/UK travel list changes as 7 nations go green – but Turkey stays red

UK travel list changes as 7 nations go green – but Turkey stays red

Switzerland and the Azores have gone from amber to green but Thailand and Montenegro were both added to the red list in the latest UK travel list update

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Green list international travel update 26 August

British holidaymakers were given a tiny late summer boost today as Switzerland and the Azores joined the green list for foreign travel.

The UK government confirmed the nations will leave the amber list, meaning Brits who aren’t fully vaccinated no longer have to self-isolate on their return to the UK.

Canada, Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein and Lithuania have also moved from amber to green.

Yet for double-jabbed Brits, there will effectively be no difference as they already didn’t need to self-isolate on return from amber nations.

And Montenegro and Thailand will move from amber to red, meaning Brits visiting must quarantine for 10 days in a hotel on their return – costing £2,285 per adult.

Meanwhile Turkey remains one of the 62 countries and territories on the red list, despite hopes it could have moved to amber.

The changes will take place at 4am on Monday 30 August.

Destinations such as Spain, France and Greece all stay on the amber list.

Scroll down for the full list of travel changes.

The UK government issued the latest three-weekly update to the red, amber and green ‘traffic light’ lists for international travellers returning to England.

A government statement said: “The high rates combined with lower levels of published genomic surveillance in Thailand and Montenegro than other countries, mean that an outbreak of a new variant or existing variants of concern (VOC) or variants under investigation (VUI) cannot be easily identified before it is imported and seeded across the UK. “

Of the new green countries, the Department for Transport said: “The risk that travel from these countries poses to public health in the UK is low.

“Travellers from these destinations will not have to quarantine regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated, but will still need to take pre-departure and day two tests and complete a passenger locator form.”

Arrivals from green list locations need only to take a pre-departure Covid test, and a second on ‘day 2’ after they land.

Those travelling from an amber country face the same regime as green list travellers if they’ve had both doses of a government-recognised vaccine.

However, amber list travellers without both doses of a recognised vaccine must also self-isolate for up to 10 days after arrival, and take a third test on “day 8”.

Red list travellers are only allowed to enter the UK if they are a British or Irish National, or have residence rights in the UK.

Those red list travellers who do return to the UK must quarantine in a “managed” hotel, with no exemptions.

Additionally, the amber and green lists also each have a “watchlist”. Countries on the amber watchlist, for example, still have amber list rules, but are at greater danger of turning red in the near future.

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Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency, previously said there was a “strong” case for Turkey to be moved from the red list to the amber list.

That was because it has started supplying “substantial data” to GISAID, a global database sharing figures on genetically sequenced coronavirus test samples.

But today’s changes failed to move Turkey off the red list, which contains scores of countries and territories.

Earlier the boss of Gatwick Airport demanded an end to tests for double-jabbed green and amber list travellers.

Chief executive Stewart Wingate said ending the pricey tests was vital to avoid UK aviation “falling further behind” rivals.

He said: “If our Government would to do that and follow the lead of other European nations then we believe the pent up demand will start to flow through and passenger volumes will start to recover.

“In the UK, we’re at about 15-20% of our pre-pandemic passenger volumes.

“France and Germany are at about 50-60% of pre-pandemic passenger volumes.

“With that easing of travel restrictions, we should expect to see a very sharp recovery.”

Red list countries in full

From Monday 30 August

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Congo (Democratic Republic)
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • French Guiana
  • Georgia
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Réunion
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Amber list countries in full

From Monday 30 August

  • Akrotiri and Dhekelia
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Azerbaijan
  • The Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Curaçao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic (Czechia)
  • Djibouti
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • France
  • French Polynesia
  • Gabon
  • The Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Greece (including islands)
  • Greenland
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Martinique
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Morocco
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • North Macedonia
  • The Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Poland
  • Portugal (excluding the Azores)
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • Spain, including the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca)
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Maarten
  • St Martin and St Barthélemy
  • St Pierre and Miquelon
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sweden
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States (USA)
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen

Green list countries in full

From Monday 30 August

  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Austria
  • Australia
  • The Azores
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Israel and Jerusalem
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
  • St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands

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