Travel red and green lists and what they mean
As of 4 October 2021, the UK government’s travel restrictions have been simplified to make it easier to know where you can travel to and where to avoid.
The UK government now maintains a red list of countries considered highest risk, which it says shouldn’t be visited except in the most extreme of circumstances.
If you do visit a red list destination you should expect the strictest restrictions, including having to take multiple Covid-19 tests and pay in advance for a period of self-isolation in a quarantine hotel when you return to the UK.
Also, from 4 October, the previous amber and green lists have now been merged into a single ‘rest of the word’ category of low-risk destinations. We’ve called it the ‘green’ list here.
If you visit one of these green list destinations, the number of Covid-19 tests you’ll need to take and whether you need to self-isolate when you get home will differ depending on whether you’ve been fully vaccinated against the virus.
Let’s look at the requirements in more detail.