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UK introduces new Covid traffic light rule for international travel

13 May 2021

The UK government has announced details of new Covid travel rules that allow safe travel from several countries to the UK. The rules come into effect on May 17th and countries are rated green, amber or red based on their Covid risk.

Travellers from countries rated green will not need to isolate on arrival to the UK; they will simply need to take a Covid test before and after their trip. Arrivals from amber countries will need to quarantine on arrival to the UK, while the strictest rules apply to the red-list countries.

Current countries rated green include:

  • 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

The current travel lists will be assessed every three weeks, with further additions to the green list expected soon. Stay up to date with the latest Covid-19 and UK higher education news and speak to an SI-UK consultant if you have any questions or concerns.

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