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COVID-19 Travel Advice

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Friday, 21 May 2021
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Traffic Light System

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Thursday, 20 May 2021

The UK Traffic Light System Explained

From the 17th May the UK government has outlined a new traffic light system for travelling to and from the UK. The following information pertains to people travelling to/from England. For specific travel advice for WalesScotland and Northern Ireland please click on the country name to be directed to the relevant government website page.

How is it decided which countries will be on the different coloured lists?

  • Countries in each category will be constantly reviewed by the government who will analyse data in order to make their decision.
  • It has been outlined that they will monitor statistics such as vaccination rates, levels of infections, the prevalence of variants, access to reliable scientific information and each countries genomic sequencing capacity.
  • The list of countries will formally be reviewed every 3 weeks. There will be a 'green watch' list that will identify any countries at risk of changing status so that travellers have as much warning as possible. However, it has also been highlighted that decisions by the government will be made quickly if data shows the countries risk status is rapidly changing. 

What does each traffic light colour mean for my holiday plans?


  • For those arriving in England from countries on the green list, you will need to take a test up to 72 hours before returning. This needs to be a PCR test or an antigen test, such as a test from a lateral flow device. You need to show this test result as a printed document or via email or SMS text on your phone. Click here to read more about the type of test required.
  • You must be able to show confirmation that you have booked and paid for a test on day 2 after you return to England (the day you fly home is day 0).
  • Each adult (aged 18+) must complete their own passenger locator form online. Those under the age of 18, who will stay at the same address upon their return to England, must be included on an adult's form.
  • You do not need to quarantine upon your return unless any of your own or your travelling companion’s tests come back positive.


  • Arrivals to England from amber countries must complete the same steps as outlined above.
  • In addition, however, you need to quarantine at home for 10 days upon your return to England.
  • You have to book an additional PCR for day 8 (as well as day 2) after arriving in the UK.
  • It is possible to end isolation/quarantine by paying for an additional test on day 5 (in addition to the 2 already required). If this test comes back negative then you are able to end quarantine on day 5.
  • As with arrival from countries on the green list, all tests must be booked and paid for prior to departure from a list of government-approved test centres.
  • It is important to note that the government are advising against all but essential travel to countries on both the amber and red list


  • If you are arriving in England from a country on the red list, then a hotel quarantine is mandatory for 10 days. This is at a cost of £1,750 per person.
  • You will need to produce evidence of the hotel quarantine booking before you depart the UK.
  • Travellers will be required to take a pre-departure test before setting off to the UK which will be followed by additional PCR tests on day 2 and 8. There is no option to reduce the time in quarantine if you are arriving from a red country.

Currently, the government advice remains the same for all travellers regardless of their vaccination status.  

Children under the age of 11 are exempt from the testing requirements detailed above. They do have to be included on passenger locator forms. 


Travelling to Iceland

Passengers who can provide evidence they are fully vaccinated or confirmation they have recovered from COVID-19

  • You do not need to take any tests prior to your arrival in Iceland but each passenger does need to register on the department for health’s database no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival.
  • You must provide evidence of either both dates of vaccinations or confirmation you tested positive for COVID-19 (both of these must be dated at least 14 days prior to your arrival in Iceland). For more information on the types of documents accepted please click here.
  • Upon arrival at the airport you are required to undergo one COVID-19 test which is free of charge. You must then quarantine at your accommodation until the test results come back. This is normally within 5-6 hours but may be up to 24 hours.
  • Children born in 2005 or after are exempt from the obligation to present a negative PCR certificate upon arrival, but will still be required to take a test on arrival in Iceland.
  • No further tests are required from the Icelandic government however you must complete your PCR test within 72 hours prior to your return to the UK as required by the UK Government.
  • Upon your return to the UK you will not need to quarantine (unless any of your test results come back as positive) but you will need to do an additional PCR test on day 2.

Passengers who are not fully vaccinated or have not previously been confirmed as having COVID-19

  • Passengers arriving to Iceland who are not able to provide evidence of being fully vaccinated or a historic positive test must provide evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
  • You must then undertake an additional test (which is free of charge) upon arrival in Iceland and proceed to your accommodation to quarantine there.
  • This will be followed by a further test 5-6 days later and remain in quarantine in your accommodation until this final test. Once the results are returned (within 24 hours) you will be able to leave your accommodation.
  • No further tests are required from the Icelandic government however you must complete your PCR test within 72 hours prior to your return to the UK as required by the UK Government.
  • Upon your return to the UK you will not need to quarantine (unless any of your test results come back as positive) but you will need to do an additional PCR test on day 2.

Resource library

For the latest public health advice on Coronavirus in the UK,

For the latest data and health information on Coronavirus in Iceland,

For information about safe travel with Icelandair during Covid-19, visit

For information about safe travel with easyJet during Covid-19, visit



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The UK's Green List

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Tuesday, 11 May 2021

From the 17 May 2021 Iceland will be included on the UK’s Green List. 











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Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Thursday, 05 December 2019

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Book in Confidence - Full Financial Protection

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Thursday, 26 September 2019
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Small-ship Cruise

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Thursday, 18 April 2019

Cruising the Mediterranean on a small-ship

The Mediterranean has been a hotspot for holidays for many, many years but through our widespread travel experience, we’ve been able to tailor our holidays to take you away from the crowds, so you have more of a personal experience.

A small-ship cruise in the Mediterranean is just one of the ways we do this. In some locations, tourists are unavoidable but on a small-ship cruise, you’ll have a unique vantage point from your private ship which will be able to dock in places a large cruise liner never could. What’s more, you’ll travel to different locations in comfort and style, without the hassle of overland travel or having to unpack every night.

All of our small-ship cruises on the Mediterranean are designed to show off cultural highlights, must-see locations and bucket-list experiences to create a holiday of a lifetime.

View our small-ship cruises on the Mediterranean here.

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Plan your summer break today!

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Tuesday, 02 April 2019
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Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Monday, 28 January 2019

Ashleigh spent her childhood in the north west of England. With the Lake District on her doorstep, she loved nothing better than the sense of achievement from climbing to the top of a fell and admiring the view from the top. 

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View our holidays to Atlantic Islands

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Monday, 07 January 2019

Our Atlantic Islands include the varied and unique islands that make up Madeira and the volcanic Azorean archipelago.

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Atlantic Islands Bucket List

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Monday, 07 January 2019

Picture clusters of volcanic islands sitting in the mid-Atlantic, their jagged terrain criss-crossed with trails to explore, landscapes flushed with colour and the surrounding waters rich with marine life. This is the Azores and Madeira, and when you look at what they’re made of, it’s no surprise that there are some truly fantastic bucket list experiences to be had here. In fact, we’re still bemused that these archipelagos are not at the top of everyone’s travel list.

Our Atlantic Islands Collection is all about experiencing the best of these locations and, especially in Madeira, going beyond the usual tourism experiences. Moreover, the top of the must-do activities here often involve ticking incredible items off your bucket list. Here are a few of the experiences you can enjoy during your holiday:

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