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'We believe Europe will mostly turn green by end of June'

What is the traffic light system and how will affect coming to the UK this summer?

Currently, people arriving in England have to take PCR tests after two days to prove they don't have Covid 19. If you are arriving from a 'green' country you don't have to quarantine during this time. If the test is clear th

en you are free to continue with your visit as normal. If you are arriving from an 'amber' country you have to take a PCR test on day 8 after arrival, and quarantine in your home during this time. There is the option of a PCR test to release test after 5 days which, if clear, will remove the need to quarantine for the remaining time. If you are arriving from a 'red' country then you need to quarantine in a quarantine hotel for 10 days and take tests on day 2 and day 8.

The lists will be reviewed every three weeks. The

first update is expected to take place between 1 and 4 June. Any changes will then come into effect a week later (8-11 June).

There are no guarantees, but there has been much speculation that much of Europe could join the green list at some point in June.

“We believe Europe will mostly turn green by end of June, as will the USA,” tweeted travel consultant and CEO of the PC Agency, Paul Charles, at the end of April. Even if this prediction is correct, it’s difficult to say whether countries will switch colours in the next review or the following one.

Green list countries have the lightest restrictions on arrival, with no quarantine imposed and travellers merely required to take one PCR test within two days of entering the UK.

All travellers must also show proof of a negative Covid test – PCR, rapid antigen or lateral flow – before departure to the UK.

Current Green list.

  • Portugal

  • Israel

  • Gibraltar

  • Iceland

  • Faroe Islands

  • Brunei

  • Falkland Islands

  • Australia

  • New Zealand

  • Singapore

  • Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands


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