VSbulletin COVID-19 HM Government Amber and Red country lists update effective 8 June

  • 04 June 2021
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HM Government Amber and Red country lists update effective 8 June

The UK Government has announced a limited update to the countries designated ‘Amber’ or ‘Red’ status according to its risk-based traffic light system. See the UK Department for Transport news announcement for more details. 

The full details of the requirements for travellers returning to England from these destinations can be found on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england.

Please note, this system applies to arrivals to England. Customers must continue to check the requirements they need to comply with for other origin or destination countries before they travel. The latest UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) foreign travel advice can be found here.  

For ‘Green’ countries travellers will need to take a pre-departure antigen test before returning to England, but do not need to self-isolate upon arrival, instead taking a PCR test on or before day 2 in England. For ‘Amber’ countries they will need to take two PCR tests, on day 2 and 8 of their 10-day quarantine at home or in accommodation, but they may be able to end self-isolation early through the ‘Test to Release’ scheme, if they take a PCR test on day 5.

To make this as convenient as possible, customers can find details of recommended Covid-19 test providers here and we continue to work with partners to ensure pricing remains as competitive as possible. 

The following countries served by Virgin Atlantic Airways are allocated: 

Green: Israel 

Amber: Antigua, Barbados, China, Cuba, Grenada, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Nigeria, United States, St Vincent and the Grenadines 

Red: India, Pakistan, South Africa. Trinidad and Tobago also moves to Red from the Amber list at 4am on 8 June.

We’re ready to welcome customers back to some of their favourite destinations, ensuring all our customers fly safe and well. To ensure they can book with confidence we have a flexible booking policy so that if things change, we’ve got them covered. We do understand that the Covid-19 situation remains dynamic and ongoing restrictions may pose difficulties to our mutual customers with upcoming travel plans. If they are unable to travel for any reason, we offer as much choice and flexibility as possible to help them amend their plans. They can also refer to the customer FAQ in our help centre.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for your support. We look forward to welcoming our mutual customers on board soon. In the meantime, thank you for the incredible partnership you have shown us.

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