Which new green & amber countries can you go to?
After the rather bizarre late-night announcements on the traffic light changes I’ve had time to investigate which countries we can now visit. The changes take place on Sunday 8 August at 8am.
- Entry to Austria from the United Kingdom is currently prohibited by Austrian law.
- No FCDO warning
- You may enter Germany from the UK for any travel purpose if you are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated children under 12 years of age are allowed to enter Germany if they present proof of a negative test result and travel with at least one fully vaccinated parent
- Those individuals who are not fully vaccinated may only enter Germany from the UK if they are a German citizen; the spouse/partner/child under 18 of a German citizen; a resident of Germany; the spouse/partner/child under 18 of a resident of Germany; serve in an important role; or have an urgent need to travel.
- Munich makes a great weekend away. Read my trip report here.
- Full information here
- Currently, an FCDO warning which means most insurance companies will not insure you. (see below) However, this is likely to change by the time it goes on the green list.
- Entry into Latvia from the EU, EEA, Switzerland and the UK and low-risk third countries (where the cumulative incidence is below 75 cases per 100 000) is permitted. Travellers entering Latvia, including children aged 12 and above, are required to present evidence of a negative result of a PCR COVID-19 test, taken no earlier than 72 hours before boarding or before crossing the Latvian border, or an antigen test, taken not earlier than 48 hours before boarding or before crossing the Latvian border. There are some exemptions if you have had Covid. See link below.
- UK nationals are no longer classified as EU/EEA nationals and are allowed to visit Norway unless they meet certain exceptions. You may be exempted if for example, you are resident in another EEA/EU country or if you are a close family member of a Norwegian resident. Please see the UDI website for more detail on these exceptions.
The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the whole of Romania, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks. However, this is likely to change by the time it goes on the green list.
Travellers arriving from the UK will be required to quarantine for fourteen days, with the exception of anyone who can demonstrate proof of a full course of vaccination against COVID-19, completed at least ten days before arrival in Romania, or proof that they have recovered from COVID-19 between 14 and 90 days before arriving in Romania. (See ‘Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status’).
- Travellers who are in possession of a negative RT-PCR test (completed no more than 72 hours before boarding or arriving at the border if travelling independently), will be exempt from the requirement to quarantine, provided they leave Romania within 72 hours of arrival, otherwise they will be expected to quarantine for fourteen days.
- More information here.
- Entry is now permitted for fully vaccinated travellers from the UK regardless of any close connection to Slovakia
- If you are travelling directly from the UK or any other non-Schengen country to Slovakia, UK nationals who are not fully vaccinated may only enter in certain exception circumstances and will have to quarantine for 14 days
- You must also be able to show a negative PCR test result no older than 72 hours, regardless of your vaccination status. Children under 12 do not need to show a negative PCR test result.
- The Slovak government will accept the UK app or paper letter as proof of vaccination
- More information here.
- The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the whole of Slovenia based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks. However, this is likely to change by the time it goes on the green list.
- TO enter you will need either:
- A PCR test not older than 72 hours.
- A Rapid Antigen Test not older than 48 hours.
- A positive PCR test that is older than 10 days but not older than 6 months, confirming the traveller has had Covid-19 and not more than 6 months have passed since the first symptoms.
- Proof of vaccination against Covid-19 as follows:
- Entry to Slovenia will only be allowed if one of the following is provided on arrival:
- A 2nd dose of Pfizer/BioNtech plus at least 7 days
- A 2nd dose of Moderna plus at least 14 days
- A first dose of AstraZeneca plus at least 21 days
- A dose of Janssen by Johnson & Johnson / Jansse-Cilag plus at least 14 days
- A 1st dose of Covishield by the Serum Institute of India / AstraZeneca plus at least 21 days
- A certificate of illness and proof that within a maximum period of 8 months from the positive result of a PCR test or onset of symptoms the traveller has been vaccinated with at least one dose of the vaccines outlined above.
- A European digital certificate in digital or paper form, accompanied by a QR code, containing details of a negative PCR, Rapid Antigen Test or vaccination certificate, certificate of morbidity or recovery.
- A digital certificate of a third country in digital or paper form, including a QR code and bearing the same information as the EU digital certificate outlined above and issued in English.
- You can find more information here.
If you arrive back before 8 August at 4am you will still have to abide by the amber rules for any of these countries
Red to amber countries
If you arrive back before 8 August at 4am you will still have to do hotel quarantine.
- UAE – Dubai
The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the whole of the United Arab Emirates based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.
- Residents, tourists and visitors travelling from or through the UK and arriving in Dubai must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test which was taken no more than 72 hours before departure and present the certificate at check in
- Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test.
- If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling.
- In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
- Further information here.
- UAE – Abu Dhabi
- Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test or Laser-Based Diffractive Phase Interferometry (DPI) test before travel. There is also a requirement for further testing if visitors and residents remain in Abu Dhabi for 3 days or longer.There are currently strictly enforced overnight curfews and sterilisation (sanitation) regimes, including journeys being permitted only for essential reasons during certain times. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website.
- All non-green countries (UK is not green) arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for up to 12 days on arrival, depending on their vaccination status, This means that all arrivals in Abu Dhabi from the UK will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband.
- Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine and, depending on the length of their stay and vaccination status, have up to two further COVID-19 PCR tests. More information about quarantine and testing requirements for travellers to Abu Dhabi is available on the UAE Government Portal and Abu Dhabi Media Office website.
- Further information here.
- The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the whole of Qatar based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.
- Entry shall be restricted to the vaccinated and/or recovered individuals. Although fully vaccinated travellers are exempt from quarantine, Qatar does not recognise UK vaccine certificates so you would be treated and have to quarantine for 10 days.
- You can still transit Doha airport airside under certain conditions
- Further information here.
The FCDO advise against all but essential travel to the whole of Bahrain based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks
- Bahrain International Airport remains open, including for transit and transfer passengers, and visas on arrival are available for UK nationals.
- Arrivals who can prove official COVID-19 vaccination status from the UK, the EU, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore or Canada and have not been in or transited through Bahrain’s ‘Red List’ countries within 14 days of arrival in Bahrain, are exempt from quarantine.
- They will still be required to present a pre-departure PCR test within 72 hours and pay for and undergo the arrival and day ten PCR tests. Those vaccinated in these countries will receive a ‘Vaccination Certification Card’ on arrival which will allow you access to indoor public services in-country, depending on Bahrain’s Traffic Light Alert System. See Public places and services.
- More information here
The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to all other parts of India, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.
- All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under a bilateral agreement between the UK and Indian governments, a limited number of flights between India and the UK continue to operate. Tourist visas are not available.
- More information here.
Make sure you have the new Global Health card if you are traveling to a country where it would be accepted as it’s a replacement for the EHIC European health card. If your EHIC is still valid, you can use that.
If you need insurance, Staysure are a reliable company I have used that offer a cheap add-on policy for travel within Europe against FCDO advice (around £15 extra). It also covers a few North African countries as well.
If you need insurance for amber countries or against FCDO and government travel advisories, battleface* is one of the largest providers. They also offer Covid-19 cover for medical expenses cover for travellers up to a maximum age of 59. You can find more information and check prices here.
*battleface is provided by Tangiers Insurance Services Limited, a UK insurance intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Tangiers Underwriting Services SRL, a Belgian mandated underwriter registered with the Authority of Financial Markets and Services and battleface Insurance Services LLC, a US licensed insurance producer. The details provided on this webpage are for information only. Always read the description of cover contained within your policy to ensure it is suitable for your needs.