Every country in the world has been rated red, amber or green for coronavirus during the Covid-19 pandemic. See below the green list countries you can visit without having to quarantine when you get home.
Last updated: 07 July 2021
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.
Before you travel home you’ll need to:
But you won’t need to isolate or quarantine back in the UK unless NHS Test & Trace tells you that you travelled to England with someone who tested positive.
You need to think about restrictions for where you’re going as well though. Just because a country’s on the green 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.
One of the key points to remember is that there is no travel insurance policy that will cover you against the traffic light system, the cover is dependent on changes in the FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) advice.Hannah Isitt - GoCompare’s travel insurance expert
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 the traffic light changes for your destination.
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.
If the status of your destination changes colour, 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 green to red or amber while you’re there.
You can check here to see which countries are most at risk of moving from green to amber status – but there are no guarantees.
For amber list countries you need to:
For red list countries you need to:
Only British or Irish Nationals or those with residence rights in the UK will be allowed to enter the UK from red list countries.
Yes, but you need to follow all the rules for coming back to the UK or you could be prosecuted and fined.
Also, as the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advises against travelling to most amber and red list countries, your travel insurance probably won’t cover you.
If your travel or flight operator cancels your trip because of the colour of the destination country changing, 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.