COVID-19 travel: Full list of updated green, amber and red countries - and the rules when you go abroad

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The government has announced changes to its travel rules that will come into effect at 4am on Sunday.

From 8 August, people entering England from France will no longer have to quarantine if they have had both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

There will also be changes to the green, amber and red lists.

What are the rules for all travellers now?

The government lists countries and territories as red, amber or green - with different rules for each of the three lists. There is also a green watchlist.

All travellers aged 11 or older need to take a coronavirus test before coming to England.

They need to book and pay for a COVID-19 test which will be taken on or before the second day after they arrive in England. Children aged 4 and under are exempt from this requirement.

If the test is positive they will need to quarantine. If NHS Test and Trace notifies them they have travelled to England with someone who has tested positive they will need to quarantine.

They need to complete a passenger locator form.

People who have come via amber or red list countries in the 10 days prior to arriving in England, or visited them before a green country in the 10 days before, will need to follow the rules for the amber or red list country.

COVID-19 tests and quarantine on arrival are not required for people travelling within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man and who have not passed through any other countries in the previous 10 days.

Which places are on the green list now?

Anguilla, Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, Bermuda, British Indian Ocean Territory, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Grenada, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel and Jerusalem, Madeira, Malta, Montserrat, New Zealand, Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, Singapore, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Taiwan, Turks and Caicos Islands.

Some countries may be on the UK's green list, but they will not allow travellers from the UK in.

Australia, Bulgaria, Falkland Islands, Israel, Montserrat, New Zealand, Pitcairn Islands, Taiwan are closed to most people from the UK.

Anguilla, Brunei, Cayman Islands, Singapore (apart from citizens and permanent residents), South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands, Tristan da Cunha and Turks and Caicos Islands require prior approval from their governments.

All other green list countries have testing, health form and vaccine requirements that can be found on the Foreign Office website.

Which countries will be added to the green list on 8 August?

Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway.

Watch: COVID-19: How are the UK's travel lists decided?

What are the rules for travelling from green list countries?

Travellers do not need to quarantine after arriving in England unless they test positive for COVID-19 but do need to take a pre-departure test and PCR test on day two after arriving.

Which places are on the green watchlist?

The green watchlist consists of countries and territories that are green but in danger of being reclassified.

It includes: Anguilla, Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, British Indian Ocean Territory, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Dominica, Grenada, Israel and Jerusalem, Madeira, Montserrat, Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, Taiwan, Turks and Caicos Islands.

Which places are on the amber list now?

Some of the main tourist destinations are: The Bahamas, Belgium, British Virgin Islands, Canada, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Greece (including islands), Italy, Mexico, Portugal (including the Azores - Madeira is on the green watchlist), Saudi Arabia, Spain (including the Canary and Balearic Islands), Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.

Check the government's website for other amber list countries.

Which countries will be added to the amber list on 8 August?

India, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE. They are currently on the red list.

What are the rules for travelling from amber list countries?

Travellers arriving in England who are not fully vaccinated must quarantine at home or in the place they are staying for 10 days - unless they have been fully vaccinated in the UK, US, some other European countries or under the UK vaccination programme overseas.

Those who are double-jabbed must have had their second dose at least 14 whole days before the date they enter England.

Those who are under 18 when they arrive in England and living in the UK or in a country with a vaccination programme approved by the UK do not have to self-isolate either.

People taking part in a UK-approved vaccine trial are also exempt from quarantine.

Travellers who are not exempt from self-isolating must take a COVID-19 test on their eighth day after arrival - in addition to the test on day two.

For those who have to quarantine, it may be possible to shorten the duration by paying for a private COVID-19 test on the fifth day through the Test to Release scheme.

If the result from the second and fifth day tests is negative, quarantine can be ended early.

What are the current rules for France, which is on the 'amber-plus' list?

All travellers from France must quarantine and take COVID-19 tests on their second and eighth days after arriving in England.

There are no exceptions to these rules for those who are vaccinated.

France is the only country on the amber-plus list.

What are the new rules for travellers from France starting 8 August?

People entering England from France will no longer have to quarantine if they have had both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine as it has the same status as any other amber list country.

Which countries are on the red list now?

Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Congo (Democratic Republic), Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Which places will be added to the red list on 8 August?

Georgia, Mexico, La Reunion and Mayotte (both French overseas territories in the Indian Ocean).

What are the rules for travelling from red list countries?

Anyone who arrives in England from a red list country has to stay in hotel quarantine for ten days and take COVID-19 tests on their second and eighth days in the nation.

The cost will increase for people aged 13 and over from 12 August, the government said, "in order to ensure taxpayers are not subsidising the costs of staying in these facilities".

There are alternative payment arrangements available to those who "genuinely cannot afford to pay".

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