COVID-19: Which countries are on the UK government’s travel green list and what does that mean for quarantine?

COVID-19: Which countries are on the UK government’s travel green list and what does that mean for quarantine?

Portugal, Gibraltar and Israel are among the countries and territories that people will be able to visit without quarantine upon their return to the UK, the government said.

As England enters the next phase of the non-lockdown roadmap on May 17, a traffic light system that categorizes countries based on their COVID-19 risk levels has been developed.

But what does this mean for travelers?

Green list:

Travelers returning from a country on this list will not be required to self-quarantine and will only need to take one test after arrival.

It includes Portugal, Gibraltar, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, as well as several small remote islands which are British overseas territories.

However, entry to Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei and the Faroe Islands is severely restricted.

Portugal plans to welcome British tourists who recently tested negative, recovered from the virus and therefore have antibodies or have received both doses of a vaccine.

Gibraltar will not require British visitors to be tested or vaccinated, while Israel will initially reopen its border on May 23 only to groups of foreign tourists who have had both hits.

Amber list:

This covers the UK’s most popular holiday destinations such as Spain, France, Italy and Greece.

Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said, “You shouldn’t be going to these places right now.”

Those who go against these guidelines must pass two tests after arrival.

They also need to self-isolate at home for 10 days, although they can reduce that time if they take an additional negative test on the fifth day.

Red List:

Among the countries on the red list are Brazil, India, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.

Turkey and the Maldives will be added to the red list on Wednesday May 12.

Those returning from a Red List country must stay in a quarantine hotel for 11 nights at a cost of £ 1,750.

Here is the full green list:





New Zealand



Faroe Islands

Tristan Da Cunha

Saint Helena


the falkland islands


South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Lists can be changed at any time, but global changes are not expected to occur until the situation is reviewed at a “checkpoint” on June 28.

Can people living in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland go on holiday abroad?

Decentralized administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not set dates for the restart of overseas leisure travel, although announcements are expected in the coming days.

Mr. Shapps, there has been “a large degree of agreement and cooperation in the development of the system.”


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