Full list of UK travel destinations without quarantine after update and when this will change
Grant Shapps announced the latest changes to the UK’s traffic light system for travel restrictions.
The three-tiered measures separate countries into a list of green, orange and red destinations, each with different restrictions on arrivals in the UK.
Always eagerly awaited, the most recent review takes on special significance as it precedes a major relaxation of quarantine rules for arrivals from the amber countries of England, Scotland and Wales.
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On Wednesday, the transport secretary confirmed that Bulgaria and Hong Kong would be added to the green list, while Croatia and Taiwan would be added to the green watch list.
However, the Balearic Islands and British Virgin Islands are moved to the Amber List of the Green Watch List, with four countries joining the Red List, with which the strictest restrictions are enforced.
The changes will all take effect on July 19 at 4 a.m. Here’s what the Allow List will look like from this point on:
Which countries are on the green list?
- Anguilla (Green List)
- Antarctica / British Antarctic Territory (Green List)
- Antigua and Barbuda (Green List)
- Barbados (Green Watch List)
- Bermuda (Green Watch List)
- British Indian Ocean Territory (Green List)
- Cayman Islands (Green Watch List)
- Croatia (Green 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 and the Azores are 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 are the Amber List rules changing?
The Orange List represents nearly 150 overseas countries, including many of the UK’s favorite vacation destinations like France, 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, starting July 19, travelers arriving in England and Scotland from these destinations will not have to self-quarantine if they have received both doses of the Covid vaccine, or if they are are under the age of 18.
In their current form, the new rules only apply to UK residents (and people who have received their NHS vaccines), although Mr Shapps has said he hopes this will be extended to the US and to EU countries “later this summer”.
People returning from vacations to amber destinations, such as France, Spain and Portugal, will still need to take a Covid-19 test three days before their return.
Arrivals will also be required to 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.