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A new traffic light system of rules means international travel will no longer be illegal. However, places on the green list – which includes Portugal, Israel and Gibraltar – have their own restrictions on who can visit from abroad.  England’s announced the new summer travel rules on 7 May. A total of 12 countries have been placed on the “green list” of destinations.


Guideline confirm anyone travelling to a green list country will be required to take one COVID test before departure, and one PCR test on or before day two of arrival in England/Wales. No quarantine will be required on return if tests show negative results.


From 17th May, people in England will be able to travel to the following countries without having to quarantine upon return :

  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Iceland
  • Israel
  • New Zealand
  • Portugal
  • Singapore
  • South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands
  • St Helena, Tristan de Cunha, Ascension Island

To continue to protect the progress of managing the infection rates, this list will be reviewed every three weeks from reopening. Withdrawal of this status is possible if any of the above countries do not maintain their low COVID infection rates.

It is important to note that these green list countries will have their own restrictions on UK travellers. This will include quarantine, tests and track and trace reporting to name a few. Business travellers and holiday makers must check all requirements and FCDO travel advice before they book any foreign travel.


Having recently added India to the red list, three new countries are now included:

  • Turkey
  • Maldives
  • Nepal

Contact us for further information or immigration advice.


Bee has more than 18 years’ experience in UK immigration and nationality law and has been advising businesses that have been expanding into the UK or growing their UK presence or workforce.