To help you plan for travel in 2021, let’s take a look at what you need to know before booking your next trip away.
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 provides 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 traffic light system – the red, amber and green lists
The government’s red, amber and green lists, often referred to as the traffic light system, outline what is required of travellers returning to the UK. The colour list your country sits on determines what testing and quarantine rules you need to follow at the end of your trip.
To find out what these rules mean to you, and which countries they apply to, visit the government’s website.
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 is to keep on top of the very latest travel advice – double-check the situation when you book, before you travel and during your trip.
Information is correct at the time of publishing.