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Covid Restrictions: Your Guide to Travel in Autumn 2021

BRB Travel Expert Ellis takes you through all the latest travel advice from the UK government

4 min read

European travel is open again!

Following the successful reopening of travel over the summer months, the UK government have scrapped the Travel Traffic Light system and replaced it with simpler restrictions - featuring only a red list.

So, what do you need to know when taking a BRB trip this autumn?

Which destinations could BRB send me to?

The most important thing to note before travelling is that BRB will not book any travel to any country that requires quarantine, either on arrival in destination or upon return to the UK, at the time of booking. This means that we will not book any travel to countries on the UK's red list.

If your destination is moved to the red list after booking and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office recommends against all-but-essential travel to your destination, this trip will be cancelled and funds returned to your BRB account. Alternatively, you can move the dates of your trip to further in the future.

As of Monday 4th October, fully vaccinated travellers can now visit every country in Europe without the need to quarantine upon return to the UK, providing the country they're visiting is accepting British travellers. That means that the likes of Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain are all open to BRB travellers, as well as many other destinations.

Do I need a test when travelling?

The answer to this depends on the rules of the country you’ll be travelling to.

If you have been fully vaccinated, the majority of European destinations taking part in the EU Vaccination Passport scheme will not require tests, however, some (like Italy & Portugal) do require tests. We will seek to prioritise booking travel to destinations that do not require tests for vaccinated travellers wherever possible. These tests are typically the more affordable lateral flow (antigen) tests.

The UK government no longer requires travellers to take a test before returning to the UK, however, you are still required to take a PCR test on or before day 2 of your return - this must be booked before you fly to the UK. The government are planning to scrap this requirement by the end of October, at which point travellers will only need to take a more affordable lateral flow (antigen) test on or before day 2 of being back in the UK.

For further information on travel precautions before, during and after your trip, visit our FAQs page.

Will I need to complete any paperwork when travelling?

Yes. Each nation has its own travel documentation that needs to be completed before boarding your flight to that destination. Luckily, Ryanair have compiled a handy list of these documents, which can be found here.

I'm not fully vaccinated, can I still travel Europe?

Yes. However, the latest restrictions mean that you will be required to quarantine for 10 days when you return to the UK. You will also be required to take a pre-departure test before returning to the UK, as well as book PCR tests for days 2 and 8 of your return. The possibility to end this quarantine early (after 5 days) does exist and can be explored here.

You will also be subject to the testing and quarantine requirements imposed by your destination country.

So what now?

If you've got a BRB trip coming up in the next couple of months, keep an eye on this page for any updates regarding travel around Europe. We'll be sure to include any information relevant to your trip in your BRB postcard when your trip is revealed and, as ever, if you have any questions or preferences don't hesitate to contact the team on


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