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The information in this section deals with a fast-moving issue and should be read as correct at the time of publication.

This paper answers frequently asked questions about how international travel from and to the UK is currently affected by restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The international travel ban ended in England on 17 May 2021 and was replaced by a ‘traffic light’ system of restrictions. People entering England must adhere to different rules depending on whether they have come from a ‘green’, ‘amber’ or ‘red’ country.

The main restrictions are that, upon arrival, those entering the UK from a red country are required to undergo managed hotel quarantine for ten days, and those entering from an amber country must quarantine at home for ten days. Those who enter from a green country do not need to quarantine. All travellers are required to complete a passenger locator form and take Covid-19 tests both before and after arrival. Other restrictions and exemptions apply.

On 8 July, the Government announced that from 19 July, people arriving from amber countries who have been fully vaccinated in the UK NHS vaccine programme will no longer be required to quarantine. On 28 July, the Government announced that it would extend this quarantine-exemption to travellers fully vaccinated in the USA and most European countries too, starting on 2 August. On 17 September the Government announced that it would recognise vaccinations received in several more countries (including Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan), extending the quarantine-exemption to fully-vaccinated travellers from those countries too.

On 17 September the Government also announced that from 4 October onwards, the Traffic Light system would be replaced with a two-tier system, with red-list and non-red list countries. Restrictions on entry from non-red list countries will be determined by vaccination status.

Passengers whose flights are cancelled may be entitled to a refund. If a flight is not cancelled, but a passenger could not take it due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, they should be offered a re-scheduled flight or a refund. The Government has published a Passenger Covid-19 charter, which sets out consumer rights, responsibilities, and reasonable expectations while Covid-19 travel restrictions continue.

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