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Which countries can I travel to from the UK? The latest from the government’s traffic light system

The UK has lifted the ban on leisure travel, but many restrictions are still in place. We share the list of the destinations the UK has deemed safe for travel — more officially known as the ‘green list’ — and keep you updated on the changes to it.

Published 30 Jun 2021, 17:35 BST, Updated 15 Sept 2021, 16:36 BST
Many destinations are trying to welcome back British travellers, but most will require Covid-19 testing or ...

Many destinations are trying to welcome back British travellers, but most will require Covid-19 testing or proof of vaccination for entry.

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We're trying our best to keep this page updated. Please remember to check with the FCDO ahead of your travels for the latest information.

After months of lockdown at the start of 2021, the ban on international leisure travel has been lifted — but there’s still a lot to consider if you’re planning to travel abroad. 

Which destinations are available to British travellers this summer? The UK government is using a ‘traffic light’ system for travel, with countries categorised as either ‘red’, ‘amber’ or ‘green’ depending on the proportion of their population that have been vaccinated against Covid-19, their infection rates and the prevalence of variants of concern.

Read more: How does the traffic light system work?

Many destinations are trying to welcome back British travellers, but most will require Covid-19 testing or proof of vaccination for entry. Similar hurdles will likely need to be cleared for returning to the UK, too. Different levels of quarantine will be mandated for amber and red destinations (the latter currently requires 10 days’ hotel quarantine at a cost of up £1,750 per person, including two PCR tests).

Read more: What are the practicalities of booking a break this summer?

We’ll be keeping you updated on the green list and providing useful links to the amber and red lists, in case you need to make yourself aware of those, too. 

The green list: the countries you can visit right now

43 countries are on the green list right now. These are: 

1. Anguilla         
Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

2. Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory          
Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

3. Antigua and Barbuda
Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

4. Austria

5. Australia

6. The Azores
Mainland Portugal is on the amber list.

7. Barbados        
Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

8. Bermuda        
Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

9. British Indian Ocean Territory          
Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

10. Brunei

11. Bulgaria

12. Canada 

13. Cayman Islands         
Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

14. Croatia
Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

15. Denmark

16. Dominica       
Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

17. Falkland Islands

18. Faroe Islands 

19. Finland

20. Germany

21. Gibraltar

22. Grenada         
Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

23. Hong Kong

24. Iceland

25. Israel and Jerusalem 
Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

26. Latvia

27. Liechtenstein

28. Lithuania

29. Madeira         
Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber. Mainland Portugal is on the amber list.

30. Malta  

31. Montserrat     
Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

32. New Zealand

33. Norway

34. Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands          
Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

35. Romania 

36. Singapore

37. Slovakia

38. Slovenia

39. South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

40. St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha 

41. Switzerland

42. Taiwan
Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

43. Turks and Caicos Islands       
Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

Please note that the green-list status does not ensure automatic entry into the country. Each country has their own rules and requirements. For example, Australia, New Zealand and the Falkland Islands are not currently open to tourists.

The amber list: the countries with travel restrictions

From July 19, travellers arriving in the UK who have been fully vaccinated with an NHS-administered vaccine in the UK at least 14 days previously, or who are on a formally approved UK vaccine clinical trial, will no longer need to quarantine. You must take a Covid-19 test on or before day 2. 

Check out the FCDO advice for the most up-to-date information on what amber-list travel looks like.

The red list: the countries you shouldn’t travel to right now

Check out the FCDO advice for the most up-to-date information on what red-list travel looks like.

Read more: Everything you need to know about travel during the Covid-19 outbreak

For the latest updates, visit the government’s travel advice website

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