Covid Scotland: When is the next travel traffic light review and what can we expect?

By Sophie Buchan

Before the pandemic, planning a holiday was pretty simple and exciting.

You chose a destination, a place to stay and you booked plane tickets - this is where the fun began as you planned what you wanted to do and where you wanted to eat.

But now planning a getaway has become much harder and more stressful due to the pandemic thanks to rules surrounding the vaccine and Covid testing.

As well as keeping up with the travel rules, anyone with a red passport has been urged to check their expiry date to avoid being caught out.

In the new change, passports will only remain valid for 10 years exactly meaning any additional months on a red passports (ones issued before the UK left the EU) are no longer valid.

As a result, this could reduce the validity time by several months without people being aware.

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When is the next UK travel traffic light system review?

A travel review takes place every three weeks in order to keep up-to-date with covid cases and the vaccine rollout in each country, thus allowing leaders to decided where is safe and to avoid any variants being brought into their country.

The last review took place on August 26 and whilst some countries were moved to the red and green list, no new additions to the amber list were announced.

With the last updated taking place mid-August, the next should be due on or around the week of September 16 which is a Thursday.

If any changes to the travel list are to go ahead, this will usually come into force on the following Monday at 4am in order to give people time to adapt their travel and holiday plans.

What are the travel rules for the green, amber and red list?

At present, fully vaccinated travellers don't have to self-isolate when returning from green or amber listed countries.

However if you don't have both vaccines, travellers must self isolate for 10 days upon return.

It must be noted that a period of 14 days must pass since your second jag before you can be counted as fully vaccinated.

For the red list, individuals must have to quarantine in a hotel at a price of over £1,700 for 10 days as well as take a number of Covid tests - regardless of vaccine status.

For the full list of updated countries to the green, amber and red list, please visit here.

For more information on rules, visit the Scottish Government website here.


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