Government AffairsSeeing red, amber and green in the statuses of destinations that British travellers can visit this summer.

Green means go for England's traffic-light travel system

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UK proceeds as planned with quarantine-free overseas travel to 12 countries and territories including Singapore, Israel and Portugal.
UK proceeds as planned with quarantine-free overseas travel to 12 countries and territories including Singapore, Israel and Portugal. Photo Credit: Getty Images/anyaberkut

Singapore, Brunei and Australia are among the 12 countries and territories that British travellers can visit without quarantining on their return to England, when the 'Stay in the UK' regulation is lifted come 17 May.

During a 7 May announcement last week on 7 May, British transport secretary Grant Shapps unveiled the differing levels applied to travellers returning to England from countries based on a 'traffic light system' categorising destinations based on Covid-risk levels.

Set in place by the local Global Travel Taskforce, travellers can skip quarantine, but will still need to take a pre-departure test up to 72 hours before their return travel, and a single PCR test on or before day two of arrival into England.

Destinations listed as green include Portugal, Israel and Jerusalem, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Brunei, the Faroe Islands as well as some smaller remote islands under the British Overseas Territories.

However, Shapps warned that many of these destinations continue to impose restrictions on travellers from the UK — which discovered the more contagious B117 virus strain late 2020 — thus advising passengers to check all requirements before booking their travels.

The US, which in early April gave the green light to international travel for vaccinated Americans, has been put on the amber list. Spain, France, Italy and Greece are also classified as 'amber' destinations.

British travellers returning from the amber countries are required to self-isolate at home for 10 days, although they can reduce that time if they take an additional negative test on day five.

On the red list are Brazil, India, South Africa and the UAE, with the Maldives, Turkey and Nepal the most recently added.

This would mean that passengers returning from countries designated as red must quarantine in a hotel for 10 days, and must book and agree to pay for a quarantine package before departing for the UK (which includes PCR test required on days two and eight of quarantine).

The British authorities will review the countries on the green, amber and red lists every three weeks from 17 May.

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