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Key Points

  • A new simplified travel system with a single red list and the rest of the world comes beginning October 4, 2021
  • Fewer entry requirements for fully vaccinated travelers


Beginning October 4, 2021, the UK will introduce a new travel system with less strict testing restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers. Under this new system, countries and territories will be categorized as either red or the rest of the world based on their COVID-19 levels. Eligible fully vaccinated travelers and eligible travelers under the age of 18 arriving from over 50 countries and territories, not on the red list, will no longer be required to complete a pre-departure COVID-19 test, a day 8 test, or enter a 10-day quarantine isolation period.

What’s Changed?

The UK government has updated its travel list for red list countries and territories and marked all countries not listed as “the rest of the world.” This change allows for fully vaccinated travelers to faceless strict entry and testing restrictions.

Looking Ahead

All arrivals will still need to fill in a passenger locator form ahead of travel. Travelers should continue to check travel guidance including Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice before, during, and after travel.

Source: UK Government Website

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