Where can I travel to now? Your travel questions answered

Non-essential international travel is allowed again, but there are still restrictions and testing requirements

This page was last updated on Monday 18 October 2021 and will be kept up to date as and when the government makes further announcements about international travel in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The below applies until early 2022 when there will be a further review to give clearer certainty to the international travel policy for Spring/Summer 2022. Please check back later for more information.

Given that the current situation is subject to change, often at short notice, it is important to keep up to date with all of the latest travel information on the UK government website.

Latest Updates

Update to red list and COVID-19 travel testing rules

There are now only 7 countries on the red list as of 11 October. These include Colombia, Dominican Republic and Ecuador.

Fully vaccinated passengers will be allowed to take a lateral flow test instead of a day 2 PCR test on 24 October.

Pre-departure tests are no longer required for those fully vaccinated returning from a non red list country.

Traffic light list announcement

On Monday 4th October, the government announced the latest changes to the travel traffic light lists. The green and amber lists have now been removed and the red list only includes 7 countries.

View red list

What are the current restrictions around international travel?

How does the government's red list work?

Does London Stansted Airport offer a hotel quarantine and testing package?

Does London Stansted Airport offer a PCR testing package?

What countries are on the government’s ‘red’ banned travel list?

Can I book my holiday now, given the government’s plans for international travel may change?

Will I need to quarantine when I get to my holiday destination?

Do I still need to complete any health checks or forms to travel?

What do I do if I think I’ve developed COVID-19 symptoms before travelling?

Do the rules for England also apply to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

When will the government be reviewing and updating on international travel?

  

What are the current restrictions around international travel?

As of Monday 4th October, additional restrictions are only in place for the red list.

The government have relaxed restrictions and removed the use of amber and green lists. They will continue to focus on testing and quarantine as measures for the red list to limit the spread of COVID-19 and any variants.

The next government update for travel is due in early 2022.

 

How does the government’s red list work?

The UK government recently removed the use of green and amber lists but restrictions remain in place for the red list. Fully vaccinated travellers will only be required to do a day 2 lateral flow test until travel restrictions are revised in 2022.

Here are the steps involved in travelling to a red list country and the rules for testing and quarantine:

 

Red – for those countries posing a high risk

Arrivals to England must:

  • Fill in a passenger locator form (including details of quarantine package)

  • Take a pre-departure test and get a negative result in the three days before travel

  • Book a quarantine package – including a managed quarantine hotel, quarantine transport and the travel test package – from a government-approved provider before travel

  • Quarantine for 10 days in a managed quarantine hotel

  • Take a PCR test on day 2 and day 8 of your return (with no option for early release)

 

Does London Stansted Airport offer a hotel quarantine and testing package?

London Stansted Airport is not currently on the list of government-approved ports of entry from red list countries.

 

Does London Stansted Airport offer a PCR testing package?

London Stansted Airport offers onsite testing if you’re returning from countries on the green and amber lists. We offer the PCR tests required on day 2 for arrivals from green countries and days 2 and 8 from amber countries. You can also book the test to release tests which, if negative, allow those returning from amber countries to leave self-isolation early, on day 5.

Find out more about the arrivals testing facilities at London Stansted Airport

 

What countries are on the government’s ‘red’ banned travel list?

The UK government is operating a ‘red list’ of travel ban countries.

This list was last updated on Monday 18th October 2021.

  • Colombia

  • Dominican Republic

  • Ecuador

  • Haiti

  • Panama

  • Peru

  • Venezuela

Can I book my holiday now, given the government’s plans for international travel may change?

Travel plans in 2021 could be subject to change, so for your peace of mind, at London Stansted Airport we’re offering free cancellation on all parking bookings

Many holiday providers are offering similar terms, with speedy refunds and COVID-19 insurance in case your travel plans have to change at the last minute.

When planning your travel for 2021 , it will be important to look out for good cancellation or amendment terms.

 

Will I need to quarantine when I get to my holiday destination?

The government recently removed the green and amber list, so testing before you travel is vital. It is your responsibility to check the entry requirements of your chosen destination before you book travel. For the latest information, see the UK government's travel advice page.

 

Do I still need to complete any health checks or forms to travel?

You must complete a passenger locator form 48 hours before your arrival into the UK, and show either a printed or electronic copy at the UK border. This information will allow the government to inform passengers if they’ve come into contact with someone while travelling who has developed COVID-19 symptoms.

 

What do I do if I think I’ve developed COVID-19 symptoms before travelling?

If you think you may have developed COVID-19 symptoms you should not travel. If you develop symptoms while travelling, please inform airport or cabin staff.

 

Do the rules for England also apply to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

The quarantine and testing systems explained on this page relate to England only. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be publishing their own guidance on international travel.

 

When will the government be reviewing and updating on international travel?

The government has said that it plans to review international travel in early 2022 with the hopes of relaxing further restrictions.

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