Vaccinated passengers will no longer have to self-isolate on arrival back to the UK

Hope for summer holidays if you are fully vaccinated

Jet2 Holidays Boeing 737 (Image: TransportMedia UK)
Jet2 Holidays Boeing 737 (Image: TransportMedia UK)

Passengers who have had both COVID-19 vaccination jabs will no longer have to self-isolate when returning to the UK from countries on the amber travel list from. the 19th July.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps MP announced the move today saying: “I can confirm today from 19 July UK residents who are fully vaccinated through the UK vaccine rollout will no longer have to self-isolate when they return to England.”

However passengers willl still have to take a pre-departure test three days before they travel and a PCR test on or before day two on arrival. According to Mr Shapps this will apply to people 14 days after they have had their second jab and have full protection.

He also removed the need for a test on Day 8 after arrival bringing amber list travel in line with green list travel for double-jabbed travellers.

The move means that fully vaccinated holidaymakerers can travel to any country except those on the red list without the need to self-isolate.

Welcoming the move, a spokesperson for easyJet said: “This move means Europe is turning Green for people who are fully vaccinated. We have always said that vaccination is the key to unlocking travel and now millions will finally be able to reunite with family and loved ones abroad or take that long-awaited trip this summer. 

“But with unnecessary testing staying in place, more needs to be done. We do not want to see a return to flying being a preserve of the rich and expensive testing could sadly make travel out of reach for some this summer.

The official Government red list includes:

Afghanistan 
Angola 
Argentina 
Bahrain 
Bangladesh 
Bolivia 
Botswana 
Brazil 
Burundi 
Cape Verde 
Chile 
Colombia 
Congo (Democratic Republic) 
Costa Rica 
Dominican RepublicMoved to the red list 4am Wednesday 30 June. If you arrived in England before then, you need to follow the amber list rules.
Ecuador 
Egypt 
EritreaMoved to the red list 4am Wednesday 30 June. If you arrived in England before then, you need to follow the amber list rules.
Eswatini 
Ethiopia 
French Guiana 
Guyana 
HaitiMoved to the red list 4am Wednesday 30 June. If you arrived in England before then, you need to follow the amber list rules.
India 
Kenya 
Lesotho 
Malawi 
Maldives 
MongoliaMoved to the red list 4am Wednesday 30 June. If you arrived in England before then, you need to follow the amber list rules.
Mozambique 
Namibia 
Nepal 
Oman 
Pakistan 
Panama 
Paraguay 
Peru 
Philippines 
Qatar 
Rwanda 
Seychelles 
Somalia 
South Africa 
Sri Lanka 
Sudan 
Suriname 
Tanzania 
Trinidad and Tobago 
TunisiaMoved to the red list 4am Wednesday 30 June. If you arrived in England before then, you need to follow the amber list rules.
Turkey 
UgandaMoved to the red list 4am Wednesday 30 June. If you arrived in England before then, you need to follow the amber list rules.
United Arab Emirates (UAE) 
Uruguay 
Venezuela 
Zambia 
Zimbabwe 
Data: OGL/UK Government
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