Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told a press briefing that caution was the most important step, revealing 12 countries that will be on the green list from May 17.
The only popular short-haul summer destinations across 12 countries and territories on the new green list for travel from May 17 are Portugal, Gibraltar and Israel from May 17, the Department of Transport (DfT) said.
The Green List is a selection of countries deemed safe for UK travelers to visit without isolating themselves on their return.
Countries on the green list include Portugal, including the Azores and Madeira; Australia; New Zealand; Singapore; Brunei; Iceland; Faroe Islands; Gibraltar; The Falkland Islands; and Israel.
Although France, Spain and Greece are not yet included, the government intends to update the list every three weeks, so June 7 could see a change for some destinations.
Meanwhile, Turkey, Maldives and Nepal have been added to the red list.
Those returning from those countries after 4 a.m. on Wednesday will have to stay in a quarantine hotel for 11 nights at a cost of £ 1,750 for solo travelers.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said removing restrictions on international travel was “necessarily prudent” and the government must “absolutely ensure” that countries the UK reconnects with are safe.
He said: “We in this country have succeeded in building a fortress against Covid. But the disease is still prevalent in other parts of the world, most notably right now in India.
“In fact, more new cases of Covid have been diagnosed globally in the past seven days than at any time since the start of the pandemic.”
He added: “This is why today’s announcement removing UK stay restrictions from May 17 is necessarily prudent.
“We absolutely have to make sure that the countries we reconnect with are safe, that their infection rates are low and their vaccination rates are high.
“This means making sure we don’t incubate the more dangerous variants than they are and that they have safe and secure monitoring in place.”
The DfT also announced that from May 17, people who have received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine will be able to use the NHS app to demonstrate their status.
People who do not have the app will be able to request an NHS letter from that date.