Traffic light travel update: Which countries are on the green, amber and red lists?

MORE countries have been added to the green list this week, with seven more destinations opening to Brits from Sunday.

A number of countries have also been moved on the amber and red list too.

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Destinations on the green list have the most relaxed rules, with Brits not having to quarantine when returning to the UK.

Brits only need a pre-arrival Covid test and one on day two.

Amber list arrivals will have to quarantine for 10 days on their return, as well as have a pre-arrival Covid test as well as one on day two and day eight.

However, fully vaccinated Brits can skip the quarantine restrictions as well as the day eight test, is returning from an amber list destinations.

Children are also exempt from self-isolation, meaning that family holidays to countries like Spain, Greece and Italy can go ahead.

All non-essential travel, including holidays, are banned to countries on the red list, with returning Brits having to pay £2,285 for a 10-day isolation at a quarantine hotel.

While the destinations on each list can change at short notice, here are the full list of countries on each list.

What countries are on the green list?

The green list is the smallest of the lists, with the following destinations on it:

  • Anguila
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Austria (from Sunday August 8)
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Cayman Islands
  • Croatia
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Germany (from Sunday August 8)
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Iceland
  • Israel and Jerusalem
  • Latvia (from Sunday August 8)
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Montserrat
  • Myanmar
  • New Zealand
  • Norway (from Sunday August 8)
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Romania (from Sunday August 8)
  • Slovenia (from Sunday August 8)
  • Slovakia (from Sunday August 8)
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands

The new updates this week include Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway, all to be green from August 8.

However, some of them are on the green "watch list" which means they could move to amber at short notice.

Destinations not on the watch list include Iceland, Gibraltar and Malta while Madeira and Croatia are on the watch list.

What countries are on the amber list?

The following countries are on the amber list:

  • Akrotiri and Dhekelia
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Azerbaijan
  • The Bahamas
  • Bahrain (from Sunday August 8)
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Burkina Faso
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands, Tokelau, Niue
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Cuba
  • Curaçao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Polynesia
  • Gabon
  • The Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Greece (including the islands)
  • Greenland
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Italy
  • India (from Sunday August 8)
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Martinique
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • North Macedonia
  • The Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Poland
  • Portugal (not including Madeira)
  • Qatar (from Sunday August 8)
  • Russia
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • Spain (including the 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
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • UAE (from Sunday August 8)
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United States
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen

India, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE have been moved from the red to the amber list this week, and France has been moved from amber plus to amber, meaning vaccinated adults no longer have to quarantine on their return.

Most of the popular European holiday hotspots are on the list, including Spain, Portugal and Greece.

What countries are on the red list?

The following countries are on the red list, which means all non-essential travel is banned:

  • Angola
  • Afghanistan
  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Burundi
  • Brazil
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • French Guiana
  • Georgia (from Sunday August 8)
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Kenya
  • La Reunion (from Sunday August 8)
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mayotte (from Sunday August 8)
  • Mexico (from Sunday August 8)
  • Mongolia
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • Sri Lanka
  • South Africa
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Four countries have been added to the red list – Georgia, Mexico, La Reunion and Mayotte – while India, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE were removed from it.

While many of them are not popular holiday destinations for Brits, the red list does include Turkey, the Maldives and Mexico.


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