Heathrow and Gatwick: latest rules for visits to America, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean


The summer holiday season may be over, but you still have plenty of time to spend a holiday under your belt this year, especially considering what is reopening to UK tourists.

From November, the British will finally be allowed to enter America while a number of Caribbean islands will also reopen.

After October 4, the Amber and Green Lists will be merged into one, and vaccinated travelers returning to England from these countries will not have to take a PCR test before returning.

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Until then, countries are still classified in Red, Orange, and Green Lists, which determine the rules and restrictions imposed on travelers.

Travelers should be aware of not only the different expectations here in the UK for red, orange and green countries, but also the different expectations each country has for UK travelers.

Here’s all you need to know.


Meixco was transferred to the UK government’s red list in the last update

Mexico is currently on the UK’s red list due to its high risk level for coronavirus, which means Britons should not travel to the country.

Only British or Irish nationals and those with UK residence rights can travel from Mexico to the UK.

Those entering the country from Mexico must self-quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days.

For those traveling to Mexico from England, Mexico has partially closed its land borders with the United States, Guatemala and Belize as a preventive measure against Covid-19.

The government’s website says, “International air travel is not affected. If you are planning to enter Mexico by land from any of these countries, you can contact the Mexican embassy or consulates in that country for more information on the current restrictions. “

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United States of America

The Grand Canyon, Arizona

Fully vaccinated passengers will be able to travel to the United States from anywhere in the world starting in November, the Biden administration said.

The move will end the travel ban introduced by former President Donald Trump 18 months ago.

Until the end of the year, travel restrictions remain in place, meaning the British are currently not allowed to enter the country.

British nationals planning to travel to the United States from November 2021 must wait for further information to be released by the United States government.

It is currently easier for people to enter the UK from the US as it is on the UK Amber List.

This means that vaccinated travelers do not have to self-isolate on their return to England, unlike unvaccinated travelers.

The Caribbean

Caribbean Sea coast, Bridgetown, Barbados.
Caribbean Sea Coast, Bridgetown, Barbados

There are currently a number of Caribbean islands that have reopened their borders to British tourists, including popular sites such as Barbados, Jamaica and Saint Lucia.

Each island has its own entry rules and requirements for visitors, so we’ve put together a list of the islands open to the British below, along with the key rules you need to know.

For more information, click here.


Niagara Falls

Canada is currently on the green list, which means that not all passengers have to self-isolate upon arrival in England.

They will still need to follow certain rules and take a Covid test before and after their trip to the country.

As of September 7, fully vaccinated foreign nationals have the right to enter Canada for non-essential reasons, such as tourism; if they meet certain expectations.

To enter the country, travelers must be fully vaccinated, provide a negative Covid test before travel, be asymptomatic, submit mandatory information through ArriveCAN, be eligible under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and pass a test on arrival.

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