Were you planning a gap year or to travel after completing your degree? With everything so uncertain your plans to travel will have been scuppered over the past year. However, now we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel and restrictions on travel lifting. You can finally satisfy your wanderlust.
It isn’t quite as simple as it was in pre-covid days to go off on your travels. There are many factors to consider when making travel arrangements to ensure that you remain as safe as possible and not out of pocket.
Yes! I Can Finally Travel
As you will be aware the government has introduced a traffic light system to indicate which countries are safe to travel to and from. England and Scotland follow the same list of countries; however, Wales doesn’t recommend any travel for leisure.
It is not advised to travel for leisure to any amber or red country currently. It isn’t illegal to travel to such destinations but due to the virus still spreading in these areas it is best to avoid them. Anyone who does visit a red country under “extreme circumstances” will be forced to quarantine in a government managed hotel at a cost of £1750 per person.
Amber destinations are slightly less risky, you will be required to quarantine at home after travelling and will be able to end your quarantine early if you “test to release” at a cost to you.
Green countries are considered safe to travel to and you will not be required to quarantine on your return.
What Are The Green Countries?
If you have itchy feet the countries you could currently visit are:
Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira)
Israel and Jerusalem
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Although it is considered safe to travel to these countries, always check the rules of your chosen destination to ensure that your travel plans will be as hassle free as possible. The following /websites are a good place to check: World Health Organization (WHO), International Air Transport Association (IATA).
What Are The Requirements To Travel?
It will be your responsibility to provide proof of either a negative PCR test or two vaccine doses when you arrive. The PCR test required for travel isn’t the same as one you can get at a test centre for free. In order to travel abroad a certified PCR test is required and can cost around £100. It is strongly advised that you check the exact requirements of your destination and test prices as their testing policy could add a substantial amount onto the cost of your trip. Which offers unbiased advice on PCR testing services.
What If My Chosen Destination Changes To Amber?
The government has stated that the country’s status will be assessed every three weeks. A green country could move to amber meaning that your plans would need to change.
Always book with a reputable travel company and be sure to check their refund or reschedule policy to accommodate for this. Some companies were notoriously difficult to obtain refunds from when the pandemic disrupted travel plans last year. The Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office’s advice could change leaving you out of pocket if you have booked with the wrong company. Book with caution.
With some careful planning and research you can begin to explore once more.
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