After everything that has happened over the past year, we could all do with a little pick me up! As lockdown lifts gradually in the United Kingdom over the coming months, wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a holiday later on in the year to look forward to? Travelbillity has put together all of the information you need to know about holidays in 2021.

Each country’s approach to travel is changing on a case by case basis. The United Kingdom allowed international travel from May 17th, however, destinations have been graded according to the Government’s traffic light system, where each colour indicates a different set of rules surrounding testing and quarantine.

Green List

The countries included on the green list include Australia, Brunel, The Falkland Islands, The Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel and Jerusalem, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

Holidaymakers can visit green list countries without having to quarantine on return. If you are returning from a green list country, you must:

  • Take a Covid-19 test before departure and have proof of a negative result
  • Book and pay for a test for day two after your return
  • Complete a passenger locator form

You will not need to quarantine on arrival unless your day two test is positive or the NHS test and Trace tells you that you have travelled with someone who has tested positive.

Amber List

The countries included on the amber list include countries such as Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malta, Spain and more. You can find the full list on the government website.

Travel to Amber list countries are legal but are not advised for leisure purposes and you should only travel to these countries in exceptional circumstances. If you are returning from an amber list country, you must:

  • Take a Covid-19 test before departure and have proof of a negative result
  • Book and pay for a Covid-19 test on days two and eight after your return
  • Complete a passenger locator form
  • Quarantine for 10 days at home or the place you are staying
  • It is possible to end the quarantine early if you pay for a further private Covid test through the test to release scheme.

Red List

The countries included on the amber list include Brazil, Maldives, South Africa, Turkey, the UAE and more. You can find the full list on the government website.

Red list countries are said to be at the highest risk from Covid 19 and should not be visited except for in the most extreme of circumstances.

If you have been to one of these countries in the last 10 days you can only enter the UK if you are a UK or Irish national, or UK resident. If you are returning from a red list country, you must:

  • Take a Covid-19 test before departure and have proof of a negative result
  • Complete a passenger locator form
  • Self isolate for 10 days in a government-approved quarantine hotel, which you must book and pay for in advance.

The rates for these hotels are:

  • 10 days (11 nights) for one adult in one room – £1,750
  • Additional rate per adult (or child over 11) – £650
  • Children aged 5 – 11 – £325

You can be fined £10,000 or jailed for providing inaccurate details.

The list is reviewed every three weeks and countries are allowed to be moved on short notice.

Holidaying in the UK under Travel Ban

Travel Within The United Kingdom

If you aren’t comfortable going abroad there are still a lot of opportunities for staycations! Holidays within England, Wales and Scotland with your household or support bubble are allowed in self-catering properties and in hotels and B&Bs in Scotland. You are also allowed to stay in a hotel or B&B in England from May 17th.

Travel in Wales and self-catered stays have been allowed since March 27th and travel through the borders has been allowed since April 12th. In Scotland, from May 17th six people from eight houses are able to meet outdoors and up to four people from two households can be indoors at home.

Finally in Northern Ireland on April 12th the rules changed from ‘Stay At Home’ to ‘Stay Local’ and self accommodation opened from April 30th and Hotels opened on May 24th. So there are plenty of opportunities to explore the United Kingdom.

It is important to note that if you want to visit a Scottish island it is encouraged to take two lateral flow tests beforehand. People are being advised not to travel from Scotland to Bedford, Bolton, Blackburn and Darwen due to concerns about the Indian variant. Here is a quick breakdown:

England

  • All holiday accommodation can open
  • You can stay overnight in a private home, subject to the rule of six
  • Six people from multiple households or any number from two households can stay together

Wales

  • All holiday accommodation can fully reopen, but you can only go with people you live with in your household or your extended household
  • Communal areas campsites and caravan parks can open, subject to measures to ensure physical distancing and appropriate cleaning
  • You must not meet anyone or stay overnight in a private home who is not in your household or extended household.

Scotland

  • Hotels, B&Bs, self catering, caravan and campsites can open
  • Six people from three households can share self catering accommodation
  • You still can’t share a hotel room with someone you don’t live/bubble with
  • (Glasgow is still level 3)

Northern Ireland

  • All holiday accommodation can open
  • Up to six people from two households can stay together overnight

When Will Other Restrictions Be Eased?

England won’t move to step four of the government’s roadmap until at least June 21st.

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