In the last year and a half, planes were grounded, and the travel industry underwent some detrimental changes. The pandemic introduced the ‘Stay in the UK’ rule for British jet setters. In 2019, over 93 million trips were made abroad by British residents. We travelled for business, leisure and to visit friends and family. International travel helps us maintain a healthy work-life balance and gives us the opportunities to delve into other cultures.
The UK’s travel green list includes Australia: Plan your summer
The pandemic halted the majority of international travel for UK residents. As pandemic restrictions begin to lift, the UK government has introduced a traffic light system. Different countries around the world will be labelled either red, amber or green. Each category will outline different COVID requirements when travelling to and from England.
The red list currently contains The Maldives, Nepal and Turkey. These countries are the most dangerous, and British residents should not travel to them. There will be no entry to the UK for anyone travelling from these destinations who are not British or Irish citizens or have other residency rights. If you are permitted to enter, you will need to quarantine for ten days and complete a passenger locator form.
The green list, on the other hand, brings better news. You can travel to a green list country without needing to quarantine when you return to the UK. You will be required to fill out a passenger locator form, provide evidence of a negative COVID test before travelling and on day two of arrival. The list will be reviewed every three weeks. Currently, the green list contains Portugal, Israel, Jerusalem, Gibraltar, Australia and a few more locations.
Every other country is on the amber list. Make sure to check the entry requirements of your potential destination before you set off. Requirements can change in short periods of time and could have a significant impact on your journey. Monitor the latest news and advice throughout your trip.
Thankfully, Australia is on the green list, and it is one of the best countries to travel to. Relax on the beach, explore the bustling cities and take a trip to the outback for a true Australian experience. Catch a quick train to Gatwick Airport, which offers cheap flights to Melbourne. Or travel to Heathrow Airport to travel to Perth.
Melbourne is a brilliant place to visit with your family. You can visit museums, restaurants, animal attractions and cycle along the river together. Each neighbourhood in Melbourne has a different feel and character. Do your research and try to stay somewhere you feel safe and happy with your family. St Kilda is an excellent equivalent to New York’s Coney Island.
Travel safe, stay up to date and research the requirements before you go!