Hi my lovely readers!

Here in the UK and especially England more and more restrictions are being lifted and from next week Monday 17th May 2021. We’re allowed to meet up with up to 6 people inside our homes again and indoor venues such as museums, cinemas and so on are going to be able to open once more, too.

With more freedom, the weather getting better and of course the summer school holidays lurking around the corner, travelling abroad or staycations are on many people’s minds.

So what can and can’t we do as of next week, what guidelines and restrictions does the UK government have in place to kickstart the travel industry and who is allowed in and out?

Keep on reading for a brief overview of UK Travel Restrictions And Quarantine Rules related to England.


If you’re thinking about coming to England for holiday or travelling abroad from England for holiday always read the government guidelines so you know the entry and leaving requirements.

The UK has a traffic light system in place now where countries are on a red, yellow or green list. As of right now, no one can enter the UK if they’re coming from a country or have been travelling through a country on the red list, also known as the banned travel list, in the last 10 days. Exceptions apply to British and Irish people as well as people living in the UK.

The government is reviewing those country lists every three weeks as conditions change. Therefore, countries can move from one list to the other and they can move up and down. Again, always check the status. You can find the list of the green, amber and red listed countries here.


The green list is rather small at the moment I must say and includes the following countries as of 17th May 2021 that Brits are allowed to travel to:

  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Iceland
  • Israel and Jerusalem
  • New Zealand
  • Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira)
  • Singapore
  • South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
  • St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

If you’re coming (back) from any of those countries you can enter England. However, there are a few things you need to do before entering. Those are:

  • Complete a passenger locator form
  • Take a Covid test (needs to be negative)
  • Book and pay for a day 2 Covid test

These arrangements need to be done before you enter England, but there’re some things you need to consider on arrival, too.

You must take a Covid test either on the day you arrive in England or on day 2 after you arrive. If this test is negative you’re all good.

If the test is positive you of course will have to quarantine. Also, if you’re being notified by the NHS Test and Trace team that you might have been in contact with someone who has been tested positive for Covi, you need to self-isolate.

If you’re travelling or passing through an amber and/or red list country 10 days before returning or travelling to England, the rules of those listed countries apply.


If you’re considering travelling from England to a country on the amber list, right now the government advice is not to travel for leisure purpose. So no beach holidays in Spain or wine tasting in France sadly.

If you’re coming from an amber listed country to England, here is what you need to keep in mind. Before entering you need to:

  • Complete a passenger locator form
  • Take a Covid test (needs to be negative)
  • Book and pay for a day 2 and day 8 Covid test

On arrival in England you have to:

  • Either quarantine at home for 10 days or in the place you’re staying at
  • Take a Covid test on/before day 2 and on/after day 8

You have the chance to end quarantine early if you want to by paying for a private Covid test through the Test to Release scheme.


The rule is the same as travelling to a country on the amber list. The government advice is not to travel for leisure purposes and as already mentioned you can only enter England from a red listed country if you’re British or Irish or someone living in the UK who has residency rights. No tourists from red listed countries can enter the UK.

If you’re coming to England from a red listed country, here is what you need to know. Before entering England you have to:

  • Complete a passenger locator form
  • Take a Covid test (needs to be negative)
  • Book a quarantine hotel package (including 2 Covid test)

On arrival, you will be taken to the hotel and you will have to quarantine there for 10 days. This hotel package will have to be paid for by you.


  • Brits and tourists can travel to/from green listed countries to/from England
  • You can only enter England from a red listed country if you have a British or Irish nationality or have residency rights to live in the UK
  • The government advice for Brits is not to travel to countries on the amber and red list for leisure purposes

What do you think about these new travel guidelines? Are you planning to go abroad this year or would you want to come to England?

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  1. thats complicated! But hey, its better than our system which is basically you cant enter or leave the country unless you have very very special circumstances. we aint going to be able to leave this year probably still 12 months away. if not more. till, nice to be on the green list!

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    1. It is very complicated indeed and a lot of people are disappointed that not more country are on the green list. I just have my fingers crossed that Germany will be moved to it over the next months. The R rate is going down there now, which is a good sign. But hey, Australia is a big country, I mean your a continent, so I’m sure there is lots to see and to over there that is worth exploring even if you can’t leave yet.


  2. In theory its a good system, seems well thought out and reasonable. But I do worry about the lack of quarantine for people who test negative their first or second day back. Surely there are cases of people incubating the disease for longer. I hope its not the case.

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    1. I guess there is never a perfect system and they actually said now that many people travel to countries on the amber list as they said on national TV that it’s actually not forbidden. So people get mixed messages now and say “well if it’s not forbidden I will go on holiday to Greece” as an example and the airline industry of course encourages this behaviour. All we can do is see and wait what’s going to happen. Thank you so much for stopping by.


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