Current as of Friday 16 July 2021
Under the traffic light scheme, countries will be assigned a colour – green, amber or red – as a guide to the restrictions in place for travelling to and from them.
These will be assigned in line with a number of risk factors, which will include: the number of vaccinations in a particular country; the rate of infection; whether there are any worrying variants at large; and the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing.
For more and up-to-date information, visit the UK government's website.
What do the particular colours mean?
Green: arrivals will have to take a pre-departure test, as a well as a PCR test on or before their arrival back into the UK, but they won’t need to quarantine unless they get a positive test result.
Amber: arrivals will have to quarantine for 10 days and take a pre-flight test. Then, they’ll need to take a PCR test on day 2 and day 8 of their quarantine, with the option to 'Test and Release' on day 5 to escape isolation early.
BUT – from 19 July returning travellers who have been fully vaccinated (that is, jabbed twice) skip the quarantine rules, as would happen with a 'green' country. For a little – OK, a lot – of inspiration, check out out feature The 'amber list' double vaccination rule is happening - so where should I go?
Red: arrivals will be placed under the same restrictions already in action for ‘red list’ countries. These include an obligatory 10-day stay in a designated quarantine hotel, pre-flight testing and PCR tests on days 2 and 8.
Test packages and quarantine hotels should be booked by the traveller before they set off.
Which countries are on the green list?
The following easyJet destinations are on the travel 'green list':
All will remain on a travel watchlist, and could be removed from this list at any time. Despite the fact that these countries have been given the lightest travel restrictions, travellers must also check the restrictions for travel in those countries as well – some are still requiring visitors from the UK to quarantine when they arrive. The UK government still recommends not booking a holiday unless it is fully refundable.
Which countries are on the amber list?
The following easyJet destinations are on the travel 'amber list':
- Czech Republic
- Greece (including islands)
- North Macedonia
- Portugal (including the Azores)
- Spain (including the Canary Islands and Balearics)
Which countries are on the red list?
There is an existing group of ‘red list’ countries delineated by the government. These are countries from which travel is banned unless you are a UK national, and then you must quarantine on your return.
What is a PCR test?
A PCR (polymarese chain reaction) is a swift Covid test that comes from a government approved outlet (more information can be found here). The traveller has to pay for these tests themselves, which cost from around £65 to £350, though most are about £150. You almost certainly won’t be able to travel without at least one of them for the foreseeable future.
What’s the view from Europe?
A number of countries have informally hinted that they would be happy to allow entry to fully vaccinated and negative-tested British tourists this summer – Spain, Portugal, Malta, Iceland and Gibraltar among them.
But it’s crucial to note that just because a country has welcomed the prospect of visitors from the UK, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be on the government’s ‘green list’.
As with all travel guidance, nothing is guaranteed and all details are subject to change.
For more information on the possibility of foreign travel and recent developments in travel schemes related to vaccination, check out our article 'When can I go on holiday with easyJet again?'
For more information on the possibility of vaccine passports and green certificates, check out our article 'Can I fly easyJet with a vaccine passport?'
For peace of mind on booking your holiday this summer, check out our article 'All the reasons it's safe to book flights and holidays with easyJet'.Book flights Book holidays