UK announces new travel safety list, US not


The UK government today announced its travel policy in early July, as many people hoped for an extension of its green list of countries (between which tourists can travel, for non-essential reasons). However, only one country was added to the green list and another was removed.

On May 17, the UK government announced that non-essential travel would be possible in a small group of 12 countries, without the need for quarantine on arrival in the UK. Portugal was then removed in June. For this review, only Malta has been added to the list, as a completely safe destination.

The July Green List for UK Travel (Non-Quarantine)

The new green list – more Malta but less Israel and Jerusalem – is:

  1. Australia
  2. New Zealand
  3. Singapore
  4. Brunei
  5. Iceland
  6. Faroe Islands
  7. Gibraltar
  8. the falkland islands
  9. Malta
  10. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  11. Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

A new green list of countries to watch

Instead of taking the risk of adding new countries to the green list and having to remove them when they turned orange (as it did for Portugal), the UK government instead decided to create another list called Green “watch list”. Traveling to these is possible and without quarantine – with the caveat that they can turn orange at any time, meaning travelers may have to quarantine themselves upon arrival in the UK

The countries on the green watch list are:

  1. Anguilla
  2. Antigua and Barbuda
  3. the Balearic Islands
  4. Barbados
  5. British Antarctic Territory
  6. British Virgin Islands
  7. Cayman Islands
  8. Dominica
  9. Grenade
  10. Madeira
  11. Montserrat
  12. Pitcairn Islands
  13. Turks and Caicos Islands
  14. Israel and Jerusalem (which were on the Green List and are now on the Green Watch List, due to the spread of the Delta variant).

Travelers arriving in the UK from countries on the Green Watch List can enter with proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test, performed no more than 72 hours before departure and another test on the second day . There is no quarantine.

The Financial Times reported that while the industry was hoping for a very large increase in the number of countries on the green list, UK officials “did not expect a ‘big bang’ extension of the list.”

Most countries are currently on the UK Amber List, which means they need a negative PCR test before departure, and they have to quarantine for 10 days with other tests being done on the days 2 and 8. They can “test” out of quarantine on day 5 with a negative PCR test.

The United States is still on the Amber List, as are most countries in the EU, such as France, Italy and Spain, which are generally popular summer vacation destinations for Britons.

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary had called on the government to include more, if not all, EU countries in this iteration of the green list, saying that “the highly successful rollout of the vaccine in the UK has already allowed hundreds and thousands of British families to book their flights to Portugal this summer, and we call on Grant Shapps to include all EU countries in the next review of the UK’s green list. ” The Financial Times reported that Ryanair has received hundreds of thousands of bookings from the UK to travel to EU countries over the summer, which are not on the green list.

This is bad news for the United States which has not been included this time on the UK’s safe country list, especially after recent reports that a bilateral deal to restart interstate travel – United and the United Kingdom was in the works. The telegraph reported that, according to his analysis of US data, he should be in the running to join the new UK security list.

The data seen by The telegraph showed that only five of 1,652 visitors from the United States were positive on days 2 and 8 and none of them with variants of Covid-19. Additionally, the infection rate in the United States was 35 per 100,000 of the population, and its full vaccination rate was 38.2% – numbers that are roughly equal to those in the United Kingdom. According to government guidelines, there are 25 countries, according to The telegraph, which should have been on the green list today.

Tour operators suggested that August would be canceled if the green list could no longer be opened. Michael Edwards, managing director of travel company Explore, said that “if the government is unable to ease restrictions on doubly vaccinated travelers or to put more destinations on the green list in the coming years weeks, our August trips will have to be canceled and clients refunded.

The green list should be updated again on July 19, then August 9.


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