After months of changes and confusion in the rules, today new rules have been implemented that will completely change the traffic light system.
Yesterday (Monday, October 4), the system of red, yellow and green lights was abandoned in favor of a much simpler system, consisting only of the red countries and all the others.
Countries that are still on the red list are considered to be at risk of Covid. Currently, there are 54 countries, including Mexico, South Africa, and Costa Rica.
But that number is set to drop by a fifth soon, leaving only nine countries on the red list. Travelers heading to the red-listed destinations will have to pay for a 10-day stay in a quarantined hotel.
Read more: Heathrow and Gatwick: All countries now on the green list and new rules about vaccines
But perhaps the best news for impatient travelers is the removal of the orange menu.
The orange list previously included incredibly popular vacation destinations such as Cyprus, Italy, Portugal and France.
Now, these countries are considered safe enough for Covid to join their Green List counterparts on the “Freedom to Travel” list.
This means that vaccinated travelers are no longer required to take a pre-departure test before returning to the UK from a country not on the Red List.
But it’s important to check each country’s individual requirements before traveling, as restrictions vary widely from country to country.
See below for travel rules for Cyprus, Italy, Portugal and France.
Cyprus has its own traffic light system and put the UK on its red list in July this year after cases spread.
UK travelers must take a PCR test within 72 hours of their trip, with a valid certificate.
Upon arrival in Cyprus, travelers must take another test and self-isolate until the result becomes clear (don’t panic, the wait usually only takes three hours).
British travelers to Italy find it easier to get the full vaccine; This qualifies you for a Covid passport, which means you don’t have to self-isolate when entering Italy.
However, a PCR test with a valid certificate must be taken within 48 hours before departure for Italy.
You can learn more Here.
Even though UK travelers are fully vaccinated, without an EU Covid digital certificate you will still need to take a test before departure.
This can be a PCR test (within 72 hours before departure) or an antigen test (within 48 hours before departure).
A valid certificate is required which means these cannot be NHS proof.
A passenger locator form is required for all travelers.
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The UK is currently on France’s Orange List, which means those who have been fully vaccinated do not need to self-isolate upon arrival in the country.
Those who have been fully vaccinated are not required to take a pre-departure test before traveling to Italy.
However, unvaccinated travelers need an underlying reason for travel, an international travel certificate, an ‘affidavit’, and a negative antigen or PCR test within 24 hours of departure.
Unvaccinated people must also be isolated for seven days upon arrival in France.
You can learn more Here.
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