Traffic Light System for Travel


UPDATE: From 4am, Monday 19th July, the government will no longer recommend against travel to amber list countries. Fully vaccinated passengers returning to the UK from Amber list countries (excluding France), including those who are under 18, will not need to quarantine on arrival in England or take a COVID-19 test on day 8. For further information read the announcement about the rule changes.

Some requirements will still remain in place regarding testing on day 2 and passenger locator forms, therefore please ensure you are fully up to date with the changes and visit for the latest travel requirements for entering England.


The government's traffic light system for travel abroad puts countries into red, amber, and green lists depending on a number of COVID-19 related factors. What you must do when you arrive in England from abroad depends on where you have been in the 10 days prior to your arrival and from July 19th will depend on whether you are fully vaccinated or not.


For more detailed information, including which countries are rated as red, amber or green for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the rules you must follow to enter England, please visit the site.


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Will I need a COVID-19 test to travel?

Everyone entering England from overseas (including UK nationals and residents) must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 days prior to direct departure to England.

Before departure check the list of red, amber, and green countries, as the list can change regularly.


Red list passengers

1. Book a managed quarantine package

2. Complete a passenger locator form

You can only enter if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. You must enter through a designated port of entry and quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days.


Amber list passengers

1. Book tests for day 2 and 8

2. Complete a passenger locator form

3. Make plans to self-quarantine in private accommodation for 10 full days after arrival (or full duration of stay if less than 10 days)

If you are arriving from an Amber country, and have been fully vaccinated through an approved vaccination programme, at least 14 days before your arrival in England, you must:

1. Book a test for day 2

2. Complete a Passenger Locator Form


Green list passengers

1. Book a test for day 2

2. Complete a passenger locator form


These measures apply to all persons (including UK nationals and residents) arriving in England from outside the common travel area comprising the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands. The British Overseas Territories are not in the common travel area. Public health requirements may vary depending upon in which nation of the UK you’re staying.


Please note: NHS tests will not be accepted for travel.


Can I travel to France?


The UK is currently on the French amber list. From 18th July entry requirements are different depending on whether you are fully vaccinated or not.


From Sunday 18 July, unvaccinated (or not fully vaccinated) arrivals aged 12 years old or over are required to present evidence of a negative test (PCR or antigen) taken within 24 hours of departure. Arrivals from most other amber countries will need evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure. You will also be required to present a completed international travel certificate and a sworn statement.


Travellers who are fully vaccinated do not need an essential reason to travel to France and do not need to self-isolate on arrival. From 18 July, fully vaccinated adults no longer need to present evidence of a negative test result before travel. Fully vaccinated travellers will still need to present a sworn statement and proof of vaccination.


Returning to England from  France – Important information


The amber list rules for fully UK vaccinated people do not apply to France. If you have been in France in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must follow the standard amber list rules, regardless of your vaccination status.

This means you must quarantine for 10 days on arrival in England and take day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests. You will need to book these tests in advance.

When you complete your passenger locator form you must choose ‘No / Prefer not to say’ when asked if you are exempt from the requirement to quarantine and take a day 8 test. This is under the section of the form titled ‘Your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status’.


Find out all the latest travel entry requirements for France, by reading the latest France travel advice.



Can I travel to the Netherlands?


You must have an essential reason to enter the Netherlands. Travellers from the UK are not currently permitted entry into the Netherlands unless for essential travel.


The Netherlands classifies the UK as a very high risk country with a variant of concern. As such, travellers (regardless of vaccination status) aged 13 and over arriving from the UK via ferry must abide by one of the following two options:


  • show a negative rapid test result taken no more than 24 hours before departure and no more than 48 hours before arrival in the Netherland

    or show the following 2 test results:

  • a negative PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands or a negative antigen test result taken no more than 48 hours before arrival in the Netherlands;

  • a negative rapid test result taken no more than 24 hours before departure.



Can I travel to Ireland?


All travellers to Ireland will need to fill out a Passenger Locator Form. Failure to complete this form is an offence.


No travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary for travellers from Great Britain with valid proof of full vaccination. If you do not have valid proof of vaccination and are travelling from Great Britain you will need to:

  • present evidence of a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country
  • self-quarantine for 14 days
  • undergo post-arrival testing


Read the latest entry requirements by visiting the Ireland travel advice page.


Need more Coronavirus information? Head back to our Coronavirus hub page for more information, or find out more about the routes we travel too by visiting our routes page.


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