COVID-19 – TRAVELLING ABROAD – NON-Essential Travel (holidays)
Whilst the Government has announced we are at Stage 3 of the Lockdown with most, but not all, restrictions lifted, you are reminded that the Government are advising AGAINST all non-essential travel to countries on the amber or red list of countries. This also includes advise against cruise ship travel.
There is lots of advice on the Government pages and you are strongly advised to follow the following rules carefully:
- Follow current COVID-19 rules where you live: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do
- To prevent new COVID variants from entering the UK, you should not travel to amber or red list countries. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england
- To understand the risk in a country, follow FCDO Travel Advice https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
- When you return, follow the rules to enter the UK from abroad (except from Ireland) https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control
This situation is being carefully monitored and the advice is being kept under constant review. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect international travel. No travel is risk-free, and many countries have closed their borders or restricted entry to UK travellers. Any country may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example, due to a new COVID-19 variant.
If you do intend to travel abroad to green list countries you are advised to plan for your travel – read the guidance for your personal circumstances before deciding whether you should travel abroad https://www.gov.uk/guidance/traveladvice-novel-coronavirus.
This will give advice on what to do before you travel i.e., pre-departure tests and any other entry strictions to the country you are planning to travel, what to do when you are abroad to keep safe as well as preparing for your travel to the UK in terms of providing negative test, and 2 PCR tests on day 2 and day 8 on returning to the UK.
You are asked to seriously consider whether any planned holidays should go ahead because of the rapidly changing situation. The Government will not hesitate to make changes should the situation require it. You may, therefore, find your travel plans disrupted or being asked to quarantine on your return to the UK.
In this scenario, please contact Chris Mason on +44(0)7964 904 473 to inform us of the situation and to discuss what payment the Company may be able to make to cover any period of self-isolation which will be unpaid leave or holiday.
If you travel to an Amber list country you will, in addition to tests, need to quarantine for 10 days upon return to the UK. In England you can pay privately for a test under the Test to Release scheme on day 5 to end isolation. This does not currently apply to Wales or Scotland.
Whilst there are currently not many countries that will take proof of your vaccine status (2 doses), it is possible that this situation will change. You can get your vaccine status confirmed via the NHS app https://www.nhs.uk/nhsservices/online-services/nhs-app/.