UPDATED: Which green and amber list countries can you visit & what are the rules of entry?

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Since the green list has now expanded, plus there is now a concession for vaccinated travellers to not have to isolate, I thought it was worth having a look at which countries will let us in or not and what are the rules for entry.

One key thing to look for with amber list countries is whether it has an FCDO warning or not as many insurance companies won’t cover you if it does. You can find out about this here. 

Disclaimer: This list was up to date when it was refreshed on 20th July (originally published 25 June) 2021. However, be aware that this information is constantly changing, and you are advised to look at the official FCDO website here for the most up-to-date information. 

 

The rules for return to the UK

For green and amber:

  • A PCR or lateral flow test within 3 days before arrival in the U.K. Taking a lateral flow test with you is the easiest and cheapest way. You can find the best tests to take with you here. Most airlines will want to see the negative result at check-in.
  • Filling in the PLF form prior to departure back to the UK

Green list

Amber list

Unvaccinated and France

  • A day 2 and day 8 PCR test from the government list. Randox are one of the cheapest and most reliable at £86 for both with the BA discount code. 
  • Isolate for 10 days unless you do the test to release on day 5. The day you arrive is day 0. 
  • Book a test to release test before you leave for the UK to add to your form. 
  • You can stop isolating when you receive a negative test to release but must still do a day 8 test. 

You are allowed to leave the house to get tested or to post the test if no one else can do it. 

Fully vaccinated

  • A day 2 PCR test from the government list. Randox are one of the cheapest and most reliable at £43 with the BA discount code. 

 

List of popular countries and their entry rules

Anguilla

Zemi Beach House Anguilla Hilton

Traffic light status: Green (as of 30th June)

Entry requirements: You will need prior approval from the Government’s Health Team. You can apply for approval by completing the online form on the Government’s COVID-19 website. You must provide evidence of a negative PCR test taken 3 to 5 days before arrival. You will also be tested on arrival.

If you are fully vaccinated and received your last vaccination at least 21 days before you travel to Anguilla you will need to self-isolate for 7 days on arrival.

If you are not fully vaccinated you will need to self-isolate for 10 to 14 days on arrival.

FCDO warning: No

 

Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua

Traffic light status: Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

Entry requirements: All passengers 12 years and older arriving by air in Antigua and Barbuda (even in transit) must provide evidence of a negative PCR test taken within seven days of their flight. Home tests are not permitted.

Passengers must complete a Health Declaration Form and will be subject to temperature checks by Port Health Authorities.

Additional measures are subject to change but may include mandatory temperature, travel history checks, a check on whether your accommodation is on the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Approved List, and completion of a Health Declaration Form. You should expect long waiting times on arrival.

All arrivals will be monitored for coronavirus for up to 14 days and that ultimately it is the decision of the Quarantine Authority on who must self-isolate or quarantine on arrival.

Tourists arriving with pre-booked hotel accommodation from the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Approved List will normally be permitted to travel to their accommodation after screening (including COVID tests) and be allowed to move around the country providing they adhere to local social distancing measures. This is regardless of their vaccination status.

Business travellers staying in approved accommodation, or visitors staying with family or friends in private accommodation or their own place of residence not on the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Approved List will be subject to an interview to determine their travel plans and suitability to leave for their accommodation arrangements.

FCDO warning: No

 

The Bahamas (new)

Bahamas

Traffic light status: Amber

Entry requirements: A negative COVID-19 RT PCR (molecular swab) test certificate is required on entry as well as a health visa application for international travel. The negative test results must be uploaded when completing the Travel Health Visa Application prior to arrival. The test must not have been taken more than 5 days prior to the date of arrival.

Travellers are required to opt-in to a health insurance which covers them for the duration of their stay. The cost will be included in the Travel Health Visa application.

From 1 May 2021 there is an exemption to testing for travellers who can upload evidence of full vaccination to their health visa application, and children 11 years old or younger are also exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test upon arrival, regardless of vaccination status. 

FCDO warning: Yes

 

Balearic Islands: Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, Formentera

Palma Majorca

Palma

Traffic light status: Amber (as of 4am, Monday 19 July)

Entry requirements: All passengers entering Spain are still required to complete a pre-travel declaration form. There will also be screening on arrival.

All passengers arriving from a country/area at risk (including the UK) for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus must present the following in order to enter the Balearics:

– A CERTIFICATE OR DOCUMENT CERTIFYING VACCINATION AGAINST COVID-19.
Valid from 14 days after the complete vaccination schedule and for up to one year after the date of vaccination.

In some parts of Spain, regardless of your country of origin, tourist accommodation providers may require you to present evidence either of a negative test, of being fully vaccinated or of having had and recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months.

FCDO warning: No

 

Barbados

Crane Beach Barbados

Traffic light status: Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

Entry requirements: All travellers from the UK must present on arrival a valid PCR negative test result taken no more than 3 days in advance of arrival. Passengers are also required to submit an Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) card 24 hours prior to travel, to which they should upload their negative test result via Travel Form. The BIMSafe app can also be used.

On arrival, you will be quarantined at approved facilities (a designated holding hotel, approved villa or a government facility at your own expense).

You will be required to undergo a second PCR test 5 days after arrival.

You will need to remain in your hotel room and may be required to wear an electronic tracking bracelet until you receive the results of your second test. If the result of that second test is negative, you will not be subject to further quarantine.

If you have been vaccinated, you will undergo a rapid PCR test either at the airport or at your government-approved accommodation. You will need to remain on the premises of your accommodation and follow the quarantine rules until you receive the results of your second test. If the result of that second test is negative, you will not be subject to further quarantine.

FCDO warning: No

You can see all my Barbados articles and reviews here. 

 

Bermuda

Bermuda

Traffic light status: Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

Entry requirements: All visitors need to apply for a Bermuda COVID-19 Travel Authorisation 1 to 3 days before departure.

As of 20 June 2021, all travellers who are unimmunised and arrive in Bermuda must quarantine at a designated Quarantine Hotel at their own expense for 14 days. Travellers may apply for an exemption. If you receive an approved exemption from the hotel, you must quarantine at a residence for 14 days and test on day 14. All visitors must have a negative pre-arrival PCR Covid-19 test taken 4 days before arrival in Bermuda.

Immunised travellers with a valid negative, pre-arrival Covid-19 PCR test result must quarantine until they receive a negative result from their arrival Covid-19 PCR test.

FCDO warning: No

 

British Virgin Islands

White Bay Beach, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Traffic light status: Amber (as of 4am, Monday 19th July)

Entry requirements: All travellers who have been fully vaccinated with the final dose administered at least 14 days before travel will not be subject to an RT-PCR test on arrival or any period of quarantine unless ordered to do so by a Quarantine Officer as a result of entry screening.

Unvaccinated travellers will require a BVI Gateway Traveller Authorisation Certificate (at a cost of $175.00), proof of a negative PCR test taken 3-5 days before arrival, a negative PCR test on arrival and then a negative PCR test on day 7 of quarantine.

FCDO warning: No

 

Bulgaria (new)

Sofia in Bulgaria

Traffic light status: Green (moved to green list 4am, Monday 19 July. If you arrive in England before then you need to follow the amber list rules).

Entry requirements: From Monday 19 July the UK is categorised as a ‘red zone’ country. This means that only Bulgarian nationals, long-term residents in Bulgaria and family members travelling from UK are allowed to enter the country. Eligible travellers are required to present a negative result from a PCR test performed within 72 hours before entry into Bulgaria.

Eligible travellers who do not present a negative result from a PCR test will be required to complete a mandatory 10-day quarantine. This 10-day quarantine period can be shortened if they present a negative PCR test within the first 24 hours after their arrival in Bulgaria. The quarantine will be revoked within 24 hours after submission of the document showing a negative result of the PCR test to the respective Regional Health Inspectorate.

FCDO warning: No

 

Cayman Islands 

Cayman Islands

Traffic light status: Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

Entry requirements: Only people, who have been pre-authorised may enter the Cayman Islands at this time and they are subject to mandatory quarantine for a period of 14 days, if they are unvaccinated against COVID-19, or 10 days if they are fully vaccinated, in a government facility or pre-approved home isolation.

FCDO warning: No

 

Croatia (new)

Dubrovnik

Traffic light status: Green (moved to green watchlist 4am, Monday 19 July. If you arrive in England before then you need to follow the amber list rules.)

Entry requirements: UK nationals travelling to Croatia must present one of the following documents on arrival:

  • a negative COVID-19 antigen not older than 48 hours, or;
  • a negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours, or;
  • proof of a vaccination, or;
  • a doctor’s certificate of recovery following a positive test result between 11 and 180 days prior). 

If you do not have one of the documents listed above, and are not subject to a specific exemption, you will be required to take a PCR test or rapid antigen test upon arrival in Croatia. You need to self-isolate until the results of a negative test are received. 

Children under 12 and accompanied by a parent/guardian are exempt from the requirement to present a negative test result, and to self-isolate, if the parent or guardian has one of the documents set out above.

You will need to complete an online entry form before you travel to Croatia.

Croatia will accept either certificate of completion of a two dose vaccine course (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Gamaleya, Sinopharm) or a certificate of receipt of a one dose vaccine (Janssen, Johnson & Johnson). In both cases immunization must have been completed 14 days prior to arrival. 

UPDATED: From 26 July those fully vaccinated will also have to provide proof of a negative test  

FCDO warning: No

 

Cyprus (new)

Traffic light status: Amber

Entry requirements: The UK entered Cyprus’ Red category on 8 July.

Passengers coming from Red Category countries must undergo a PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure and provide proof of a negative result. You must then undergo another PCR test upon arrival at Larnaca or Paphos airports, and remain in self-isolation until the result is issued. Test results should be available within three hours through the online platform. The cost of both tests is borne by the passenger.

All permitted travellers must complete a Cyprus Flight Pass before their journey, available on the Cyprus Flight Pass website. Where relevant, you will be responsible for ensuring your PCR test result is uploaded to Cyprus Flight Pass within 24 hours of your departure.

Travellers with proof of two COVID-19 vaccinations are not required to take a PCR test before departure. If you have received two vaccinations you will still need to obtain a Cyprus flight pass. You should check the Cyprus Flight Pass website for information on which vaccinations are acceptable, and the length of time which should have elapsed between your final dose and date of travel.

FCDO warning: No

 

Dominica

Dominica

Traffic light status: Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

Entry requirements: Arriving passengers must complete an online questionnaire 24 hours before arrival, and have a PCR swab test with a negative result taken up to 72 hours before arrival. This result must be uploaded and submitted with the questionnaire so that your arrival can be approved by email from the Dominican Ministry of Health.

A pinprick Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) will be taken on arrival. If the RDT is negative, then the traveller must self-isolate in a government operated or government certified facility for five days before having a further PCR test. If the RDT is positive, then a further PCR swab test will be carried out at the traveller’s expense.

FCDO warning: No

 

France

Nice, France

Traffic light status: Amber Plus

If you have been in France in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must follow the amber list rules for people who are not fully UK vaccinated.

This means you must quarantine for 10 days on arrival in England and take day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests. You will need to book these tests in advance.

Entry requirements: Those who are not fully vaccinated will only be permitted to travel for essential reasons. Those who are not fully vaccinated will also need to present a completed International Travel Certificate to confirm their essential reason for travel, a completed ‘sworn statement’ regarding the traveller’s health and contact with COVID, and for anyone aged 11 years old or over, evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure, or an antigen test within 48 hours of departure.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for 7 days after arrival, then take another PCR test following this period of self-isolation.

Travellers who are fully vaccinated do not need an essential reason to travel to France and do not need to self-isolate on arrival.

FCDO warning: Yes

 

Gibraltar

Traffic light status: Green

Entry requirements: If you are visiting from the UK and are fully vaccinated, then you must upload your vaccination certificate on the Passenger Locator Form. You must book a COVID-19 lateral flow test before arriving in Gibraltar. This test must take place within 24 hours of arrival. If you are remaining for more than 7 days, you must also take a second test on day 5.

If you are unvaccinated, you must have a pre-flight COVID-19 lateral flow test taken no more than 48 hours before your flight to Gibraltar. Before you travel to Gibraltar you must also book a COVID-19 lateral flow test, to be taken in Gibraltar within 24 hours of your arrival. If you are remaining in Gibraltar for more than 7 days, you must also take a third test on day 5.

In all instances you must complete a Passenger Locator Form.

FCDO warning: No

 

Greece

 Milos beach near Agios Nikitas village on Lefkada, Greece

Traffic light status: Amber

Entry requirements: Travellers must fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) no later than 11:59pm (local time Greece) of the day before arriving in Greece.

Arrivals from the UK must provide either: proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, undertaken within the 72 hour period before arrival into Greece; proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test from an authorised laboratory, undertaken within the 48 hour period before the scheduled flight; or proof of two COVID-19 vaccinations completed at least 14 days before travel. Travellers with proof of either are exempted from the need to self-isolate on arrival to Greece.

FCDO warning: Yes (except for the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete)

 

Grenada

Grand Anse Beach Grenada, Caribbean

Traffic light status: Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

Entry requirements: All travellers must pre-book approved accommodation for quarantine on arrival, pre-pay for COVID test, apply for a Pure Safe Travel Certificate and obtain a negative COVID PCR test result within 3 days of travel.

Persons providing proof of full vaccination will only be required to quarantine for up to 48 hours, pending a negative result from a PCR test, administered on entry, and paid in advance.

FCDO warning: No

 

Hong Kong

Hong Kong harbour with junk boat

Traffic light status: Green (moved to green list 4am, Monday 19 July. If you arrive in England before then you need to follow the amber list rules.)

Entry requirements: Currently the UK is on the Hong Kong SAR government’s list of “very high risk places”. Travellers who have visited the UK or other specified “very high risk” places (Ireland) within the past 21 days, will need to provide a negative PCR nucleic acid test result for COVID-19, taken no more than 72 hours prior to their departure. will then be subject to 21 days of compulsory quarantine at a designated quarantine hotel on arrival, followed by 7 days of self-monitoring.

Travellers arriving at Hong Kong International Airport from these places need to provide confirmation of a hotel room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong for 21 days, starting on the day of their arrival. You are not allowed to leave your designated quarantine location for 21 days. This means you’re also unable to leave Hong Kong for the duration of the quarantine

All inbound travellers via Hong Kong International Airport will also need to submit a health declaration form.

All travellers ending their journey at Hong Kong International Airport will have to provide a saliva sample which will be tested for coronavirus. After collecting baggage, travellers will be taken by shuttle bus to the designated location. Travellers will have to wait for test results, before proceeding to their mandatory quarantine hotel. Travellers will be required to remain at the airport, or a specified hotel overnight, whilst awaiting test results. 

FCDO warning: No

 

Iceland

Iceland

Traffic light status: Green

Entry requirements: All travellers must pre-register before arrival. Non-essential travel by British citizens from the UK/other non EU/EEA country to Iceland is only permitted if travellers can adequately demonstrate proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or have previously recovered from a COVID-19 infection.

From midnight 26th July you will also need to present a negative PCR or antigen (rapid) test that is no more than 72 hours old before departing to Iceland, even if you have proof of vaccination.

If Border Officials have doubts over your certificate, you will be tested and face quarantine. You may be put in to a managed quarantine facility if infected with a virus strain classed as particularly high risk for contagion or morbidity.

You will be asked to provide proof of vaccination which must contain the specific COVID information Iceland requires.

When flying into Iceland without a certificate of vaccination or previous infection (there are only a few reasons that qualify as essential) you must present a negative PCR taken within 72 hours of your time of departure to Iceland, take 2 COVID-19 tests, one on arrival and another 5 to 6 days later and quarantine between tests.

Quarantine must be at an approved accommodation or at your home. Arrivals who do not have access to adequate facilities to undergo home quarantine are required to stay in a government-run quarantine facility. There is no charge. 

FCDO warning: No

 

Ireland

Ireland landscape

Ireland

Traffic light status: Green 

Entry requirements: All passengers arriving in Ireland must complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form.

No travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary for travellers from Great Britain with valid proof of full vaccination.

If you have valid proof of recovery from COVID in the past 180 days, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.

If you do not have valid proof of vaccination and are travelling from Great Britain you will need to:

  • present evidence of a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country
  • self-quarantine
  • undergo post-arrival testing

FCDO warning: No

 

Italy

Bellagio

Traffic light status: Amber

Entry requirements: From 21 June to 30 July, on arrival in Italy travellers who have been in the UK in the previous 14 days must present a negative molecular or antigen test taken in the 48 hours preceding entry into Italy and fill in a digital localisation form.

Visitors must also self-isolate for 5 days, at the end of which they must take a rapid antigenic or molecular swab test for COVID-19 and test negative for release. You must also present the airline with a negative COVID-19 rapid antigenic or molecular swab test taken no more than 48 hours before travel.

Before travel, you must complete an online digital form. This will generate a QR code, which should be presented to your travel provider and Border Police if requested.

Everyone arriving in Italy must also call the COVID-19 helpline for the region you are travelling within 48 hours, to inform them of your visit.

FCDO warning: Yes

 

Jamaica

Jamaica

Traffic light status: Amber

Entry requirements: Prior to checking in for a flight to Jamaica, you must get authorisation to enter from the Visit Jamaica website. All travellers from 12 years and upwards arriving in Jamaica must present a negative COVID-19 molecular (PCR, NAA, RNA) or Antigen test, which was conducted within the 72 hours prior to the date of travel.

All travellers arriving in Jamaica will also be screened for COVID 19 symptoms at the airport.

Based on health screening and risk assessment on arrival, you may still be required to be tested at the airport or your designated facility. In this case, you would await your test result in your hotel room.

If the test is negative, you would remain at your hotel/resort within the “resilient corridor” and restricted to property under the “Stay in Resilient Corridor” measure.

FCDO warning: No

 

Jersey

Beauport Bay, St. Aubin, Jersey, Channel Island

Traffic light status: Green (part of the Common Travel Area so do not require a test to return)

Entry requirements: Visitors to Jersey can opt to provide evidence of a pre-departure negative Covid-19 test conducted by an approved UKAS organisation, replacing the need for a Day 0 test and removing the need for isolation for UK common area arrivals (depending on colour: green or red). Regional status can be checked here. From 29 June the whole of England and Scotland will be red. 

All passengers are offered free PCR testing on arrival into Jersey (and free PCR testing on subsequent days if required – see below for further details.) Day 0 test results are expected on average within 12 hours.

Passengers who do not take part in the testing programme must isolate for 14 days.

For ‘Green’ arrivals who are vaccinated, visitors can opt to provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to your arrival, which means you won’t need to be tested on arrival, or opt for the free test on arrival and await the result.

For ‘Green’ arrivals who are NOT vaccinated, visitors can opt to provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to your arrival, which means you won’t need to be tested on arrival, or opt for the free test on arrival and await the result. Another free test on Day 8 will also be provided.

For ‘Red’ arrivals who are NOT vaccinated, it is the same details as above, except testing days change slightly: visitors will receive a free PCR test on arrival, day 5 and day 10. You must undergo isolation until day 10 negative test result is received.

FCDO warning: No

 

Malta

The Blue Lagoon on Comino Island, Malta Gozov.

Traffic light status: Green (as of 30th June)

Entry requirements: Everyone arriving (and departing) from Malta has their temperature checked. If you have a high temperature, you will need to take a swab test.

Everyone must also complete a Public Health Travel Declaration Form and Passenger Locator Form.

UPDATE: As from the 30th June, only fully vaccinated persons can travel to Malta from the United Kingdom. Currently, only the Maltese vaccination certificate is a valid certificate accepted by the Maltese Authorities. As from the 1st July, the UK (2 dose certificate) and the EU digital COVID vaccine certificate will be accepted as well.  
 
Children aged 5-11 can travel if they accompany their vaccinated parents/ legal guardian provided they provide a negative nasopharyngeal PCR test carried out within 72 hours from arrival in Malta. Children under 5 do not need a test, while those aged 12+ can only travel with a full vaccination certificate.  

FCDO warning: No

 

Madeira

Funchal

Traffic light status: Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

Entry requirements: With the exception of children up to the age of 12, all travellers to Madeira must complete and submit a traveller questionnaire, and take a RT-PCR test 72 hours before travel and upload the test result.

If you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 180 days, or have had both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel, you will be exempt from showing a RT-PCR test on entry to Madeira and Porto Santo.

The authorities in Madeira and Porto Santo will accept the UK’s solutions to demonstrate your COVID vaccination status

If you live in England, the authorities in Madeira and Porto Santo will accept your NHS COVID Pass as evidence of your your COVID-19 vaccination status. If you live in Scotland or Wales, the authorities will accept your respective NHS certificate to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 will need to show a medical report as evidence of your status recovery in the last 90 days before travel.

If you are travelling to Madeira, you can book your return COVID-19 test (for arriving back into the UK) after you have uploaded your RT-PCR test for arrival on the Madeira Traveller Registration platform. This test is free of charge and carried out at the hospital in Funchal and health centre in Porto Santo. Alternatively, schedule your own COVID-19 test at one of the clinics listed on the Madeira Tourist Authority website.

Check the Madeira Tourist Board’s information for visitors for full details of entry requirements

FCDO warning: No

 

Mexico (new)

Cancun beach panorama, Mexico

Traffic light status: Amber

Entry requirements: There are no COVID-related requirements for UK arrivals into Mexico beyond filling out a general health declaration before arrival. If you have symptoms of COVID, you must seek out the International Health Team upon arrival. 

Note that some land borders between the USA and Mexico are closed, and some flight schedules are reduced. 

FCDO warning: Yes

 

Montserrat

Traffic light status: Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

Entry requirements: All travel to or from Montserrat is via Antigua. If you are travelling to Montserrat you must comply with Antiguan entry requirements, even when immediately transiting on to Montserrat.

All intended arrivals must submit an Access Declaration Form at least 72 hours prior to booking your travel, and have evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result within 5 days prior to arrival.

All new arrivals will need to self-isolate. Fully vaccinated visitors need to spend 5 days in self-isolation / quarantine on arrival whether staying in their own home, a rented property or a government approved quarantine facility. A negative PCR test 3-4 days after arrival is required to confirm exit form self-isolation/ quarantine.

Unvaccinated passengers need to spend 14 days in quarantine and are required to have a negative PCR test before release from self-isolation.

FCDO warning: Yes

 

Morocco (new)

Main square of Marrakesh in old Medina. Morocco.

Traffic light status: Amber

Entry requirements: You will need to provide proof that you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with the second dose administered at least two weeks prior to travel, or a negative PCR test result before boarding your flight or ferry to Morocco. The result must show that the PCR test itself was undertaken no more than 72 hours before boarding. For travel by ferry, you will also need to take a COVID-19 test during the journey. Children under the age of 11 years old are exempt from the PCR testing requirement for entry into Morocco.

Morocco has not yet confirmed that it will accept the UK solutions for demonstrating your COVID vaccination status. You should follow guidance for alternative entry requirements.

On arrival to Morocco, you will be asked to present a completed Public Health Passenger form.

FCDO warning: No

 

The Netherlands

Amsterdam

Traffic light status: Amber

Entry requirements: UK nationals will not be permitted entry to the Netherlands for non-essential purposes.

All international travellers aged 13 and above who are travelling to the Netherlands by aeroplane, passenger ferry, train or coach to be in possession of a negative PCR COVID-19 test. UK residents must present a negative PCR test result taken no more than 24 hours before departure; or a negative PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and a negative rapid test result taken no more than 24 hours before departure.

If you’re travelling to or from the Netherlands by air you must also complete a health screening form, and must also carry a completed quarantine declaration form in addition to the required test result(s) and health declaration.

Travellers to the Netherlands should self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival with the option of a test to release after 5 days. Quarantine requirements are also applicable to travellers who have been vaccinated.

You may leave quarantine to take a PCR test on day 5 after arriving in the Netherlands. If the result is negative, you can end your self-quarantine that day.

FCDO warning: Yes

 

Portugal (including the Azores but not Madeira)

qatar route lisbon

Lisbon

Traffic light status: Amber (Madeira currently on Green watchlist)

Entry requirements: There are no restrictions on travelling to Portugal from the EU/EEA or from the UK or USA. You need to complete an online passenger locator card before you arrive in Portugal.

With the exception of children up to the age of 12, you must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test (either PCR or Antigen) to travel to or through Portugal. Visitors will also be subject to health screening on arrival.

If you have travelled from the UK to mainland Portugal, you must quarantine for 14 days in the place you are staying or at a place indicated by the Portuguese health authority, unless you can show you have been fully vaccinated with an EU approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel. 

FCDO warning: No

 

Singapore (new)

Traffic light status: Green

Entry requirements: Only Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents can enter Singapore without permission.

Visitors, including Long Term Pass holders, are not able to enter Singapore without prior permission from the Singapore government. Once you have permission to enter Singapore you must submit an online health declaration in advance of your arrival. Otherwise, it will need to be completed upon entry and may result in delays to immigration clearance. If you’re allowed to enter, you must have travel insurance of at least S$30,000 covering Covid-19 hospitalisation and treatment.

Everyone granted permission to enter Singapore will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and arrivals from most destinations will be issued with a Stay at Home Notice (SHN) for 14 days. For arrivals from the UK and from most destinations the SHNs must be served at a government designated hotel. The cost must be met by the traveller.

The quarantine period cannot be reduced, even if you wish to leave Singapore. 

 

Spain excluding Balearic Islands 

long haul aircraft on short haul europe

Plaza Major, Madrid

Traffic light status: Amber

Entry requirements: All passengers entering Spain are still required to complete a pre-travel declaration form. There will also be screening on arrival.

From 2 July, the Spanish government requires all arrivals to Spain from the UK to present on entry one of the following: a negative COVID-19 test; or proof of vaccination.

In some parts of Spain, regardless of your country of origin, tourist accommodation providers may require you to present evidence either of a negative test, of being fully vaccinated or of having had and recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months. This currently applies in the Canary Islands

FCDO warning: No

 

St Lucia

Stunning view of the Pitons 

Traffic light status: Amber

Entry requirements: All travellers must complete a Pre-Arrival registration form prior to arrival to St Lucia which can be found on the St Lucia COVID-19 page. Reservations for either a Government operated quarantine facility or a COVID-19 certified property must be confirmed before travel.

Pre-testing prior to travel is now mandatory. All travellers must provide certified proof of a negative PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) COVID-19 test taken five days or less before travel to St Lucia.

All arriving passengers will be screened, including temperature checks, at the airport.

All international visitors must stay at a COVID-certified property for 14 days.

Persons who have been fully vaccinated will not be required to go into quarantine on arrival. Persons must have received their second dose 14 days prior to arrival on island. This provision is valid from 31 May 2021 to 30 June, 2021.

FCDO warning: No

 

Taiwan (new)

Traffic light status: Green (moved to green watchlist 4am, Monday 19 July. If you arrive in England before then you need to follow the amber list rules.

Entry requirements: The authorities have announced a temporary ban on foreign nationals entering, or transiting, Taiwan, with the exception of residents. Currently there is no set date for when these border measures will be lifted. Exceptions may be made for emergency or humanitarian reasons. Contact your local Taipei Representative Office for further information.

Visitors from the UK are required to complete their mandatory 14 day quarantine at a designated quarantine facility. The cost of the quarantine will be covered by the Taiwanese authorities.

Passengers will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival at the quarantine facility and one day before the end of their mandatory 14 day quarantine period. A further home-based rapid COVID-19 test will be required to be taken between the 10th and 12th day of their quarantine. A positive test will mean hospitalisation. The costs of these tests will be covered by the authorities.

This applies to all nationalities and is irrespective of the purpose of travel. An additional 7 day self-health management period is required for all passengers who have completed their quarantine.

FCDO warning: No

 

Thailand

Phuket

Traffic light status: Amber

Entry requirements: If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform.

Currently all British nationals travelling from the UK are required to complete 14 days’ quarantine at a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility.

It is expected that from 1 July travellers will be able to visit Phuket but only from low risk countries which may not include the UK

  • Applicable for international travellers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no less than 14 days, but no later than 1 year before the travel date. They must also be from countries/regions with a low to medium risk of SAR-CoV-2 virus as announced and constantly updated by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH).
  • Applicable for children under 6 years of age travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians.
  • Applicable for children between 6 and 18 years of age travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians, but they are required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at their own expense.
  • All vaccinated international arrivals must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine registered with the MoPH or approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
  • All arrivals are required to download and install the ThailandPlus application on their smartphones, and must keep the app on all the time, as they move to different locations around Phuket.
  • All arrivals are required to stay in an accommodation establishment that is certified with the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Plus certification for no less than 14 nights, and thereafter will be allowed to travel to visit other Thai destinations.
  • Undergo a COVID-19 test using an RT-PCR or a rapid antigen method on Day 5 of your arrival per the MoPH’s guidelines;

FCDO warning: Yes – for areas within the provinces on the Thailand-Malaysia border

 

Turks & Caicos Islands

Turks and Caicos Islands

Traffic light status: Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

Entry requirements: Anyone arriving to the Turks and Caicos Islands is required to obtain pre-travel authorisation via the Turks and Caicos Islands Assured Portal. This requires evidence of a negative COVID-19 test from a reputable facility taken less than five days prior to arrival in the Turks and Caicos Islands, proof of health/travel insurance with COVID-19 cover and a completed health screening questionnaire.

FCDO warning: No

 

 

 

7 Comments on "UPDATED: Which green and amber list countries can you visit & what are the rules of entry?"

  1. Couple of updates. Madeira does not require ore testing from anyone. Though airlines unfortunately ref FCO wrong advice. Still I got on to BA flight without once proving (their iata travel centre info is correct fortunately). You can test on arrival free. See madeirasafe website details and faq.
    Arrival test was quick, free and results in 6 hrs
    But a pre test will be less stress I can say after check in hassle
    https://madeirasafetodiscover.com/faqs/

    Iceland (https://www.icelandair.com/blog/iceland-is-open-faq/)
    From July 1, 2021, there is no longer a requirement for arrival texting for passengers vaccinated against COVID-19 or recovered from it.

  2. Hi Michele

    So, re: Malta … If you are UK based and fully vaccinated, you STILL have to do a PCR test before departure and then another one on arrival in Malta?

    I thought that of you were fully vaccinated, you were exempt from having to do these tests?

    Many thanks
    Guy

    • No you do not need to do a test unless you have a a high temperature and children that have not been vaccinated

  3. Great article, very helpful.

  4. Great article, thanks Michele. Very keen to hear when the USA will allow fully vaccinated test -ve Brits in!

  5. Re. Ireland, although you say it is “Green” it is actually a different status because it is in the Common Travel Area and therefore there is no requirement for a Day 2 test on returning to the UK, unlike the situation when you return from normal “Green” countries. At least that is my understanding.

  6. Very helpful article, thanks Michele

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