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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 19 Jul 2021, 17:38 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

31 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. Australia

5. Balearic Islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca)    
Currently on green watchlist. Will move to amber list 4am, Monday 19 July. If you arrive in England after then you need to follow the amber list rules.

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

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

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

9. British Virgin Islands
Currently on green watchlist. Will move to amber list 4am, Monday 19 July. If you arrive in England after then you need to follow the amber list rules.

10. Brunei

11. Bulgaria
Currently on the amber list. Will move to green list 4am, Monday 19 July. If you arrive in England before then you need to follow the amber list rules.

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

13. Croatia
Currently on the amber list. Will move to green watchlist 4am, Monday 19 July. If you arrive in England before then you need to follow the amber list rules.

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

15. Falkland Islands

16. Faroe Islands 

17. Gibraltar

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

19. Hong Kong
Currently on the amber list. Will move to green list 4am, Monday 19 July. If you arrive in England before then you need to follow the amber list rules.

20. Iceland

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

22. Madeira         
Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber. Mainland Portugal and the Azores are on the amber list.

23. Malta  

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

25. New Zealand

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

27. Singapore

28. South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

29. St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha 

30. Taiwan
Currently on the amber list. Will move to green watchlist 4am, Monday 19 July. If you arrive in England before then you need to follow the amber list rules.

31. 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.

There is currently one exception to this rule: fully vaccinated arrivals from France to England must continue to quarantine for 10 days.

There are 147 countries currently on the UK's amber list for travel, including the US, Thailand, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Japan, Italy, Greece, Germany and Cyprus.

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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