UK opens borders for COVID “green” countries

UK opens borders

No quarantine required for people who travel TO or FROM the "green" countries as UK opens borders!

From the 17th of May, the UK lifts part of the COVID restrictions by opening the borders for people coming or going to countries, included in a COVID green list. All of these travelers will be exempt from compulsory self-isolation if they have a negative PCR Test.

The government has announced 3 different levels of risk, reflecting a different degree of COVID-19 severity.  From next Monday all countries will be divided into Green list (no risk), Amber list (average risk), and Red list (serious risk).

All students planning to travel should know what are the current limitations in the UK. Please note the lists will be revised and updated in any 3 weeks, so check carefully for new information on when the UK opens borders to other countries.

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Green list countries

If you have been in a green listed country for the last 10 days, you may travel into the UK after doing the following:

You will need to take a PCR test, complete a passenger locator form and book one additional test.

Upon arrival, you will NOT need to quarantine unless your test result was positive. However, you will need to take that additional test soon after arrival.

You may need to self-isolate only in case you have been traveling with someone who tested positive.

Check the UK officials for updates:

Amber list countries

If you have been in an amber list country for the last 10 days, you may travel into the UK after doing the following:

You will need to take a COVID-19 test, complete a passenger locator form and book two additional COVID-19 tests.

Upon arrival, you must quarantine for 10 days and take the two tests during that 10-day period.

Be warned that amber level countries are at risk of being moved to the red list on short notice.

Further details can be found on the UK government website:

Red list countries

If you have been in a red list country for the last 10 days, you cannot enter the UK unless you have existing residence rights.

This is the harshest set of restrictions. Upon arrival, you will need to stay 10 days in a government-approved quarantine hotel.

Before traveling to England, you must take a COVID-19 test, complete a passenger locator form, and book a quarantine hotel package.

Further details can be found on the UK government website:

Examples of listed countries from 17/05/2021

Please note that this is subject to change. This is not a complete list; for a full list, please visit the link below. As of this date, many of these countries are currently on other colour lists and will only be moved on the 17th of May.

  • Green: Australia, Brunei, Iceland, Israel, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, and various British Overseas Territories.
  • Amber: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, USA.
  • Red: Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mozambique, Nepal, Paraguay, Pakistan, Peru, Phillippines, South Africa, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela.

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