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Booking A Holiday To A Green List Country: What You Need To Know

News of the government’s traffic light system for international travel has provided clarity to those looking to jet away for their much-needed dose of sunshine, and the addition of several countries to the green list has been met with joy by wannabe holidaymakers.

The likes of Iceland, Gibraltar, Madeira, the Balearic Islands and Malta have all been placed on the green list in recent times, which has seen a large amount of Brits booking trips to those places to pencil in their summer break.

But what exactly do you need to do and be aware of should you book a holiday to a green list destination? Read on to discover more…

I’ve booked a holiday to a green list destination, what do I need to do before I go?

Before you travel you should make sure you’re aware of the entry requirements and laws within the country you’ll be visiting. For example there could be local rules on isolation periods and perhaps different regulations on the use of face masks and social distancing which you need to know about before you arrive.

You should also keep an eye on whether the country you have booked a holiday to moves off the green list before your departure date, as this may impact your plans.

What about before I travel back to England? Is there anything to purchase, fill out, or otherwise be aware of?

Yes – before travelling back to England you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test in the three days before the service on which you will arrive to England departs. You’ll also need to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test to be taken after arrival in England, which you can do online before you travel on your holiday to ensure you have one in place for when you get back.

As well as this, you will also need to fill in a passenger locator form online before you arrive back home. It is free to do so and you can complete any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK.

What do I need to do upon arrival back in England?

As mentioned, you need to take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive, and you do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive or if NHS Test & Trace informs you that you travelled to England with someone who has tested positive.

Do I still need to follow these rules even if I have been vaccinated

Yes, there are currently no exemptions to these rules for people that have been vaccinated. There have been suggestions that could be the case in the future however.

What does it mean if a destination moves to the green watchlist?

The nature of the government’s system is that countries can move from green to amber or red at any time, based on COVID-19 related data for individual countries. You may have also heard of the green watchlist, which is essentially a place for countries that are currently on the green list, though are at risk of moving to amber. This can be done with little or no prior warning.

Where can I find out which countries are on the green list?

The GOV.UK website is the best place to visit to find out which countries are on the green list. This is regularly updated with the most recent advice.