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COVID Self Isolation Rule Change: What Does It Mean For Holidays?

Self-isolation rules changed from 16th of August as part of step four of the Government's Covid-19 roadmap.

What does the rule change mean for you? We've rounded up the key points to be aware of when it comes to holidays.

What were the previous self-isolation rules?

Under the previous rules, you needed to self-isolate immediately if:

• You tested positive for Covid-19

• You had any coronavirus symptoms, including a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss of taste and smell

• Someone you lived with had symptoms or tested positive

• Someone in your support bubble had symptoms or tested positive

• You'd been informed you've been in contact with someone who tested positive by the NHS Covid-19 app

• You'd arrived in England from a red list or amber list country and had not been fully vaccinated

If you test positive, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you did not have symptoms) and the next ten full days.

What were the rule changes from the 16th of August?

Under 18s and fully vaccinated adults having received their second jab at least 14 days prior, will not have to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead, they will be advised to take a free PCR test as soon as possible. Anyone who tests positive following the PCR test will still be legally required to self-isolate.

What does this mean for holidays?

With 75% of people having received both doses of the vaccine, most adults will no longer need to self-isolate if they are contacts. The success of the UK's vaccine rollout means people can now book holidays with greater confidence. Rule changes mean children will no longer be forced to stay home and isolate if one person tests positive in their class at school, making it easier to book that long-awaited family getaway.

Book your UK family getaway today!

What about holidays abroad?

The current traffic light system featuring green, amber and red countries will remain in place. The system will continue to be reviewed and updated every three weeks. There's still no need to isolate on return to the UK from green list countries. Double vaccinated travellers, and under 18s returning to the UK from amber list destinations don't need to quarantine. Best of all, you won't use up all your annual leave in quarantine, meaning you can save quality holiday time for later in the year.

Find your next holiday now!

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