VSbulletin COVID-19 HM Government Traffic Light Country List Update effective 19 July 2021

  • 16 July 2021
  • News
  • Virgin Atlantic

The UK Government has announced an update to the countries designated ‘Green’, ‘Amber’ or ‘Red’ status according to its risk-based traffic light system. See this 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. You must continue to check the requirements you need to comply with for other origin or destination countries before you travel. The latest UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) foreign travel advice can be found here .  

For ‘Green’ countries you 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 you will need to take two PCR tests, on day 2 and 8. If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to self-isolate at home or in accommodation for a 10-day period, but you may be able to end self-isolation early through the ‘Test to Release’ scheme, if you take a PCR test on day 5.

The Government has confirmed that fully vaccinated UK nationals travelling from amber list countries will be exempt from self-isolation from 19 July.

To make booking your trip as convenient as possible, you 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: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada  and Israel as well as Hong Kong (from 0400 on Monday 19 July)

Amber: China, Jamaica, Nigeria, United States, St Vincent and the Grenadines 

Red: India, Pakistan, South Africa, Cuba  and Trinidad and Tobago.

We’re ready to welcome customers back to some of their favourite destinations, including the Caribbean, 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 you covered. We do understand that the Covid-19 situation remains dynamic and ongoing restrictions may pose difficulties to our customers with upcoming travel plans. If you are unable to travel for any reason, we offer as much choice and flexibility as possible to help you amend your plans. Please also refer to the customer FAQ in our help centre.

For Delta’s up to date information please visit Delta Professional: pro.delta.co.uk

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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