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Key information about travel restrictions and guidelines during COVID-19

  • Which countries are on the UK travel 'green list'?

    11 countries and territories have been put on the UK’s green list as of 7th June 2021.

    • Australia
    • Brunei
    • Gibraltar
    • The Falkland Islands
    • The Faroe Islands
    • Iceland
    • Israel
    • New Zealand
    • Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
    • Singapore
    • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Where can I travel from the UK without quarantine?

    Following the UK government’s announcement on 7th May that international travel will no longer be illegal and the recent changes effective from 8th June we have created a handy guide to answer this question.

    We’re afraid the green list isn’t as simple as last year’s travel corridors. The UK traffic light system only covers the rules on arrival into the UK. But there is some good news…

    The most open: Gibraltar has announced that it will allow Brits to enter with no quarantine, without requiring either a vaccination or a test.

    For vaccinated holidaymakers: Only vaccinated Brits can get into Israel from early June, albeit without a quarantine. Due to the unrest many operators have stopped flights to Israel temporarily. Iceland requires vaccinated tourists to quarantine until they have taken a test in country.

    Green does not mean go: Currently, UK holidaymakers are banned from entering AustraliaNew Zealand and Singapore altogether.

    It is worth noting that a number of countries, including Cyprus and Malta are welcoming vaccinated British holidaymakers, but you will have to quarantine at home on your return to the UK.

    Spain and Netherlands have announced plans to allow British holidaymakers without either vaccines or tests, with Spain allowing Brits in from Monday 24th May. Greece is allowing visitors and vaccinated arrivals can avoid testing and quarantine requirements. Italy have announced that visitors from EU, Britain and Israel who tested negative for Covid won’t need to quarantine. The best way to find out the rules is to search the restrictions between any two other locations here!

  • Where can I go on holiday right now from the UK?

    Following the UK government’s announcement on 7th May that international travel will no longer be illegal from 17th May we have created a handy guide to answer this question.

    We are keeping it updated so you can check back whenever you hear something on the news. Or even better, sign up to our newsletter to get the most important updates in your inbox every week.

    To see the official rule for COVID-19 travel where you live follow these links: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Travelling from elsewhere? Check your national government’s guidelines for exit information.

  • Will the traffic light list change?

    Yes, the government plans to review it every three weeks. In the first review Portugal was removed from the list, taking off the only major holiday destination, and showing the continued uncertainty facing holidaymakers this summer. No other countries were added.

    We are still hopeful that a number of our favourite destinations in Greece, Italy, Spain and other hotspots including the Caribbean will move to the Green list in the coming weeks and months, so don’t give up hope of that giro/pizza/tapas in the summer sun just yet.

    Be sure to sign up to our newsletter if you haven’t already to get all these updates direct to your inbox – we trawl the news so you don’t have to!

  • What is Unlocked all about?

    Unlocked Travel provides key information and travel advice on travel restrictions during COVID-19.

    The data we draw on to provide you with a quick and comprehensive service is publicly available. But trawling through government websites to work out where your government will let you go and who will let you in at the other end can be so time-consuming and difficult to navigate!

    So we do the work for you to help make travel booking easy and fun again.

  • How up-to-date is Unlocked for the latest restrictions?

    Our information is updated every 24 hours or less so you can rest assured that what you see is as up to date as you will find anywhere. However, no system is perfect and the rules are changing every day, so we recommend you use the links provided on our website to check the rules in your destination country.

    Unfortunately, while our information is up to date it cannot predict the future and any changes made by governments and travel companies can impact your plans.  We strive to provide the best information on the internet at your fingertips, but we are not legally liable for any mistakes.

    We urge all users to check restrictions on the relevant government websites for origin and destination before booking, and to check the terms and conditions of their hotels and flights including cancellation policies relating to COVID-19. Please see our terms of use for more details – our job is to provide you with the best information that we can and we are not liable for inability to travel.

  • Where can I find out more information about travel restrictions?

    In the UK, visit fco.gov.uk for the latest government advice. If you are searching from outside the UK, please visit your equivalent foreign ministry or whichever government department deals with travel.

    Given how complex the rules can be, we would recommend you also check the relevant government tourism website for your destination to make sure the guidance matches. We try to always provide links in our searches to make your job easier.

  • What are the different types of Covid tests and what will I need to travel?

    The following is based on the official guidance from the UK government’s (NHS) and US government’s respective health departments (CDC; FDA) relating to tests. For more details please review the websites using the links or your respective national government websites.

    COVID-19 tests are available that can test for current infection or past infection.

    • A viral test tells you if you have a current infection. Travel restrictions often require a negative viral test to enter or leave a country.
    • An antibody test might tell you if you had a past infection. Antibody tests should not be used to diagnose a current infection and are not part of common travel requirements.

    The two main tests for travellers are:

    1. PCR tests – mainly for people with symptoms, they’re sent to a lab to be checked
    2. Antigen tests – only for people who do not have symptoms, they give a result in 30 minutes using a device similar to a pregnancy test

    Use our search results to check which type of test you will need for entry into your chosen destination if needed.

    Note that any tests available publicly (the free ones!) are only for domestic use and not for international travel which is why private testing is needed.

    In the UK, Ireland, USA or Canada, Unlocked Travel users receive an exclusive 30% discount on your at-home COVID-19 tests with LetsGetChecked. Test results should be available within 48hrs, however it can take up to 72hrs from the time the sample is received by the lab. You must be 18+ to use this test.

  • Where can I book a private COVID-19 test? Lots of the countries that I want to visit require a negative result

    If you’re not eligible for testing through a local NHS clinic or testing centre in the UK (check here), there are a number of places offering testing.

    Note that any tests available publicly (the free ones!) are only for domestic use and not for international travel which is why private testing is needed.

    In the UK, Ireland, USA or Canada, Unlocked Travel users receive an exclusive 30% discount on your at-home COVID-19 tests with LetsGetChecked. Test results should be available within 48hrs, however it can take up to 72hrs from the time the sample is received by the lab. You must be 18+ to use this test.

  • What is a PCR test?

    “PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing is considered the “gold standard” in COVID-19 detection. This test actually detects RNA (or genetic material) that is specific to the virus and can detect the virus within days of infection, even those who have no symptoms. The test are usually done in a clinic or hospital with results processed in a laboratory. Private providers offer ways to take your tests at home, or while travelling. [source]”

    In the UK, Ireland, USA or Canada, Unlocked Travel users receive an exclusive 30% discount on your at-home COVID-19 tests with LetsGetChecked. Test results should be available within 48hrs, however it can take up to 72hrs from the time the sample is received by the lab (you must be 18+ to use this test).

    More information in our handy guide!

  • What is an antigen or a lateral flow test?

    Called a rapid lateral flow test in the UK, this is an established technology, adapted to detect proteins (antigens) that are present when a person has COVID-19. The best-known example of a lateral flow test is the home pregnancy test kit.

    Able to be done at home, antigen testing is a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but who may still be spreading the virus. The tests are easy to use and give results in 30 minutes.

  • Do I need a vaccine to travel? What is a vaccine passport?

    As a rule, no you don’t need to be vaccinated to travel. While rules vary by country and depending on where you are travelling from, the likelihood is that unless travel is banned completely you will be able to travel without a vaccine but with some degree of restriction (quarantine, testing). You are more likely to require proof of a negative test (see FAQs on testing).

    A vaccine passport is some form of certification which shows you have been vaccinated. As an example, “European officials have announced plans for an EU-wide ‘Green Digital Certificate’. This would allow anyone vaccinated against Covid, or who has tested negative, or recently recovered from the virus, to travel within the region. Officials hope the certificate will be in place before the summer tourist season. [BBC News]”

    The idea of a vaccine passport has been discussed but with many countries unable to vaccinate the majority of their population and no internationally agreed rules, the idea of quarantine free travel for those with vaccines isn’t the reality just yet. If and when that changes we will add the information to our website so you stay up to date.

    In the meantime, use our search function to understand the requirements to travel whether you have been vaccinated or not. If you need a test, Unlocked Travel users receive a 20% discount via this link with LetsGetChecked.

  • Will my travel insurance cover me for COVID-19?

    Not all travel policies will cover COVID-19 unfortunately. If you have an existing policy we advise you to check your terms carefully. Travel insurance has never been more important so make sure you are covered (and not just for COVID) before you travel to avoid the costs and stress of anything going wrong while you are away.

    If you are looking for travel insurance we recommend World Nomads – we have used their cover for years ourselves and they now provide solid COVID protection.

    Click here to get a quote directly through Unlocked Travel.

    World Nomads travel insurance covers people from over 130 countries, with medical and evacuation cover, 24-hour emergency assistance and over 150 adventure activities. To see their FAQs for your country click here.

  • Can I book flights/hotels directly through Unlocked?

    No – we are not a travel agent, however we are partnering two of the largest flight and hotel search engines in the world to help you unlock the best deals for your adventure.

    If you are looking for flights, visit our flights page which is powered by Trip.com. Trip.com is one of the world’s largest online travel agents (and owns Skyscanner!)

    If you are planning on booking accommodation visit our hotel page to search HotelsCombined.com, the world’s largest hotel booking website and part of the Kayak network. They pull together prices from Booking.com, Hotels.com, Agodo and Expedia to provide the very best accommodation deals available.

  • Is Unlocked Travel only for the UK?

    No! We are based in the UK but our website has been designed to function for all global citizens wherever you are. Some of our recommendations in these FAQs are UK-focused as a result but the system is built for everyone and over time we will expand our offering to be as global as our club members are.

  • Is Unlocked Travel free to use?

    Yes! It’s completely free to sign up to receive the latest updates and offers via our weekly bulletin.

    We’ll send you a weekly bulletin – you can opt out any time! Though ideally you’ll save us in your favourites so you make sure you catch the up-to-date announcements.

    At this stage you can’t save favourite search results but look out for new features over the coming weeks…

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