UK Travel Update: 7 Destinations Added to the Green List

UK Travel Update: 7 Destinations Added to the Green List

The UK government has made changes to its categorisation of some countries, using its traffic light system.

Seven countries have been added to the green list, meaning that travellers from these countries will no longer have to quarantine on arrival. The government has also made some updates to the red list, however, there were no additions on the amber list.

For the fully vaccinated travellers, there is now little practical difference between the green and amber lists in terms of travel restrictions as both require a pre-departure test and a PCR test within two days of arrival.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the changes via Twitter.

The changes apply to all four UK nations.

Countries Added to UK's Green list

Travellers from countries on the UK's green list are for countries that do not need to quarantine upon arrival regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated. Green list arrivals still need to take a COVID-19 test before arrival, on day 2 of their stay and complete a passenger locator form.

There were no countries/territories removed from the previous green list announced in the first week of August.

The countries to be added to the UK green list are:

  • the Azores
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Switzerland

These countries will move to the green list as of 4 AM on 30 August.

New Addition to the UK's Red list

Thailand and Montenegro have been moved from the amber list to the red list.

In Thailand, the Beta variant of COVID-19 has seen a recent spike, the strain which medical scientists fear the vaccine is least effective against.

If British residents want to travel from either of these countries back to the UK after 30 August, they will need to go through a mandatory 10-day quarantine in a government-mandated hotel.

To see the updated list and rules for international travel, visit the UK government website.

The next review is expected to take place on 16 September and come into force several days later.

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