All 43 countries and territories that are on the UK’s green list
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Nonessential international travel has returned. As of 17 May, Britons can head off on their long-awaited — and much-deserved — holidays to sandy beaches and warmer temperatures.
The U.K. government is using a traffic light system for categorising countries based on their risk levels. The highest-risk countries are categorised as red, medium-risk countries are categorised as amber and the lowest-risk countries are categorised as green.
Red countries are an extension of the travel ban list: Non-British nationals or residents travelling from red countries are not permitted to enter the U.K. Those who are eligible to travel to the U.K. have to undergo a 10-day quarantine in a government-supervised hotel, which costs £1,750.
Those arriving from amber countries will be required to undergo a 10-day quarantine at home. They will also be required to undergo two tests during their quarantine: one on day two and one on day eight. However, as of 4 a.m. on Monday 19 July, fully vaccinated travellers who have received both doses of their vaccine in the U.K. will no longer need to quarantine on return to England from an amber country.
Travellers under 18 will no longer need to quarantine on return from amber countries. The move effectively extends the green list for fully vaccinated U.K. tourists.
And people coming from the lowest-risk green countries will not need to quarantine for 10 days either. However, they will still need to test two times: once prior to departure, which can be a lateral flow test, and once post-arrival, which must be a PCR test.
This is a notable difference from the summer of 2020 when the U.K. employed a travel corridor policy that permitted arrivals from low-risk countries to not have to quarantine or test at all. Some airline industry executives have highlighted that a two-test approach to the lowest-risk countries will price some families out of travelling abroad.
However, pressure from the travel industry has resulted in testing companies lowering the prices of their PCR tests. One of the largest test manufacturers, Randox, which is based in Northern Ireland, announced that it was lowering the cost of its PCR COVID-19 tests for travel from £120 apiece to £60 apiece. Other manufacturers have followed suit in an effort to make testing more affordable for the masses, which sees many PCR tests hovering around the £50 mark.
Note that it’s entirely possible that the U.K. will list a certain destination as green, but that country’s government may determine Britons are not allowed to enter. Entry requirements will vary from country to country and will rely on the traveller to do their research.
Every three weeks, the government reviews the countries on its green list. It also implements a “watch list” for travellers to know if a country is near a move from one level to another. For example, a “green watchlist” will show if a country is at risk of moving from green to amber.
See the following other lists for the countries in the green and red categories:
- All 130 countries and territories that are on the UK’s amber list
- All 62 countries that are on the UK’s travel red list
These are the 43 countries and territories that will be on the green list as of 4 a.m. on 30 August, requiring no quarantine on return to England, noting that the new additions will not be on the list until that date:
- St Helena, Ascension, Tristan Da Cunha
Much of southern Africa still remains on the U.K.’s current travel ban list — or red list. It’s unlikely there will be much movement to that list in the next few weeks as variants continue to be a concern.
Americas and Caribbean
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Antarctic Territory
- Cayman Islands
- Falkland Islands
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- Turks and Caicos
All of South America remains on the U.K.’s current travel ban list — or red list
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- Hong Kong
Australia and Pacific Islands
- New Zealand
- Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
- The Azores (Portugal)
- Faroe Islands
- Madeira (Portugal)
This is a developing situation and one that will change often. There’s one thing for certain: Travel this year continues to carry with it another level of risk. If, for example, where you’re holidaying suddenly changes from amber to red, you’ll have to worry not only about quarantining for 10 days, but also paying at least £1,750 in order to do so in a government-approved hotel.
We’ll continue to follow the developments in the traffic light system and keep this list updated.
Featured photo by David Clapp/Getty Images.
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