UK travel list

In a bid to get us all travelling safely as soon as possible, the UK government is set to introduce a traffic light system for foreign travel. This new system, which will start from 17 May 2021 at the earliest, will give travellers a clear indication of where they can go on holiday.

For a full summary of Covid-19 statistics and regulations by country, and to compare destinations around the world, visit our interactive Covid-19 travel planner.

UK quarantine & testing for travellers

The UK traffic light system will categorise countries according to their risk and remain under constant review. Three mains factors are being considered when it comes to categorising countries: their vaccination rates, the prevalence of Covid-19 and variants and the capability of their genome sequencing.

UK travel list with green, amber & red countries © Of the Village - Adobe Stock Image
UK travel list with green, amber & red countries © Of the Village - Adobe Stock Image

The results will determine whether countries are listed in green, amber or red categories and, therefore, what will be required of travellers going to and returning from those destinations.

Green Amber Red
Pre-departure test in destination Required Required Required
Test on arrival in the UK PCR test on or before day 2 PCR test - days 2 & 8 PCR test - days 2 & 8
Quarantine on arrival in the UK Not required 10 days at home - Test to Release on day 5 10 days in quarantine hotel at cost*

*Only UK and Irish residents are permitted to enter the UK from red list countries.

To help travellers plan as far ahead as possible, a 'green watchlist' will also be introduced. The idea of this is to identify when a country on the green list might soon change to the amber list; this is to warn of potential changes in advance and hopefully avoid any last-minute panic.

When will the traffic light system begin?

The UK government is due to release more information, including which countries will feature on the green and amber lists, on 17 May 2021 at the earliest.

Will I need to quarantine if I go on holiday?

If you travel from a green list country, then no, you will not need to quarantine but you will still need to take two tests: one, within 72 hours of departure and the other, a PCR test, on or before the second day after you arrive back.

If you return from an amber listed country you will need to quarantine for 10 days at home with the option to Test to Release on day five. If the test is negative, you will no longer need to quarantine.

If returning from a red-listed country, you will need to quarantine for 10 days in a hotel. It has been suggested that quarantining in a hotel from a red list country could cost up to £1,750 per person, including two PCR tests.

How do I know which Covid-19 test I will need to take?

The type of test you will need to take will depend on where you have travelled. Please see the table above for more information on the type of Covid-19 test you will need to take.

Don't miss: our complete guide to Covid-19 testing for travel.

How do I book a Covid-19 test for travel?

There are numerous ways in which you can book a Covid-19 test with a government-approved private test provider. Lateral flow tests can cost from £5 to £50, while PCR tests cost from £60 to over £150. You will need to pre-book your PCR test before you return and it will need to be recorded on your passenger locator form.

The cost of tests varies widely so it is vital that you do your research to avoid paying more than you need to. Some airlines and tour operators provide access to discounts on tests if you are travelling with them.

What is the passenger locator form? You will need to complete a passenger locator form online up to 48 hours before arriving in the UK. You'll need to show your form when you check in to travel or board your plane, train or ferry to the UK.

Do I still need a test if I've been vaccinated?

Yes, even if you've been vaccinated you will still need to take the required tests depending on where you have travelled from, for now at least. This may change if vaccine certificates are introduced in the future.

Green list countries + Common Travel Area

Region UK list New cases/100k Vaccinations In destination
7 day 14 day Partial Full Status Required
Australia Green <1 1.0 <1%   Closed Test + quarantine
Azores Green 31.5 71.9 23.3% 9.7% Open Test
Brunei Green <1 1.6 3.4% <1% Closed Test + quarantine
Falkland Islands Green 0 0 75.6% 51% Closed Quarantine
Faroe Islands Green 8.2 10.2 38.9% 14.8% Open Test + quarantine
Gibraltar Green 8.9 8.9 100% 100% Closed Test + quarantine
Guernsey CTA 0 0 49.2% 20.3% Open Test + quarantine
Iceland Green 9.9 24.7 43.3% 19.1% Closed Test + quarantine
Ireland CTA 59.8 124.4 28.5% 10.4% Open Test + quarantine
Isle of Man CTA 3.5 5.9 71.8% 18.7% Closed Quarantine
Israel Green 0 5.7 62.8% 58.9% Closed Test + quarantine
Jersey CTA <1 1.9 53.6% 38.2% Open Test + quarantine
Madeira Green 51.1 107.4 30.1% 10.9% Open Test
New Zealand Green <1 <1 5.6% 2.5% Closed Test + quarantine
Portugal Green 22.2 49.6 31.3% 12.2% Closed Test
Singapore Green 2.4 6.0 32.5% 22.2% Closed Test + quarantine
South Georgia Green            

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Amber list countries

Region UK list New cases/100k Vaccinations In destination
7 day 14 day Partial Full Status Required
Afghanistan Amber 3.3 7.3 1.2% <1% Open None
Albania Amber 17.0 41.7 15.6% 7.1% Open None
Algeria Amber 3.2 6.8     Closed Test + quarantine
Andorra Amber 168.0 446.3 34.9% 6.1% Open Test
Anguilla Amber 93.3 240.0 40.8% 5.2% Closed Test + quarantine
Antigua Amber 5.1 5.1 31.9%   Open Test
Armenia Amber 79.1 198.6 <1%   Open Test
Aruba Amber 85.2 201.4     Open Test
Austria Amber 98.1 242.3 32.9% 11.9% Closed Test + quarantine
Azerbaijan Amber 52.2 130.9 10.1% 7.4% Closed Test + quarantine
Bahamas Amber 91.3 218.2 9.2%   Open Test
Bahrain Amber 591.2 1,057.0 48.8% 36.8% Open Test + quarantine
Balearic Islands Amber 24.0 58.4 29.6% 12.4% Closed Test
Barbados Amber 22.6 42.5 26.4% 14.3% Open Test + quarantine
Belarus Amber 74.0 159.2 2.6% <1% Open Test + quarantine
Belgium Amber 174.0 354.1 33.6% 11.6% Closed Test + quarantine
Belize Amber 6.5 25.4 12.7%   Open Test
Benin Amber <1 1.4     Open Test + quarantine
Bermuda Amber 46.6 150.9 56.2% 46.6% Open Test + quarantine
Bhutan Amber 14.3 25.8 62.5%   Closed Quarantine
Bonaire Amber         Open Test
Bosnia & Herzegovina Amber 84.0 159.9 2.5% <1% Open Test
British Indian Ocean Territory Amber         Closed None
British Virgin Islands Amber 9.9 82.7     Closed Test + quarantine
Bulgaria Amber 72.0 182.7 10.1% 6% Open Test
Burkina Faso Amber <1 <1     Open Test + quarantine
Cambodia Amber 26.2 55.0 12.4% 6.9% Open Test + quarantine
Cameroon Amber 15.5 32.9 <1%   Closed Test
Canada Amber 135.0 281.6 44.3% 3.7% Closed Test + quarantine
Canary Islands Amber 39.3 85.8 27.7% 12.8% Closed Test
Cayman Islands Amber 4.6 10.7 60.6% 51.6% Closed Test + quarantine
Central African Republic Amber 5.4 9.3     Open Test + quarantine
Chad Amber <1 <1     Closed Test + quarantine
China Amber <1 <1     Closed Test + quarantine
Comoros Amber 1.6 2.9 5% <1% Open Test
Congo-Brazzaville Amber 8.5 8.5 <1% <1% Open Test + quarantine
Cook Islands Amber         Closed Quarantine
Costa Rica Amber 290.6 593.6 12.9% 8.6% Open None
Croatia Amber 227.3 535.0 25.3% 7.5% Open Test
Cuba Amber 66.0 129.4 <1%   Open Test
Curacao Amber 15.2 64.6 48.3% 24.9% Open Test
Cyprus Amber 338.1 797.6 36.6% 11.9% Open Test
Czech Republic Amber 101.3 236.0 28.3% 10.3% Closed Test + quarantine
Denmark Amber 108.5 200.3 28.1% 17.4% Closed Test + quarantine
Djibouti Amber 54.6 56.0 1.3% <1% Open Test
Dominica Amber 1.4 2.8 26.5% 19.4% Open Test + quarantine
Dominican Republic Amber 40.8 61.8 20.8% 7.6% Open None
East Timor Amber 59.4 107.6 2.3%   Closed Test + quarantine
Egypt Amber 7.6 14.5 1.1% <1% Open Test
El Salvador Amber 10.1 22.5 15.8% 5% Open Test
Equatorial Guinea Amber 0 9.6 4.6% <1% Closed Test + quarantine
Eritrea Amber 2.3 3.2     Closed Test + quarantine
Estonia Amber 180.1 373.1 30.2% 13.4% Open None
Fiji Amber 2.0 5.4 10.4%   Closed Test + quarantine
Finland Amber 27.5 53.0 38% 5.1% Closed Test + quarantine
France Amber 185.4 414.5 29.2% 13.1% Open Test + quarantine
French Polynesia Amber 11.4 19.9 17.7% 11.2% Closed Test + quarantine excl. fully vaccinated
Gabon Amber 22.0 50.9 <1% <1% Closed Test + quarantine
Gambia Amber 1.2 3.0 1%   Open Test + quarantine
Georgia Amber 224.7 442.4 2%   Open Test + quarantine
Germany Amber 121.8 274.1 36.3% 10.8% Open Test
Ghana Amber 1.1 2.7 2.7%   Open Test
Greece Amber 145.4 269.4 26.6% 14.6% Open Test
Greenland Amber 0 0 18% 10.7% Closed Test + quarantine
Grenada Amber 0 1.8 12.2% 5.1% Open Test + quarantine
Guadeloupe Amber         Open Test + quarantine
Guatemala Amber 34.7 73.4 1.5% <1% Closed Test
Guinea Amber 2.5 4.9 1.1% <1% Open Test
Guinea-Bissau Amber <1 <1     Open Test
Haiti Amber <1 2.4     Open Test
Honduras Amber 70.9 139.4 <1% <1% Closed Test + quarantine
Hong Kong Amber     15.4% 10.3% Closed Test + quarantine
Hungary Amber 84.7 214.3 47.2% 27.5% Closed Test + quarantine
Indonesia Amber 13.3 26.5 5% 3.3% Closed Test + quarantine
Iran Amber 148.2 291.1 1.8% <1% Closed Test
Iraq Amber 94.0 186.1 1.1%   Closed Test + quarantine
Italy Amber 111.4 249.0 31% 14% Open Test + quarantine
Ivory Coast Amber 1.1 2.2 1.1%   Open Test
Jamaica Amber 25.1 55.3 4.6%   Open Test
Japan Amber 24.4 56.0 3.2% 1.2% Closed Test + quarantine
Jordan Amber 49.6 144.0 7.9% 2.8% Open Test
Kazakhstan Amber 117.0 208.7 9.7% 4% Closed Test
Kiribati Amber         Open Test + quarantine
Kosovo Amber 53.1 136.3 1.1%   Open Test
Kuwait Amber 198.6 424.3 19.3% <1% Closed Test + quarantine
Kyrgyzstan Amber 35.5 70.9 <1% <1% Open Test
Laos Amber 4.6 13.5 6.5% 1.2% Closed Test + quarantine
Latvia Amber 220.8 453.3 20.3% 6.1% Open Test
Lebanon Amber 67.8 174.3 5.5% 3% Open Test + quarantine
Liberia Amber <1 <1     Open Test + quarantine
Libya Amber 27.5 65.1 1.6%   Open Test + quarantine
Liechtenstein Amber 69.7 185.8 27.6% 13.8% Open Test
Lithuania Amber 296.6 599.5 31.7% 16.3% Open Test + quarantine
Luxembourg Amber 142.8 333.6 30.6% 12.5% Closed Test
Macau Amber     12.9% 7.3% Closed Test + quarantine
Madagascar Amber 6.2 13.5     Closed Test + quarantine
Malaysia Amber 79.3 147.5 3.6% 2.3% Closed Test + quarantine
Mali Amber <1 2.4 <1%   Open Test
Malta Amber 20.2 52.3 64.2% 32% Open Test
Marshall Islands Amber 0 0 26.7% 22.6% Closed Quarantine
Martinique Amber         Open Test + quarantine
Mauritania Amber 5.7 10.2 <1%   Open Test + quarantine
Mauritius Amber 3.1 3.1 16.7% <1% Closed Test + quarantine
Mayotte Amber         Closed Test + quarantine
Mexico Amber 12.9 28.7 11.6% 7.8% Open None
Micronesia Amber 0 0 21.7% 16% Closed Test + quarantine
Moldova Amber 35.1 89.5 5% <1% Open Test
Monaco Amber 66.5 120.9 35.5% 30.6% Open Test + quarantine
Mongolia Amber 185.4 430.7 54% 19.6% Closed Test + quarantine
Montenegro Amber 94.1 264.2 16.5% 5.3% Open Test
Montserrat Amber 0 0 25.9% 12.3% Closed Test + quarantine
Morocco Amber 5.4 12.2 16.7% 12.2% Closed Test
Myanmar Amber <1 <1 3.5% <1% Closed Test + quarantine
Nauru Amber     27.7%   Closed Test + quarantine
Netherlands Amber 281.6 565.3 29.2% 9.2% Closed Test + quarantine
New Caledonia Amber 0 0 15.4% 11.1% Closed Test + quarantine
Nicaragua Amber 1.4 2.3 2.5%   Open Test
Niger Amber <1 <1 <1% <1% Closed Test + quarantine
Nigeria Amber <1 <1 <1%   Open Test + quarantine
North Korea Amber         Closed Quarantine
North Macedonia Amber 64.6 165.6 7.2% 1.2% Open None
Norway Amber 55.4 108.6 28.7% 10.6% Closed Test + quarantine
Palau Amber     72.5% 51% Closed Test + quarantine
Papua New Guinea Amber 11.4 17.4 <1%   Closed Test + quarantine
Pitcairn Island Amber         Closed None
Poland Amber 77.3 191.7 30.4% 12% Open Test + quarantine
Reunion Amber         Closed Test + quarantine
Romania Amber 43.4 99.4 20.2% 14.4% Open None
Russia Amber 39.1 74.6 9.8% 9.8% Closed Test + quarantine
Saba Amber         Open Test + quarantine excl. fully vaccinated
Samoa Amber     6%   Closed Test + quarantine
San Marino Amber 0 34.8 64.4% 49.8% Open Test + quarantine
Sao Tome & Principe Amber 3.7 9.1 4.4%   Open Test
Saudi Arabia Amber 20.2 37.9     Closed Test + quarantine
Senegal Amber 1.5 3.1 2.6%   Open Test
Serbia Amber 122.5 299.4 33.5% 25.6% Open Test
Sierra Leone Amber <1 <1 <1% <1% Open Test
Sint Eustatius Amber         Open Test + quarantine
Slovakia Amber 46.9 105.8 23.6% 11.1% Open Test + quarantine
Slovenia Amber 207.5 430.0 26.6% 13.8% Open Test
Solomon Islands Amber 0 0 1.4%   Closed Test + quarantine
South Korea Amber 7.9 16.4 7.3% 1.8% Open Test + quarantine
South Sudan Amber <1 <1 <1%   Open Test + quarantine
Spain Amber 86.5 196.3 31.9% 14.9% Closed Test
Sri Lanka Amber 66.1 114.5 5.3% 1.1% Open Test + quarantine
St Barthelemy Amber         Closed Test
St Kitts & Nevis Amber 0 1.9 26% 3.3% Open Test + quarantine
St Lucia Amber 70.8 102.4 11%   Open Test
St Martin Amber         Closed Test
St Vincent & the Grenadines Amber 36.1 70.3     Open Test + quarantine
Sudan Amber 1.2 1.8 <1%   Open Test + quarantine
Sweden Amber 216.2 558.4 31.6% 9.7% Closed Test + quarantine
Switzerland Amber 119.8 260.1 26.8% 13.6% Open Test
Syria Amber 2.7 7.1 <1%   Closed Test + quarantine
Taiwan Amber <1 <1 <1%   Closed Test + quarantine
Tajikistan Amber 4.3 4.3     Open Test + quarantine
Thailand Amber 20.6 37.1 2% 1% Open Test + quarantine
Togo Amber 1.9 6.3 1.9%   Open Test + quarantine
Tonga Amber     15.8%   Closed Test + quarantine
Trinidad & Tobago Amber 134.6 254.3 4.3% <1% Closed Test + quarantine
Tunisia Amber 76.9 171.0 3.2% 1.4% Open Test + quarantine
Turkmenistan Amber         Closed Test + quarantine
Turks & Caicos Amber 23.2 67.2 38.8% 25.8% Open Test
Tuvalu Amber     20.4%   Closed Test + quarantine
Uganda Amber <1 1.7 <1%   Open Test
Ukraine Amber 83.2 210.4 2.2% <1% Open Test
USA Amber 86.4 176.0 46.7% 36.4% Closed Test
Uzbekistan Amber 11.8 16.1 3.2% <1% Open Test + quarantine
Vanuatu Amber 0 0     Closed Test + quarantine
Vietnam Amber <1 <1 <1%   Closed Test + quarantine
Wallis & Futuna Amber 8.9 26.7 38.1% 13.2% Closed Test + quarantine
Western Sahara Amber 0 0     Closed Test
Yemen Amber <1 1.1     Closed Test + quarantine

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Red list countries

Region UK list New cases/100k Vaccinations In destination
7 day 14 day Partial Full Status Required
Angola Red 4.5 9.1 1.8% <1% Closed Test + quarantine
Argentina Red 318.3 631.4 17.7% 4.1% Closed Test + quarantine
Bangladesh Red 7.0 17.1 3.5% 2.2% Open Test + quarantine
Bolivia Red 103.5 179.5 6.9% 2.4% Closed Test + quarantine
Botswana Red 63.1 108.9 2.3%   Open Test
Brazil Red 202.5 395.5 16.8% 8% Closed Test + quarantine
Burundi Red 1.2 2.7     Open Test + quarantine
Cape Verde Red 340.5 734.4 3.4% <1% Open Test
Chile Red 193.5 403.8 47.5% 39.2% Closed Test + quarantine
Colombia Red 216.3 448.1 8.6% 5.3% Closed Test + quarantine
Congo-Kinshasa Red <1 <1 <1%   Open Test
Ecuador Red 79.4 154.7 6.3% 1.7% Open Test
Eswatini Red 1.9 3.3 3%   Closed Test + quarantine
Ethiopia Red 3.8 9.1     Open Test + quarantine
French Guiana Red         Closed Test + quarantine
Guyana Red 107.3 204.4 19.2%   Open Test
India Red 198.3 401.8 10.2% 2.9% Closed Test + quarantine
Kenya Red 5.8 12.6 1.7%   Open Test + quarantine
Lesotho Red 1.9 2.1 <1%   Closed Test + quarantine
Malawi Red <1 <1 1.7%   Open Test
Maldives Red 937.9 1,469.1 56% 26% Open Test
Mozambique Red <1 1.8 <1% <1% Open Test
Namibia Red 55.7 90.3 2% <1% Open Test
Nepal Red 201.2 324.5 7.2% 1.2% Closed Test + quarantine
Oman Red 87.1 217.0 5% 1.4% Closed Test + quarantine
Pakistan Red 12.4 27.6 1.3% <1% Closed Test + quarantine
Panama Red 59.1 108.7 12.7% 6.5% Closed Test + quarantine
Paraguay Red 213.5 425.2 2.2% <1% Open Test
Peru Red 119.0 258.4 5.1% 2.3% Closed Test + quarantine
Philippines Red 42.9 95.3 2.1% <1% Closed Test + quarantine
Qatar Red 118.0 280.7 40.9% 28.6% Closed Test + quarantine
Rwanda Red 3.1 8.2 2.7%   Open Test + quarantine
Seychelles Red 1,229.4 1,668.7 70.9% 62.4% Open Test
Somalia Red 2.9 3.5 <1%   Open Test
South Africa Red 21.1 35.6 <1% <1% Open Test
Suriname Red 114.2 180.0 8.5% <1% Closed Test + quarantine
Tanzania Red 0 0     Open Test
Turkey Red 187.5 482.7 17.7% 12.8% Open Test
UAE Red 123.6 255.6 51.4% 38.8% Open Test
Uruguay Red 476.8 959.6 38.7% 26.9% Closed Test + quarantine
Venezuela Red 32.0 62.0 <1%   Open Test
Zambia Red 2.2 3.9 <1%   Open Test
Zimbabwe Red     3.8% 1.4% Open Test + quarantine

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