England today updated its Green, Amber, and Red countries list that is valid from 4 AM next Tuesday (June 8). There are no additions to the Green, although there were hopes for more holiday destinations opening up for Brits to visits without having to quarantine upon return.
Portugal is moving from Green to Amber (self-quarantine required) and seven countries from Amber to Red (10-night mandatory hotel quarantine).
You can access the UK’s page for Covid-19 and travel here.
Green to Amber
Amber to Red
- Costa Rica
- Sri Lanka
- Trinidad and Tobago
Traffic Light System:
Green: arrivals will need to take a pre-departure test as well as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on or before day 2 of their arrival back into the UK – but will not need to quarantine on return (unless they receive a positive result) or take any additional tests, halving the cost of tests on their return from holiday
Amber: arrivals will need to quarantine for 10 days and take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on day 2 and day 8 with the option for Test to Release on day 5 to end self-isolation early
Red: arrivals will be subject to restrictions currently in place for ‘red list’ countries which include a 10-day stay in a managed quarantine hotel, pre-departure testing, and PCR testing on day 2 and 8
|Israel and Jerusalem|
|Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira)||Currently on the green list. Will move to an amber list 4am, Tuesday 8 June. If you arrive in England after then you need to follow the amber list rules.|
|South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands|
|St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha|
|Afghanistan||Currently on the amber list. Will move to red list 4am, Tuesday 8 June. If you arrive in England after then you need to follow the red list rules.|
|Bahrain||Currently on the amber list. Will move to red list 4am, Tuesday 8 June. If you arrive in England after then you need to follow the red list rules.|
|Congo (Democratic Republic)|
|Costa Rica||Currently on the amber list. Will move to red list 4am, Tuesday 8 June. If you arrive in England after then you need to follow the red list rules.|
|Trinidad and Tobago|
|United Arab Emirates (UAE)|
|Akrotiri and Dhekelia|
|Antigua and Barbuda|
|Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|British Antarctic Territory|
|British Indian Ocean Territory|
|British Virgin Islands|
|Central African Republic|
|Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue|
|Czech Republic (Czechia)|
|Greece (including islands)|
|The Occupied Palestinian Territories|
|Papua New Guinea|
|Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands|
|Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira)||Currently on the green list. Will move to amber list 4am, Tuesday 8 June. If you arrive in England after then you need to follow the amber list rules.|
|Sao Tome and Principe|
|Spain (including the Balearics and Canary Islands)|
|St Kitts and Nevis|
|St Martin and St Barthélemy|
|St Pierre and Miquelon|
|St Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Trinidad and Tobago|
|Turks and Caicos Islands|
|United States (USA)|
|Wallis and Futuna|
It was quite a blow to the holiday hopes to many Brits that Portugal was removed from the Green list and placed at Amber where mandatory self-quarantine is required with a Test to Release possibility at the day 5.
Brits are allowed to travel to any country they are allowed to enter, but there could be consequences at the Amber and Red countries in regards to your travel insurance validity and the requirement of self or hotel quarantine upon return.
England plans to revisit the list of GREEN countries every three weeks or so, so there is some hope that popular European summer destinations such as Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, and Greece would be added at some point.
Considering that you need two or probably three negative Covid-19 PCR-RT tests traveling for leisure purposes, even when for GREEN countries, it is relatively expensive for the masses.