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UK travel restrictions: Can I travel from the UK?

Posted on October 4, 2021 by Ria Wong
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Before you travel abroad, let’s take a look at what you need to know before booking your next trip away.

Checklist for before you travel

1. Government or local restrictions

Prior to booking a trip, make sure that there are no government or local travel bans in place that could prevent you from travelling for leisure. You will need to follow current COVID-19 rules for where you live in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

2. Sign up to FCDO travel advice

The FCDO provide all of the latest important travel information to keep you safe when you go abroad. This includes COVID-19, travel warnings, entry requirements and safety and security.

Once you have a trip booked subscribe to their email alerts for your destination (along with any countries you will pass through) and they’ll update you as soon as anything changes.

3. Check the new system for international travel – the red list and rest of world

The government’s system for international travel now splits countries between two lists: a ‘red list’ and a ‘rest of world’ list. The two lists outline the rules to follow when entering England.

Rules include what type of COVID tests you need to take pre-and post-arrival, , self-isolation rules for unvaccinated travellers, and hotel-quarantine rules if travelling from a red list country.

4. Entry requirements at your destination

As well as paying attention to the UK’s own travel advice, you’ll need to take a look at your destination’s guidance. They may have entry restrictions in place, such as having to quarantine on arrival, which could scupper holiday plans if you’re only intending to stay for a week or two.

Your destination country may also only be allowing entry to travellers arriving for ‘essential reasons’, not tourism. So double-check you will be OK to fly before heading off.

Don’t forget that some destinations – such as China, Thailand, Egypt, Turkey and now the EU – require six-month validity on your passport. So check your passport expiry date before booking your holiday.

It’s important for all holidaymakers to keep on top of the very latest travel advice – double-check the situation when you book, before you travel and during your trip.

International travel system checklist

Requirements for travelling back to the UK

Information is correct at the time of publishing.

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Ria Wong

by Ria Wong

Ria Wong is Staysure’s Content Manager. She’s keen on long weekends away to places with good food, and enjoys a spot of DIY!