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LIVE Latest travel news: Restrictions eased for fully vaccinated travellers from USA and EU to Great Britain

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Amber list restrictions have been reduced for fully vaccinated travellers. The rules differ for each of the four UK nations.

  • England: Summer holidays are back from 19th July. If you’re fully vaccinated or under 18, you can travel to 130+ countries without isolating upon return to England.
  • Scotland: The Scottish government is still advising against all non-essential overseas travel. However, from 19th July, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to self-isolate on return from amber list countries.
  • Northern Ireland: From 26th July, travellers who are fully vaccinated or under 18 will no longer need to self-isolate on return to Northern Ireland from amber list countries.
  • Wales: The Welsh government continues to advise against all non-essential overseas travel. However, from 19th July, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to self-isolate on return from mber list countries.

Keep reading below to see our breakdown of travel restrictions, new red list destinations, the latest travel news or see the full official guidance here.

Travel news updates – 28th July

Double jab travel: England, Scotland and Wales to welcome fully vaccinated travellers from USA and Europe 

Red bus passing Big Ben and teh House s of Parliament

Fully vaccinated travellers coming to England, Scotland and Wales from the USA and European countries (aside from France) will no longer need to quarantine on arrival. The change, which comes into effect from 4am on Monday 2nd August,  will apply to anyone who has had a full course of an FDA or EMA-approved vaccine. Currently there are four EMA-approved vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen) and three approved by the FDA (PfizerBioNTech, Moderna and Janssen). This means travellers who have had a different vaccine, such as Sputnik V or Novavax, will still need to quarantine. 

The new change opens up double jab travel to Great Britain, as previously only those who have been vaccinated in the UK could skip quarantine and the day 8 test after arriving from an amber list country. Vaccinated travellers will still need to take a PCR test before arriving, and on day two of their trip. Note that this change only applies to Scotland, England and Wales with Northern Ireland yet to make a statement. 

Travel news updates – 26th July

Finland relaxes entry restrictions for vaccinated travellers

A man meets the dawn on a small granite island. His hands behind his head.

From July 26th, fully vaccinated travellers from any country will be allowed to enter Finland for any reason. Currently, there are no additional testing or quarantine requirements. The list of accepted vaccines includes the four currently being distributed in the UK. Finnish authorities will check proof on arrival, but be prepared to show it at your departure airport too.

Vaccinated travellers from the UK can now visit Tahiti

Overwater bungalow and turquoise seas in Tahiti, French Polynesia

Fully vaccinated travellers from the UK will be allowed to travel to the islands of Tahiti, part of French Polynesia. To quality, you must have had two doses of Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca at least seven days prior to your arrival. While French Polynesia is on the amber list for travel, flights to French Polynesia pass through mainland France – which is designated “amber-plus”. This means British tourists will still need to isolate at home upon return to the UK.

Fully vaccinated British expats will be able to visit the UK from August 1st

Child girl and her mother hugging and playing with toy wooden airplane

UK nationals who have been vaccinated overseas will qualify for quarantine-free travel from amber list countries, starting from next month. At the moment, double-jabbed expats still need to follow additional testing and isolation rules as the UK government only accepts vaccines administered by the NHS. There are also plans in place to open this up to nationals from a further 33 countries that have already recognised the NHS app.

Travel news updates – 22nd July

Croatia introduces mandatory COVID tests for Britons from July 26th

The harbour in Split, Croatia

Croatia’s state health institute has announced that fully vaccinated travellers arriving from the UK, Russia and Cyprus will need to undergo mandatory testing prior to arrival. The Croatian National Tourist official said a negative COVID-19 test must be obtained, regardless of vaccination or recovery status. It went on to say that “travellers can opt for either an antigen test, not older than 48 hours, or a PCR test not older than 72 hours.” This follows Croatia’s addition to the UK green watchlist for travel on July 19th, so travellers will not need to quarantine or take an additional day eight test upon returning to the UK.

Travel news updates – 19th July

Amber list guidance still in force for fully-vaccinated arrivals from France

Two female friends talking and eating in front of the Eiffel Tower, Paris

Fully vaccinated travellers must continue to follow amber list guidance when arriving in the mainland UK from France. While amber list restrictions have been lifted for fully vaccinated travellers, the UK government announced that these will stay in place for tourists coming in from France. As well as quarantining for ten days, they will also need to take a PCR test on day two and eight after arrival. This is due to the continuing prevalence of the Beta variant, first identified in South Africa, which may be more resistant to COVID-19 vaccines when compared with other strains.

Ireland eases restrictions on non-essential international travel

The Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

Airports in the Republic of Ireland are opening to leisure and business travellers for the first time in 16 months by implementing the EU’s Digital COVID Certificate. This allows quarantine-free travel within the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland – provided travellers are fully vaccinated, have a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival or have recovered from COVID-19. Fully vaccinated or recovered travellers from the UK and USA will no longer need to self-isolate on arrival in Ireland.

Breaking travel news – 16th July

Fully vaccinated arrivals from France must still quarantine

Starting from 19 July, fully vaccinated travellers from France will still need to quarantine on arrival to the UK. France is on the UK government’s amber list but the relaxation of travel rules will not apply from Monday due to a “persistent presence of cases”. We will update our travellers as new information becomes available.

Travel news updates – 14th July

Balearic Islands and British Virgin Islands move to amber list for travel

Sandy beach in Menorca

Starting from 4am on Monday 19th July, the British Virgin Islands and Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formontera) will move from the green watchlist to the amber list for travel. This is also the date from which fully vaccinated travellers returning to England, Wales or Scotland will not need to self-isolate after visiting amber list countries. Northern Ireland will follow on July 26th. If you’re a partially or unvaccinated traveller with a holiday booked to these destinations, you will still need to follow the rules for amber list countries. This includes self-isolating for ten days and taking a PCR test on days two and eight after arriving home.

Find out more about the current rules on travel to Spain, the Canary and Balearic Islands.

Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Croatia and Taiwan are being added to the green and green watch list

Bulgaria and Hong Kong will be added to the green list for travel from 19th July. Croatia and Taiwan will be moved to the green watchlist – which means they could quickly return to amber. All travellers arriving from these countries, including those who are partially and unvaccinated, will no longer need to quarantine upon arrival in the UK. They will need to take a PCR test before arrival, and on day two. Remember that the green list is not reciprocal, so there may be restrictions for tourists.

As of 16 July, Bulgaria has banned most UK travellers from entering the country. From Monday, 19 July only Bulgarian citizens and long-term residents (along with their immediate family members) will be able to enter the country from the UK. The UK was added to its “red zone” list, along with Cyprus, Spain, Fiji and Kuwait.

Cuba, Indonesia, Myanmar and Sierra Leone added to red list

Colourful city square in Havana, Cuba

Four countries will move from the amber to red list from 19th July. From this date, anyone arriving from Cuba, Indonesia, Myanmar and Sierra Leone will be subject to strict entry requirements including mandatory quarantine at a government-approved hotel.

Find out more about hotel quarantine in the UK.

What are the UK travel restrictions for green, amber and red countries?

From 19th July the government will lift their guidance against non-essential travel from England to amber list countries, and Northern Ireland will follow suit on the 26th. Scotland and Wales continue to advise against all but essential overseas travel. All four nations recommend avoiding travel to countries on the red list.

Passenger locator formYesYesYes
Test before departureYesYesYes
Hotel quarantineNoNo11 nights
Self isolationNo10 daysN/A
Test to releaseN/ADay 5No
PCR test requiredOn/before day 2On/before day 2On/before day 2
Additional PCR testNoDay 8Day 8

Note that fully vaccinated travellers will be allowed to treat amber list countries as they would those on the green and green watchlist. This will come into effect from 19th July for most of the UK, and the 26th for Northern Ireland.

What are the UK green list countries?

Currently there are 13 green list countries from which arrivals don’t need to quarantine, and 16 countries on the green watch list, which could quickly turn amber if cases rise. It’s important to note that restrictions are not reciprocal, and so there may be additional rules for British citizens when visiting the country. Always check the government’s foreign travel advice pages for the latest advice.

DestinationArrival restrictions
Israel (watch list)Open to vaccinated UK tourists from May 23, but only as part of an organised tour group. Individual tourists may be welcomed back from July.
SingaporeTravel from the UK is limited to Singapore citizens and permanent residents.
Australia All international travel on hold until 2022.
New ZealandBorder closed to UK travellers.
BruneiTravel is severely restricted, and visitors need special permission from Brunei’s Prime Minister’s Office.
IcelandAll visitors must provide proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination or documentation of prior COVID-19 infection. Additionally, all visitors are required to complete a pre-registration form prior to visiting Iceland as well as an on-entry quarantine until a PCR test is taken and a negative result is proven.
GibraltarTests are not required for UK and EU arrivals at the land border. From 17th May, they won’t be required for air travellers flying in from the UK as long as they haven’t been to any other destination in the 14 days before to travelling. You need to inform the Gibraltar authorities if been outside the EU in the last 14 days.
Falkland IslandsTourists are currently not allowed to visit.
Faroe IslandsFully vaccinated Britons can visit, quarantine-free, with no testing requirement. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated visitors must have a “worthy purpose” to visit and provide a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of check-in. Another PCR test is required on arrival, followed by ten days quarantine with the option to test and release after four days.
South Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsAccess is restricted and visitors require a permit.
St Helena, Tristan da Cunha, Ascension IslandSt Helena: foreign nationals can visit providing they have had a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of departure. A 10 day quarantine is compulsory.
Tristan da Cunha and Ascension Island: tourists are not currently allowed to visit.
From 30th June, only fully vaccinated Britons will be allowed to visit Malta.
Madeira (watch list)
Travellers to Madeira must complete and submit a traveller questionnaire and take a RT-PCR test 72 hours before travel. The test result must be uploaded beforehand or shown on arrival. Those who have recovered from COVID within 90 days or have been fully vaccinated against the virus are exempt.
Antigua and Barbuda
(watch list)
Passengers aged 12 and older must present evidence of a negative RT-PCR test taken within seven days of travel. Passengers must complete a Health Declaration Form on arrival, as well as undergoing health screening including temperature checks.
(watch list)
Travellers from the UK must present a negative PCR test result taken within three days of arrival. Passengers must also submit an Embarkation/Disembarkation card 24 hours before travel and upload their negative test result. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers need to quarantine at an approved facility, and take a PCR test on Day 5. If the results are negative, they can leave quarantine: however it can take up to 48 hours or longer to receive the results. Fully vaccinated travellers (i.e. people who have had two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before travel) must take a rapid PCR test on arrival, and quarantine at their accommodation until a negative result is received. This could be within 24 hours but may take longer.
(watch list)
Passengers must complete an online questionnaire 24 hours before arrival, and present a negative PCR test result taken 72 hours before arrival. On arrival, travellers will be subjected to a pinprick Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT). If it’s negative, there’s a 5-day quarantine in a government-approved facility before taking a PCR test. If the RDT test is positive, the traveller will need to pay for a PCR test. If this is positive, they will need to quarantine for 14 days in a government approved facility for which fees apply. After a negative test result is achieved, travellers are asked to self-isolate at their regular accommodation. Some certified operators are offering managed tourist activities.
(watch list)
Travellers must pre-book approved accommodation for quarantine, pre-pay for a COVID test, apply for a Pure Safe Travel Certificate and obtain a negative PCR rest result within 3 days of travel. Fully vaccinated travellers only need to quarantine for 48 hours following a negative PCR test on entry.
(watch list)
Travellers need prior approval from the Government’s Health Team (apply here). A negative PCR test, taken 3 to 5 days before planned arrival, is required. There is also a test on arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers (who have received their final vaccine at least 21 days before arrival) need to self-isolate for seven days. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers must quarantine for 10 to 14 days.
(watch list)
Currently, only resident permit holders, Montserratians (plus dependents) and a few limited others are allowed to enter Montserrat. An Access Declaration Form should be submitted at least 72 hours before booking travel, and they must have a negative COVID-19 test result within 5 days of travel. Fully vaccinated travellers need to quarantine for five days, while unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers must spend 14 days in quarantine. A negative PCR test is required to end self-isolation. All travel to Montserrat is via Antigua, so travellers must also comply with the entry requirements for Antigua & Barbuda.
(watch list)
Travellers need to apply for a Bermuda COVID-19 Travel Authorisation one to three days before departure and bring evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, taken four days prior to arrival. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers must quarantine at a designated hotel, at their own expense, for 14 days. Fully vaccinated travellers must quarantine until they receive a negative result from their arrival PCR test.
British Antarctic Territory
(watch list)
Only those with a valid permit from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) can enter Antarctica.
British Indian Ocean Territory
(watch list)
British Indian Ocean Territory is not a tourist destination. Access is restricted, and a permit is required in advance of travel. Those visiting on pre-authorised official duty must undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing upon entry, and will need to quarantine for 14 days.
Cayman Islands
(watch list)
Airports in the Cayman Islands are closed to all scheduled inbound and outbound flights, although there is a limited service to and from the UK with British Airways. Only people who have been pre-authorised can enter, and are subject to 14 days of mandatory quarantine (10 days if fully vaccinated)
(watch list)
Borders currently closed.
Turks and Caicos Islands
(watch list)
Pre-travel authorisation is required via the Turks and Caicos Islands Assured Portal. Authorisation requires evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken less than five days prior to planned arrival, travel insurance with COVID-19 cover and a health screening questionnaire.
From Monday, 19 July only Bulgarian citizens and long-term residents (along with their immediate family members) will be able to enter the country from the UK.
Hong Kong
The UK is on Hong Kong’s list of “extremely high risk places.” Anyone who has spent more than two hours in the UK over the past 21 days will be denied entry.
Croatia (watch list)
Travellers from the UK need to present a negative COVID-19 test, regardless of vaccination or recovery status.
Taiwan (watch list)
Foreign nationals (aside from Taiwan residents) are currently not allowed to enter or transit Taiwan. Passengers arriving from the UK will need to quarantine for 14 days at an approved facility, and undergo COVID-19 PCR tests on arrival, between day 10 and 12 and on day 14.

Travel news updates – 13th July

Fully vaccinated Scottish travellers will no longer need to self-isolate on return from amber list destinations

The Royal Mile in Edinburgh

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced that self isolation restrictions will be lifted for Scottish residents arriving from countries on the amber list from 19th July. This will only apply to those that have been fully vaccinated in the UK. Travellers will also need to take a PCR test on day two after arriving in Scotland. While non-essential travel to amber list countries will be permitted by England from Monday, the Scottish Government continues to advise against non-essential overseas travel at this time.

While restrictions are easing for fully vaccinated travellers, we answer your questions about partially vaccinated travel.

Travel news updates – 8th July

Travellers will be allowed to holiday in amber list countries from July 19th

A busy beach in Malaga, Spain.

From July 19th, the UK government will lift its guidance that people should not travel from England to countries on the amber list. Travel Secretary Grant Shapps told parliament that “this is not just about holidays – this is also about reuniting families, supporting aviation and helping businesses to grow.” This means that there’s a chance people will be able to get to the sun this summer, visiting top destinations such as Greece.

Although people will no longer be discouraged from travel, they will still need to follow the rules that apply to amber list countries. Those who are partially or unvaccinated will still need to:

  • Take a COVID-19 test before returning to the UK
  • Complete a passenger locator form
  • Quarantine at home (or at the place they’re staying) for 10 days – unless they pay for a private day 5 test under the Test to Release scheme
  • Pay for and take a COVID-19 travel test on day 2 and day 8 after arrival.

Fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to isolate when returning to England from amber list countries

The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

Grant Shapps has announced that, from July 19th, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to self-isolate upon return to England from countries on the amber list. He told Parliament that requirements for amber and green listed countries will be the same for fully vaccinated people. This means that those who have had their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before travel will still need to take a test three days before flying back to England, and two days after returning home, but will no longer need to isolate or test on day eight.

While these rules currently only apply to Britons returning to England, the government is working on extending this approach to fully vaccinated tourists from places like Europe and the USA. An announcement from the Scottish government is expected later today.

Children will no longer need to quarantine on return from amber list countries

Three children riding their bikes through a grassy field.

Under 18’s returning from amber list countries to England will no longer need to self-isolate or take a COVID-19 test on day eight. Those aged between five and ten will only need to take a test on day two, while tots under four will be exempt from any restrictions. This means that children and teenagers will be able to accompany their fully vaccinated parents or guardians on family holidays to countries that are on the amber list from July 19th, with minimal disruption.

Start planning with our pick of the ten best family-friendly city breaks in Europe.

What are the COVID-19 entry requirements for Spain, Portugal and Greece?

Sandy, empty beach linesd by sea cliffs in the Algarve Portugal.

These three amber list countries are among the most popular choices for a sunshine holiday. In addition to following the appropriate UK amber list guidance, you will also need to do the following to visit.

Portugal – All travellers to mainland Portugal (aged 12 or older) will need to show a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. Unvaccinated, or partially vaccinated, travellers will need to quarantine for 14 days.

Spain – All arrivals in Spain need to produce either a negative COVID-19 test or proof of full vaccination.

Greece – UK visitors to Greece need to bring either a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, a negative rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival, or proof of full vaccination.

Always check the government’s foreign travel advice pages for the most up-to-date information.

Travel news updates – 7th July

Finland easing restrictions for some visitors from the EU

The area of Pohjoisranta at Helsinki harbour

Certain tourists from the EU and Schengen area will be able to visit Finland from July 12th, without the need for a PCR test or quarantine. Lighter restrictions will apply to anyone fully vaccinated, previously infected with COVID-19, born in 2006 or later, or coming from a country with a low rate of the virus. Note that this only applies to visitors arriving from EU and Schengen countries. Restrictions still apply to UK travellers, who must take a COVID-19 test upon arrival, self isolate and take a second test between day three and five.

Germany is welcoming back Britons

Aerial view of Munich, Germany.

Germany has reduced restrictions for travellers arriving from the UK. Previously, leisure travel for non-residents was banned altogether. Now visitors can enter, although there are different levels of quarantine requirements. General arrivals will need to quarantine for 10 days, or five days with proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Travellers who are fully vaccinated are allowed to avoid quarantine altogether.

Do keep in mind that Germany is still on England’s amber list of countries. This means that Britons who travel to Germany will need to do the following to return to England:

  • Take a COVID-19 test
  • Complete a passenger locator form
  • Book and pay for COVID-19 tests to be taken on days 2 and 8 after their return to England
  • Quarantine for ten days, or pay for an extra “Test to Release” test on Day 5.

Travel news updates – 6th July

Heathrow Terminal 3 reopening

Aircraft taking off from Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport has announced that Terminal 3 will reopen on 15th July after being closed to passengers since May 2020. T3 services airlines such as Virgin Atlantic, Delta Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas and Iberia Express. This is in addition to the airport resuming use of both runways.

Are you looking forward to going on holiday this summer? Search for flights from Heathrow, or any airport near you, using the box below.

Balearic Islands government introduces new restrictions

Ibiza, Balearic Islands. Spain

To help contain the spread of COVID-19 across the Balearics, the island group’s government has reimposed restrictions on the popular tourist areas of Magaluf in Majorca and Sant Antoni in Ibiza. If you plan to travel there on holiday, be aware that the new restrictions include a 2am curfew, capacity limits of 100 people indoors and 200 outdoors and capacity limits for tables at bars and restaurants of 6 indoors and 10 outdoors.

Travel news updates – 5th July

Will travel restrictions be lifted on 19th July?

Teenage woman using smartphone at airport terminal sitting with luggage suitcase and backpack for travel

Britons are awaiting news from Downing Street as to whether vaccinated adults can travel to countries on the UK’s amber list without a self-isolate requirement upon return. Many people are wondering whether the government will ​ease travel restrictions on 19th July, as approximately 86% of UK adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has advised that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will be providing a more detailed review later this week.

While there is a lot of speculation about what might be announced, you can keep up to date with the latest news by signing up to our newsletter.

Madeira to welcome Britons who have received the Covishield vaccine

Rigged cliffs of Madeira, Portugal

The autonomous Portuguese island of Madeira announced that it will allow entry to Britons who have been given Covishield, the Indian-made COVID-19 vaccine, even though it has not been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Europe’s drug regulator. The announcement also said that Madeira would be allowing travellers vaccinated with any of the current vaccines in circulation worldwide, which also includes China’s Sinovac and India’s Covaxin. Madeira is currently on the UK Government’s green list for travel.

Travel news updates – 1st July

EU digital COVID certificates live across Europe from today

Young male tourist in the historical district of City of Novi Sad, Serbia, Eastern Europe

EU Digital COVID Certificates are being accepted by all EU Member States as of 1st July. This certificate’s QR code shows proof of the certificate holder having either been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19. It allows for quarantine-free travel within the EU. The UK Government has submitted its upgraded NHS app to the European Commission and is awaiting approval for implementation. If accepted, Britons can be exempted from quarantine around the EU.

Vaccinated Britons wishing to travel to Malta will now be able to use both the NHS paper certificate and digital app as proof for vaccination from 1st July, too.

Learn more about travelling with a digital Covid vaccine certificate.

Phuket opens to vaccinated British holidaymakers

Tropical beach in Phuket, Thailand.

From 1st July, Thailand’s new tourism programme is welcoming visitors from specific countries to the island of Phuket without quarantine requirements. Phuket is the only destination open as part of this programme at this time. Tourists must be fully vaccinated and from one of the approved “low-risk” and “medium-risk” countries, which currently includes most of Europe, the U.K. and U.S., Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. They will be able to enjoy the island without quarantine and continue travel to other parts of Thailand after 14 days if they wish.

The government advises not to travel to amber or red list countries for non-essential purposes. At the moment Thailand is on the amber list, so people will need to self-isolate for ten days upon return to the UK.

Travel news updates – week commencing 28th June

Algarve beach with sea cliffs and colourful buildings in the background and fishing boats in the foreground.
  • Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, announced that England will join Scotland on its red list for travel. Northern Ireland and Wales remain on the travel green list. Staying on the mainland? Explore these beautiful beach hotels in the UK.
  • Starting from Thursday 1st July, Hong Kong will no longer allow flights or travellers from the UK – which is being added its “extremely high-risk” list of countries. Find out what to do if your flight is cancelled.
  • Mainland Portugal will only allow fully vaccinated travellers from the UK to visit without quarantine. This law will last from 28th June until at least 11th July. This law doesn’t apply to Madeira, which is on the UK’s green watchlist for travel. Find flights to the island’s capital, Funchal.
  • From the 30th June, only Britons who have had a full course of a COVID-19 vaccine will be allowed to enter Malta: which was recently added to the UK government’s green list for travel. Find flights to Malta.
  • Spain is tightening restrictions for travellers from the UK, starting from Friday 2nd July. Visitors will need to bring a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival, or have proof of full vaccination. Find flights to the Balearic islands.

Travel news updates –  Government travel announcement24th June

Colourful boat floating in a Malta harbour.
  • Malta will be added to the UK travel green list from 4am on 30th June. The UK is currently on Malta’s amber list for travel, so restrictions apply. Read our essential guide to Malta city breaks.
  • 16 destinations were added to UK green travel watchlist including Madeira, the Balearic Islands, Grenada, Antigua & Barbuda and Barbados. Planning a Caribbean break this summer? Read our Barbados travel advice.
  • The Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Haiti, Kuwait, Mongolia, Tunisia and Uganda are moving from the amber list to the red list from 4am on Wednesday 30th June.
  • The government has announced its intention that, from later in the summer, fully vaccinated UK residents will no longer need to isolate on return from amber list countries. Further details will be shared next month. In the meantime, we answer the big questions on COVID vaccine certificates for travel.

Travel news updates – week commencing 21st June

Woman seen from back, checking train platform numbers.
  • The Swiss government has announced that it will lift quarantine restrictions for fully vaccinated Britons from June 26th. Switzerland is currently on the UK’s amber list for travel. Find flights to Switzerland.
  • Poland introduces mandatory seven-day quarantine for non- and partially vaccinated UK arrivals, including those who test negative for the disease. Poland is currently on the amber list for travel. Find flights to Poland.
  • Canadian citizens who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not need to quarantine upon entry to Canada from July 5th, provided they test negative for the disease. Find flights to Canada.
  • Italy imposes a mandatory five day quarantine for UK arrivals. The announcement comes as the country prepares to ease restrictions on travellers from Canada, Japan, the USA and other EU countries. Explore cheap flights to Italy.
  • Staying in the UK this summer? Check out the best outdoor activities in London.  

Travel news updates – week commencing 14th June

Asian woman with backpack in airport terminal on escalator traveler at international airport, young girl tourist lifestyle on holidays
  • The Isle of Man is planning to allow fully vaccinated tourists from the UK, Ireland and Channel Islands to visit from June 28th. No tests or quarantine will be required for those who have had two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. Find flights to Isle of Man.
  • The Faroe Islands, which is on the UK government’s green list for travel, will welcome fully vaccinated Britons from June 26th. Flights to the destination resume on July 1st. Find flights to the Faroe Islands.
  • Disneyland Paris is welcoming visitors after eight months of closure, putting a number of measures in place to ensure COVID safety. France is still on the UK’s amber list for travel, and vice versa, so restrictions apply. Find flights to Paris.
  • Government ministers have confirmed that they’re considering relaxing quarantine restrictions for Britons who have had both doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. Read more about COVID vaccine certificates for travel.
  • The Malta Tourism Authority has announced that long-term travellers aged 65 and over will be allowed to claim €100 worth of vouchers if they book a minimum stay of 15 nights between October 18th and December 19th 2021. Find flights to Malta.
  • Luxury night trains and high-speed rail connections are being reinstated across Europe. For more on greener travel, read about sustainable aviation fuel.
  • The Republic of Ireland will double the mandatory self-isolation period for partially or unvaccinated travellers coming from Great Britain from five to ten days. This does not apply to fully vaccinated visitors. Find flights to Ireland.
  • Government ministers announced plans to bolster the British tourism sector from September 2021 to March 2022, including the introduction of a new rail pass for domestic tourism and a National Lottery-funded voucher scheme for discount attraction tickets. More details will be confirmed at a later date. Discover the best cities in the UK for a post-lockdown break.

Travel news updates – week commencing 7th June

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  • The green-listed island of St Helena has announced that travellers will now only need to quarantine for ten days rather than 14. Find flights to St Helena.
  • Boris Johnson and Joe Biden met in Cornwall to discuss a new Atlantic Charter, including discussions about resuming travel between the UK and US. Find out the current status of the US-UK travel corridor.
  • Scott Morrison and Lee Hsien Loong met ahead of the G7 summit to discuss forming a travel bubble between Australia and Singapore. While we wait for Singapore’s restrictions to ease, take a 24-hour virtual tour of the Lion City.
  • The digital green certificate – which will allow anyone who has been fully vaccinated, can provide a negative COVID-19 test or has recovered from the virus to travel within the EU – will officially come into action on July 1st (July 19th for Ireland). Find out more about travel after Brexit and the new passport rules.
  • Morocco is gearing up to welcome travellers from the UK – as well as most of the European Union, Russia, China, Canada, and the USA – from mid-June. Find flights to Morocco.
  • Singapore Airlines to resume flights from Manchester on July 17th, with three flights to and from Singapore per week. Find flights to Singapore.
  • United Airlines is planning to bring back superfast transatlantic travel with 15 new Boom Overture supersonic jets. This will cut the journey from London to New York Newark to just three and a half hours, with trial flights starting in 2026. Plan ahead with flights to New York.

Travel news updates – week commencing 31st May

illustration of a young couople looking at a departure board, all of the destinations are orange/amber.
  • The French government has announced that people who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to quarantine on arrival. This applies to those arriving from countries on France’s orange list, which includes the UK. Find flights to France.
  • A new four day bank holiday weekend is planned for Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June 2022, to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Plan ahead and search flights for next June.
  • Government travel update: no new countries added to the UK green list for travel, Portugal moving to amber from Tuesday 8th June. Stay up to date with the latest Coronavirus travel advice.
  • Affected by latest travel restrictions to Portugal? Look to our flexible travel and cancellation guidance for more information. Get all your latest travel questions answered with our On Air video Q&A series.
  • Seven countries were added to red list for travel from 4am on Tuesday 8th June: Egypt, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Bahrain, Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago, and Afghanistan. Find out more about hotel quarantine on return from red listed countries.
  • The head of Qantas has suggested that an Australia-UK travel bubble could be in the works before Australia officially reopens to tourism in 2022. Plan for next year with cheap flights to Australia.
  • The Thai island of Phuket is preparing to reopen to international travellers, who have had both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, from July 1st. If the scheme is successful it will be rolled out to other popular Thai tourist destinations such as Krabi, Phang-nga, Koh Samui, Pattaya, Bangkok, Buriram, Cha-am and Hua Hin. Find flights to Phuket.
  • Jersey introduced its own traffic light system for travel, covering trips from the UK as well as international destinations. Find flights to Jersey.

Travel news updates – week commencing 24th May

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  • France has joined Germany and Austria in imposing tighter restrictions for travellers arriving from the UK.
  • Travel into and out of Bolton, Blackburn, Kirklees, Bedford, Burnley, Leicester, North Tyneside and the London borough of Hounslow should be “minimised” – Heathrow remains open. Find flights from Heathrow.
  • Austria has joined Germany in banning direct flights from the UK due to concerns over the Indian variant of COVID-19. Keep up with the latest border restrictions using our Where Can I Go? map.
  • Ireland is likely to announce that it will lift its 14-day quarantine restriction and testing requirement for holidaymakers coming from the UK. Search flights to Ireland.
  • Germany bans all non-essential travel from the UK due to concern over more infectious variants of COVID-19.
  • Spain lifts restrictions for UK travellers, however it is still on amber list. See flights to Spain.
  • Travellers arriving into Heathrow from red listed countries will have their own dedicated facility from 1st June. If you’re coming from a red list country, here’s everything you need to know about hotel quarantine.

Travel news updates – week commencing 17th May

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  • If you’re wondering “Can I go to the USA this summer?”, test data and vaccination rates have made it a possible contender for the green list update at the start of June. Get the latest news on the possibility of a US–UK travel corridor.
  • Eurostar secures rescue package from France’s state railway (SNCF), Belgium’s state train operator (SNCB) and other investors. Discover five of the UK’s most scenic train journeys.
  • The European Union has agreed to allow non-vaccinated travellers from outside the EU to visit, providing they are arriving from a country on its ‘white list’.
  • Indoor hospitality, hotels and B&B’s will open in Northern Ireland from May 24th, and non-essential travel is permitted to the rest of the common travel area. Visit the 11 best places in the UK.
  • Travel Secretary Grant Shapps told BBC Radio 4 that the UK Government is keen to expand the green list for travel, but that people should be patient.
  • World’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, the 516 Arouca, opens in Northern Portugal. Find cheap flights to Porto.
  • Scotland launches vaccine certification scheme for those travelling abroad. Scottish residents can either download their vaccination status letter from the NHS Inform patient portal, or call the free COVID Status helpline on 0808 196 8565. Read more about COVID vaccine certificates for travel.
  • Iceland administers free PCR tests to arrivals, however non-essential travel to Iceland is currently restricted to those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or can show proof that they’ve recovered from the illness. Find cheap flights to Iceland.
  • Now that summer holidays are definitely back on the cards – and we have a confirmed list of green, amber, and red list destinations – here’s how to find last-minute flight deals from the UK.

Travel news updates – week commencing 10th May

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  • Portugal has confirmed that tourists will be able to visit the country from 17th May, so long as they have a negative PCR test result within 72 hours before their flight time. Book flights to Portugal.
  • San Marino will offer the Russian Sputnik V vaccine to tourists, charging just €50 for both doses. To be eligible for the vaccine, visitors have to book a hotel for at least three nights and come back within four weeks for their second jab. Find flights to San Marino.
  • The Portuguese government has announced that it will maintain its “state of calamity” until 30th May, nearly two weeks after the country was added to the UK green list for travel. As restrictions continue to change unexpectedly, find out what to do if your flight gets cancelled.
  • Greece has pledged that every permanent resident of its 227 inhabited islands (aside from Crete) will be fully vaccinated by the end of June. Find flights to Greece.
  • The NHS app will be able to show vaccine certificates for English travellers from May 17th. Find out more about COVID vaccine certificates and health passes for travel.
  • Spa hotels in England and Wales reopened on May 17th, in Scotland on April 26th, and in Northern Ireland on 24th May. Find spa hotels for a soothing staycation.
  • Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced that international travel will be allowed from Monday 17th May, operating on a traffic light system the same as England. Compare flights from Scotland.
  • Skyscanner data shows flights to Portugal are popular, and cheaper than usual with return tickets to Porto costing on average £101, Lisbon sitting at £114 and Faro (Algarve) at £127.
  • The Australia to New Zealand travel bubble resumed after a short hiatus.

Travel news updates – Government travel announcement, 7th May

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  • Travel Secretary Grant Shapps has outlined which destinations will have green, amber, and red status under the new traffic light system for travel. Green list destinations, of which there are 12, have the least restrictions while red list locations have the most.
  • There are 12 countries on the travel green list, however the agreement is not reciprocal so in some cases there are entry restrictions for UK travellers planning to visit.
  • Turkey, the Maldives, and Nepal joined countries like Brazil, South Africa, and India on the UK’s red list for travel. Anyone returning from these countries will need to spend 11 nights in hotel quarantine at their own expense. Find out more about hotel quarantine.

Travel news updates week commencing 3rd May

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  • The Portuguese island of Madeira has announced that it will offer every tourist one PCR test free of charge. Find flights to Madeira.
  • The Australian government has announced that it will remain closed to the majority of international arrivals until the start of next year at the earliest. Learn more about travel bubbles and corridors.
  • Italy to welcome tourists from mid-May, including those from non-EU countries like the UK and USA. Find flights to Italy.
  • The FCDO is no longer advising against non-essential travel to Israel, Malta, Portugal (excluding the Azores), the US Virgin Islands, the Canary Islands and the Greek Islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zante, Corfu and Crete.
  • The European Union has recommended removing its blanket ban on non-essential travel in order to welcome fully vaccinated tourists and those coming from countries with relatively low infection rates. If you’re considering a trip to Europe this summer, find out how the new Brexit passport rules may affect your plans.

Travel news updates – week commencing 26 April 2021

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  • Tourist accommodation is open throughout the UK, and travel between the four nations is now permitted. Hire a car for day trips and staycations.
  • Spain is set to welcome travellers back from June, using the EU’s Digital Green Certificate programme. Spain will be piloting this process at its 46 airports in May. Visit these gorgeous spots in the Balearic Islands once it’s possible to go.
  • The NHS app will be updated with a section to show vaccine and test data for Britons who need evidence of their COVID status to travel abroad. Read more about travel technologies you can expect to see post-lockdown.
  • A plan to facilitate transatlantic travel between the EU and USA is currently in advanced levels of discussion. If implemented, this would allow fully vaccinated Americans to visit Europe this summer, and vice versa. The U.K. is also holding its own negotiations about whether Britons can travel to the U.S. this summer.
  • Autumn holiday booking have surged for 2021, with Skyscanner data showing more Britons are searching for departures in September, October, and November compared with 2019. Book flights for autumn.
  • Lockdown restrictions eased in Scotland on April 26, with tourist accommodation permitted to open and visitors from the rest of the UK allowed to cross the border. Discover the best places to visit in Scotland.
  • Quarantine-free travel will be permitted between Singapore and Hong Kong from May 26. This will be the second major air route in the APAC region to go ahead, following on from the Australia–New Zealand bubble which opened on 19th April. Find out more about travel bubbles and corridors.

Travel news updates – week commencing 19th April

  • France set to ease domestic travel restrictions around 3rd May. Domestic travel in the UK has already started to ease, so find inspiration with our top 10 spring holiday destinations.
  • Japan has announced a “short and powerful” state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo from April 25th to May 11th. You can still enjoy Japan and the world’s major sights from home.
  • The US State Department added the UK and 115 other countries including Canada, Mexico and France to its list of places citizens shouldn’t travel to, citing a “very high level of COVID-19”. Keep up to date with constantly changing border regulations using the Where Can I Go? map.
  • Seven of the world’s 10 busiest airports for 2020 were in China – including the top spot, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. This is due to a drop in global air traffic, plus the fact that China has few restrictions on domestic travel while international travel is still highly restricted. Domestic travel is likely to continue as a trend for 2021. Check out our favourite cities in the UK for a post-lockdown break.
  • Swiss ski resorts celebrated a “safe and successful” 2020/21 season. Simon Wiget, director of Verbier Tourism, explained “everyone was just so happy and grateful to ski, they stuck to the rules.” Plan ahead for next year with our pick of 10 of the best, cheap ski resorts in the world.
  • India was added to the UK’s travel ‘red list’ from 4am on Friday 23 April. British or Irish passport holders and those with UK residence rights will be allowed in, but must undergo mandatory quarantine in a government-approved hotel. Find out more about hotel quarantine on return from red list countries.
  • The Maldives tourism board has announced plans to make COVID-19 vaccines available to foreign holidaymakers, once all local residents have been offered their shot. Find out more about why the Maldives is ideal for a social distanced holiday.

Travel news updates – week commencing 12th April

  • Malta’s tourism authority has announced it will pay foreign visitors up to €100 per person when they book a stay of three nights or more, starting from June. The amount paid out depends on the hotel’s star-rating, with €100 for 5 star hotels, €75 for four-star hotels and €50 for those staying at three star hotels. Browse hotels in Malta.
  • Israel is opening its borders to vaccinated tourists visiting as part of a tour group from May 23. Individual travellers will be welcomed back at a later date – provisionally July. See flights to Israel.
  • Greece lifted quarantine for vaccinated and COVID-19 negative travellers from the 27 European Union member states plus the USA, UAE, UK, Serbia and Israel. Browse flights to Greece.
  • American low-cost carrier JetBlue has announced its first-ever transatlantic flight routes, while British Airways has expressed a desire to restart flights between the UK and USA. Explore fights to the USA.
  • Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon lifted Stay Local restrictions on April 16, allowing people to travel outside of their local authority area and meet outdoors in groups of six from up to six households. Check out 6 of the best places to visit in Scotland.
  • Some firms have halved the costs of PCR testing from £120 to £60 for those flying with their partner airlines. Find out more about COVID tests for travel.
  • Non-essential travel between England and Wales became possible on 12th April. Book car hire for a British break.

Travel news updates – week commencing 5th April

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  • The UK government’s Global Travel Taskforce has outlined its framework to safely reopen international travel. Recommendations include a traffic light system with countries rated as ‘green’, ‘amber’ or ‘red’. Find out how to set up price alerts for the best deals on flights when non-essential travel is again possible.
  • Australia and New Zealand announced a quarantine-free travel bubble, as did Germany with Mallorca. Read more about travel bubbles and corridors.
  • Skyscanner trends found increased demand for holidays in Greece, Dubai, Spain, Turkey, and Orlando. Once corridors do open, here is some guidance on how to find a last-minute flight.
  • As temporary working-from-home situations become more permanent, the United Arab Emirates is looking to attract digital nomads by expanding its remote working visa program. Read all about workcations: 2020’s big remote working trend.
  •  The Italian government backed a ban on large passenger and cargo ships approaching the historic centre of Venice. Find fights to Venice

Travel news updates – 1st April

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  • Boris Johnson suggested that an announcement about summer travel was forthcoming on April 5. Start planning with our post-lockdown dream holidays.
  • Cyprus has announced plans to reopen to tourists from the UK who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from May. Find flights to Cyprus.
  • Ministers from the UK and USA governments are reportedly in talks about starting a pilot scheme to facilitate a safe travel corridor between the two countries. Plan a trip to the Big Apple with our New York travel guide.
  • Thailand plans to open the island of Phuket for vaccinated tourists from July 1st. Find flights from the UK to Phuket.
  • Malta’s tourism authority has confirmed plans to welcome British travellers back from 1st June, as long as they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Read all about how to embrace freedom in Malta.
  • The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) is calling for Britons to get an extra day off in September to make up for the loss of Easter and the first May bank holiday, both of which took place under lockdown. Bank holidays mean day trips, and these English castles are perfect for a historic day out
  • Planning your summer staycation? Try these UK hidden gems for a long weekend
  • Your questions around cancellations and compensation are answered in our guide to flexible travel and Coronavirus travel advice article.

Travel news updates – March 2021

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  • Spain to lift UK travel ban from March 30, allowing Brits to visit without quarantine. However, non-essential travel is still illegal, until May 17 at the earliest. Find flights to Spain for later this year.
  • Aer Lingus has announces its first ever transatlantic services from Manchester Airport with flights to New York JFK and Orlando launching on July 29, Barbados from October 20, and Boston from summer 2022. Read our top 5 tips for safe flights during the pandemic.
  • £5,000 fine introduced for people going on overseas “without fair reason”. Non-essential travel may resume on 17 May. Read our flexible travel guide for tips on booking transferrable tickets.
  • Traffic light system is being considered for international travel, indicating risk levels and restrictions, Find out what the current UK hotel quarantine rules are for arrivals from red list countries.
  • Foreign governments and cruise lines consider admitting tourists based on COVID vaccine certificates and infection status. For more in-depth information, read about COVID vaccine certificates and health passes for travel.
  • We asked the experts about COVID testing for travel.
  • EasyJet has announced two new flight routes to Newquay, with non-stop flights from Manchester launching on 21 June and Glasgow on June 29. The latter will be the airline’s first-ever flight route from Scotland to Cornwall. Get inspired by 15 of the best places to visit in Cornwall
  • Never mind the Caribbean – discover Scotland’s beaches this summer

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