As part of the third stage of the roadmap, which comes into effect on May 17, people will once again be able to travel abroad for leisure.
The government has created a system of “traffic lights” for international travel, with people not having to be quarantined when returning from a country on the green list.
Each nation has been placed in its own category under this new system – reports Hertfordshire Live.
It depends on their current Covid situation, and assessments will be made based on a series of factors.
These include the proportion of a country’s population that has been vaccinated, infection rates, new emerging variants, and the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing.
Accordingly, countries will be classified into three groups: green, orange and red.
If you are returning from a country on the “green list”, it is not necessary to isolate yourself. You must however take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on the second day of your arrival in the UK.
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If you are returning from an “Amber List” country, you must self-isolate for 10 days, unless you receive a negative result from a test carried out at least five days after arrival. You will also need to take a pre-departure test, as well as PCR tests on the second and eighth day of your arrival in the UK.
And if you are coming back from a “red list” country, you will have to spend 10 days in a quarantine hotel. You will also need to take a pre-departure test, as well as PCR tests on the second and eighth day of your arrival in the UK.
Below you will find which countries belong to which category of the UK system. However, it should be noted that each country has its own rules for traveling and welcoming tourists.
While a country may be on the ‘green list’, it may not welcome vacationers across its borders, so check the latest information here.
Lists of traffic lights should be reviewed every three weeks.
Which countries are on the government’s “green list”?
These countries are currently on the government’s “green list”.
- the falkland islands
- Faroe Islands
- Israel and Jerusalem
- New Zealand
- Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira)
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Which countries are on the government’s “orange list”?
These countries are currently on the government’s “orange list”.
The orange list is not exhaustive. If a country or territory is not on this list, you should not assume that it is a green or red list country or territory.
- Akrotiri et Dhekelia
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bonaire, Saint-Eustache and Saba
- Bosnia herzegovina
- British Antarctic Territory
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- British Virgin Islands
- Burkina Faso
- Cayman Islands
- Central African Republic
- the Cook Islands
- Costa Rica
- Ivory Coast
- Czech Republic (Czechia)
- Dominican Republic
- The Savior
- Equatorial Guinea
- French Polynesia
- Greece (including islands)
- Hong Kong
- Marshall Islands
- Myanmar (Burma)
- New Caledonia
- North Korea
- North Macedonia
- The Occupied Palestinian Territories
- Papua New Guinea
- Îles Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie et Oeno
- San Marino
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- The Solomon Islands
- South Korea
- South sudan
- Spain (including the Balearics and the Canary Islands)
- Sri Lanka
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St. LUCIA
- St Martin and St Barthélemy
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- To go
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United States (USA)
- Wallis and Futuna
- Sahara occidental
Which countries are on the government’s “red list”?
These countries are currently on the government’s “red list”.
You must not travel to countries or territories on the red list.
- Cape Verde
- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- In Swaziland
- French Guiana
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates (UAE)