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.


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 for Spain)

Rapid Antigen
Passenger Locator Form Required Required Required
Quarantine Not Required 10 days at home* 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) Not Allowed for Red List

* 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. 

List of Countries as per the UK Government website 

Last Updated: 26 August 2021


The list below has been updated to reflect the changes as indicated by the UK Government on 26th August 2021 to come into effect on 30 August 2021 at 4am. Should you be travelling to these countries before the 30th of August 2021 at 4am, please ensure you abide by the destination’s current traffic light status. You can check the latest gov.uk list here

Green List Amber List  Red List
Anguilla (Green watchlist) Akrotiri and Dhekelia Afghanistan
Antigua and Barbuda (Green watchlist) Albania Angola
Australia  Algeria Argentina
Austria  Andorra Bangladesh
Barbados (Green watchlist) Armenia Bolivia
Bermuda (Green watchlist) Aruba Botswana
British Antarctic Territory (Green watchlist) Azerbaijan Brazil
British Indian Ocean Territory (Green watchlist) Bahrain Burundi
Brunei  Balearic islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca) Cape Verde
Bulgaria Belarus Chile
Canada (As of Monday 30 August at 4am) Belgium Colombia
Cayman Islands (Green watchlist) Belize Congo (Democratic Republic)
Croatia (Green watchlist) Benin Costa Rica
Denmark (As of Monday 30 August 2021 at 4am) Bhutan Cuba
Dominica (Green watchlist) Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Dominican Republic
Falkland Islands Bosnia and Herzegovina Ecuador
Faroe Islands British Virgin Islands Egypt
Finland (As of Monday 30 August 2021 at 4am) Burkina Faso Eritrea 
Germany Cambodia Eswatini
Gibraltar Cameroon Ethiopia
Grenada (Green watchlist) Central African Republic French Guiana
Hong Kong Chad Georgia
Iceland China Guyana
Latvia  Comoros Haiti 
Liechtenstein (As of Monday 30 August 2021 at 4am) Congo Indonesia
Lithuania (As of Monday 30 August 2021 at 4am) Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue Kenya
Madeira (Green watchlist) Côte d’Ivoire Lesotho
Malta  Curaçao Malawi
Montserrat (Green watchlist) Cyprus Maldives
New Zealand Czech Republic (Czechia) Mayotte 
Norway  Djibouti Mexico 
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands (Green watchlist) El Salvador Mongolia 
Romania Equatorial Guinea Montenegro (As of Monday 30 August 2021 at 4am)
Singapore Estonia Mozambique
Slovakia  Fiji Myanmar (Burma)
Slovenia  France Namibia
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands French Polynesia Nepal
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Gabon Oman
Switzerland (As of Monday 30 August at 4am) Ghana Pakistan
Taiwan (Green watchlist) Greece (including islands) Panama
The Azores (As of Monday 30 August 2021 at 4am) Greenland Paraguay
Turks and Caicos Islands (Green watchlist) Guadeloupe Peru
  Guatemala Philippines
  Guinea Réunion
  Guinea-Bissau Rwanda
  Honduras Seychelles
  Hungary Sierra Leone
  India Somalia
  Iran South Africa
  Iraq Sri Lanka
  Italy Sudan
  Jamaica Suriname
  Japan Tanzania
  Jordan Thailand (As of Monday 30 August 2021 at 4am)
  Kazakhstan Trinidad and Tobago
  Kiribati Tunisia 
  Kosovo Turkey
  Kuwait Uganda
  Kyrgyzstan Uruguay
  Laos Venezuela
  Lebanon Zambia
  Liberia Zimbabwe
  Marshall Islands  
  New Caledonia  
  North Korea  
  North Macedonia  
  Papua New Guinea  
  Portugal (excluding the Azores)  
  San Marino  
  Sao Tome and Principe  
  Saudi Arabia  
  Solomon Islands  
  South Korea  
  South Sudan  
  Spain including the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca)  
  St Kitts and Nevis  
  St Lucia  
  St Maarten  
  St Martin and St Barthélemy  
  St Pierre and Miquelon  
  St Vincent and the Grenadines  
  The Bahamas  
  The Gambia  
  The Occupied Palestinian Territories  
  United Arab Emirates (UAE)   
  United States (USA)  
  Wallis and Futuna  
  Western Sahara  

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. 

In accordance to the Terms set forth in the Terms of Use, Medical Assured Group trading as Breathe Assured is not liable for purchase of incorrect tests, the processing of test kits and samples, and rejection of test results by any government authorities. As the devices are for medical purposes, we are unable to accept returns and therefore cannot offer refunds.

Please order your test at least 5 business days before departure.

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