Quarantine-Free Travel From July 19th

Updated: Jul 13, 2021

The UK Government is updating its quarantine guidelines from next week to allow double vaccinated travellers to come back from amber-listed countries without the requirement to isolate. This should open up new options for those wanting to see more of the world, with bookings of holidays to destinations in Portugal, France and Germany going up by 400%.

What You Need to Know
  • You'll need to have had your second Jab over 14 days before your trip.

  • Proof of the double jabs is needed - you can use the NHS app for this in some countries, worth checking before you go. Some countries will require other risk mitigations such as PCR tests.

  • Pre-departure PCR tests and Day Two return tests are still needed.

  • The changes will come into force from 4am on Monday July 19th.

  • No Day Eight return test required.

  • Must be a government-approved vaccine.

The Green, Amber, and Red list is set to be updated this week and is reviewed every three weeks. Airports are predicting much longer queuing times and it's advised to arrive much earlier than you normally would, with four hour queues being the expectation.

Let's hope this is the start of a bit of travel for us all, including myself, hoping for a trip to Portugal this September and Australia next July, if they ever bring down the walls of their Alcatraz-style approach to Covid-19 (which, in fairness to them, has worked pretty damn well).