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GREEN LIST: Malta, Madeira, Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Caribbean added

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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:

  • Anguila 
  • Antigua and Barbuda 
  • Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza)
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • British Antarctic Territory 
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands 
  • Cayman Islands 
  • Madeira
  • Dominica
  • Grenada 
  • Malta 
  • Montserrat
  • 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.

  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Iceland
  • Israel
  • New Zealand
  • 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.

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.

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • 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
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 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 gov.uk.

Comments (129)

  • Tom says:

    I am currently in Antigua. I have a day 5 test to release booked which I will no longer need, operator says I can only get a voucher, only booked it a week ago so am I able to cancel for a full refund under distant selling regs?

    • stevenhp1987 says:

      This is why you should book these tests at the last minute.

      You should be able to cancel under distance selling regulations.

      Check the terms and conditions of your provider.

      • IanM says:

        I can’t imagine why the DSRs would apply outside the UK

        • stevenhp1987 says:

          I read that as a day 5 test to release for the UK.

          Depends when they bought them and where they were etc.

    • Mrs_Fussy says:

      Sorry cant help there Tom but just booked Antigua ( Royalton ) early July. Bit nervous as reviews are mixed. Was the immigration painful?

  • Scottydogg says:

    What I could do with is a website that tells you which countries let you in unvaccinated , with just tests / minimal quarantine? Sure someone must have created a website that’s updated regularly.

  • Wollhouse says:

    I have a 241 Avios booking in sept to BKK which BA has cancelled. Having had many a call where they have so far refused to rebook me, I’ve just left the booking sitting there whilst I wait to see what happens with Samui and sandpit options. I know that legally BA has to rebook me, but I fully anticipate this being a MCOL. So, 2 questions: currently for the dates I have, BA is now showing availability using Qatar, but this transits through Doha, a red zone. I feel it is reasonable to argue that this flight doesn’t put me in the same position as ncl/lhr/bkk which is what I have w BA? Is this a “fair” argument if I end up MCOLing (is that a verb.. 😉 2) assuming bypassing a red zone is fair, am I able to pick say, KLM, as they don’t go via a red zone and/or the fact that BA’s partners are 26+ hours against competitors who are similar travel times to my original booking of approx 16 hours. What would be deemed reasonable? Can they say 30 odd hours is a reasonable replacement? Fully expecting yet another row…so just want to be prepared, thanks

    • Wollhouse says:

      Sorry- should perhaps be in the general thread. Will post there

  • Alan S says:

    Ryanair very prematurely cancelled our Edinburgh to Malta flights for the 13th July. Wonder if they are regretting that now…

    • Anna says:

      Have you requested re-routing?

      • Alan S says:

        No, but I think the options from Scotland are pretty non-existent and I’ve made an assumption that Ryanair will be worse than BA when it comes to delivering on re-routing rights. Maybe that’s unfair?

    • Tracy says:

      I have flights booked for 3rd August with Ryanair, thinking they might be ok fingers crossed. Booked them in April hoping by August we might be allowed to go, paid peanuts so was willing to lose the money if it didn’t work out….hilton booked on points too, starting to look forward to it.

    • Tracy says:

      @Alan S are ryanair cancelling July flights to reinstate them at a higher price? Wouldn’t put it past them….

  • patrick C says:

    British nonsense comtinues … month 20 now… in the meantime the lack of any measures within the UK bring the highest case rate in Europe cancelling the entire vaccination lead. At least some countries are possible now to UK travelers… though you might habe to quarantaine there now 🤔

    • Anna says:

      The case rate is because the UK is doing more testing and gene sequencing than anywhere else. All it means is that we know about it sooner than other countries.

      • David says:

        Nonsense. This country doesn’t have mandatory testing, people with symptoms are getting tested because they have symptoms.

        • Anna says:

          Rubbish – many cases are being picked up via surge testing and testing of school children, neither of these require people to have symptoms.

          • David says:

            What are your qualifications? Where did you train as a virologist or epidemiologist? Are Germany not.doing such testing where they have (much smaller) outbreaks?

          • Anna says:

            David it’s the scientists telling us this. You don’t need to be an epidemiologist to be able to read numbers on a chart!

        • Aaron C says:

          Absolute nonsense from David here. The U.K. is doing millions of tests a week. The positive rate is really very small at <1% compared to 2-3% in Germany.
          https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/positive-rate-daily-smoothed?tab=table
          David shouldn’t be allowed to spout his drivel here.

          • David says:

            And you think that is drivel, rather than armchair experts telling us that the UK high covid rates are only due to increased testing, and not the FACT there are higher numbers and Johnson letting in the Delta/India variant to run wild and lead to the extension of restrictions?
            Oh dear.

          • Anna says:

            https://www.statista.com/statistics/1104645/covid19-testing-rate-select-countries-worldwide/
            These figures aren’t compiled by armchair experts. They show very clearly that the U.K. is way ahead in terms of testing (and gene sequencing which is why so many Delta variant cases have been identified). I realise that this doesn’t fit in with your anti-government narrative though!

          • Anna says:

            To put it in perspective, if Spain was doing the same amount of testing, it would be recording around 30k new infections per day!

        • Rhys says:

          Tell that to the asymptomatic testing centre on my way to work!

        • Dave says:

          As somebody who works in a school, I can tell you that just this week they have ‘asked’ everyone here so over 1000 people to have a PCR test on top of the Lateral Flow tests, so yes they are mass testing people without symptoms, which is what the WHO advises against.

          Though I stopped playing this crazy game back in January. Just as you can get bad plumbers, bad mechanics and bad electricians, you can get bad scientists and bad science and you have to seriously question if bad science has happened with COVID, and its very obvious SAGE is not fit for purpose and needs a second team of scientists to question them who may have differing theories or opinions. Thats before the can of worms is opened at how bad Public Health England is as an organisation and cannot be trusted.

  • mutley says:

    Whoever said Carrie wanted a Honeymoon in Barbados earlier on, got it spot on, no doubt the Charlatan and his latest wife will pitch there when parliament goes into recess.

    A more appropriate destination would be Saint Helena, the final destination of another height challenged, misogynistic narcissist.

    • Anna says:

      That was me! But will they take the nanny and little Wilf? 🤣

      • mutley says:

        Who knows, but I suspect next years best holiday read will be Marina Wheelers memoir of being married to Boris for 25 years, currently being written.

  • YC says:

    How quickly did BA schedule more flights to Portugal last time round?

    • Rhys says:

      easyJet have just announced they are putting on an extra 50,000 seats to the Balearics and Malta from next month…

  • Graeme says:

    From what I can find online, as a double-jabbed UK resident I’ll be able to enter Ireland without quaranting or testing after the 19th of July (as things stand, accepting they may not). Is that right, does anyone know?

    I’m struggling to find a proper answer, I’m finding more what they WON’T allow and working it out from there.

    • Nick G says:

      From 19 July 2021, depending on the prevailing public health situation at the time, Ireland will operate the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for travel originating within the EU/ER lm

    • Sukes says:

      Graeme I don’t think you will find a definitive answer because one doesn’t (yet) exist.

      EU has agreed the rules for its citizens and these will be implemented by the Irish gov from 19 Jul. But the EU continues to be in the process of figuring out the rules from entrants from ‘third countries’ which is how the UK is categorised post Brexit. This is why we have this piecemeal approach across EU currently with different Member States applying different entry requirements to Brits, & Merkel trying to get the EU to agree a single unified approach. Ireland gov say they will broadly align themselves with any single EU approach for third countries…but as yet there is none.

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