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FAQs – Covid Travel Traffic Light System

International travel out of the UK will now definitely resume on May 17th, however with some restrictions still in place with the rollout of the Traffic Light System with countries categorised based on their COVID-19 risk levels, including the level of infection and the success and progress of the particular country’s vaccination programme. Our chart below shows the requirements for each tier. If you have any questions please do speak to our team.
 

Traffic Light System Table

MeasureGreenAmberRed
Passenger Locator Form Yes Yes Yes
Pre-departure test before arriving in UK Yes Yes Yes
Quarantine Managed at Hotel No No Yes
Self Isolation No10 days10 days
Test to release NoYes on day five No
PCR TestingBefore or on day 2 since arrival in the UKBefore or on day 2 since arrival in the UKBefore or on day 2 since arrival in the UK
Additional PCR Testing NoOn day eightOn day eight

Destination Entry requirements

The measures above are only those introduced by the UK government. Each country has their own border controls and additional measures that you need to comply with to enter. An up-to-date list of these requirements.

Covid Vaccine Proof

The UK government is advising that by 17th May, anybody in England who has had both vaccines will be able to demonstrate their COVID vaccination status via the NHS app. We suggest you download the NHS app in readiness for this update but also suggest you attempt to get a letter from the NHS proving your vaccination status.

Returning to the UK

To get back into the UK you will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form, 48 hours before your arrival in the UK. In addition, you will need to provide a negative result from a private COVID test taken in your holiday destination before returning home – see this government guidance for more details. On your return to the UK, on or before day two of your arrival, you will need to have taken a private PCR test. Details of this PCR test will need to be provided on the Passenger Locator Form so it is important that you get this test booked before you depart the UK. You may wish to organise this through a provider that Steppes has been in discussion with, CHB Medical – https://www.chbmedical.co.uk/ – use the code ‘Steppes10’ to receive a 10% discount on the cost of the services provided.

What if the country I am due to travel to is green?

If you are due to travel to a country on the green list then – provided your destination is open for international travel and we can fulfil the services you have booked – your booking should continue as normal.

Should you choose not to want to travel, cancellation charges would apply as per our booking conditions.

What if the country I am due to travel to is amber?

If you are due to travel to a country on the amber list then – provided your destination is open for international travel and we can fulfil the services you have booked – your booking should continue as normal.

Whilst not ideal for you, the fact that you have to self-isolate upon your return to the UK and pay for a PCR test, does not trigger the right to a full refund under the Package Travel Regulations as it does not affect our ability to provide you with the travel services you have booked.

Should you choose not to want to travel, cancellation charges would apply as per our booking conditions.

What if the country I am due to travel to is red?

If you are due to travel to a country on the red list and your departure date is imminent and you do not wish to travel, then you are entitled to a full refund or postpone your booking to a later date. If your departure date is more than a few months away, we will call you to discuss what best to do.

If you are still happy to travel then they – provided your destination is open for international travel and we can fulfil the services you have booked – you are of course entitled to do so.

What happens if the country I am due to travel to changes from green to amber?

It does not make much difference from a legal perspective. Provided your destination is open for international travel and we can fulfil the services you have booked, your booking should continue as normal.

Should you choose not to want to travel, cancellation charges would apply as per our booking conditions.

What happens if the country I am due to travel to changes from amber to red?

If your departure date is imminent then you can choose to cancel and receive a full refund or postpone to a later date. As above, you can still choose to travel should you wish to.
If your departure date is more than a few months away, we will call you to discuss what best to do.

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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