The UK’s red and non-red list countries

Every country in the world is rated either red or non-red (‘rest of the world’) for coronavirus during the Covid-19 pandemic. See below the non-red list countries you can visit.

Last updated: 07 October 2021

Non-red list countries you can visit from the UK

  • Algeria
  • America Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • The Azores
  • Balearic islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca)
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • French Polynesia
  • Gambia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guinea
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Israel and Jerusalem
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Liberia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Madagascar
  • Madeira
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Montserrat
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
  • Romania
  • Sao Tome and Principle
  • Senegal
  • Singapore
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
  • St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Togo
  • Tokelau and Niue
  • Tonga
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu

What are the rules for non-red list countries?

You can travel home from green list countries without having to quarantine when you get back to the UK. But you still need to follow some rules.

If you’re fully vaccinated

You must:

  • Fill in a passenger locator form before you travel back home. You can do this online
  • Book and pay for a PCR test to take on day two of arriving back in the UK. This will be changed to a lateral flow (antigen) test at the end of October

You won’t need to:

  • Take a Covid-19 test before you return to the UK
  • Isolate or quarantine back in the UK unless NHS Test & Trace tells you that you travelled with someone who tested positive.

If you’ve not had two vaccinations

You must:

  • Fill in a passenger locator form before you come back home. This can be done online
  • Pay for and take a Covid-19 test in the three days before you travel home. You will need to get proof of a negative result
  • Book and pay for PCR tests to take on day two and eight of your return
  • Self-isolate for 10 days after your arrival in the UK. In England only, you may be able to end your quarantine early by paying to use the Test to Release scheme

You need to think about restrictions for where you’re going as well though. Just because a country’s on the non-red list doesn’t mean it welcomes visitors without imposing its own restrictions. Make sure you check whether you’ll need to take tests, have vaccines or quarantine in your destination country before you travel.

Even if a country is on the non-red list, the FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) might still advise against travelling there – which means your travel insurance won’t cover you if you decide to go anyway.

Our expert says…

One of the key points to remember is that there is no travel insurance policy that will cover you against FCDO advice.

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad in the near future, it’s more important than ever that you check your policy so that you’re fully aware of the cover that’s included, particularly if your destination changes from non-red to red.

The cover that’s provided for Covid-19 on a travel insurance policy can vary significantly – for example, some policies will cover you if you need to quarantine on your return, but others may not, so our recommendation is to read up before you take flight.
Hannah Isitt - GoCompare’s travel insurance expert

What if the country I travel to moves from non-red to red?

If the status of your destination changes, you’ll have to follow the rules that are in place at the time you want to travel.

This can be especially difficult if you’re already on holiday and the country moves from non-red to red while you’re there.

For red list countries – whether you’re fully vaccinated or not – you need to:

  1. Take a Covid-19 test in the three days before you travel back to the UK. You will need to get proof of a negative result and you will need to pay for the test from a private provider.
  2. Fill in a passenger locator form which can be done online
  3. Book a quarantine hotel package for 10 days, including two Covid tests. This will cost £2,285 for the first adult and £1,430/£325 for each extra adult/child aged 5-11 sharing the room.

Only British or Irish Nationals or those with residence rights in the UK will be allowed to enter the UK from red list countries.

Can I still travel to countries on the red list?

You can, but you shouldn’t "except in the most extreme of circumstances". If you do, you need to follow all the rules for coming back to the UK or you could be prosecuted and fined.

Also, as the FCDO advises against travelling to most red list countries, your travel insurance probably won’t cover you.

If your travel or flight operator cancels your trip because the destination country is put on the red list, it should refund you.

But if you just choose not to travel because the change will make your trip less safe or more expensive, you’re unlikely to be refunded or covered by your travel insurance.

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