What are the current travel rules?

It's hard to keep up with the constant rule changes, so here, hopefully I've simplified everything for you to keep across the current travel rules.

If there's anything you're unsure of, feel free to ask me....

After doing away with the traffic light system the government have installed basic rules for all travellers.

There's still some no-go countries and we'll talk about those later

Currently for FULLY VACCINATED travellers (and anyone under 18) coming into England, Scotland and Wales here's the deal...

* You no longer have to test in the country you're visiting in order to fly home

* You DO still have to take a day 2 test when you return home, but this can now be a lateral flow test - it doesn't need to be a PCR. It still has to be paid for through a private company (think Randox / qured etc, you can fins a list of providers HERE ) You need to book this before you travel so you can receive a code to use on your return passenger locator forms

* You also no longer need to isolate while you wait for the results of that test

The nations plans differ and I'll update them soon

When leaving the UK:


Our rules cover people flying into our countries so we can protect ourseles. All countries have different rules of entry. So whether you need to test before you fly, isolate when you arrive / be fully vaccinated and at what age, will depend on the country you are visiting. So do make sure you're read up on this preferable BEFORE you book your travel.

You will still need to fill in passenger locator forms, these are specific to the country you are visiting and need to be completed within the 48 hours period before you travel

You'll need passport and flight and hotel details so make sure you've got it all to hand and have a quiet few minutes to concentrate!

If you need to PROVE YOU'RE FULLY VACCINATED, you can get this via the NHS app https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-app/


Unvaccinated passengers will need to continue to take a pre-departure test, PCR tests on day two and day eight, and self-isolate for 10 days

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Written by Amy Clowes

Amy is Seatkickers' editor, she lives in Manchester with her daughters aged eight and two. She loves travelling and discovering new places. Her favourite place in the world is Biarritz in France