What countries are on the green list, amber list and red list?

Last updated: Thursday 24th June 2021 at 10PM

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On 17th May 2021, the Traffic Light System came in for all travel into England meaning that countries will be listed as green, amber and red.

Here’s what countries are on the green list, the amber list and the red list and what that means for tests and quarantine.

Remember, this is just for travel into England – you’ll still need to check what restrictions are in place for the country you’re visiting.

When's the green list update?

The most recent green list update was on Thursday 24th June.

The next after that is likely to be Thursday 15th July.

The reviews are every 3 weeks.

Countries on the GREEN watchlist

This means that the government are watching their situation closely and they may be moved to amber at the next update if things do not get better.

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What are the rules for visiting a green country?

If travelling to England from a green country, you need to:

  • Take a pre-departure test up to 72 hours – this can be a lateral flow (rapid antigen) or PCR test
  • Fill in a passenger locator form online before leaving your destination
  • Take a private PCR test on or before day two of your arrival in England
  • You do not need to quarantine, or take additional tests, unless the post-arrival test is positive
Please check the entry requirements for the country you plan to travel to – it may not be open to UK travellers, or require you to take tests or quarantine.
 
You can check this by visiting the country’s FCDO page – you can also access this by clicking on the country you’re after above.
 

However, with the list only just being announced there’s still a lot of information to be confirmed so follow me on Instagram and I’ll keep you updated too!

What countries on the green list can I actually travel to?

That’s right, just because a country is on our green list, it doesn’t mean they’re open to travellers from the UK.

Current travel

Balearic Islands
Currently, British tourists are exempt from tests and quarantine in the Balearic Islands meaning you can go to Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera without the need to test or quarantine. Overview here and specific details about the islands here.

Iceland 🇮🇸
Iceland are welcoming Brits who have been vaccinated, or who can prove they’ve had it. There are options for non-vaccinated tourists too – but you’ll have to quarantine. Details here.

Gibraltar 🇬🇮
Gibraltar is open to British tourists who have to book a free lateral flow test before their trip, and if they’re staying longer than 7 days, they’ll need to take another free test on day 5 too. Details here.

Malta
Malta is open to British tourists though you will need to take a PCR test 72 hours before arrival. You can find out the details on their entry requirements here.

Madeira
Madeira is letting passengers who’ve received two vaccine doses over 14 days ago free entry without testing or quarantine. They’ve confirmed that they accept the NHS app. If you’re not vaccinated, you’ll need to show a negative RT-PCR test 72 hours before your flight. Details here.

There are also options further afield but with varying levels of tests and quarantine, often based on whether you’ve been vaccinated or not. The easier restrictions are for Barbados, Grenada, British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos.

Future travel

Israel 🇮🇱
Israel plans to welcome back fully vaccinated tourists from the UK from 1st August though there are other testing requirements in place. Details here.

For all, we are still to get firm dates so make sure you’re following me on Instagram where I’ll update you as soon as I hear any announcements.

The FCDO pages for each of the countries will be updated once the dates are made official so make sure you sign up for email updates on there too.

Next, let’s take a look at the red list.

Countries on the RED list

You can find the latest updates on the red list here.

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Congo
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominica Republic*
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Eritrea*
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Mozambique*
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Phillipines
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • UAE
  • Uganda*
  • Uruguay
  • Venezela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

*as of 4am on Wednesday 30th June

What are the rules for visiting a red country?

You should not be travelling to red countries for leisure purposes however UK or Irish nationals (or UK residents) will be allowed to enter the UK. You must:

  • Take a pre-departure test up to 72 hours – this can be a lateral flow (rapid antigen) or PCR test
  • Fill in a passenger locator form online before leaving your destination
  • Book a 10 day hotel quarantine and testing package costing £1750 per person
  • As part of your hotel quarantine, take a PCR test on or before day two of your arrival in England and again on day 8
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Countries on the AMBER list

The amber list is quite simply every other country – any countries not listed on the green or the red list.

So, this currently includes popular tourist destinations such as:

  • Portugal
  • Greece
  • Spain
  • France
  • Malta
  • Italy
  • Barbados
  • USA

What are the rules for visiting an amber country?

People should not be travelling to amber countries for leisure purposes. If they are travelling back to England from these countries, they must:

  • Take a pre-departure test up to 72 hours – this can be a lateral flow (rapid antigen) or PCR test
  • Fill in a passenger locator form online before leaving your destination
  • Self-isolate at home for 10 days
  • Take a private PCR test on or before day two of your arrival in England and again on day 8
  • It is possible to end isolation early by taking another PCR test on day five – this is called Test to Release

Can I go on holiday to an amber list country?

As reflected above, the government have stated that “people should not be travelling to amber and red countries for leisure.”

And whilst some holiday providers have already started offering cancellations to their customers, it may not be that straight forward.

This is because on 17th May, our ‘Stay in the UK’ regulation will lift meaning travel from England will no longer be illegal.

Therefore, the ‘you cannot travel’ changes to ‘you should not travel’ meaning that some companies could interpret this as being a decision that you, the traveller, has to make meaning you may not get your money back if you cancel.

It’s going to take a few days to see how this plays out but I’ll be keeping you across it all over on my Instagram.

Need more help?

How do I navigate the FCDO advice?

I’ve written a guide on how I use the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s information to work out whether I can go to a destination or not.

You can read it here.

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