Travel Traffic Light System

Travelling overseas for leisure has been permitted since 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 travelers 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 26/08/21: There have been changes to the countries on the Green, Amber and Red list coming into effect from Monday 30th August - 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. You must quarantine if NHS Test & Trace informs you that you travelled to England with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.


Amber List

Travelers returning from Amber countries who have been fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme (plus 14 days), will no longer need to self-isolate or take a day 8 test if they can provide proof of their vaccination status to carriers in advance of travel to England. This policy will also apply to children under the age of 18. Travelers will still have to provide a negative pre departure test, and also take a PCR test on Day 2.

Non-vaccinated travelers returning from Amber countries need to provide evidence of a negative test result prior to travel, self-isolate at home for 10 days, and take a test on day 2 and day 8 after arrival. These travelers will have the option to take a further test on day 5 and end their 10-day self-isolation early, upon receipt of a negative test result.


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.

Anguilla
Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory
Antigua and Barbuda
Austria
Australia
The Azores
Barbados
Bermuda
British Indian Ocean Territory
Brunei
Bulgaria
Canada
Cayman Islands
Croatia
Denmark
Dominica
Falkland Islands
Faroe Islands
Finland
Germany
Gibraltar
Grenada
Hong Kong
Iceland
Israel and Jerusalem
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Madeira
Malta
Montserrat
New Zealand
Norway
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
Romania
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Switzerland
Taiwan
Turks and Caicos Islands


Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Armenia
Aruba
Azerbaijan
The Bahamas
Bahrain
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Burkina Faso
Cambodia
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
China
Comoros
Congo
Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue
Côte d'Ivoire
Curaçao
Cyprus
Czech Republic (Czechia)
Djibouti
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Estonia
Fiji
France
French Polynesia
Gabon

The Gambia
Ghana
Greece (including islands)
Greenland
Guadeloupe
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Honduras
Hungary
India
Iran
Iraq
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kiribati
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Liberia
Libya
Luxembourg
Macao
Madagascar
Malaysia
Mali
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco

Morocco
Nauru
Netherlands
New Caledonia
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
North Korea
North Macedonia
The Occupied Palestinian Territories
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Russia
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Solomon Islands
South Korea
South Sudan
Spain, including the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca)
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St Maarten
St Martin and St Barthélemy
St Pierre and Miquelon
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Sweden
Syria
Tajikistan
Timor-Leste
Togo

Tonga
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
United States (USA)
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Vietnam
Wallis and Futuna
Western Sahara
Yemen

Afghanistan
Angola
Argentina
Bangladesh
Bolivia
Botswana
Brazil
Burundi
Cape Verde
Chile
Colombia
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominican Republic

Ecuador
Egypt
Eritrea
Eswatini
Ethiopia
French Guiana
Georgia
Guyana
Haiti
Indonesia
Kenya
Lesotho
Malawi
Maldives
Mayotte

Mexico
Mongolia
Montenegro
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nepal
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Réunion
Rwanda
Seychelles

Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Tanzania
Thailand
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Uganda
Uruguay
Venezuela
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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