Your options for foreign travel this Summer got a little easier today with changes to the initial Green List.
From Wednesday 30th at 4am, the following countries will be added to Green List:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza)
- British Antarctic Territory
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Pitcairn Islands
- Turks and Caicos Islands
These countries and territories do NOT require quarantine on your return to the UK. We summarise the rules below.
Israel and Jerusalem have been added to the Green Watch List. There is some confusion about whether the remaining Green List countries above have also been added to the Watch List. The Government press release says they have whilst the official GOV.UK lists say they haven’t…..
The Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Haiti, Mongolia, Tunisia, Uganda have all been added to the Red List.
This applies only to England. Different rules may apply to those who live in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland and Scotland are mirroring these changes.
These are the testing and quarantine requirements currently in place:
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.
Which countries are on the Green List?
Here is the full list of countries on the current UK Government travel Green List.
- Falkland Islands
- Faroe Islands
- New Zealand
- Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
- 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.
Which countries are on the Red List?
Here are the countries on the current Red List. Anyone returning from these countries will be required to undertake 10 days of hotel quarantine.
- Cape Verde
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Costa Rica
- French Guiana
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- Trinidad & Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
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 gov.uk.