From Monday July 19, there will be a total of 29 countries with green status in the UK’s traffic light system for travel.
This will mean Brits returning from those destinations will face the lightest restrictions on re-entry to the UK.
Those returning from Amber and Red countries will face harsher rules and restrictions when they return.
However, from July 19 there will be changes to the travel rules, with those who have been fully vaccinated and been to an Amber country subject to the same rules as green list arrivals.
Green list rules
Arrivals from green list countries must take a pre-departure test, as well as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Covid test on or before day two of their arrival back into the UK.
They do not need to quarantine when they return, unless they test positive for coronavirus.
You also need to fill in a passenger locator form online before you arrive into the UK.
You’ll need to show the form when you check in to travel to the UK.
Which countries are on the green list?
- Anguilla – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber
- Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber
- Antigua and Barbuda – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber
- Balearic islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca) – Will move to Amber list on July 19
- Barbados – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber
- Bermuda – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber
- British Indian Ocean Territory – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber
- British Virgin Islands – Will move to amber list on July 19
- Bulgaria – Will move to green list on July 19
- Cayman Islands – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber
- Croatia – Will move to green watch list on July 19
- Dominica – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber
- Falkland Islands
- Faroe Islands
- Grenada – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber
- Hong Kong – Will move to green list on July 19
- Israel and Jerusalem – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber
- Madeira – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber
- Montserrat – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber
- New Zealand
- Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber
- South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
Amber list rules
Those who arrive from an Amber country need to take a Covid-19 test before arrival, and book and pay for a day two and day eight test.
They must also complete a passenger locator form.
When they arrive in England they have to quarantine at home, or the place they are staying for the next 10 days.
There is an alternative to pay for a private Covid test on day five to end the quarantine early.
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If the test is negative they end the quarantine early, but they will still need to take a compulsory test on or after day eight.
However, from 4am on Monday July 19 you won’t need to quarantine when you arrive in England from an Amber country if you’ve been double vaccinated.
This is only the case if you have not been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in England.
To be counted as fully vaccinated you need to have had your final dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at least two weeks before the date you arrive in England.
This rule is also the same for children under the age of 18.
Which countries are on the Amber list?
- Akrotiri and Dhekelia
- The Bahamas
- Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Bulgaria – Will move to green list on July 19
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue
- Côte d’Ivoire
- Croatia – Will move to green watchlist on July 19
- Cuba – Will move to Red list on July 19
- Czech Republic (Czechia)
- El Salvado
- Equatorial Guinea
- French Polynesia
- The Gambia
- Greece (including islands)
- Hong Kong – Will move to Green list on July 19
- Indonesia – Will move to Red list on July 19
- Marshall Islands
- Myanmar (Burma) – Will move to Red list on July 19
- New Caledonia
- North Korea
- North Macedonia
- The Occupied Palestinian Territories
- Papua New Guinea
- Portugal (including the Azores) – Madeira is on the green watchlist
- San Marino
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone – Will move to red list on July 19
- Solomon Islands
- South Korea
- South Sudan
- Spain (including the Canary Islands – The Balearic islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca) – Will move to the amber list July 19
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Maarten
- St Martin and St Barthélemy
- St Pierre and Miquelon
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Taiwan – Will move to green watchlist on July 19
- United States
- Wallis and Futuna
- Western Sahara
Red list rules
If someone is returning from a Red country, they have to take a Covid-19 test before travelling, and complete a passenger locator form.
When they return to England they must quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel for 10 days.
They will also need to take a Covid-19 test on or before day two, and on or after day eight of quarantining.
Travellers must pay for the hotel package themselves, but the price will include hotel, transport and travel tests.
Those returning from Red countries will not be able to end quarantine early through the Test to Release scheme.
Which countries are on the red list?
- Cape Verde
- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Costa Rica
- Cuba – Currently on the amber list. Will move to red list on July 19
- Dominican Republic
- French Guiana
- Indonesia – Currently on the amber list, will move to red list on July 19
- Myanmar – Currently on the amber list, will move to Red list on July 19
- Sierra Leone – Currently on the amber list, will move to Red list on July 19
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates (UAE)