UK Immigration News Alert – 7 May 2021

Government Traffic Light System for Travel from 17 May 2021 (England)


Countries are in three categories - green, amber and red. Green countries have the fewest rules. Status is determined by the number of Covid-19 cases in each country and the success of their vaccine rollout.


Green List


There are currently 12 countries and territories on the green list so far - these are:

  • 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

The list will be reviewed every three weeks, and countries can be added or removed at short notice.


Travellers to green list countries will need to:

  • Take a private Covid test in their holiday destination, before returning - this can be a lateral flow test or a PCR test

  • Fill in a passenger locator form online before leaving their destination

  • Take a private PCR test on or before day two of their arrival in England

  • No need to quarantine on return, or take additional tests, unless the post-arrival test is positive

Amber List


Travellers returning from amber list counties will need to:

  • Take a private Covid test in their holiday destination, before returning

  • Fill in a passenger locator form online before leaving their destination

  • Self-isolate at home for 10 days

  • Take a private PCR test on or before day two of their arrival in England and again on day eight

  • Take an optional further PCR test on day five, under the existing test to release scheme, to end self-isolation early

Red List


Rules will be similar to those already in place for current red list countries.


People can only enter the UK if they are a UK or Irish national (or UK resident).


Travellers will have to:

  • Take a private Covid test in their holiday destination, before returning to England

  • Fill in a passenger locator form online before they leave their destination

  • Book a 10-day hotel quarantine and testing package for each member of their group before departure

  • Take a private PCR test on or before day two of their arrival in England and again on day eight

Countries can be added to the red list at short notice. If a country's status changes while you are visiting, you would have to follow the stricter rules on your return.


Turkey, the Maldives and Nepal have now been added to the list, making a total of 43 countries:


· Angola

· Argentina

· Bangladesh

· Bolivia

· Botswana

· Brazil

· Burundi

· Cape Verde

· Chile

· Colombia

· Democratic Republic of the Congo

· Ecuador

· Eswatini

· Ethiopia

· French Guiana

· Guyana

· India

· Kenya

· Lesotho

· Malawi

· Maldives (currently amber, being moved to red list on 12 May)

· Mozambique

· Namibia

· Nepal (currently amber, being moved to red list on 12 May)

· Oman

· Pakistan

· Panama

· Paraguay

· Peru

· Philippines

· Qatar

· Rwanda

· Seychelles

· Somalia

· South Africa

· Suriname

· Tanzania

· Turkey (currently amber, being moved to red list on 12 May)

· United Arab Emirates (UAE)

· Uruguay

· Venezuela

· Zambia

· Zimbabwe







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