International travel to resume as coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions ease

International travel to resume as coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions ease

The Department for Transport has confirmed that international leisure travel can re-commence from 17 May 2021 under a traffic light system as the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions ease further. Under the new rules, 12 countries have been added to the ‘green’ list, removing the need for arrivals from those countries to quarantine. However, the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, stated that strict border control measures will remain in place and advised against travel to red and amber countries. All travellers will still be required to take a pre-departure test up to 72 hours before their return to England, complete a passenger locator form and take another PCR test on or before the second day after their arrival.

The traffic light system will be reviewed every three weeks and a ‘green watchlist’ will be published in the future to indicate when a country is identified as a candidate for a changing country.

Further information about which countries are on which list and the rules that must be followed is available here.

Announcing the new measures, Shapps stated: ‘This is a new way of doing things, and people should expect travel to be different this summer – with longer checks at the borders, as part of tough measures to prevent new strains of the virus entering the country and putting our fantastic vaccine rollout at risk.’

Source: Government confirms traffic light list ahead of cautious return to international travel

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