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What is the Traffic Light System?

As lockdown eases in the United Kingdom, in an effort to return international travel to normality and get us all on the move again, the British government has introduced a traffic system to simply classify countries and signal where is safe to travel. Despite the lifting of restrictions, this traffic light system will mean that there are still certain rules and regulations surrounding international travel. We wanted to break this system down for you so that you can start booking your long-awaited holiday as soon as possible.

Green Destinations

Amber Destinations

Traffic Light Breakdown 

Countries are placed in one of three categories: Green, Amber and Red. The rating of the country will depend on your test to travel procedure.

Green List Destinations 

At Value Added Travel, we offer great offers and flight options to the following Green List destinations

I Am Travelling To A Green List Country

  • You must take a private COVID-19 PCR for travel test in the 72 hours before you depart.
  • You must book your Day 2 COVID-19 PCR for travel test to take upon return to the UK, prior to your departure, and provide proof of this.
  • You must complete a passenger locator form to ensure you can be contacted after you return from your trip.
  • Children aged 4 and below are exempt from these practices.

Amber List Destinations

As of August 8th 2021, UK travelers who have been doubled vaccinated in the United Kingdom will be granted the freedom to travel to Amber List countries, with no quarantine upon return. 

I Am Travelling To An Amber List Country

  • You must take a private COVID-19 PCR for travel test in the 72 hours before you depart.
  • You must book your Day 2 COVID-19 PCR for travel test to take upon return to the UK, prior to your departure, and provide proof of this.
  • You must complete a passenger locator form to ensure you can be contacted after you return from your trip.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine upon return unless you test positive for Coronavirus on your Day 2 test.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, regardless of your Day 2 test result, you must self-isolate at home for ten days and take a COVID-19 test on day eight.

At Value Added Travel, we offer great offers and flight options to the following Amber List destinations:

Red Light Destinations

If you are travelling to a country that is on the red list, it is widely advised that you do not travel unless in exceptional circumstances.

I Am Travelling To A Red List Country

  • You must take a private COVID-19 PCR for travel test in the 72 hours before you depart.
  • You must book your Day 2 COVID-19 PCR for travel test to take upon return to the UK, prior to your departure, and provide proof of this.
  • You must complete a passenger locator form to ensure you can be contacted after you return to the UK from your trip.
  • Regardless of your vaccination status, you must quarantine for ten days in Managed Isolation. Arrival day in the UK is noted as Day 0.
  • If you do not comply with these practices, you may face a penalty of up to £10,000 inforced by the law.
  • Children aged 10 and under are exempt from these practices.

PCR Testing: What is a PCR test?

A PCR test, or a polymerase chain reaction test, is used to rapidly detect whether you are currently infected with COVID-19. This is a quick process that involves the traveller to run a fabric tip around their throat in order to identify the possible presence of the virus and determine whether or not they are safe for travel.

PCR For Travel Testing Explained

We’ve now been given the go to travel to green and amber list countries and return without quarantining (providing you complete the required testing and tracing protocols, of course). Whilst it’s great that travel is getting on its feet again, at Value Added Travel are aware that the rules surrounding travel can get a little confusing.

In line with current UK government guidelines, when traveling in and out of the UK, you must engage in a PCR test, depending on your vaccination status. Whether you haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19, you’ve received your first jab, or you’ve received both doses of your COVID-19 vaccination, a variety of travel rules apply to ensure you are eligible for travel that you must follow, or risk being turned away at the airport before your trip. 

For people in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland that are subject to the travel regulations of the United Kingdom, to help you navigate the current rules and regulations, we have devised a clear guide to getting PCR tests for travel so you can get set and jet away, as soon as possible.

How Do I Know Which Travel Regulations Apply To Me?

Depending on your vaccination status and destination, one of three steps will apply when prepping for your upcoming international trip, at your own expense.

The number and type of test will depend on both your vaccination status as stated and the country you are visiting. Each country will have its own requirements that you must meet whilst visiting. You must not use an NHS test to achieve this negative result, it must be a professional, private PCR test.

How Do I Prove My PCR Test Result?

  • An official, printed document such as an email.
  • An email or text message result that you can show on-demand, on your phone or tablet.

Government Approved PCR Test Vendors

With the release of these rules and regulations, hundreds of providers of PCR tests have emerged at varying price points. It’s important to ensure when booking your PCR testing that you are doing so with a registered provider. Find a test vendor near you on the government website.

Travel Inspiration

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Booking With Confidence

Here at Value Added Travel, we want to assure you that you can travel with confidence. We offer the following services to ensure you feel at peace when making your booking:

  • Amend Your Holiday Up To 3 Weeks Before - Free of Charge
  • Postpone Your Trip
  • Move Deposit To A Different Booking
  • ATOL Protection
  • Cancel For Credit

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