Soon, summer 2021 will officially start. After more than a long year of quarantine, we all are eager to finally leave the country and enjoy our holidays. While most people have it pretty easy, UK citizens have to be careful about a set of special rules. The UK Travel Corridor might look daunting, but do not let it intimidate you. Here, we will help you understand all you need to know about UK Travel Corridor and its Green, Red, and Amber lists. S

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AMBER LIST RULES UPDATE (JULY 2021)

When returning from an Amber List country, there is now a possibility of skipping the previously mandatory self-quarantine. Now, if you take a COVID-19 test and receive a negative test result within 2 days of entering the UK, you are not required to self-isolate at all. So get your tests ready!

NEWEST UPDATES TO GREEN AMBER AND RED LISTS (30TH JUNE)

For a detailed explanation of the UK Travel Traffic Light System, scroll down further. Here, on top of the post, you will find the live up-to-date news and changes regarding the content of Red Green and Amber Lists. 

UK plans to publish a plan allowing vaccinated people unrestricted travel to all but the highest risk countries. More information is promised to be released in July. 

On 4 am Wednesday 30th June, six following countries are added to the Red List:

  • Dominican Republic
  • Eritrea
  • Haiti
  • Mongolia
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda

On 4am Wednesday 30 June, the following countries are added to the Green List or Green Watchlist:

  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • The British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Malta
  • Montserrat
  • Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
  • Madeira (rest of the Portugal stays Amber)
  • The Balearic islands of Spain
  • Turks and Caicos Islands

 

Travel Plan

What is the UK Travel Corridor?

UK Travel Corridor is a way for passengers to travel on certain routes without a need to self-quarantine. Only countries with very low infection rates can be considered for UK Travel Corridor. Currently, there are no countries in UK Travel Corridor. However, just as we speak, many airlines are uniting in putting pressure on the UK government to open up UK-US Air Corridor and more. Follow our blog and this article for updates!

What is Air Bridge?

The airBridge is another name for UK Travel Corridor. They are used interchangeably. Anything that applies to UK Air Corridor is true for UK Air Bridge.

What is the Green List? 

Green List is part of the UK Traffic Light System for travel. Just like when driving a car, green light means “safe to go”! Green List countries are considered safer or very low risk, making them perfect travel choices.

What should I do if I want to visit a Green List country?

If you want to visit a Green List country, you do not have to do anything special. When returning back to the UK, if you only visited territories of Green List countries, you will have to take a routine PCR test. If the result is negative, you will not be required to self-quarantine.

Do you still have to take routine PCR tests even if you are vaccinated?

Yes. Even if you are vaccinated, you are still required to take the routine PCR test.

What countries are on the Green List?

The current green list includes:

  • Israel
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Brunei
  • Iceland
  • Gibraltar
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • South Georgia
  • Sandwich Islands
  • South Georgia
  • South Helena
  • Ascension
  • Tristan da Cunha

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What is the Amber List?

Amber List is similar to the orange light in the traffic system. While travel to or from these countries is not forbidden, it is not encouraged. 

What do I have to do if I want to visit or come back from Amber List country?

When returning from an Amber List country, there is now a possibility of skipping the previously mandatory self-quarantine. Now, if you take a COVID-19 test and receive a negative test result within 2 days of entering the UK, you are not required to self-isolate at all. So get your tests ready!

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Are vaccinated people subject to Amber List rules?

Yes. Being vaccinated does not stop you from following Amber List rules.

What countries are on Amber List?

Remember that Amber List is not exhaustive! 

  • Akrotiri and Dhekelia
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Curaçao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic (Czechia)
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Polynesia
  • Gabon
  • The Gambia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Georgia
  • Greece (including islands)
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Martinique
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • New Caledonia
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • The Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
  • Poland
  • Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira)
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • Spain (including the Balearics and 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
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United States (USA)
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen

 

What is the Red List?

Red List countries are countries that are considered unsafe and too risky for travel. These countries are absolutely no good for your holidays. Additionally, make sure to not travel through Red List territories. You do not have to stay in a Red List country to be subject to Red List rules upon return to the UK. Just traveling through them is enough. So plan your travel carefully!

What if I want to travel to a Red List country or return to the UK from a Red List country?

We really recommend reconsidering your decision. However, if you really need to come back to UK from a Red List country, be aware that you will be subjected to government quarantine in a special COVID hotel for at least 11 days. There, you will be put under observation, and tested for COVID. Also, remember that the UK might refuse you entry to the country altogether. Currently, only UK Citizens have a chance at being allowed into the country when traveling from a Red List country.

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Do Red List restrictions apply to vaccinated people?

Vaccination does not exempt you from these rules! Travel at your own risk.

What are countries on the Red List?

The current up to date list of Red List countries is:

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  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Congo (Democratic Republic)
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe