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UK travel list changes: the new green, amber, and red lists explained

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The latest travel review, in which the UK government updates the rules for travelling from various countries, has now come in to force. That means, depending on where you’re headed on your next trip, you may need to fulfil different testing and quarantining requirements.

Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, unveiled the new lists last week, and they came in to force this week.

The traffic light system uses four criteria to assess foreign countries and the threat they pose to the UK in terms of coronavirus. Those criteria are: current Covid-19 case rates, vaccination rates, the prevalence of new variants of the virus, and the capacity of the country in question to detect and measure those new variants.

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Changes to travel lists as of August 30

New green list countries

  • The Azores (not including mainland Portugal)

  • Canada

  • Denmark

  • Finland

  • Liechtenstein

  • Lithuania

  • Switzerland

New red list countries

  • Montenegro
  • Thailand

There were no new amber list countries in the latest travel list review.

Red list rules

Before travelling to England, everyone must:

  • Take a Covid-19 test in the three days before your journey
  • Book a quarantine hotel package, including two Covid-19 tests per person.
  • Complete a passenger locator form

When you get to England, you must quarantine in a managed and government-approved hotel for 10 days. This is the same regardless of your vaccination status.

See the full list of red list countries.

Amber list rules

Before travelling to England, everyone must:

  • Take a Covid-19 test in the three days before your journey
  • Book and pay for a Covid-19 PCR test to be taken on or before day two after your arrival
  • Complete a passenger locator form

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you must also have booked and paid for a Covid-19 PCR test to be taken on or after day eight following your arrival in England. You must also quarantine at home for 10 days.

Those who have received both doses of their Covid-19 vaccine (with the second dose having been at least 14 days ago) do not need to quarantine and do not need to take a test on or after day eight.

See the full list of amber list countries.

Green list rules

Before travelling to England, everyone must:

  • Take a Covid-19 test in the three days before your journey
  • Book and pay for a Covid-19 PCR test to be taken on or before day two after your arrival
  • Complete a passenger locator form

There is no need to quarantine when coming from a green list country unless your PCR test comes back positive.

See the full list of green list countries.

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