THE TRAFFIC LIGHT SYSTEM EXPLAINED

Updated: 17th June 2021 | 09:00

The government's ‘traffic light system’ for international travel sets out the measures required for travel to and from the UK, assigning all countries a colour based category.

We want to help make the new system as simple as possible to understand, so you understand what it means for your holiday.

  • At the moment, these guidelines only apply to travellers returning to England, Wales and Scotland. We are yet to hear what the plans are for Northern Ireland.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL DESTINATIONS?

Before you leave the UK
You'll need to:
• Check the entry requirements for the country you're heading to before you travel, including testing and/or vaccination. This is yet to be confirmed for our destination countries, and requirements may change over time*, but you can keep up to date with the guidance on the FCDO website . If you sign up for FCDO travel advice email alerts, you will automatically receive the latest travel advice updates and travel requirements for the destinations you want to know about.

• If a recent PCR test is required for entry to your destination country , a home sample kit for a Rapid PCR test from government approved provider 'Randox Health' is available with 10% off via a Eurocamp promo code. Once the sample is returned, results are delivered the next day, and appropriate certification for travel is provided. For more information click here.

• Make sure that you have booked and received the PCR test(s) to perform in the UK when you return home, as required for the traffic light category of your destination country. These will be needed for everyone in your party aged 5 and over..
While you're on holiday
You'll need to:
• Take an antigen test (this can be lateral flow) within 72 hours of your journey home. These can be self administered,  so we recommend you order these in advance and pack them in your luggage. Each member of your holiday party aged 11 and over would need their own test. 

• Complete a passenger locator form 2 days before you are due to return to the UK.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR RETURNING TO THE UK?

From Green Countries
• A PCR test is required on or before day 2 of your arrival back into the UK. This is needed for everyone in your party aged 5 and over.

• This day 2 PCR home test kit, including NGS (next generation sequencing) from 'Randox Health' is available with 10% off through a Eurocamp promo code. For more information, including details of how to redeem up to £120 towards your testing costs, click here.

• There is no quarantine required on your return to the UK, unless you test positive.
From Amber Countries
•You will need to self-isolate in your home for 10 days after arriving back in the UK.

• A PCR test is required on or before day 2 and day 8.   These will be needed for everyone in your party aged 5 and over.  You also have the option of paying for an additional test on day 5 (the 'test to release scheme') to end self-isolation early.

• A combined Day 2 and Day 8 PCR home test kit, including NGS (next generation sequencing) from 'Randox Health' is available with 10% off through a Eurocamp promo code. For more information, including details of how to redeem up to £120 towards your testing costs, click here.
From Red Countries
• You will need to quarantine for 10 days after arriving back in the UK. This will be in an allocated hotel at additional cost to you.

• We do not plan to operate holidays in Red category countries for UK guests.

WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS?

All Eurocamp destination countries have currently been classified as ‘Amber’. The current FCDO advice is that you should not travel to amber list countries for leisure purposes. However, the Government has indicated that the country categories will be updated every 3 weeks, so with current vaccination progress and falling infection rates, there are positive indications that many destinations could be classified as Green at the next review. The rules for each category will also be reviewed no later than 28th June. 

Due to the likelihood of the situation changing before we open for UK guests on 26th June, we recommend you hold on and do not take any action at this stage. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates in line with all significant developments.

Final balance payments are only required 6 weeks before your departure date, rather than our usual 12 weeks. Our cancellation terms will not start until six weeks before you depart either, but please be aware that if you transfer your holiday within six weeks, then should you later decide to cancel we will need to carry forward the minimum cancellation charge that applies on the day you transfer.



If your holiday includes an overnight stay in a Green country:

  • Your holiday will go ahead as planned.
  • You will need to ensure you comply with the UK Government requirements relating to Green destinations, and those in place at your destination at the time you travel.
  • If you decide you do not want to travel, your holiday will be subject to normal booking conditions and cancellation charges will apply.
  • As part of our Peace of Mind Promise, you can amend your booking to an alternative date or destination in 2021 by contacting our team. We are waiving any fees for making these changes, but please bear in mind that there may be other additional costs to do this (e.g. increases in travel costs, admin fees charged by travel operators, or differences in accommodation prices for alternative dates).

If your holiday includes an overnight stay in an Amber country:

  • Your holiday will not go ahead while the FCDO advise against travel to Amber list countries for leisure purposes. If the FCDO is still advising against travel to your destination 3 weeks before your holiday, we’ll contact you to give you the option of an alternative holiday this year or in 2022, a Refund Credit Note, or a full refund if you prefer.
  • If you want to make a decision about your holiday before this point, as part of our Peace of Mind Promise, you can amend your booking to an alternative date or destination in 2021 by contacting our team. Plus, you also have the option to transfer your booking to 2022, and the money you’ve paid for your original holiday will all be moved to your new one. We are waiving any fees for making these changes, but please bear in mind that there may be other additional costs to do this (e.g. increases in travel costs, admin fees charged by travel operators, or differences in accommodation prices for alternative dates).
  • Due to the likelihood of the situation changing before we open for UK guests on 26th June, we recommend you hold on and do not take any action at this stage. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates in line with all significant developments.

If your holiday includes an overnight stay in a Red country:

  • Your holiday will not go ahead while the FCDO advise against travel to Red list countries for leisure purposes. If your destination is in a Red country 3 weeks before your holiday, we’ll contact you to give you the option of an alternative holiday this year or in 2022, a Refund Credit Note, or a full refund if you prefer.
  • If you want to make a decision about your holiday before this point, as part of our Peace of Mind Promise, you can amend your booking to an alternative date or destination in 2021 by contacting our team.  Plus, you also have the option to transfer your booking to 2022 , and the money you’ve paid for your original holiday will all be moved to your new one. We are waiving any fees for making these changes, but please bear in mind that there may be other additional costs to do this (e.g. increases in travel costs, admin fees charged by travel operators, or differences in accommodation prices for alternative dates).

*The EU has suggested those who have been vaccinated, and can provide evidence of this, won’t need to take a test. The EU is currently working on its own digital certificate. It is hoped UK holidaymakers will be able to use the NHS app to prove their coronavirus status to green destination countries – whether that’s full vaccination or a recent negative test result.