Saturday 16th May 2021
What To Remember With International Travel Reopening

As restrictions ease further tomorrow as we slowly and carefully exit the lockdown and international leisure travel is back on, here are some things you need to remember and some helpful hints & tips to ease the process.

From Monday 17th May (tomorrow), it'll no longer be illegal to leave England to go on a holiday abroad. As part of a system of new rules on international travel, countries will be placed in one of three categories, often referred to as the traffic light system.

You will need to complete a UK Passenger Locator form BEFORE returning to the UK. Find out more by clicking here.

Each country will be categorised green, amber or red and works as below...


• Must take pre-departure test before returning
• Must also take PCR test on or before day two of arrival back in Eng/Scot
• DON'T need to quarantine on return, unless you get a positive result


• Must take pre-departure test before returning
• Must also take PCR test on day two AND day eight after arriving
• Must self-isolate for 10 days after arrival – can be at home
• You can end self-isolation early on day five by taking extra test (Eng only)


• Must take pre-departure test before returning
• Must also take PCR test on day two AND day eight after arriving
• Must undergo 10 days of managed quarantine in hotel, which could be pricey (currently single adult travellers are charged £1,750)

The above only dictates what is required when coming back into England, so even if a country is on the green list saying we can go, you still need to check your destination's entry requirements and the UK Foreign Office advice (by clicking here) for travelling there. Note that if the Foreign Office has advised against travel to your destination and you decide to go anyway, it could invalidate your travel insurance, even if it's a green list country.

Given the virus is still spreading in many parts of the world, the public are recommended against travel to amber and red countries, and instead should only travel to countries on the green list.

You should check the updated Government list of countries before you go, as these will change often by clicking here.

Allow Extra Time

Following the UK's exit from the EU its not yet known how this will affect queues at security and passport control, so please allow extra time to pass through the airport. This is because we've not really had any proper travel freedom since we exit the EU. This is important when planning your journey to the airport, arrive in plenty of time and expect to queue or when arriving back into the UK as processes will take longer, both with passport checks and any Covid-19 checks.

Airport Facilities & Covid Safely

Both Newcastle & Teesside airports have confirmed that they have plenty of hand sanitsing stations and of course bathrooms to wash hands regulary. Shops & food outlets will also be open so you can get food & drink in the terminal but capacity limitations will be in place in restaurants & cafes in line with Government guidelines. You must continue to wear a face covering throughout the terminal unless you are medically exempt and stick to social distancing guidelines to the best of your ability.

We strongly recommend you check the updated Government guidelines before you go, as these are expected to change often and you can check the latest by clicking here.

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