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Updated 15th October 2021:

Latest Travel Update:

Great news! Testing on arrival back to England will be getting a whole lot cheaper and easier. From the 24th October, fully vaccinated adults and those under 18 will be able to take a lateral flow test instead of a PCR test on or before day 2 of arriving l back home to England.

Things to keep in mind about the change:

  • This will only apply to fully vaccinated adults and children under the age of 18 who are returning to England from a country that is NOT on the Red list.
  • Lateral flow tests will be available from the 22nd October and must be purchased through approved private providers and not the NHS. Most providers recommend purchasing these tests at least 4-6 days prior to travel, ensuring enough time to receive them before you go.
  • You’ll need to upload a photo of your test to verify results as soon as possible with the test provider. Make sure to follow the instructions carefully.

 

Dust off your suitcase and grab your sunscreen… travel has become simpler and its finally time to Travel Republic!

There are now just two travel lists;

The RED List: Travel is advised against to these destinations and travel measures will be in place. 

The GREEN List: You can travel to these destinations and enjoy your well-deserved holiday!

To help keep you in the loop and up to date, keep reading on to find out everything you need to know about:

  • What to do when you get back home to the UK
  • What to do before you depart for home                              
  • Finding the rules for the country you’re visiting
  • And who we will be contacting / what to do if you need to make changes to your booking

Your arrival back into the UK

Arriving back into the UK – The Green List

Action

Fully vaccinated adults

Non-fully vaccinated adults

Whilst on holiday – complete a pre-departure test 72hrs before departure

No

 

Yes

Whilst on holiday - Complete the Passenger Locator Form 48hrs before departure

Yes

Yes

When back home - isolate at nominated address for 10 days

No

Under 18’s do not need to self-isolate

Yes

Under 18’s do not need to self-isolate

When back home – Take a PCR test on Day 2

Yes

 

Yes

When back home – take a PCR test on Day 8

No

Yes

Travelling with Children:

If you’re off on a family holiday, each of the home nations Governments have set out rules for under 18’s. To find the information you need to know, please use one of the links below:

Arriving back into the UK - The Red list:

If you return from a Red List country, regardless of vaccination status you will need to:

  • Take a pre-departure test 72hrs prior to departing back for the UK
  • Complete the Passenger Locator Form at least 48hrs before returning back to the UK
  • In advance of returning, book and pay for the 10 days managed isolation in a Government approved hotel
  • Take PCR tests on day 2 and day 8 of your mandatory hotel quarantine

Passenger Locator Form:

You’ll find the Passenger Locator Form by clicking here >>

Arranging PCR tests:

You’ll be required to purchase private PCR tests through a Government approved provider. To find an approved list, click here >> 

Remember, Covid-19 tests taken for travel and leisure purposes should not be taken through the NHS.

Each country in the UK has its own approved PCR test providers, please check the specific list for your devolved nation before booking; 

England >>

Scotland >>

Wales >>

Northern Ireland >>

You can purchase tests on our website using one of our partners. To find out more, click here >> 

How to get proof of your Vaccination Status:

You can get a digital pass via the NHS App or online using the NHS COVID Pass Service.

Alternatively, you can request a paper COVID Pass letter online or over the phone by calling 119. 

More details can be found by clicking here >>

Finding out about entry requirements for your holiday destination:

It is vital you know, understand and adhere to the specific entry requirements for the destination you are visiting.

To find out what you need to know before you go visit either:

  1. The FCDO website by clicking here >>
  2. Use our handy tool by clicking here >>

Due to depart soon?

Departing to a Red List destination:

We will contact all customers with a Package Holiday to discuss options. 

Should you wish to make any changes to your Flight Only, Hotel Only, Travel Extras or Attraction Tickets, please call our helpful Customer Service team or raise a Customer Service Request using the Manage Your Booking section of the website.

Departing to a Green List destination:

Due to the simplifying of the rules, you can get away on your well-deserved holiday with ease.

Should you wish to make any changes, please call our Customer Service team to discuss your options. Alternatively, you can raise a Customer Service Request using the Manage Your Booking section of the website.

Make sure you have travel insurance:

We recommend taking out Travel Insurance with appropriate cover for the destination you’re traveling to, and all of the holiday elements booked.

Remember to make sure everyone you’re travelling with also has suitable cover. Check out Travel Insurance with added Covid Protection by clicking here >>