Update to the traffic light system for international travel

10 August 2021

The following information applies to those who have been present in an amber list country in the 10 days prior to travelling to England, ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland.

From 4 am BST on Sunday 8 August 2021 four countries were moved from the red to the amber list in all four countries of the UK. These countries are: India; UAE; Bahrain; Qatar.

If you are a student planning to travel to the UK from a country previously on the red list but which has now been added to the amber list, you might have some questions on what you need to think about before you travel. You can always seek advice from your institution or call our UKCISA advice line for students, but the following answers to some frequently asked questions may also help:

 

I am returning to the UK from overseas, having previously lived in the UK and having been fully vaccinated in the UK. Do I need to quarantine on arrival?

You will not be required to quarantine on arrival if you meet the requirements of being 'fully vaccinated' outlined by the country in the UK into which you will be arriving (England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland). If you meet these requirements, before travelling to England, Scotland Wales or Northern Ireland you will be required to do the following:

  • take a COVID-19 test – you must take the test in the 3 days before you travel to the UK
  • book and pay for COVID-19 tests – to be taken after arrival in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • complete a passenger locator form

On arrival to the UK you will be required to take a COVID-19 test on day 2 (or within 2 days if coming to England or Scotland).

It is imporatnt to read the information for the country in the UK you will be arriving into, as each website gives more detail about their specific requirements. 

 

I was vaccinated in the USA but I will be flying out of an amber list country (eg India). What rules will apply to me?

You will not be required to quarantine on arrival if you meet the requirements of being 'fully vaccinated' outlined by the country in the UK into which you will be arriving. If you meet these requirements you will only be required to take a COVID-19 test on day 2 (or within 2 days if arriving into England or Scotland).

You can check if meet the requirements of being 'fully vaccinated' by following these links:

England: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england 

Wales: https://gov.wales/rules-foreign-travel-and-wales-coronavirus-covid-19-html

Northern Ireland: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-travelling-amber-country

Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-quarantine/pages/red-amber-and-green-list-countries/#history

 

I have an EU passport but I’m flying out of India. Which rules apply to me?

EU nationality is not a factor concerning the quarantine rules. If you are flying out of India then you will be required to quarantine on arrival if you have not been 'fully vaccinated' in accordance with the requirements of the UK country you will be arriving into (see above for links). If you have been 'fully vaccinated' you will not be required to quarantine on arrival. You will be required to take a COVID-19 test on day 2 (or within 2 days, if arriving into England or Scotland) following your arrival in the UK.

 

I am an Indian national and I have been fully vaccinated. Am I exempt from the quarantine rules?

If you have been 'fully vaccinated' by meeting the requirements for the country in the UK you will be arriving into (see further above) then you will be exempt from the quarantine rules following arrival in the UK. 

 

I am an Indian student below the age of 18. Will I have to quarantine on arrival? If I am required to quarantine on arrival, do I need to take a test on day 8 following arrival into the UK?

There are different requirements for students who are under 18 depending on the country in the UK you are arriving into.  Please refer to the following information:

England: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england 

Wales: https://gov.wales/rules-foreign-travel-and-wales-coronavirus-covid-19-html

Northern Ireland: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-travelling-amber-country

Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-quarantine/pages/red-amber-and-green-list-countries/#history

 

I have booked some accommodation in the managed quarantine facilities. Now that the country I am travelling from has moved from the red to the amber list, how do I get a refund?

We understand that if you are arriving into England you can request a refund on a quarantine package from CTM using the contact details provided in your booking confirmation. You should request a refund as soon as possible. We understand that CTM are also emailing people with bookings in red list countries that have changed to amber with instructions on how to cancel and obtain a refund. However, it is advisable not to wait to be contacted, but to use the contact details on the booking form to request a refund.

 

Will the 48 hour cancellation notice still apply when requesting a refund now that the country I am departing from has changed from red to amber?

We have been informed that if you are arriving into England the 48 hour period does not apply to those who were in red list countries that have changed to amber. However, it is advisable to request request a refund as soon as possible before travel to England. 


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