Information up to date as of 12th July 2021

Charitable Travel endeavours to update this page every three weeks, as the government announces their updates, however for the most up-to-date, reliable information relating to specific countries please visit the FCDO website. 

On this page you will find information on the Travel Traffic Light system, a live feed of Travel updates from the FCDO below and suggested information and websites for Travel Insurance, Legal Questions and Testing. 

Alternatively please visit the FCDO Travel Advice website for current details for all international travel.

Coronavirus Traffic Light Travel Restrictions

International travel can take place from 17 May, and the traffic light system has been revealed. Destinations are categorised into red, amber and  green lists based on a range of Covid-19 health metrics, including vaccination numbers, infection rates and how prevalent variants are.  The different colours assigned, indicate the level of risk in each destination and define which tests and what period of quarantine is required.

The government has advised that countries will move in and out of the different traffic light colours depending on changes in that destination. To reduce the impact of the advice changing, the government plans to update the lists every three weeks, however the government has also warned that it will not ‘hesitate to act immediately should data show countries’ risk ratings have changed.’

For full Traffic Light information please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england 

FCDO Green Traffic Light

The Green List

Green List Destinations are approved for travel for leisure. Passengers will not need to quarantine on return*, but must take a pre-departure test, as well as a PCR test to return to the UK. This must be an approved, private test and cannot be an NHS test. 

Important

Before booking, you need to ensure you are aware of the country you are travelling to’s entry requirements. For example, New Zealand is on the Green List however New Zealand is not permitting entry to the country.

Travel restrictions may differ depending on the country within the UK. Click the buttons below for more accurate information 

Australia

Brunei

Falkland Islands

Faroe Islands

Gibraltar

Iceland

Israel and Jerusalem

New Zealand

Singapore

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

St Helena, Ascension and Tristan de Cunha

Countries on the Green 'watchlist' (at risk of being moved from Green to Amber)

Anguilla

Antigua and Barbuda

Barbados

Bermuda

British Antarctic Territory

British Indian Ocean Territory

British Virgin Islands

Cayman Islands

Dominica

Grenada

Malta

Montserrat

Madeira (Portugal & the Azores remain on the Amber List)

The Balearic Islands (Spain & the Canary Islands remain on the amber list.)

Turks and Caicos

FCDO Amber Traffic Light

The Amber List

Amber List Destinations are not approved for travel for leisure, though this is not legislated. Passengers will need to quarantine at home for 10 days, as well as taking a pre-departure test before return to the UK, and two PCR tests on day 2 and day upon their return to the UK.  You do have the option to Test to Release on day 5. All tests must be an approved, private test and cannot be an NHS test.

For full information on Quarantine and Testing if you have been in an amber list country please click here.

What you must do before you travel:

  • Take a Covid-19 test an get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel
  • Book and pay for 2 x Covid-19 travel tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine
  • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will home quarantine when you arrive and the booking reference number of the your day 2 and day 8 travel tests

Find a day 2 and day 8 travel test provider >

The FCDO advise and amber list countries may not always align. For example the FCDO currently says it’s safe to travel to the Canary Islands, but the Canaries are on the amber list. If the FCDO advises against travel to a country, your insurance may be invalidated.

Important

Before booking, you need to ensure you are aware of the country you are travelling to’s entry requirements. For example, New Zealand is on the Green List however New Zealand is not permitting entry to the country.

This amber list is not exhaustive. If a country or territory is not on this list, you should not assume that this is a green or red list country. Countries and territories are only green or red if they appear on the green or red list.

Albania

Andorra

Armenia

Aruba

Austria

The Bahamas

Bahrain

Belgium

Belize

Bhutan

Bulgaria

Cambodia

Canada

China

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Egypt

Estonia

Fiji

Finland

France

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Guadeloupe

Hong Kong

Hungary

Indonesia

Italy

Japan

Jordan

Laos

Latvia

Lebanon

Macao

Malaysia

Mauritius

Mexico

Montenegro

Morocco

Myanmar

Netherlands

Nigeria

Norway

Papua New Guinea

Poland

Portugal (including the Azores)

Romania

Russia

Samoa

Saudi Arabia

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain (including the Canary Islands)

Sri Lanka

St Lucia

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

Thailand

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Ukraine

United States (USA)

Vietnam

Western Sahara

Yemen

FCDO Red Traffic Light

The Red List

Red List Destinations are not approved for travel for leisure. Passengers will need to quarantine for 10 days in government managed hotels which cost upwards of £1,750 per person, as well as taking a pre-departure test before returning to the UK, and two PCR tests on day 2 and day 8 upon their return to the UK. All tests must be an approved, private test and cannot be an NHS test. 

For full information on Quarantine and Testing if you have been in, or transited through, a red list country please click here.

What you must do before you travel:

  • Take a Covid-19 test an get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel
  • Book a managed quarantine hotel within a 14-day period before arrival. The booking will include your hotel, quarantine transport and travel tests for Covid-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine
  • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will quarantine when you arrive. You must provide a quarantine package invoice number to complete your passenger locator form

Book your quarantine hotel >

You will need to agree to book and pay for a quarantine package before you complete your passenger locator form and board your return journey to the UK.

The FCDO advise and red list countries may not always align. For example the FCDO currently says it’s safe to travel to the Canary Islands, but the Canaries are on the amber list. If the FCDO advises against travel to a country, your insurance may be invalidated.

If you are in a destination which is added to the red list, you may need to pay for a flight to get home before the change takes place, or you will have to pay for hotel quarantine. 

Afghanistan

Angola

Argentina

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Bolivia

Botswana

Brazil

Burundi

Cape Verde

Chile

Colombia

Congo (Democratic Republic)

Costa Rica

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

Eritrea

Eswatini

French Guiana

Guyana

Haiti

India

Kenya

Lesotho

Malawi

Maldives

Mozambique

Namibia

Nepal

Oman

Pakistan

Panama

Paraguay

Peru

Phillipines

Qatar

Rwanda

Seychelles

Somalia

South Africa

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Suriname

Tanzania

Trinidad and Tobago

Tunisia

Turkey

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Uganda

Uruguay

Venezuela

Zambia

Zimbabwe

RSS FCDO Travel Advice – Subject to ongoing change
  • Bulgaria July 23, 2021
    Updated information regarding requirements for travelling to Bulgaria (‘Entry requirements’ page)
    GOV.UK
  • Switzerland July 23, 2021
    Update to information on entry requirements for Switzerland ('Entry requirements' page)
    GOV.UK
  • Sierra Leone July 23, 2021
    Proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result now required no more than 72 hours before the departure time of your flight to Sierra Leone ('Entry Requirements' page)
    GOV.UK
  • Spain July 23, 2021
    Updated information on Testing and vaccination requirements for arrivals from the UK (‘Entry requirements’ page) and testing requirements for tourist accommodation in the Canary Islands.
    GOV.UK
  • Germany July 23, 2021
    Removal of information regarding flooding (‘Summary’ page)
    GOV.UK

Testing before you travel

Before you travel you must have proof of a negative coronavirus Covid-19 test to travel to England. You must take a test even if you have been vaccinated, are travelling from a country on the green list and regardless of whether you a UK citizen or not. This test must be taken in the 3 days before the service on which you will arrive, departs. 

If your test result is positive, you must not travel. If your result is inconclusive, you must take another test.

Your test result can be a printed document or an email/text message that you can show on your phone – ensure your device is fully charged. If you do not present proof of a negative test, you may not be able to board your return transport. If you arrive without proof of a negative test, you could be fined £500.

You will need to find a private test provider to take a test. You can find advice and information on providers of tests in destinations on the FCDO travel advice pages for specific destinations.  

NHS tests cannot be used for the purpose of pre-departure testing before travel to England. You cannot take an NHS test abroad with you to use before you return. 

Types of test: 

You must ensure that the test provide you choice meets the standards for pre-departure testing. The test must meet performance standards of ≥97% specificity, ≥80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies/ml. 

This could include tests such as:

  • Nucleic acid test, including a PCR test or derivative technologies
  • Antigen test, such as a test from a lateral flow device.

It is your responsibility to ensure the test meets the minimum standards. You must check with your test provider that it meets these standards and ensure you get the right test. Children under 11 do not need to take a test. See a full list of exemptions for the pre-departure test here.

You must also complete a passenger locator form before you travel to England. 

For full Traffic Light information please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england 

Insurance

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The FCDO advise and Traffic Light categorised countries may not always align. For example the FCDO currently says it’s safe to travel to the Canary Islands, but the Canaries are on the amber list. If the FCDO advises against travel to a country, your insurance may be invalidated.

Charitable Travel do not sell or advise on insurance matters or policies.

 

Legal queries? If you are unsure of your rights, or wish to find out further legal information regarding the Covid-19 travel restrictions we recommend visiting TravLaw.co.uk to access their helpful PDF guidance or speak directly to a solicitor.