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COVID-19 - Fiona explains the current rules

The UK Government has announced several changes relating to entry requirements for arrivals into England.

From 0400hrs on 4 October, the existing tiered ‘traffic light system’ for determining entry requirements to the UK will be replaced with a simpler, two-tiered system.

This new system will see a reduction in the number of destinations categorised as ‘red’ and an expanded list of ‘none-red’ destinations.

Also, from this date, a pre-departure COVID-19 test will no longer be required for fully vaccinated adults and children under 18 who are not vaccinated, returning from a non-red country.

Upon entering the UK, a ‘day 2’ PCR test will still be mandatory in the short-term however the UK Government has announced its intention to replace this with a cheaper lateral flow test before the end of October. A date will be advised in due course.

Passengers will still be required to complete a passenger locator form before arriving in England.

For unvaccinated adults and arrivals from red list destinations the existing requirement for a pre-departure, day 2 and day 8 PCR testing package and 10 day self-isolation period will remain. Hotel quarantine will also remain for all arrivals from red list destinations.

Also announced by the UK Government today is the positive news that a number of destinations will be removed from the ‘red list’ from 0400hrs on 22 September. These are Kenya, Oman, Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Egypt.  

In addition, if you’re fully vaccinated or under 18, you will not need to self-isolate following close contact with someone who has COVID-19. You’ll still need to take a PCR test and self-isolate if you test positive.

For exact details and all the latest rules visit this link:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england

The rules may be different if you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland so please check here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

We now eagerly await the further lifting of international travel restrictions.

In the meantime, rest assured we are here for you. Use the coming weeks to plan your next holiday and contact us for friendly advice, holiday ideas or firm quotations on 2021 bookings and beyond. Many overseas partners have already geared up for travel in 2022 and 2023 and we expect to demand to suddenly take off, so it’s never too early to plan.

With our COVID-19 FLEXIBLE BOOKING POLICY  you can be confident in making a booking, safe in the knowledge that in the event of further restrictions, we will be poised to rebook or refund your holiday arrangements as the situation allows.

Fiona Brijnath

18 September 2021


In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic Far Frontiers Travel/Arcturus will aim to make the booking process as flexible and confidence inspiring as possible and where special conditions apply will adopt the flexible booking policies of all our overseas suppliers.

In addition, we offer our own layer of flexibility where your travel plans may be affected by any future COVID-19 outbreak and I will personally work with you to achieve the best outcome:

 a)    Should the UK Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) change its guidance to advise against all but essential travel to the destination you are booked to visit, you have the option to postpone your holiday, rebook to a different destination or receive a refund.  

 b)    Should your booking be impacted by COVID-19 in any other way, you have the option to change the destination of your existing trip or if this is not possible to postpone your trip to the next possible departure date. This will be done without us imposing additional charges. However, if applicable, you would be required to cover any difference in cost for the new trip.