The overseas travel rules

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Now that the government’s Global Travel Taskforce has reported, the news is not what many would have liked to hear.

Jet 2 Holidays will start in June rather than May

The traffic light system was clarified. This is what each colour means

  • Green: no quarantine for returning passengers. Travellers will have to take a test prior to leaving and a PCR test on return, both at the traveller’s expense.
  • Amber: in addition to taking a test prior to leaving, travellers to amber countries must take two PCR tests on their return all at their expense and quarantine at home for 10 days.
  • Red: on return, travellers will quarantine and pay at a government specified quarantine hotel for ten days. In addition they will be required to take a test prior to leaving the UK and two PCR tests on their return all at their expense.

These same rules apply whether you have had a full dose of vaccinations or not and that will surprise many who felt that vaccination would make travel easier.

The reaction of the travel industry has been one of annoyance. They expected more defined dates on when people could travel and have none. Even the date of May 17th, the earliest date that we have been told we can travel overseas is looking an optimistic one.

At least one travel company, Jet 2, doesn’t think that overseas travel will recommence in May in any substantial way. It announced this morning that it had taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights and holidays up to and including 23rd June.

The other big tour operator in the UK, TUI, is still selling overseas holidays with flights starting on May 17th.

Remember also that the dates refer to England only. The devolved administrations have yet to give a date on when we can travel abroad.

The rules will next be reassessed on June 28th but it would surprise few people if there were changes before then as conditions improve or go downhill.

There is no date for when the government will tell us in which colour overseas countries have been placed or even if the list will include regions of countries.   

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