Travel Traffic Light System

Travelling overseas for leisure will now be permitted from 17th May so we can all now begin to think about a well earned holiday! Countries have been placed into a 'traffic light system', with green, amber and red lists that set out the rules for things such as testing and quarantining for travellers returning to England. Which list (Green, Amber or Red) a country is currently on will be reviewed every few weeks and depends on a number of factors, including the percentage of the population that has been vaccinated, infection rates and the prevalence of "variants of concern". Many of the tourist hotspots are likely to be moved onto the green list before the end of summer, but the government will also have the right to rapidly remove countries from the green or amber lists if cases spiral quickly. Most European countries will require arrivals to have a vaccination certificate, or a negative Covid-19 test result, or evidence of immunity through having had the virus. These are likely to be largely paper-based checks from May 17 because digital alternatives that would allow automated access through borders are still under development.

Keep an eye on this page regularly and read on below for guidance on choosing a destination and which country is in which list currently.

UPDATE 03/06/21: There have been changes to the countries on the Green, Amber and Red list coming into effect from Tuesday 8th June - please check the list before you travel.

Green List

Travellers returning from Green countries will not need to self-isolate/quarantine on return (unless they receive a positive result) but must take a pre-departure test as well as a PCR test on the second day after they arrive back in the UK.


Amber List

Travellers returning from Amber countries will have to self-isolate/quarantine at home for 10 days and will also have to have a pre-departure test and book and pay for two PCR tests on days two and eight of their home quarantine. If they want to be released early, they can also pay for a PCR test on the fifth day but they still have to take the test on the eighth day even if fully vaccinated.


Red List

Travellers returning from Red countries will have to self-isolate/quarantine for 10 days in government-approved hotels at a cost of £1,750 per person, with pre-departure tests and tests on days two and eight.

Australia
Brunei
Falkland Islands
Faroe Islands
Gibraltar
Iceland
Israel and Jerusalem
New Zealand
Singapore
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Armenia
Aruba
Australia
Austria
The Bahamas
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bermuda
Bhutan
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cayman Islands
Central African Republic
Chad
China
Comoros
Congo
Cook Islands
Côte d’Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Curaçao

Cyprus
Czech Republic (Czechia)
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Fiji
Finland
France
French Polynesia
Gabon
The Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece (including islands)
Greenland
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kiribati
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan

Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macao
Madagascar
Malaysia
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mayotte
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco
Myanmar (Burma)
Nauru
Netherlands
New Caledonia
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
North Korea
North Macedonia
Norway
The Occupied Palestinian Territories
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
Poland
Portugal
Réunion

Romania
Russia
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Sierra Leone
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
South Korea
Spain (including the Balearics and Canary Islands)
Sri Lanka
St Kitts and Nevis
St Martin and St Barthélemy
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Sudan
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Tunisia
Turks and Caicos Islands
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United States (USA)
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vietnam
Wallis and Futuna
Western Sahara
Yemen

Afghanistan
Angola
Argentina
Bangladesh
Bahrain
Bolivia
Botswana
Brazil
Burundi
Cape Verde
Chile
Colombia
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Egypt
Eswatini
Ethiopia
French Guiana

Guyana
India
Kenya
Lesotho
Malawi
Maldives
Mozambique
Namibia
Nepal
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines

Qatar
Rwanda
Seychelles
Somalia
South Africa
Sudan
Suriname
St Lucia
Tanzania
Turkey
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Uruguay
Venezuela
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Useful links for help and support

Please see below for links to government advice and news.

  • UK government coronavirus advice
  • UK government travel advice for all destinations
  • NHS coronavirus/COVID-19 advice
  • BBC news updates on coronavirus
  • World Health Organisation advice and mythbusters
  • BBC - your rights as a traveller

 


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