Countries are moved around the list depending on the COVID situation there – but many holiday destinations are not allowing in UK travellers, or require them to quarantine.
Image: UK passengers can now return from amber list countries without quarantining if they are fully vaccinated
The UK’s coronavirus travel lists are updated every three weeks by ministers who are given advice by the Joint Biosecurity Centre.
Since 19 July, people who are double vaccinated have not needed to self-isolate for 10 days when returning from amber list destinations – but those who have not had two vaccines need to.
However, some holiday destinations have their own quarantine rules so travellers may have to self-isolate there even if they do not in the UK. And countries may still be moved to different lists.
The latest review will see Canada, Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Switzerland and the Azores moving to the green list from 4am on 30 August. This also applies to Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Thailand and Montenegro will be added to England, Scotland and Northern Ireland’s red lists from the same time.
Here is the latest list with the rules for each section – and the quarantine requirements for major holiday destinations.
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People returning to the UK from these countries do not have to quarantine but do have to take a private PCR test two days after they return.
Antigua and Barbuda
Austria – proof of double vaccination, a negative PCR test or proof of recovery is needed
Australia – most visitors are banned from entering Australia, apart from Australian citizens and some specific others
The Azores (from 30 August) – travellers must take a PCR test within 72 hours before or show an EU vaccine passport followed by a health screening on arrival
British Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory
Canada (from 30 August) – most foreign nationals, including from the UK, are banned from Canada
Croatia – UK travellers must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival, or a negative lateral flow test within 48 hours before, regardless of vaccination status
Denmark (from 30 August) – fully vaccinated people from the UK can enter with vaccine proof, non-vaccinated have to have a “worthy purpose” and self-isolate for 10 days with COVID tests
Finland (from 30 August) – fully vaccinated people from the UK can enter with vaccine proof, non-vaccinated have to have an “essential reason” and take COVID tests
Gibraltar – travellers from the UK must take a free lateral flow test at the airport and day five after arrival
Iceland – holidaymakers must show they were fully vaccinated, with the NHS COVID pass or letter, at least 15 days before arriving or show a PCR or antibody test revealing they have recovered from COVID-19
Israel and Jerusalem
Liechtenstein (from 30 August)
Lithuania (from 30 August)
Madeira – travellers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before travelling and show they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival, or have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 180 days
Malta – proof of full vaccination at least 14 days before travel (the NHS COVID pass or letter is accepted) is required
New Zealand – visitors are banned from New Zealand, although New Zealand citizens are allowed with 14 days managed isolation (visitors who have been in Australia for 14 days before do not have to quarantine but must have a PCR test)
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
Singapore – only Singapore citizens and permanent residents can enter without permission
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Switzerland (from 30 August) – fully vaccinated people from the UK can enter with vaccine proof, non-vaccinated must be EU/Swiss/Liechtenstein nationals/residents
Turks and Caicos Islands
Image: Mainland Spain and the Balearic and Canary Islands are on the amber list
From 19 July, UK residents who are fully vaccinated (14 days since their final dose) have not had to self-isolate when returning.
They still have to take a test three days before returning and take a PCR test on day two – but not on day eight.
Children under 18 and people who are taking part in COVID clinical trials also no longer have to self-isolate or take a day eight test.
Travellers who are not fully vaccinated must still take the pre-departure test, quarantine for 10 days on returning to the UK and take day two and day eight tests.
The government has lifted the advice to not travel to amber list countries.
Most countries are on the amber list – these are some of the main destinations for UK travellers:
The Bahamas – fully vaccinated travellers can enter, or a negative PCR test within five days before arrival is required and visitors must apply for a health visa and specific health insurance as well as taking an antigen test and completing daily health questionnaires
Belgium – UK travellers with an NHS COVID digital certificate and must quarantine until you get a negative result from a PCR test taken on day one or two. Unvaccinated people can only visit for limited reasons
Canada (green from 30 August) – most foreign nationals, including from the UK, are banned from Canada
Image: Cyprus has one of the most minimal entry requirements for UK passengers
China – flights are suspended from the UK
Cyprus – UK passengers require proof of full vaccination, those who are not vaccinated need a negative PCR test within 72 hours before departure and another one at the airport in Cyprus, and must self-isolate as they wait for the result
France – fully vaccinated passengers need proof and to complete a “sworn statement” they do not have symptoms or have been in contact with somebody with symptoms within the past fortnight. Unvaccinated people can only travel for “essential reasons”
Greece (including islands) – UK travellers must have proof of either a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival, a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours before departure or proof of full vaccination at least 14 days before
Italy (including Vatican City) – Until 30 August, UK travellers must present a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 48 hours before arrival, self-isolate for five days and take another test to be released
Image: Thailand is a popular British holiday destination but it is being moved on to the red list
Portugal (apart from Madeira) – UK passengers must have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel or an antigen test taken within 48 hours and show your NHS COVID passport. Travellers without proof of full vaccination 21 at least days before must quarantine for 14 days
Saudi Arabia – all travellers must have proof of being fully vaccinated, a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure and two tests in the kingdom. Everyone has to quarantine for seven days in a specified hotel
Spain (including Canary Islands and Balearic Islands) – a negative PCR or LAMP COVID-19 test issued within 48 hours before arrival is required or proof of full vaccination at least 14 days before arrival
United States – most visitors who are not US citizens cannot enter the US and those allowed must have a negative COVID test, proof of recovery from COVID-19 and seven days in quarantine is recommended
All countries not on the green or amber lists are on the red list. Some amber list countries are also on a red watch list.
Thailand and Montenegro will be moved from the amber to the red list on 30 August.
Travellers going to Thailand must get permission from the Thai government first and have to isolate in a quarantine hotel for 14 days on arrival.
Montenegro requires either proof of vaccine with an NHS letter, not the app, or a negative PCR test within 72 hours before or a positive PCR test more than 14 days but less than 90 days ago.
Mexico – land borders are closed but reduced flights are running and a health declaration must be completed before arrival
Indonesia – most UK travellers are banned
Only British or Irish nationals, or people with UK residence rights, are allowed to enter the UK from red list countries – although travel to those countries is not advised.
Even if travellers have been fully vaccinated, they must take a COVID-19 PCR test before travelling, book a 10-day quarantine hotel package and complete a passenger locator form.
On arrival, they will be taken directly to the quarantine hotel and take tests on day two and day eight.