Covid: new system for international travel

September 20th, 2021

The government has announced a new clearer system for international travel will begin on Monday 4 October 2021.

The rules will see the current red, amber, or green system replaced with either red or rest of the world.

Testing requirements will also be reduced for eligible fully vaccinated travellers, who will no longer need to take a pre-departure test when travelling to England from Monday 4 October.

From the end of October, eligible fully vaccinated passengers and those with an approved vaccine from a select group of non-red countries will be able to replace their day two test with a cheaper lateral flow test.

Anyone testing positive will need to isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test, which would be genomically sequenced to help identify new variants.

Testing for unvaccinated passengers from non-red countries will include pre-departure tests, day two and day eight PCR tests.

Test to release remains an option to reduce self-isolation period.

You can read the full announcement on the Government website.

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