New travel guidance relaxations mean summer holidays just got easier! Read more >

23 July 2021

Holidays over the next few weeks just became a lot easier. On 8th July, we received announcements that we have been waiting for regarding outbound and return travel to/from the UK. As a reminder, the traffic light system governs arrival conditions back into the UK, and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice governs outbound travel to destinations overseas.

Firstly, Britons who are double vaccinated will be able to enjoy quarantine-free travel to amber list countries.

From 19 July, the rules for people returning to England from some destinations are being relaxed as all legal restrictions are removed.

Although the traffic light system remains, holidaymakers who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to self-isolate for 10 days on their return back into England from an amber list country.

Secondly, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office removed its advice against all but essential travel to several popular holiday destinations last night, including Spain, Greece, France, Morocco and Jamaica, with immediate effect.

Of course, those countries still need to be open to arrivals from the UK, and the summary below pinpoints the best destinations to go for if you are tempted to head to the sun!

Bring on the Summer

The countries below are open to UK arrivals, have FCDO advice cleared and are now either green or amber traffic light status meaning no need to quarantine on return home. At the time of publishing, these are the destinations with the most relaxed travel requirements and top of the list for an imminent holiday:

As ever, your personal Travel Counsellor stands ready to answer questions and offer guidance relating to your preferred destination should you be keen to get away on a summer holiday. Please contact them as soon as possible as we are expecting a surge in demand, with price increases likely to follow as availability tightens.

Full details on the traffic light system destinations and restrictions follow:


Green List

People returning to England from these countries do not have to quarantine but have to take a private PCR test two days after returning.


Amber List

From 19 July, UK residents who are fully vaccinated (14 days since their final dose) will not have to self-isolate when returning to England.

They will still have to take a test three days before returning and take a PCR test on day 2 - but not on day 8.

Children under 18 and people who are taking part in COVID clinical trials will also no longer have to self-isolate or take a day 8 test.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated must still take the pre-departure test, quarantine for 10 days on returning to England and take day 2 and day 8 tests.

The government has lifted the advice to not travel to amber list countries.

Most countries are on the amber list - these are some of the main destinations for UK travellers:


Red list

All countries not on the green or amber lists are on the red list. Some amber list countries are also on a red watch list.

Only British or Irish nationals, or people with UK residence rights, are allowed to enter the UK from red list countries - although travel to those countries is not advised.

Even if travellers have been fully vaccinated, they must take a COVID-19 PCR test before travelling, book a quarantine hotel package and complete a passenger locator form.

On arrival, they will be taken directly to the quarantine hotel and take tests on day two and day eight.


To arrange your next holiday or to clarify any of the restrictions, contact your Travel Counsellor and take advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.

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