Which destinations are on the green and amber lists – and which nations will let UK travellers in?
Written by Hit Music Radio News on 08/07/2021
Britons who are double vaccinated will be able to enjoy quarantine-free travel to amber list countries – but may have to isolate when they arrive at certain destinations.
From 19 July, the rules for people returning to England from some destinations are being relaxed as all legal restrictions are removed.
Although the traffic light system will remain, holidaymakers who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to self-isolate for 10 days on their return from an amber list country.
However, some holiday destinations have their own quarantine rules so travellers may have to self-isolate there even if they do not in the UK. And countries may still be moved to different lists.
Here is a full list with the rules for each section – and the quarantine requirements for major holiday destinations.
People returning to England from these countries do not have to quarantine but do have to take a private PCR test two days after they return.
Antigua and Barbuda
Australia – most visitors are banned from entering Australia, apart from Australian citizens and some specific others
Balearic Islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca) – a negative PCR or LAMP COVID-19 test issued within 48 hours before arrival is required or proof of full vaccination at least 14 days before arrival
British Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Gibraltar – travellers from the UK must take a free lateral flow test at the airport and day 5 after arrival
Iceland – holidaymakers must show they were fully vaccinated, with the NHS COVID pass or letter, at least 15 days before arriving or show a PCR or antibody test revealing they have recovered from COVID-19
Israel and Jerusalem
Madeira – travellers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before travelling and show they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival, or have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 180 days
Malta – proof of full vaccination at least 14 days before travel (the NHS COVID pass or letter is accepted) is required
New Zealand – visitors are banned from New Zealand, although New Zealand citizens are allowed with 14 days managed isolation (visitors who have been in Australia for 14 days before do not have to quarantine but must have a PCR test)
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
Singapore – only Singapore citizens and permanent residents can enter without permission
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Turks and Caicos Islands
From 19 July, UK residents who are fully vaccinated (14 days since their final dose) will not have to self-isolate when returning to England.
They will still have to take a test three days before returning and take a PCR test on day 2 – but not on day 8.
Children under 18 and people who are taking part in COVID clinical trials will also no longer have to self-isolate or take a day 8 test.
Travellers who are not fully vaccinated must still take the pre-departure test, quarantine for 10 days on returning to England and take day 2 and day 8 tests.
The government has lifted the advice to not travel to amber list countries.
Most countries are on the amber list – these are some of the main destinations for UK travellers:
Austria – most UK visitors are banned from Austria.
The Bahamas – fully vaccinated travellers can enter, or a negative PCR test within 5 days before arrival is required and visitors must apply for a health visa and specific health insurance as well as taking an antigen test and completing daily health questionnaires
Belgium – UK travellers are banned but Belgian nationals and those whose main residence is Belgium are exempt but must quarantine for 10 days
Canada – most foreign nationals, including from the UK, are banned from Canada
China – flights are suspended from the UK
Croatia – UK travellers must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival, certificate of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19
Cyprus – UK passengers require a negative PCR test within 72 hours before departure and another one at the airport in Cyprus, and must self-isolate as they wait for the result
France – passengers need to provide a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure, proof of vaccination and a sworn statement they are not suffering from symptoms or been in contact with confirmed cases in the past two weeks (non-fully vaccinated people can only travel for essential reasons)
Greece (including islands) – UK travellers must have proof of either a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival, a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours before departure or proof of full vaccination at least 14 days before
Indonesia – most UK travellers are banned
Italy (including Vatican City) – UK travellers must present a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 48 hours before arrival, self-isolate for five days and take another test to be released
Mexico – land borders are closed but reduced flights are running and a health declaration must be completed before arrival
Portugal (apart from Madeira) – UK passengers must have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel or an antigen test taken within 48 hours. Unless you have proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days before, travellers must quarantine for 14 days
Saudi Arabia – all travellers must have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure and people who are not fully vaccinated will have to quarantine for seven days
Spain (including Canary Islands) – a negative PCR or LAMP COVID-19 test issued within 48 hours before arrival is required or proof of full vaccination at least 14 days before arrival
Thailand – you must apply for permission to travel to Thailand from the Thai government and will have to quarantine for 14 days in a facility
United States – most visitors who are not US citizens cannot enter the US and those allowed must have a negative COVID test, proof of recovery from COVID-19 and seven days in quarantine is recommended.
All countries not on the green or amber lists are on the red list. Some amber list countries are also on a red watch list.
Only British or Irish nationals, or people with UK residence rights, are allowed to enter the UK from red list countries – although travel to those countries is not advised.
Even if travellers have been fully vaccinated, they must take a COVID-19 PCR test before travelling, book a quarantine hotel package and complete a passenger locator form.
On arrival, they will be taken directly to the quarantine hotel and take tests on day two and day eight.
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