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What you need to know about foreign travel from October

From 4am on Monday 4 October 2021, there will be a new, simple system for international travel. The current traffic light system which lists countries as green, amber and red will be replaced. The previous green and amber lists will become the ‘rest of the world’ or ‘non-red list’ countries and a single ‘red list’ of countries and territories will remain. 

There will also be changes to the testing requirements when returning from a non-red list country, if you are fully vaccinated:

  • From 4am on Monday 4 October, you will no longer need to take a pre-departure test in the three days before you return to the UK.
  • From the end of October, you will no longer need to take a PCR test on day two after your arrival into England or Scotland – instead you will need to take one of the more affordable lateral flow tests. If the lateral flow test is positive, you will need to isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test at no additional cost.
  • In the UK, ‘fully vaccinated’ means it has been at least 14 days since you received the full course of an approved NHS approved vaccine such as Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Janssen. You can show proof of vaccination in England and Wales either by using the NHS COVID Pass (via the free NHS App in England), by getting a record of your COVID-19 vaccination status in Scotland, or through the NI COVID certification service in Northern Ireland. 
  • Make sure you check what proof of vaccination your holiday destination accepts, or if you’ll need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, by checking the entry requirements for the country you’re visiting at Visit the Government’s website for more information on demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad.

If you’re unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, there are currently no changes to the testing or quarantine requirements. This means, if you’re arriving into the UK from a non-red list country, you will still need to take a pre-departure test, a PCR test on day two and day eight, and quarantine at home for 10 days. If you’re arriving in England, you do still have the option to use the Test to Release scheme on day five. 

Arrivals into the UK from red list countries remain the same. You will still have to take a pre-departure test and pre-book a mandatory 11-night quarantine hotel package, which will include two PCR tests, taken on day two and day eight, regardless of your vaccination status.

All travellers, regardless of their vaccination status and the country they are travelling from, will still need to complete a passenger locator form any time in the 48 hours before they arrive in the UK

Information Regarding Upcoming Departures

If you have any questions regarding an upcoming departure please contact us via the contact details provided in your booking confirmation. If your departure date is within five days then you can also email us at with your booking reference number and departure date in the subject line.

Our Flexible Booking Promise

Here at Best at Travel we realise that our customers want flexibility and peace of mind when booking their next holiday. With the recent Government changes, we have revised our flexible booking policy to allow you greater flexibility with the option to change your holiday closer to your departure date should there be any changes to Government travel advice relating to Covid-19. This means you can book your trip with Best at Travel with total peace of mind, safe in the knowledge that you can amend your plans should the advice change.

1. Secure your holiday with a 99pp deposit when booking 12 weeks or more in advance of your departure date. Your final balancing payment will be due 8 weeks prior to departure.

2. Amend your holiday free of charge up to 1-31 days prior to departure if your booked destination moves to the “red list”, with the option of:

·  Postponing your holiday to a later date, subject to availability & seasonal rate differences

·  Moving your deposit to another holiday booking, including to a different destination

·  Making a name change on your booking free of charge, where also permitted by your booked airline

3. If between 1-31 days before departure your chosen destination moves to the UK Government “red list” you can also choose to cancel your holiday in return for a credit for all payments made to date towards a future booking if you are not in a position to confirm new travel dates straight away.

Our expert travel team is on hand to explain these options to you and talk through the specific terms and conditions of your holiday, giving you the confidence to make an informed decision.

Our Financial Protection Promise

All our holidays are financially protected by our ATOL bonding, meaning your money is in safe hands. After 30 years of operating through the many ups and downs of the travel industry, we continue to be well positioned to navigate through the current challenges our industry is facing.

* Covid-19 restrictions are defined as follows:

·  Where travel to the destination would contravene the travel advice issued by the UK Government and FCDO

·  There are entry restrictions imposed by a country to UK residents where there is a legal obligation to quarantine (as opposed to self-isolation) for more than 3 days on arrival

·  Where there are visa suspensions meaning guests are denied entry to the destination

·  If there is a UK government and FCDO requirement to quarantine (as opposed to self-isolation) at home or in a managed quarantine hotel on return to the UK

Why choose Best At Travel?


We have first-hand knowledge of the destinations we sell. Travel is our passion.


We’re proud to have a high number of loyal customers and 98% of our customers consider our service to be excellent.


We constantly negotiate exceptional hotel deals and exclusives for our customers.


We are a privately owned family company with offices in the heart of London.

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