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Green, amber and red list rules and destinations

Last Updated on July 21, 2021 by Henry @ The Getaway Lounge

This post is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure a high level of accuracy.

Green, amber and red

The traffic light system will be reviewed every 3 weeks, and we hope to see many more destinations added to the green list soon!

For those fully vaccinated however, the rules for amber are the same as for green.

These destinations will also have their own entry requirements which will evolve in time – please check for more info on the gov.uk website depending on where you’re thinking of going.

I.e. for Spain, search “Spain entry requirements” and follow the gov.uk links.

Rules are different for those in Scotland – please use this link for further details on the gov.scot website.

Green list rules

Before travel to England

Before you travel to England you must:

On arrival in England

You must take the COVID-19 test that you have paid for prior to departure on or before day 2 after you arrive.

You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive.

Green list of countries and territories

Green listGreen watchlist and upcoming changes to the green list
AnguillaGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
Antarctica/British Antarctic TerritoryGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
Antigua and BarbudaGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
Australia
BarbadosGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
BermudaGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
British Indian Ocean TerritoryGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
Brunei
BulgariaMoved to green list 4am, Monday 19 July. If you arrive in England before then you need to follow the amber list rules.
Cayman IslandsGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
CroatiaMoved to green watchlist 4am, Monday 19 July. If you arrive in England before then you need to follow the amber list rules.
DominicaGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
Falkland Islands
Faroe Islands
Gibraltar
GrenadaGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
Hong KongMoved to green list 4am, Monday 19 July. If you arrive in England before then you need to follow the amber list rules.
Iceland
Israel and JerusalemGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
MadeiraGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
Mainland Portugal and the Azores are on the amber list.
Malta
MontserratGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
New Zealand
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno IslandsGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
Singapore
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
TaiwanMoved to green watchlist 4am, Monday 19 July. If you arrive in England before then you need to follow the amber list rules.
Turks and Caicos IslandsGreen watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

Please keep in mind that a number of these destinations are not yet open for travel – please check each countries entry requirements before booking.


Amber list info

The majority of other countries and territories are on the Amber list.

This includes most European countries that are not listed above.

You can find the latest amber list on the gov.uk site here.

Before travel to England

Before you travel to England you must:

On arrival in England

On arrival in England you must:

Read more on gov.uk website about quarantine and taking COVID-19 tests.

You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the ‘Test to Release’ scheme.

Are rules more flexible for those fully vaccinated?

Yes, from July 19th if you’ve been fully vaccinated then you do not need to quarantine on arrival in England or pay for a day 8 test.

Amber Plus

France has recently been added to the system called “Amber Plus”. This means that, even after July 19, fully vaccinated Britons returning from France will still be subject to up to 10 days of self-isolation.


Red list info

See the full red list on the gov.uk site here.

You should not travel to red list countries or territories for leisure purposes.

Before travel to England

Before you travel to England you must:

On arrival in England

On arrival in England you must:


Source: gov.uk rules for green, amber and red list countries and territories – please use this link for more in depth, current information


Ireland, the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

You do not need to take a COVID-19 test or quarantine on arrival in England if you are travelling within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, (the Common Travel Area), and you have not been outside of the Common Travel Area in the previous 10 days.

Before travelling to any destination

Please make sure you read the countries specific entry requirements.

For the most accurate, up to date information search for your destination followed by “entry requirements” and follow the gov.uk links.