With effect from Monday 4 October 2021, the current traffic light system of red, amber and green will be replaced with a new simplified system. There will now only be a "red" list of countries, with all other destinations "open" and clear for travel.
Fully Vaccinated Travellers
You will no longer need to take an antigen (rapid flow) test for re-entry into the UK.
You will still need to take a PCR test on day 2 when you return home, but this requirement is due to be removed at the end of October, and replaced with lateral flow tests. We have no details yet as to when this will apply.
Children aged 4yrs and under are not required to take a PCR test
Children aged 17yrs and under who are travelling with fully vaccinated adults are classed as "vaccinated".
If you are aged 18yrs and over, you will need still need to take an antigen (rapid flow) test before you return to the UK, and then take two PCR tests when you get home.
You will also still need to self-isolate at home for 10 days – unless you opt in to the so-called "Test to Release Scheme".
To be “fully vaccinated” you must have had your final dose of an approved vaccine under the UK, EU or US vaccination programme at least 14 days before you’re due to arrive in the UK.
For more information about what you need to do when you return home to the UK, see our article: Entry Requirements for returning to the UK
Entry requirements for my holiday destination
There may still be testing requirements in place for your holiday destination. You can find the latest news by entering your destination in the search bar at the top of this page.