From Monday 4th October, there will be a new simplified system for international travel with a single red list, replacing the current system. Additionally, if you're fully vaccinated you will not need a pre-departure test before arrival into England from a non-red country.
Then, later in October (exact date to be confirmed), fully vaccinated travellers returning from non-red countries will be able to replace the day-two PCR test with a more-affordable lateral flow test.
From Wednesday 22nd September, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Egypt and the Maldives will be taken off the red list, however, some entry restrictions remain in place so we advise that you check the latest FCDO advice for full destination information for the country you are planning to visit.
We very much hope that you will still be able to get away on your holiday as planned.
We are continuing to work through bookings prioritizing by departure date and will be contacting you within 30 days of departure if your destination remains red to discuss the latest information relating to your booking.
Returning to England from a red destination requires compulsory quarantine at a designated hotel at your own expense and regular testing.
You should not travel to red list countries or territories for leisure purposes.
Please click here to read more about the red list on the government's website.
Don't forget to check the validity on your passport before you travel - especially as it may have been a while since you looked at it.
Getting a Covid Test
As pre-departure tests are required before leaving the UK and again on arrival back into the UK, we are recommending Diamond Air who offer a comprehensive range of Covid testing services, either in one of their clinics or at your home.
Their main testing clinic is conveniently located at Heathrow, with Healthcare professionals onsite to administer tests. They also accommodate appointments in their partner clinics located across London and the UK. The tests are PHE approved, MHRA authorised and CE marked for quality and safety assurances. The tests are administered and couriered to the Laboratory, once results are processed, an automatic message is received and Certified results are emailed in a printable PDF format. Passengers can receive RT-PCR test results within 24-72 hours of providing swab sample, or within just 2-4 hours when using our ‘Super Express Test’ option. Antigen tests are also available with results in just 15 minutes and they now offer Test To Release options for inbound passengers into the UK looking to minimise quarantine. Full information of the services offered can be found on the Diamond Air website.