Which countries are on the green travel list and which Covid test do I need to visit them?
Covid 19 and traveling out of the UK. As the green light travel list has been updated, we wanted to discuss your options and which PCR tests you will need.
Travel Green List update and Covid Testing - Here's what you need to know:
The UK Government recently updated their traffic light travel list, amidst feedback they had been receiving from the travel industry. The good news for UK holidaymakers is, that more destinations have been added to that all important green list.
What does this mean for you, if you’re planning on travelling to countries on the green list? And which Covid test’s will you be required to take before travelling and upon arrival at your destination?
Do I need a negative Covid test to travel to countries on the green list?
Spain’s Balearic islands, Malta and Madeira were among the countries that were added to the green list in the latest update to the UK’s travel traffic light system.
If you’re wanting to travel to Mallorca, Ibiza and other Balearic Islands, you will need to present a negative Covid test, or provide proof that you’ve been vaccinated. You will need to take a Covid PCR Test, available here.
This update is the second of the three-weekly reviews that the Government has promised the UK. As more countries are added to the list, the UK’s option for travel increases. However, you will still need to take a Covid 19 PCR Test before you can travel.
You will also need to take a test on day 2 of your return too. Day 2 Covid tests are available here.
If I've been vaccinated, do I still need a negative Covid test?
You can show your NHS COVID Pass as proof of your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad.
It is likely that in addition to your NHS COVID Pass you will need to follow additional rules when travelling abroad. For example, you may still be required to:
- show other proof like a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result
- isolate on arrival
check the entry requirements for your destination country on the GOV.UK foreign travel advice pages
get up-to-date information from the website of your destination country
The green list changes, based on data that is gathered around Covid cases in individual countries.
Which countries are on the UK's green travel list?
Antigua and Barbuda
Balearic Islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca)
British Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Israel and Jerusalem
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Turks and Caicos Islands
The list is subject to review and change at any time, however, any major changes will be made every 3 weeks.
Remember, the green list can change!
As it stands, all countries currently on the UK’s travel green list are currently on the “watch list” (except Malta). What does this mean?
It means that they are subject to review and can be added to the amber list. If you’re travelling to these countries you should be aware of this, as you may be subject to quarantining and further costs for tests.
It’s advisable to check on the Government’s website for regular updates and changes to the travel list.
If you plan on travelling this summer and need your COVID PCR tests, you can order them here.
Changes to Amber list: Effective from July 19th 2021
The government recently set out the details to enable UK residents who have been fully vaccinated with an NHS administered vaccine to travel to amber list countries without having to quarantine on their return to England, from Monday 19 July. A full vaccination means 14 days have passed since your final dose of the vaccine.
Those who have been fully vaccinated with an NHS administered vaccine in the UK and are returning from amber countries will still be required to complete a pre-departure test before arrival into England, alongside a PCR test on or before day 2 after arrival. They will not have to take a day 8 test or self-isolate.