It has felt like a long time coming but from next week holidays abroad will no longer be illegal.
The pandemic has largely meant that overseas trips for some warmth and sunshine have been outlawed.
But the publication of the Government’s traffic light list means there are a number of countries that are now deemed safe to travel to and where you don’t need to quarantine upon your return to England.
Every nation has been put into its own category under this new system.
This depends on their current Covid situation, and assessments will be made based on a range of factors.
These include the proportion of a country’s population which has been vaccinated, rates of infection, emerging new variants and the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing.
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As a result, countries will be placed into three groups: green, amber and red.
If you’re returning from a ‘green list’ country then there’s no need to self-isolate. You still have to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on day two of your arrival in the UK though.
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If you’re returning from an ‘amber list’ country, you must self-isolate for 10 days, unless you receive a negative result from a test taken at least five days after arrival. You’ll also have to take a pre-departure test, plus PCR tests on both day two and day eight of your arrival in the UK.
And if you’re returning from a ‘red list’ country, you’ll need to spend 10 days in a quarantine hotel. You’ll also have to take a pre-departure test, as well as PCR tests on day two and day eight of your arrival in the UK.
Below are what countries fall into what category on the UK’s system. However, it should be noted that each country has its own rules for travel and welcoming tourists.
While a country may be on the “green list”, they may not be welcoming holidaymakers across their borders, so do check the latest information here.
The traffic light lists are set to be reviewed every three weeks.
What countries are on the Government’s ‘green list’?
These countries are currently on the Government’s “green list”.
- Falkland Islands
- Faroe Islands
- Israel and Jerusalem
- New Zealand
- Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira)
- South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
- St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
What countries are on the Government’s ‘amber list’?
These countries are currently on the Government’s “amber list”.
The amber list is not exhaustive. If a country or territory is not on this list, you should not assume that it is a green or red list country or territory.
- Akrotiri and Dhekelia
- Antigua and Barbuda
- The Bahamas
- Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- British Antarctic Territory
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- British Virgin Islands
- Burkina Faso
- Cayman Islands
- Central African Republic
- Cook Islands
- Costa Rica
- Côte d’Ivoire
- Czech Republic (Czechia)
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea
- French Polynesia
- The Gambia
- Greece (including islands)
- Hong Kong
- Marshall Islands
- Myanmar (Burma)
- New Caledonia
- North Korea
- North Macedonia
- The Occupied Palestinian Territories
- Papua New Guinea
- Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
- San Marino
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- South Korea
- South Sudan
- Spain (including the Balearics and Canary Islands)
- Sri Lanka
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Martin and St Barthélemy
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United States (USA)
- Wallis and Futuna
- Western Sahara
What countries are on the Government’s ‘red list’?
These countries are currently on the Government’s “red list”.
You should not travel to red list countries or territories.
- Cape Verde
- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- French Guiana
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates (UAE)