Travel Traffic Light System – Return to the UK
Strict rules on testing and quarantine are in place based on the Traffic Light System as set out by the UK government classifying countries as Green, Amber or Red. You will need to follow different regulations, depending on which country you are returning from. Find out more about the Travel Traffic Light System Here.
The UK governments Travel Traffic Light System only relates to the inbound leg of your journey. That is the return to the United Kingdom requirements. You will need to check both your destination, and the United Kingdom’s test requirements to ensure you have all the required tests need for travel.
The Travel Traffic Light System will be replaced on the 4th of October 2021, when the green and amber list will merge to form a single list.
Please note, these are guidelines designed to assist you in understanding the test requirements, they are not intended to replace any UK government or international guidance. Please check all local and international government travel websites before purchasing your tests to ensure the correct tests are selected on checkout.
Summary of Requirements for Green, Amber and Red Return to the UK
Green List Country
Amber List Country
Red List Country
|Return to the UK Test||Rapid Antigen||Rapid Antigen (PCR Advised when returning from Spain)||Rapid Antigen|
|Passenger Locator Form||Required||Required||Required|
10 days at home (No quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers or those under the age of 18)
|10 days at Hotel|
|PCR Testing||On or before day 2 after return to the UK||On or before day 2 and on day 8* after return to the UK||On or before day 2 and on day 8 after return to the UK|
|Test-to-Release||Not Required||PCR on day 5 (optional, England only)||Not Allowed|
* Fully Vaccinated travellers and people under the age of 18 returning from Amber List countries are not required to quarantine or perform the Day 8 PCR test, but must still perform pre-departure testing required by the destination country, a return to the UK test prior to travelling to the UK and a PCR test on Day 2. From 4 October 2021, fully vaccinated travellers will not be required to take a test prior to to travelling to England(not applicable to Scotland and Wales).
List of Countries as per the UK Government website
Last Updated: 17 September 2021
The list below has been updated to reflect the changes as indicated by the UK Government on 17 September 2021 to come into effect on 22 September 2021 at 4am. Should you be travelling to these countries before 22 September 2021 at 4am, please ensure you abide by the destination’s current traffic light status. You can check the latest gov.uk list here.
|Anguilla (Green watchlist)||Akrotiri and Dhekelia||Afghanistan|
|Antigua and Barbuda (Green watchlist)||Albania||Angola|
|Barbados (Green watchlist)||Armenia||Botswana|
|Bermuda (Green watchlist)||Aruba||Brazil|
|British Antarctic Territory (Green watchlist)||Azerbaijan||Burundi|
|British Indian Ocean Territory (Green watchlist)||Bahrain||Cape Verde|
|Brunei||Balearic islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca)||Chile|
|Bulgaria||Bangladesh (As of Wednesday 22 September 2021 at 4am)||Colombia|
|Canada||Belarus||Congo (Democratic Republic)|
|Cayman Islands (Green watchlist)||Belgium||Costa Rica|
|Croatia (Green watchlist)||Belize||Cuba|
|Dominica (Green watchlist)||Bhutan||Ecuador|
|Falkland Islands||Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba||Eritrea|
|Faroe Islands||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Eswatini|
|Finland||British Virgin Islands||Ethiopia|
|Germany||Burkina Faso||French Guiana|
|Grenada (Green watchlist)||Cameroon||Guyana|
|Hong Kong||Central African Republic||Haiti|
|Madeira||Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue||Mexico|
|Montserrat (Green watchlist)||Curaçao||Montenegro|
|Norway||Czech Republic (Czechia)||Myanmar (Burma)|
|Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands (Green watchlist)||Djibouti||Namibia|
|Romania||Egypt (As of Wednesday 22 September 2021 at 4am)||Nepal|
|South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands||Fiji||Philippines|
|St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha||France||Réunion|
|Taiwan (Green watchlist)||Gabon||Seychelles|
|The Azores||Ghana||Sierra Leone|
|Turks and Caicos Islands (Green watchlist)||Greece (including islands)||Somalia|
|Honduras||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Kenya (As of Wednesday 22 September 2021 at 4am)|
|Maldives (As of Wednesday 22 September 2021 at 4am)|
|Oman (As of Wednesday 22 September 2021 at 4am)|
|Pakistan (As of Wednesday 22 September 2021 at 4am)|
|Papua New Guinea|
|Portugal (excluding the Azores)|
|Sao Tome and Principe|
|Spain including the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca)|
|Sri Lanka (As of Wednesday 22 September 2021 at 4am)|
|St Kitts and Nevis|
|St Martin and St Barthélemy|
|St Pierre and Miquelon|
|St Vincent and the Grenadines|
|The Occupied Palestinian Territories|
|Turkey (As of Wednesday 22 September 2021 at 4am)|
|United Arab Emirates (UAE)|
|United States (USA)|
|Wallis and Futuna|
Note: Green watchlist are countries currently on the green list but at risk of changing to amber list with little warning.
Please note, these are only guidelines to designed to assist you, they are not intended to replace any UK government or international guidance. Please check all local and international government travel websites before purchasing your tests to ensure the correct tests are selected on checkout.
Please order your test at least 5 business days before departure.