UK Travel Update October 2021 

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New travel restrictions have recently come into effect for international travel to the UK. This includes a new streamlined traffic light system with a single red list of countries and a list of new travel rules for arrivals from the rest of the world.  

Fully vaccinated travellers arriving from non-red list countries do not need to take a PCR or lateral flow test before they set off for the UK. This also includes people vaccinated in the UK, the EU, the USA or 18 other recognised countries. Travellers do still need to take an approved government test two days after arrival.  

Unvaccinated travellers leaving the UK will still need to undertake a pre-departure test and a government approved test on days two and eight after they return. At present, unvaccinated travellers need to self-isolate for 10 days with ‘test to release’ remaining an option for those who want to shorten their quarantine.  

Travel to the USA for fully vaccinated passengers from the UK will resume from 08 November 2021, with visitors requiring to take part in testing and contact tracing.  

Rules for arrivals to the UK from red-list countries remain the same. The list of red-list countries has been updated to just seven, which as of 19 October 2021 are:  

  • Peru 
  • Ecuador 
  • Colombia 
  • Panama 
  • Dominican Republic 
  • Haiti 
  • Venezuela 

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