Booking a vacation abroad has never been so vexatious, confusing or downright risky. But stuff it up, you take the plunge anyway – carpe diem, you deserve it.
On September 17, the previous Green and Amber Lists were merged into a single “Go” category (effective October 4). All other countries are on the red list or “No Go”; arrivals from these countries must enter quarantine at the hotel upon their return.
The abolition of the traffic light system has simplified the rules somewhat. However, UK travel categories and entry specifications from other countries may change in the short term.
Once you have cleared the obstacles necessary for your return (tests and quarantine depending on your vaccination status), it is time to choose a destination. Normally that would be the fun part. Not anymore.
Most of England’s open or “go” categories are not even open to British travelers (the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and many Asian countries among them), and many are not. way not viable vacation destinations (Yemen, North Korea, the South Sandwich Islands, to name a few).
Of the countries that remain, a good number are only open to fully vaccinated travelers and many of them require visitors to be quarantined upon arrival.
With this in mind, we have divided the new Allowed and No-Access countries (according to the UK government) into categories; from the simplest options (no quarantine on either side, if you are fully vaccinated) to the impossible (firmly closed to all UK travelers). We ignored the red list assuming that few would be willing to wrap up a nice break in a foreign country with 10 days in a UK airport hotel as a penance.
Non-stung can enter, but must self-quarantine upon return
You are allowed to visit these places with just a negative test, but you still face at least 10 days of self-isolation upon your return to England; five if you opt for test-to-release.
Without quarantine on both sides – as long as you are completely stung
Double prick? You have a non-quarantine ticket (both sides) for the following locations:
- Dominican Republic
- Madeira, Portugal
- British Virgin Islands
- Faroe Islands
- Netherlands (from September 22)
- North Macedonia
- South Africa
- St. LUCIA
- Turks and Caicos Islands