UK travel for the Maldives, Egypt and Sri Lanka as Foreign Office updates advice

The UK travel rules is constantly changing due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Now holidays to a number of destinations are allowed after the Foreign Office updated its restrictions once again.

All three countries were part of the eight destinations taken off the red list last week.

Although the rules are updated accordingly, in the last week it continued to advise against all non-essential travel to these places.

Now the Foreign Office has eased its advice to allow for non-essential travel and it's good news for Brits who need a holiday.

So what are the new travel rules for Egypt, the Maldives and Sri Lanka?

The Maldives

You can visit the country if you have a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of departure.

Also you will need to fill out a form before travelling.

The Maldives' authorities have said there are no plans to quarantine tourists on arrival.


The entry rules for Brits currently include needing to present a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours before flight departure.

But if you're flying from London Heathrow, this window is extended to 96 hours.

Sri Lanka

There is no quarantine on arrival for day one, when you will be required to take a PCR test.

Also if the test is negative and you're fully vaccinated, you'll be released from quarantine.

If you're not fully vaccinated, you'll need to quarantine for 14 days, with a requirement for a PCR test to release you from quarantine.

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It's best to always check the latest Foreign Office advice for a destination before planning any trip.

Eight countries were moved to the amber list as of 4am on September 22.

Turkey, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Egypt, Oman, Kenya and Sri Lanka were taken off the list.

But from October 4, the amber list will be scrapped, with the countries placed on either a red list or "rest of the world" list.

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