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Which countries are on the green list, amber list and red list? UK travel rules explained after last update

The results of the latest review into the UK’s traffic light system of travel restrictions have been announced.

Introduced from 17 May, the three-tier measures separate countries into a green, amber and red list of destinations, each carrying different restrictions for arrivals back into the UK.

With holidays abroad severely restricted for most people, the regular reviews of each lists are eagerly anticipated by holidaymakers and the beleaguered travel industry alike.

The latest announcement carries particular significance as it precedes a major easing to the quarantine rules for arrivals from amber countries in England and Scotland – here’s how the lists look ahead of the review.

What did Grant Shapps announce?

On Wednesday the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed that Bulgaria and Hong Kong would be added to the green list on Monday, while Croatia and Taiwan will be added to the green watchlist.

However, the Balearic Islands and British Virgin Islands are being moved to the amber list from the green watchlist, with four countries joining the red list, with which carries the most stringent restrictions.

Grant Shapps has announced the findings of the latest travel review (Photo: Getty/Anadolu Agency/David Cliff)

Which countries are on the green list?

Arrivals from green list countries need to take a pre-departure test as well as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on or before day two of their arrival back into the UK.

However, they do not need to quarantine on return (unless they receive a positive result) or take any additional tests.

The countries that will be on the green list from 4.00am on 19 July are:

  • Anguilla (Green watchlist)
  • Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory (Green watchlist)
  • Antigua and Barbuda (Green watchlist)
  • Australia
  • Barbados (Green Watchlist)
  • Bermuda (Green Watchlist)
  • British Indian Ocean Territory (Green Watchlist)
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Cayman Islands (Green Watchlist)
  • Croatia (Green watchlist)
  • Dominica (Green Watchlist)
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada (Green Watchlist)
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Israel and Jerusalem (Green Watchlist)
  • Madeira (Green Watchlist) – Mainland Portugal and the Azores are on the amber list.
  • Malta
  • Montserrat (Green Watchlist)
  • New Zealand
  • Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands (Green Watchlist)
  • Singapore
  • South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
  • St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • Taiwan (Green Watchlist)
  • Turks and Caicos Islands (Green Watchlist)

Which countries are on the amber list?

The amber list accounts for almost 150 overseas nations, including many of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations like France, Spain and Greece.

Previously, anybody arriving in the UK from a nation on the amber list had to quarantine for 10 days (although they could take a “test to release” on day five), as well as taking PCR tests on days two and eight.

However, under new rules, from 19 July travellers arriving in England and Scotland from these destinations will not have to quarantine if they have had both doses of the Covid vaccine, or if they are under 18.

In their current form, the new rules only apply to UK residents (and people who have received their vaccines from the NHS), although Mr Shapps has said it is hoped this will be extended to the US and EU countries “later this summer”.

People returning from holidays in amber destinations, such as France, Spain and Portugal, will still be required to take a Covid-19 test three days before returning.

Arrivals will also have to take a test on or before the second day of their return, as per the previous restrictions, but will be exempted from the day-eight test.

Although the changes widen the options for British holidaymakers, it is important to check the entry requirements for your desired destination (available via the Foreign Office’s travel advice) and ensure that it is welcoming visitors from the UK, and what certification they require. 

Travellers must also consider the Government’s guidance on non-essential travel, which operates separately to the traffic-light system, and can have severe ramifications for travel insurance.

The countries that will be on the amber list from 4.00am on 19 July are:

  • Akrotiri and Dhekelia 
  • Albania 
  • Algeria 
  • Andorra 
  • Armenia 
  • Aruba 
  • Austria 
  • Azerbaijan 
  • The Bahamas 
  • Belarus 
  • Belgium 
  • Belize 
  • Benin 
  • Bhutan 
  • Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba 
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina 
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Burkina Faso 
  • Cambodia 
  • Cameroon 
  • Canada 
  • Central African Republic 
  • Chad 
  • China 
  • Comoros 
  • Congo 
  • Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue 
  • Côte d’Ivoire 
  • Curaçao 
  • Cyprus 
  • Czech Republic (Czechia) 
  • Denmark 
  • Djibouti 
  • El Salvador 
  • Equatorial Guinea 
  • Estonia 
  • Fiji 
  • Finland 
  • France 
  • French Polynesia 
  • Gabon 
  • The Gambia 
  • Georgia 
  • Germany 
  • Ghana 
  • Greece (including islands) 
  • Greenland 
  • Guadeloupe 
  • Guatemala 
  • Guinea 
  • Guinea-Bissau 
  • Honduras 
  • Hungary 
  • Iran 
  • Iraq 
  • Italy 
  • Jamaica 
  • Japan 
  • Jordan 
  • Kazakhstan 
  • Kiribati 
  • Kosovo 
  • Kuwait 
  • Kyrgyzstan 
  • Laos 
  • Latvia 
  • Lebanon 
  • Liberia 
  • Libya 
  • Liechtenstein 
  • Lithuania 
  • Luxembourg 
  • Macao 
  • Madagascar 
  • Malaysia 
  • Mali 
  • Marshall Islands 
  • Martinique 
  • Mauritania 
  • Mauritius 
  • Mayotte 
  • Mexico 
  • Micronesia 
  • Moldova 
  • Monaco 
  • Montenegro 
  • Morocco 
  • Nauru 
  • Netherlands 
  • New Caledonia 
  • Nicaragua 
  • Niger 
  • Nigeria 
  • North Korea 
  • North Macedonia 
  • Norway 
  • The Occupied Palestinian Territories 
  • Palau 
  • Papua New Guinea 
  • Poland 
  • Portugal (including the Azores – Madeira is on the green watchlist)
  • Réunion 
  • Romania 
  • Russia 
  • Samoa 
  • San Marino 
  • Sao Tome and Principe 
  • Saudi Arabia 
  • Senegal 
  • Serbia 
  • Slovakia 
  • Slovenia 
  • Solomon Islands 
  • South Korea 
  • South Sudan 
  • Spain (including the Canary Islands and the Balearic islands)
  • St Kitts and Nevis 
  • St Lucia 
  • St Maarten 
  • St Martin and St Barthélemy 
  • St Pierre and Miquelon 
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines 
  • Sweden 
  • Switzerland 
  • Syria 
  • Tajikistan 
  • Thailand 
  • Timor-Leste 
  • Togo 
  • Tonga 
  • Turkmenistan 
  • Tuvalu 
  • Ukraine 
  • United States
  • Uzbekistan 
  • Vanuatu 
  • Vietnam 
  • Wallis and Futuna 
  • Western Sahara 
  • Yemen

Which countries are on the red list?

Arrivals from red list countries must undertake a 10-day stay in a managed quarantine hotel, pre-departure testing and mandatory PCR testing on or before day two and on or after day eight. You can only enter the UK if you are a British or Irish National, or have UK residence rights.

The countries on the red list are:

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Congo (Democratic Republic)
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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