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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)

  • Patrycja says:

    Just booked flights to Ibiza for next week, looking at entry requirements for Balearics, are they the same as mainland or partially vaccinated have to have lateral flow test?

    I also ordered Qured tests via BA website for our lateral flow test on return journey. I cannot find a list of approved providers for pre-departure test in Scotland, they only list a single supplier for day 2 test but do not specify suppliers for pre-departure. Can anyone confirm if there is list for that or I can use anyone approved for England?

  • Aaron C says:

    Any hotel suggestions in the Balearics or Malta? Hilton diamond if that helps.

  • Andrew says:

    BBC are making the point that apart from Malta, the new additions are on a “green watch list” which means they can change to amber again at short notice.

  • Anna says:

    Officials in the Balearics welcomed the “excellent news”. Guess that means they’re not too fussed about the wrath of Merkel & Macron …

  • meta says:

    I am hopefully now safe as I can go visit my family (amber list EU country) after nearly two years. So that’s a bigger news for me than green list and I can’t wait.

    Now if only by return they’ll allow double vaccinated in without self-isolation and tests. I might prolong my stay if it is early August.

    Anyone knows if I can get FTV on a partially used ticket?

  • Ollie says:

    So, which of these green list destinations can you:
    1. be allowed entry into as a UK resident/citizen
    2. not have to quarantine on arrival for
    3. not be subject to unnecessary hygiene theatre such as wearing masks outdoors (or even at all!)
    I have tried to do some research and it looks like Turks & Caicos and possibly some of the Balearics fulfil this criteria, although I’m not certain.
    I did come across some ridiculous rules when browsing FCO. One – I think it was Bermuda – said that you cannot wear dark glasses when wearing a face mask and that your ears and forehead must remain visible!
    I do find it ridiculous how some places try to “make you feel safe” with all these restrictions as if that’s meant to welcome you to visit. Quite the opposite – it’s a repellant.

  • Alan says:

    I don’t understand the decision to put the Dominican Republic on the red list. There are less cases per 100k than many green list places and a high rate of vaccination.
    The only thing I can see is that it’s not in the commonwealth….

    • Anna says:

      The only reason I can think of is proximity to Haiti which has high numbers of infections and hasn’t started vaccinating its population.

    • Bagoly says:

      I suspect that they are multiplying the published case rates by secret factors guessing at the effect of the different approaches to testing. E.g. consider two EU countries which border each other: in one there are tents offering free walk-in tests in every other supermarket carpark; in the other one has to book specifically and go to a hospital.

  • MarkS says:

    Ive booked for late August to Ibiza. Will keep watching the situation re watch list but happy to take the FTV if anything does change. Its just nice to have a flight booked tbh!!

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