Covid Restrictions: Your Guide to Travel in Summer 2021

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

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European travel is opening again!

The UK government has now compiled a traffic light system for travel destinations and the European Union’s Vaccination Certificate is fully operating, meaning we at BRB can get back to doing what we do best, booking amazing trips.

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

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 if you're not fully vaccinated we will only book travel to countries on the green list of the UK traffic light system, unless you are happy to quarantine. If you are fully vaccinated (i.e. have received both doses of a two dose vaccine or one dose of a single dose vaccine), we will only book travel to countries on the green or amber lists of the UK traffic light system.

If your destination is moved to the red list 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.

If your destination moves from the green list to the amber list, fully vaccinated travellers won't be impacted. However, travellers who are not-fully vaccinated will then be required to quarantine on return to the UK, or pay for the trip to be moved to alternative dates. As the FCDO will no longer be recommending against travel to amber list destinations, you will not be able to get a refund should you no longer wish to travel as a result, unless the trip is cancelled by ourselves or our suppliers.

Below is a map of the status of each European country on the UK traffic light system from 24th June – the full official list can be found here. Of the 29 countries/territories on the green list, the European destinations from which all UK travellers can return without the need to quarantine are __Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland. This list is set to be reviewed 'every few weeks'.

Covid travel map This map was last updated 30/08/2021

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 vast majority of European destinations taking part in the EU Vaccination Passport scheme will not require tests upon arrival once the system is in motion. We will seek to prioritise booking travel to destinations that do not require tests for vaccinated travellers wherever possible.

Despite this, the UK government require travellers to take a PCR test __3 days before return, on day 2 of your return and on day 8 of your return, regardless of your vaccination status.

If you have not yet been fully vaccinated, you will in most cases be required to produce a negative PCR test both on arrival in destination and on return to the UK. These tests must be done 72 hours before travel at the earliest and can only be done via private providers. For more information, visit the UK Government’s testing guidance page.

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.

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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