists from the UK. 

If you’re travelling from a green-list country, you must: 

You do not need to quarantine after returning unless your day two test is positive, or NHS Test & Trace informs you that you have travelled with someone who has tested positive. Remember: if you do test positive while abroad you will need to pay to extend your stay and isolate until you can take a negative test. 

You should check the entry requirements of your destination country well before you travel. The government has country advice pages and your airline or travel agent should provide more information. 

Requirements to travel to Portugal or Iceland include a passenger locator card and a PCR test proving you are fit to fly. The government website has a list of providers, with prices up to £120 per test. Please make sure you factor this hefty sum in to any plans you are making.