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
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 won’t need to:
If you’ve not had two vaccinations
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.
One of the key points to remember is that there is no travel insurance policy that will cover you against FCDO 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 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.
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:
Only British or Irish Nationals or those with residence rights in the UK will be allowed to enter the UK from red list countries.
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.