Traffic Light System for Travelling

05 August 2021

By Gov UK

Traffic Light System for Travelling
​With things slowly becoming our new 'normal', please see below the basic guidelines on the different light systems for travelling from and into the UK:
Red list rules
If you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the last 10 days you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. Please find the red list here.
You must follow these rules even if you have been fully vaccinated.

Before you travel to England
  • take a COVID-19 test
    – children aged 10 and under do not need to take this test
  • book a quarantine hotel package, including 2 COVID-19 tests
  • complete a passenger locator form
On arrival in England
  • quarantine in a managed hotel, including 2 COVID-19 tests
Amber List Rules
Rules travelling to a amber list country, will depend on the country you are travelling, please ensure to research and complete all the necessary actions before your travel date.
Before travel to England
  • take a COVID-19 test – you must take the test in the 3 days before you travel to England
  • book and pay for COVID-19 tests – to be taken after arrival in England
  • complete a passenger locator form
On arrival in England
  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8
Read about quarantine and taking COVID-19 tests after arrival in England.
Fully UK vaccinated and people under the age of 18 – amber rules
You do not need to quarantine or take a day 8 test after you arrive in England if you are either:
  • fully vaccinated in the UK or under the UK vaccine programme overseas
  • under 18 on the day you arrive in England and resident in the UK or in a country with a vaccination programme approved by the UK
  • part of a UK-approved vaccine trial
You must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 whole days before the date you arrive in England. You still need to book and take a day 2 test.
You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to release scheme. Please find further information please see here Test to Release scheme.

Green List Rules
Before travel to England
  • take a COVID-19 test
    – children aged 10 and under do not need to take this test
  • book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test
    – to be taken after arrival in England
  • complete a passenger locator form
On arrival in England
You must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive.
Children aged 4 and under do not need to take this test.
You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive.
You must quarantine if NHS Test & Trace informs you that you travelled to England with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Please note that these guidelines are constantly changing and to keep most up to date, please ensure to check the Gov Website.
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Traffic Light System for Travelling

5 August 2021 By Gov UK

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​With things slowly becoming our new 'normal', please see below the basic guidelines on the different light systems for travelling from and into the UK:
Red list rules
If you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the last 10 days you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. Please find the red list here.
You must follow these rules even if you have been fully vaccinated.

Before you travel to England
  • take a COVID-19 test
    – children aged 10 and under do not need to take this test
  • book a quarantine hotel package, including 2 COVID-19 tests
  • complete a passenger locator form
On arrival in England
  • quarantine in a managed hotel, including 2 COVID-19 tests
Amber List Rules
Rules travelling to a amber list country, will depend on the country you are travelling, please ensure to research and complete all the necessary actions before your travel date.
Before travel to England
  • take a COVID-19 test – you must take the test in the 3 days before you travel to England
  • book and pay for COVID-19 tests – to be taken after arrival in England
  • complete a passenger locator form
On arrival in England
  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8
Read about quarantine and taking COVID-19 tests after arrival in England.
Fully UK vaccinated and people under the age of 18 – amber rules
You do not need to quarantine or take a day 8 test after you arrive in England if you are either:
  • fully vaccinated in the UK or under the UK vaccine programme overseas
  • under 18 on the day you arrive in England and resident in the UK or in a country with a vaccination programme approved by the UK
  • part of a UK-approved vaccine trial
You must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 whole days before the date you arrive in England. You still need to book and take a day 2 test.
You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to release scheme. Please find further information please see here Test to Release scheme.

Green List Rules
Before travel to England
  • take a COVID-19 test
    – children aged 10 and under do not need to take this test
  • book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test
    – to be taken after arrival in England
  • complete a passenger locator form
On arrival in England
You must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive.
Children aged 4 and under do not need to take this test.
You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive.
You must quarantine if NHS Test & Trace informs you that you travelled to England with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Please note that these guidelines are constantly changing and to keep most up to date, please ensure to check the Gov Website.