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What are the Green List countries and what does it mean?

Yesterday the announcement finally came of the list of TWELVE countries we have the 'green light' to visit.




Essentially 'green list' means that you won't have to quarantine when you return to the UK. Don't be fooled however, there are still rules. You'll need to test at your location TWO DAYS before you return home (and if a member of your group tests postive, you'll be following the local rules of isolation) then, once you get home, you'll need to test again two days after you arrive home. Both these tests will have to be paid for by you. They start at around £50, which means adding £100 at least, per person, onto your holiday. (Tui are offering test packages between £20 and £90)


Also, just because the England has given these countries the green light, still doesn't mean you can technically go. Each country still has its own rules about who they allow in. Despite being on the green list for example, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore are currently closed to UK nationals, and a lot of the other countries on the list still demand a two-week quarantine when you arrive.


Here's the full list:


  • Portugal

  • Israel

  • Singapore

  • Australia

  • New Zealand

  • Brunei

  • Iceland

  • Gibraltar

  • Falkland Islands

  • Faroe Islands

  • South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands

  • St Helena, Tristan de Cunha and Ascension Island


Currently travel to Portugal is for essential purposes only, although they say they hope to change this soon and welcome vaccinated UK tourists from May.


The government rules can be found in full here:



and we'd absolutely advise reading the rules for the country you hope to travel to, and what happens if you or a member of your party tests postitive while you're there. Also, what your insurance has to say about that too!


If you've been to any of the green list countries, we'd love to hear from you.




Amy x


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