Heathrow and Gatwick: Current travel advice from the Foreign Office for Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Hungary

In recent months, the government has tried to make travel policies more understandable for vacationers by introducing a traffic light system.

For many, however, this has caused more confusion than clarity, as countries are constantly switching between green, yellow, and red status depending on the number of Covid cases in their region.

The prospect of being quarantined for a considerable amount of time before enjoying the country one has traveled to has deterred many Londoners from traveling in recent months.

READ MORE: When the next green, yellow and red list travel review will take place

Fortunately, none of the countries on this list that are popular with travelers from the UK are on the red list.

Here you will find the current travel advice from the Federal Foreign Office for trips to Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Hungary.


Poland is a popular destination for vacationers and offers tourists the opportunity to visit historical cities such as Krakow and Warsaw.

It is currently on the yellow list of countries which means there are a number of rules to follow when you return to England.

Before traveling, you must:

  • Take a COVID-19 test in the three days before the trip
  • Book and pay for any additional COVID-19 tests required
  • Fill out a passenger locator form

Fully vaccinated people do not have to isolate themselves, but have to do another Covid test on the second day of their return.

Unvaccinated people must isolate themselves for ten days to have tests on the second and eighth days. You may be eligible for the Test To Release program, which will allow you to exit quarantine if another test is performed on the fifth day of your return.

Similarly, vaccinated individuals do not have to isolate themselves upon arrival in Poland, but unvaccinated individuals must isolate themselves for ten days or take a test on the seventh day.

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Romania is on the UK’s green travel list.

This means that travelers returning to England:

  • Take a COVID-19 test in the three days before the trip
  • Book and pay for two COVID-19 tests for a day
  • Fill out a passenger locator form

No quarantine is required, but you must take the test on day two.

Great Britain is on Romania’s “red list”.

This means travelers must be quarantined for 14 days on arrival unless they:

  • have been fully vaccinated at least ten days before arrival in Romania
  • have proof of Covid disease in the 180 days prior to departure
  • are children aged six years or younger
  • are children between the ages of six and 16 and can show a negative PCR test in the 72 hours prior to departure

Czech Republic

This Central European country is also on the amber travel list, so the rules outlined above for return travelers apply.

Entering the Czech Republic from the UK is something completely different.

Unvaccinated people are only allowed to enter for compelling reasons such as medical treatment or attending a funeral.

You must also present a negative PCR test done within the last 72 hours and isolate yourself for at least five days.

As of August 23, people who are fully vaccinated can enter for any reason without the need for isolation or a PCR test.


Like Poland, Hungary is listed as an amber country according to the UK authorities.

This means that travelers must follow the rules outlined above.

Foreigners can enter Hungary without restrictions if they can present a PCR test carried out in the last 72 hours prior to entry.

Exceptions to this rule can be found here.


As another country on the Green List, travelers returning from Bulgaria must follow the same rules as for Romania (see above).

Foreign nationals entering Bulgaria are required to provide a negative PCR test carried out in the 72 hours prior to entry and full proof of vaccination / recovery certificate from Covid.

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