UK Covid travel news: Which countries are on the red and green list?

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Here are all the rules for British travellers hoping to get some sunshine in the weeks to come.

The traffic light system for international travel is to be scrapped and the number of countries from which returning travellers will be required to quarantine in a hotel is to be cut, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced.

From October 4, there will be a single red list of countries from where travellers to England must stay in a Government-supervised hotel – with Turkey, Pakistan and the Maldives all removed from the line-up.

People who are fully vaccinated will no longer need a pre-departure test before returning from non-red list destinations, and from later in the month will be able to replace the day two PCR test with a cheaper lateral flow test.

In a series of tweets, Mr Shapps said the new “simplified” system aimed to strike “the right balance to manage the public health risk as No.1 priority”.

The Department for Transport confirmed the eight countries coming off the red list as of 4am on Wednesday are Turkey, Pakistan, the Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya.

How does the traffic light system work?

Green: From October 4, People who are fully vaccinated will no longer need a pre-departure test before returning from non-red list destinations, and from later in the month will be able to replace the day two PCR test with a cheaper lateral flow test.

Among the countries being brought on to the green list are Pakistan, the Maldives and Turkey.

Red: Those returning from red list countries must stay in a managed quarantine hotel for ten days which they should book before their trip. Travellers must complete pre-departure testing and PCR testing on day two and day eight.

What countries are currently on the Green travel list?

Anguilla

Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory

Antigua and Barbuda

Australia

Austria

Bangladesh (from 4am Wednesday October 22)

Barbados

Bermuda

British Indian Ocean Territory

Brunei

Bulgaria

Canada (from 4am Monday August 30)

Cayman Islands

Croatia

Denmark (from 4am Monday August 30)

Dominica

Egypt (from 4am Wednesday October 22)

Falkland Islands

Faroe Islands

Finland (from 4am Monday August 30)

Germany

Gibraltar

Grenada

Hong Kong

Iceland

Israel and Jerusalem

Kenya (from 4am Wednesday October 22)

Latvia

Liechtenstein (from 4am Monday August 30)

Lithuania (from 4am Monday August 30)

Madeira

The Maldives (from 4am Wednesday October 22)

Malta

Montserrat

New Zealand

Norway

Oman (from 4am Wednesday October 22)

Pakistan (from 4am Wednesday October 22)

Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands

Romania

Singapore

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

Slovakia

Slovenia

Sri Lanka (from 4am Wednesday October 22)

St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

Switzerland (from 4am Monday August 30)

Taiwan

Turkey (from 4am Wednesday October 22)

Turks and Caicos Islands

What countries are on the Green watchlist?

If a country is in danger of moving to amber it will be added to the green watchlist.

Currently the below countries are on the watchlist:

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.

Ibiza (PA)
Ibiza (PA)

Any advice on what to do in Green list countries?

Here is our guide on what to eat, see and do in Tel Aviv.

For Gibraltar you can use this guide.

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People sunbathe on a beach in Spain (REUTERS)
People sunbathe on a beach in Spain (REUTERS)

What countries are currently on the Amber list?

Akrotiri and Dhekelia

Albania

Algeria

Andorra

Armenia

Aruba

Austria

Azerbaijan

Balearic islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca)

Bahrain

British Virgin Islands

The Bahamas

Belarus

Belgium

Belize

Benin

Bhutan

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Burkina Faso

Cambodia

Cameroon

Central African Republic

Chad

China

Comoros

Congo

Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue

Côte d’Ivoire

Croatia

Curaçao

Cyprus

Czech Republic (Czechia)

Djibouti

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Estonia

Fiji

France

French Polynesia

Gabon

The Gambia

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Greece (including islands)

Greenland

Guadeloupe

Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Honduras

Hungary

India

Iran

Iraq

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kiribati

Kosovo

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Latvia

Lebanon

Liberia

Libya

Luxembourg

Macao

Madagascar

Malaysia

Mali

Marshall Islands

Martinique

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mayotte

Mexico

Micronesia

Moldova

Monaco

Morocco

Nauru

Netherlands

New Caledonia

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

North Korea

North Macedonia

Norway

The Occupied Palestinian Territories

Palau

Papua New Guinea

Poland

Portugal

Qatar

Réunion

Romania

Russia

Samoa

San Marino

Sao Tome and Principe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Serbia

Slovakia

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain (including the Canary Islands)

St Kitts and Nevis

St Lucia

St Maarten

St Martin and St Barthélemy

St Pierre and Miquelon

St Vincent and the Grenadines

Sweden

Switzerland

Syria

Tajikistan

Timor-Leste

Togo

Tonga

Turkmenistan

Tuvalu

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates (UAE) (from 4am Sunday August 8)

United States (USA)

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Vietnam

Wallis and Futuna

Western Sahara

Yemen

What countries are currently on the Red list?

Afghanistan

Angola

Argentina

Bahrain

Bolivia

Botswana

Brazil

Burundi

Cape Verde

Chile

Colombia

Congo (Democratic Republic)

Costa Rica

Cuba

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Eritrea

Eswatini

Ethiopia

French Guiana

Georgia

Guyana

Haiti

India

Indonesia

Lesotho

Malawi

Mayotte

Mexico

Mongolia

Montenegro (from 4am Monday August 30)

Mozambique

Myanmar

Namibia

Nepal

Panama

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Qatar

Réunion

Rwanda

Seychelles

Somalia

South Africa

Sudan

Suriname

Sierra Leone

Tanzania

Thailand (from 4am Monday August 30)

Trinidad and Tobago

Tunisia

Uganda

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Uruguay

Venezuela

Zambia

Zimbabwe

What you need to know about PCR tests

PCR tests must be booked through an approved Government provider.

Tests currently cost between £120 and £160, however ministers are looking at ways to reduce the price to just £45 to help boost the travel industry.

Mr Shapps told the Commons in April that one provider said they could offer the tests for £44.90 each.

When will the next travel review take place?

The green, amber and red destination lists are updated every three weeks.

What is a quarantine hotel and how much does it cost?

To prevent the spread of Covid-19 and potentially harmful variants into the UK, people who have travelled from or passed through a red list country must self-isolate in government-approved quarantine hotel.

Travellers must complete ten days of quarantine which begins at 0.01am on the first day after arrival.

A Covid test must be taken on day two and day eight. Guests are permitted to leave the hotel after completing ten full days provided they test negative for the virus.

Transport is provided from the airport to the hotel and passengers who have parked at the airport will need to extend their parking period.

Full board is provided as part of the quarantine package including three daily meals, fresh fruit, tea, coffee, soft drinks and water.

Travellers must pay £1,750 for their stay, with an additional rate of £650 for children over 12 and £325 for children between five and 12-years-old.

From August 12, the cost for solo travellers in a quarantine hotel in England went up to £2,285 under new government rules.

There is no additional cost for children under five.

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