Covid Travel Update: Green List Countries

Looking to travel soon? Check out our latest update on which countries are on the green list for travel.

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The current global pandemic has had a profound impact on the way we live and travel. In an effort to slow the spread of the virus, many countries have closed their borders and instituted strict travel restrictions.

However, as vaccine rollout continues and infection rates decline in certain regions, some countries are beginning to ease travel restrictions and welcoming visitors from other nations once again.

If you’re planning a trip in the near future, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest travel guidance from your home government as well as the destination country. Below we’ve compiled a list of countries that are currently on the UK’s “green list” for international travel. This list is subject to change, so be sure to check back often for updates.

And remember, even if a country is on the green list, it’s important to take precautions when travelling. Be sure to research your destination ahead of time and follow all local health and safety guidelines when you arrive.

Happy travels!

What is the green list?

The green List is a list of countries that the UK government has assessed as being safe to travel to. The list is updated every three weeks, and currently includes 12 countries.

To be included on the green list, a country must have a Covid-19 infection rate that is lower than 20 cases per 100,000 people. They must also have a low risk of variants of concern (VOCs) being imported into the UK.

The 12 countries currently on the green list are:
-New Zealand
-Faroe Islands
-South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
-St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
– Lichtenstein

Why are these countries on the green list?

The government has announced that from Monday 17 May, people in England will be able to travel to 12 countries without having to self-isolate on their return.

The list includes Portugal, Gibraltar, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Iceland and the Faeroe Islands, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands.

Here are some of the reasons behind the decision:

– Low incidence of Covid-19: All of the countries on the green list have a similar or lower rate of infection as the UK. This is based on data from the past 7 days as well as 2 weeks prior.
– Stringent testing and contact tracing measures: In order for a country to make it onto the green list, they must have adequate testing and tracing measures in place. This is so that any new cases can be quickly identified and contained.
– Low risk of imported variants: The countries on the list have been assessed as being at low risk of importing variants of concern. This means that there is a lower risk that these variants will establish themselves in the UK and cause further restrictions to be imposed.

What does this mean for travel?

The UK government has released its list of “safe” countries to travel to, as well as a list of “unacceptable” risks.

This means that, starting on May 17th, people in England will be able to take holidays abroad to countries on the “green list”.

The “green list” currently consists of 12 countries:
-New Zealand
-Falkland Islands
-Faroe Islands
-South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
-Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

Travelers will not have to self-isolate upon their return from any of these destinations. Instead, they will only need to take a pre-departure Covid test and another test on day two of their return They will also be required to fill out a passenger locator form before they leave.

What are the restrictions?

As the situation with Covid-19 continues to develop, travel restrictions are constantly changing. The best way to stay up-to-date on the latest information is to check the website of the country’s embassy or consulate that you plan to visit.

However, here is a general overview of what you can expect if you are planning to travel to a country on the green list:
-You will still be required to show a negative Covid test result upon arrival.
-A quarantine may still be in place for certain travelers.
-Restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings will likely still be in place.
-Face masks will still be required in public spaces.

Before making any travel plans, make sure to familiarize yourself with the latest restrictions and guidelines of both your home country and your destination.

What are the risks?

As the world starts to open up again after the Covid pandemic, many people are wondering what the risks are of travelling to different countries. The UK has a ‘traffic light’ system in place to help people make informed decisions about which countries are safe to visit.

Green list countries are those where the risk of contracting Covid is very low. This means that there is no need to self-isolate on return to the UK. You should still take some precautions though, such as wearing a face mask and maintaining social distancing.

The list of green list countries is:

-New Zealand
-South Korea

What are the benefits?

The benefits of being on the green list are that you will be able to travel without having to quarantine when you return and that you will not have to take a Covid test before or after your trip.

What are the drawbacks?

There are some drawbacks to traveling to green list countries. For instance, you may have to quarantine when you return home, and there is always the possibility of contracting the virus while abroad. Additionally, some countries on the green list may have strict entry requirements, such as a negative PCR test or proof of vaccination.

What other countries are on the list?

The UK has released its list of “green list” countries that are safe to visit without the need to quarantine on return.

The list includes:
-New Zealand
– Brunei
– Iceland
-Faroe Islands
-Isle of Man


We hope this guide has been helpful in understanding the current conditions for travel. Please remember to check the most up-to-date government travel advisories before making any plans. Stay safe and happy travels!

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