From October 4, unvaccinated travellers will have to take two PCR tests after arriving in UK


From October 4, unvaccinated travellers face having to take two PCR tests after arriving in the UK from any other country.

  • Anyone without two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine could also have to self-isolate for up to ten days on their return . Currently, travellers have to take a pre-departure lateral flow test up to 72 hours before boarding UK-bound flights and ferries.
  • A second big area of reforms coming is the end of the traffic light system. Countries will no longer be divided into green, amber and red lists, or any sub-categories between them. Instead, there will be a red list of destinations that pose a Covid risk.
  • Obligatory hotel quarantine for people returning from red list countries, which means forced stays for 10 days in hotels selected by the government, The red list will be much shorter than the current one, government sources say, with possibly dozens of countries, including Turkey, to be taken off.

Spain, France, Italy and Portugal, until now on the amber list, will now be classified as low-risk countries. The UK authorities have also agreed to remove eight countries from the highest risk group as of next Tuesday, including Turkey, Pakistan and the Maldives.

All passengers will still need to fill in a passenger locator form ahead of travel. Visit here to see the current requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers from green, amber and red countries.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks. Abide by national health and safety measures.