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Here are the 12 countries and territories on the travel Green List

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The Government has announced the countries and territories on the initial Green List.

This applies only to England. Different rules may apply to those who live in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland but no announcements have been made yet.

International leisure travel will once again be permitted from the 17th May. To facilitate the move, the UK Government has announced it is moving to a traffic light system that will categorise countries based on:

  • the percentage of people vaccinated
  • the number of Covid-19 infections
  • whether there are any variants of concern
  • the reliability of the country’s testing and genomic sequencing facilities

Each country will be labelled ‘Green,’ ‘Amber’ or ‘Red,’ with varying entry requirements when you return to the UK.

12 countries and a number of territories are on the initial Green List.

The list will be updated every three weeks.

This is how the categories are defined:

Green countries: You will need to take a pre-departure test (can be lateral flow) as well as a PCR test on or before day 2 of your return into England. You will not need to quarantine unless or take additional tests unless your tests come back positive.

Amber countries: You will need to take a pre-departure test before returning to England and must quarantine at home for 10 days, taking a PCR test on day 2 and day 8. You can choose to take an additional PCR test on day 5 under the optional ‘Test to Release’ scheme, which allow you to end your quarantine early.

Red countries: You will be subject to a 10-day quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel, with testing prior to your arrival in England as well as on day 2 and day 8. You cannot reduce your quarantine period and must pay for the hotel.

In addition to the three traffic light restrictions the Government has also promised a ‘Green watchlist’. This will be used to to indicate countries that are currently categorised as Green countries but are likely to drop to Amber or Red shortly. No countries are on this list so far.

Which countries are on the Green List?

Here are the countries on the initial UK Government travel Green List.

  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Iceland
  • Israel
  • New Zealand
  • Portugal, the Azores and Madeira
  • Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • Singapore
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

For clarity, just because a country is on the Green List does not mean that you will be allowed to enter.

You will need to meet the local requirements regarding vaccination and/or testing.

The Government has confirmed that you should be able to access your vaccination status on the NHS app by 17th May. If not, or if you do not have a smartphone, a letter will be available – this can only be requested by calling 119 from 17th May.

Which countries are on the Red List?

Here are the countries on the Red List. Turkey, the Maldives and Nepal were added today. Anyone returning from these countries will be required to undertake 10 days of hotel quarantine.

  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Ecuador
  • 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
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

What countries are on the Amber list?

Any country or territory not listed above will be on the Amber list. This will require 10 days of home quarantine.

You can see the full Amber list on this page of

What are the cheapest covid testing providers?

You will not be able to use NHS testing facilities for travel: you must pay for private tests.

The cheapest PCR test at present is provided by Eurofins, from £44.90 for an at-home test kit.

You can compare all Government-approved covid testing providers on this helpful page of


British Airways CEO Sean Doyle said in a statement:

We’re pleased that our customers are able to start travelling again to some countries, including Portugal, and we’ve put on additional flights from London, Manchester, Newcastle and Edinburgh to Faro to help people get moving.

What’s clear is that with high levels of vaccination in the UK being matched by other countries, we should see more destinations going ‘green’ before the end of June.  It’s disappointing to hear that despite the stringent safeguards introduced for travel from ‘amber list’ countries, the Government is now suggesting travellers avoid these.

We cannot stress more greatly that the UK urgently needs travel between it and other low-risk countries, like the US, to re-start the economy, support devastated industries and reunite loved ones.

We will update this article later with more information as it is released.

Comments (299)

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  • bafan says:

    The NHS app is on the UK store only. I asked NHS Digital to change that and they were very unhelpful.

    • Nick G says:

      I’ve downloaded the nhs app only to find it doesn’t show your full coded record you need to ring your GP. Rung them….nothing to do with us no idea why the NHS app says that…so I’m no further forward on a digital note to show my vaccine. Total garbage. Sadly I won’t be bothering travelling abroad at the moment it’s too much faffing

      • meta says:

        It took me two months to sort this out. GPs can absolutely do this, they just don’t want to. You need to really push them…

      • Novice says:

        Agree. My OCD doesn’t like the idea of any testing at all especially now that I’ve seen what happens at the labs.

        They should have just said that fully vaccinated people can wear decent quality masks and go anywhere without all these tests which apparently aren’t even accurate (delegates from india tested negative but developed covid here)… I’m not an expert but I think common sense would be to let vaccinated people wear masks and do whatever they want as long as they are washing hands, not getting in strangers’ personal space etc and taking precautions I think risks would be very low…

        But I’m stuck I can’t get over the test thing. Usually I can cope with stuff not being the way I like it. I’m dying for a holiday so I might be able to talk myself into it.

        • Novice says:

          I was agreeing with Nick that I don’t think I will go anywhere until all this messing me about thing stops. Anyway if you think about how last summer was I would go in September or October, don’t like crowds- never did but now I see everyone as a potential carrier 😂

        • Char Char says:

          That’s just moronic, it’s clear the vaccine doesn’t guarantee anything. The whole thing is nonsense for a virus that is not as deadly as was made out, this whole stuff needs to end. How long are they going to push this nonsense as the vulnerable have got the vaccines so that’s 90% of the problem solved

          • Ian M says:

            The majority of people in the UK don’t want all their freedom back. Until that changes, it won’t happen.

        • Julian says:

          What’s the point in wearing masks. They are actually dangerous and can give you life threatening lung diseases if you have to wear them all day long like shop assistants while not working at all and just being pathetic pandering to the ultra fearful by the government. The vaccine only lasts 12 weeks and is only 85% effective or whatever. The whole lockdown and vaccination strategies are completely bonkers when COVID reaches a natural peak on its own and then retreats once it has run out of new hosts without TCell or Antibody immunity to infect.

          • Char Char says:

            Exactly, what is the point in this ridiculous rubbish we are going through for what now looks like a 3 year problem for something that is now classed as a seasonal flu, lets be realistic, the current 3 year cure is worse than the virus for a few days sickness outside of the vulnerable!

    • Julian says:

      Is the government just trying to wind people up by putting Australia, New Zealand and Singapore in their Green List when none of those countries will let most ordinary travellers in at all and are forcing even their own citizens to do very expensive hotel jail quarantine to get back home. They really shouldn’t be requiring any tests for Green List countries if they saying they are basically all countries where the COVID situation is as good as or better than the UK. Its pure BREXIT NIMBYISM GONE MAD.

      • dragonfly says:

        agree 👍 a joke to put AU, NZ and Singapore on the green list while particularly for AU no one can get in or out

      • Jk says:

        They’re on the list for UK citizens that are there and returning to the UK. They are not on the list as suggested holiday destinations right now.

        • David says:

          Jk – exactly! This is not a suggested ‘holiday list’, it is a list of travel restrictions in relation to non-essential travel. Hence probably why Grant Shapps mentioned the more practical options by name.
          And, it is entirely logical there will be non-symmetry, with only one travel practical in one direction at certain times.

    • Bill says:

      What’s the point in them updating the NHS app urgently if they aren’t going to use it as a tool for border force to permit a bypass of all testing for returning UK residents

  • Idontfly says:

    Can someone kindly recommend their recommended lateral flow and PCR testing company of choice. Thank you

    • KP says:

      Doctap or randox health. Had a good experience

    • Ottavio Nuccio says:

      Testingforall has great reviews on Trustpilot and only costs 105 GBP. (99 GBP the test and 6 GBP postage). Have bought my day 2 and day 8 kit today for the first time from them for my return to the Uk on May 16th. But they are sold out until inclusive May 15th. Must for sure be better than the scammers of Nowtest.

    • DAEN says:

      I can recommend Rightangled.

    • J says:

      Ive used bettertoknow for essential business travel. In and out of the UK and for the 2 and 8 day return tests. A bit more pricey than others but no problems and very good communications via email when results are available.

  • Harrier25 says:

    Jet2 to the South Sandwich Islands it is then! 🙄

  • meta says:

    Can we please not call some of these places countries, but territories on a travel blog?

    Amber list has in fact been published, but it’s non-exhaustive.

  • Matty says:

    Oh dear. Staycation all round then.

    • Hak says:

      You mean holidaying in Britain. A staycation is pitching a tent in your garden.

      • Chaz says:

        Language evolves. Suggesting staycation only relates to staying in your own garden is like saying gay just means having a happy time, and nothing to do with sexuality.

        My nan used to say gay (happy time), long after the common understanding had changed. We didn’t correct her as she was 82. Likewise, happy for you to carry on with your understanding of staycation but that doesn’t mean your definition is current.

      • Beast says:

        You mean a staycation is a long weekend at the Ritz (we all grew out of camping in the garden when we turned 7…).

      • J says:

        @Hak. Ever thought of fact checking before correcting someone?

  • Aceman says:

    So basically having a vaccination means nothing when entering the Uk?
    Not sure why (m)any other countries would bother reciprocating if that’s the case?

    • Phillip says:

      I imagine they’re trying to avoid being accused of discrimination at home. I’d like to think by July when everyone is offered at least one jab, the role of vaccines will change for travelling back to the U.K.

    • Henry Young says:

      Your Covid vaccination status will make no difference to your travel formalities longer term. All it means is you have immunity to an old variant that is no longer of concern. And in so doing you placed yourself at not insignificant risk of vaccine injury. Covid vaccination is as pointless as it would be for the common cold – another coronavirus with a constant stream of variants. The push for vaccine passports is to make you comply, not to help you travel, other than some short term dummies you are being sold. Sorry – you are being lied to on so many levels !

  • Rich says:

    So I had a holiday to turkey booked with tui on 10th June. That will be cancelled so I have Just looked with BA now, and direct from Manchester to faro on 12th June and coming back week after is £817. They are fantastic flight times, however, thanks but no thanks.

    • M says:

      Check again Rich. It’s now £146 return for those dates. They hadn’t loaded all the cheaper fare classes.

  • Rh says:

    I took a risk and pre—booked Portugal (twice for this summer) so looking good if it stays on the green list.

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