Current as of Monday 22 March 2021
Rules around travel are subject to change as governments get to grips with the pandemic, but it is possible to travel in very limited circumstances – none of which are for a holiday. Here, we've answered your most pressing questions.
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 more information on the UK government's 'traffic light' travel scheme, check out our article 'What is the traffic light system for international travel?'
Can I travel within the UK?
England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are in a national lockdown, and you are legally obliged to stay at home and not travel.
But the government has outlined a 'Covid roadmap' with specific dates highlighted for the easing of restrictions over the coming months. There is a five-week gap between each of the dates, and they are all subject to review. The dates and details most relevant to travel are as follows:
Covid travel roadmap
Most pubs and restaurants will open outdoor areas from 12 April, but still with very limited mixing. This date could also see the reopening of holiday lets with no shared facilities, but only for one household.
Most outdoor mixing rules could be lifted from 17 May, and indoor mixing rules could be relaxed so that two households could meet.
B&Bs, pubs and restaurants could reopen in line with these rules.
Foreign travel could hypothetically happen on this date, but pending review closer to the time.
All legal limits could be removed by 21 June – allowing nightclubs and similar venues to reopen – but no earlier.
Should I book a holiday this summer?
The government is being understandably cautious about giving concrete affirmation as to when travel will be allowed. But with Covid rates dropping and an aim to have every adult in the UK vaccinated by July, late summer holidays and beyond are looking more hopeful (though far from certain).
But this guidance means that now is a great time to start thinking about foreign travel again, and even to start booking your dream trips (making sure that you pay attention to sensible policies around cancellation and refunds). In fact, we've compiled a list of all the reasons it's still safe to book flights and holidays with easyJet, so you can do just that with peace of mind.
Want more information? Check out easyJet's latest travel information.
Do I need a Covid test to fly with easyJet?
Before you fly – or even book your holiday – you must check whether the destination you are flying to requires that you provide evidence of a negative Covid test before travel or on arrival. In some cases, this may need to be obtained within 72 hours of the flight departure. This may need to be presented in a specific language, before you travel or on arrival. You may also have to fill out specific forms, and quarantine when you arrive at your destination. You can check the policies of each country easyJet flies to here.
If you live in the UK or are travelling from the UK, easyJet can offer discounted access to Covid PCR testing through accredited service providers. These can be taken at home, and sent off to get your results. If you are entering the UK, due to new UK restrictions you must now quarantine for 10 days on arrival, in a managed quarantine facility if you have been in a ‘red list’ country (or otherwise at home) and undertake further testing while in quarantine.
For more information, check out easyJet's comprehensive Covid travel guidance.
What is an easyJet passenger locator form and do I need one?
Some countries are requiring travellers to fill in a 'passenger locator form' before they're allowed entry.
These are country-specific – sometimes you will be given them on your flight, and sometimes you must fill them in before you travel. It is up to the passenger to check what the current protocol for their destination is, and you may be denied entry if you do not follow the right procedure.
You should check country-specific travel information here before you fly.