Where can I travel to now? Your travel questions answered

Non-essential international travel is allowed again, but there are still restrictions and testing requirements

This page was last updated on Monday 18 October 2021 and will be kept up to date as and when the government makes further announcements about international travel in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The below applies until

Early 2022 when there will be a further review to give clearer certainty to the international travel policy for Spring/Summer 2022. Please check back later for more information.

Given that the current situation is subject to change, often at short notice, it is important to keep up to date with all of the latest travel information on the UK government website.

Latest Updates

Update to red list and COVID-19 travel testing rules

There are now only 7 countries on the red list as of 11 October. These include Colombia, Dominican Republic and Ecuador.

Fully vaccinated passengers will be allowed to take a lateral flow test instead of a day 2 PCR test on 24 October.

Pre-departure tests are no longer required for those fully vaccinated returning from a non red list country.

Traffic light list announcement

On Monday 4th October, the government announced the latest changes to the travel traffic light lists. The green and amber lists have now been removed and the red list only includes 7 countries.

View red list

What are the current rules for international travel?

How does the government’s red list work?

Can I book my quarantine hotel and testing package at Manchester Airport?

Can I book my PCR testing package at Manchester Airport?

Which countries are on the red list?

Can I book my holiday now? What if the government’s plans for international travel change?

Will I need to self-isolate when I arrive at my destination?

What health checks or forms will I need to complete?

What should I do if I believe I may have COVID-19 symptoms?

What if I am returning to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

When will the government be announcing its next travel updates?

 

What are the current rules for international travel?

As of Monday 4th October, additional restrictions are only in place for the red list.

The government have relaxed restrictions and removed the use of amber and green lists. They will continue to focus on testing and quarantine as measures for the red list to limit the spread of COVID-19 and any variants.

The next government update for travel is due in early 2022.

How does the government’s red list work?

The UK government recently removed the use of green and amber lists but restrictions remain in place for the red list. Fully vaccinated travellers will only be required to do a day 2 lateral flow test until travel restrictions are revised in 2022.

Here are the steps involved in travelling to a red list country and the rules for testing and quarantine:

 

Red – for those countries posing a high risk

Arrivals to England must:

  • Fill in a passenger locator form (including details of quarantine package)

  • Take a pre-departure test and get a negative result in the three days before travel

  • Book a quarantine package – including a managed quarantine hotel, quarantine transport and the travel test package – from a government-approved provider before travel

  • Quarantine for 10 days in a managed quarantine hotel

  • Take a PCR test on day 2 and day 8 of your return (with no option for early release)

  

Can I book my quarantine hotel and testing package at Manchester Airport?

Manchester Airport is not currently on the government-approved list of ports of entry from red list countries.

 

Can I book my PCR testing package at Manchester Airport?

Yes! Manchester Airport has onsite testing facilities for those returning from countries not on the red list. We offer the lateral flow tests required for fully vaccinated travellers to be done on day 2.

Find out more about Manchester Airport’s arrivals testing facilities

 

Which countries are on the red list?

The UK government is operating a ‘red list’ of travel ban countries.

This list was last updated on Monday 18th October 2021.

  • Colombia

  • Dominican Republic

  • Ecuador

  • Haiti

  • Panama

  • Peru

  • Venezuela

Can I book my holiday now? What if the government’s plans for international travel change?

At Manchester Airport we know that the current situation means travel plans could be subject to change at short notice. That’s why we’re offering free cancellation on all parking bookings.

Many holiday providers are doing the same, offering speedy refunds, COVID-19 insurance, and other measures for your peace of mind.

When booking your travel for 2021, make sure that your chosen provider offers good cancellation or amendment terms.

 

Will I need to self-isolate when I arrive at my destination?

The government recently removed the green and amber list, so testing before you travel is vital. It is your responsibility to check the entry requirements of your chosen destination before you book travel. For the latest information, see the UK government's travel advice page.

 

What health checks or forms will I need to complete?

Before your arrival back into the UK, you will need to complete a passenger locator form. This can be completed 48 hours before your arrival back in the UK. You will need to show a copy of your form when you arrive at the UK border, either by printing it or showing it on a device. This information will be used by the government to contact you if someone you travelled with develops COVID-19 symptoms.

 

What should I do if I believe I may have COVID-19 symptoms?

If you believe you have COVID-19 symptoms, do not travel. If you develop symptoms while travelling, please inform airport or cabin staff.

 

What if I am returning to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

These rules only apply to arrivals in England. Information for travel into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be published by the Devolved Administrations.

 

When will the government be announcing its next travel updates?

The government has said that it plans to review international travel in early 2022 with the hopes of relaxing further restrictions.

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