In detail: UK travel ‘traffic light’ countries

Last updated: 07 May 2021

Still unsure of where you can travel from the UK after 17 May? The latest country classification under the UK travel ‘traffic light’ system. We will update this list regularly as changes are announced, which is anticipated to be every three weeks.


These locations require one test within 72 hours of flight back to the UK and a PCR test must be taken on or before the second day back in the UK. No quarantine is required when returning to the UK. Don’t forget to check the latest restrictions between any two destinations here

  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • Gibraltar
  • The Falkland Islands
  • The Faroe Islands
  • Iceland
  • Israel
  • New Zealand
  • Portugal including the Azores and Madeira
  • Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • Singapore
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands


These locations require pre-departure test, PCR tests on Days 2 and 8 upon return (with the option to pay for an extra test on Day 5 to be released from isolation early), plus quarantine for 10 days at home. Don’t forget to check the latest restrictions between any two destinations here

There is no specific list of Amber countries – any country that falls between Green ‘no quarantine’ or Red ‘hotel quarantine’ is classified as Amber. A number of travel favourites are currently Amber, including:

  • Austria
  • Barbados and other Caribbean islands
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Dominican Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • USA


Only UK nationals and residents permitted to travel (no visitors) to these destinations. The additional restrictions are as follows: hotel quarantine at a cost of up to £1,750 per person for 11 days upon return, with pre-departure tests followed by tests on Days 2 and 8. Direct flights from the red-listed nations are banned. Don’t forget to check the latest restrictions between any two destinations here

  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Ecuador
  • 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
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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