Public holidays abroad are governed by a traffic light system which determines the rules of arrival in England. The Red List of Destinations has the strictest travel restrictions of all.
Two more countries were added to the red list in the latest traffic update. As of 4 a.m. on August 30, arrivals from Thailand and Montenegro must enter quarantine at the hotel.
The traffic light lists for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can potentially be different from those for England, so check the advice on relevant government websites.
Britons returning to England from redlisted destinations will continue to face a 10-day stay in a quarantine hotel at an increased cost of up to Â£ 2,285 (previously Â£ 1,750), including Covid testing. second and eighth days of their quarantine. The 30% price hike is “to ensure that taxpayers do not subsidize the cost of living in these facilities,” a government statement said.
All non-Britons who have been in a Red List country in the past 10 days will simply be refused entry to the country.
Each country’s scoring is decided based on the proportion of its population that has been vaccinated, its infection rates, the prevalence of variants of concern, and its ability to sequence their genomes.
All travelers must complete a passenger locator form and obtain proof of a negative Covid-19 test result prior to departure for England. The test must be taken within three days of departure.
Those traveling from green destinations must then pay for a PCR test no later than their second day back in England. Those returning from an amber country must quarantine themselves at home for up to 10 days. They must have two PCR tests upon their return, on days two and eight. They can pay for an additional test on the fifth day to potentially reduce their self-isolation time as part of the Test to Release program. Since July 19, fully vaccinated Britons (and their children) have been able to avoid quarantine on their return from Orange List destinations, but are still being tested.
Those returning from Red List countries still have to pay up to Â£ 2,285 to spend that time in a quarantine hotel. However, recent reports suggest that those in financial difficulty could avoid the large fees. A government statement confirmed: “Other payment terms remain available for those who really cannot afford to pay.”
Since February 15, arrivals who attempt to cover up their arrival from a Red List country also face prison terms of up to 10 years, while anyone attempting to avoid the mandatory quarantine of hotels face fines of up to Â£ 10,000.
A fine also applies the testing system. Travelers arriving from any country could be fined Â£ 500 if they do not have a valid test result.