Full list of UK non-quarantined destinations and what has changed in the latest travel update
The latest changes to the UK’s traffic light system regarding travel restrictions were announced on August 26.
A three-tiered measure separates countries into a list of green, orange and red destinations, each with different restrictions on arrivals in the UK.
Always eagerly awaited, recent reviews have taken on increased importance following a major relaxation of quarantine rules for arrivals from Orange List countries.
In the last update, seven countries moved from the Amber List to the Green List, after being shown to pose a low risk to British public health: the Azores, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania and Switzerland.
No country has been forced to switch from the green list to the amber list. However, Montenegro and Thailand have moved from the Amber List to the Red List, where hotel quarantine is mandatory on arrival in the UK.
Which countries are on the green list?
- Anguilla (Green Watch List)
- Antarctica / British Antarctic Territory (Green Watch List)
- Antigua and Barbuda (Green Watch List)
- the Azores – Continental Portugal is on the orange list
- Barbados (Green Watch List)
- Bermuda (Green Watch List)
- British Indian Ocean Territory (Green List)
- Cayman Islands (Green Watchlist)
- Croatia (Green Watch List)
- Dominica (Green Watch List)
- the falkland islands
- Faroe Islands
- Grenada (Green Watch List)
- Hong Kong
- Israel and Jerusalem (Green Watch List)
- Madeira (Green Watchlist) – Mainland Portugal is on the orange list
- Montserrat (Green Watchlist)
- New Zealand
- Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands (Green Watch List)
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
- Taiwan (Green Watchlist)
- Turks and Caicos Islands (Green Watch List)
What are the rules for the green list?
Arrivals from Green List countries must take a pre-departure test as well as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test no later than the second day of their return to the UK.
However, they do not need to self-quarantine upon their return (unless they test positive) or take any further testing.
How have the rules of the Amber List changed?
The Orange List represents nearly 150 overseas countries, including many of the UK’s favorite vacation destinations like Spain and Greece.
Previously, anyone arriving in the UK from an Amber List country was required to self-quarantine for 10 days (although they could take a ‘release test’ on the fifth day), as well as take medical exams. PCR tests on day two and day eight.
However, under new rules, from July 19, travelers arriving in England, Scotland and Wales from these destinations do not have to self-quarantine if they have received both doses of the Covid vaccine. , or if they are under 18.
The new rules initially only applied to UK residents (and people who have received their NHS vaccines), although Mr Shapps later confirmed they were extended to the US and countries of the United States. ‘EU.
People returning from vacations to amber destinations are still required to take a Covid-19 test three days before their return.
Arrivals must also take a test no later than the second day of their return, as per previous restrictions, but will be exempt from the eighth day test.
Although the changes expand options for UK holidaymakers, it is important to check the entry requirements for the desired destination (available through the Department of Foreign Affairs travel advice) and to ensure it welcomes visitors. UK and the certification they need.
Travelers should also consider government guidelines on non-essential travel, which operates separately from the traffic light system and can have serious ramifications for travel insurance.