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Which countries are on the green travel list?

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A summer adventure is on the cards (Picture: Getty)

The government’s red, amber, and green travel traffic light system has been updated – with countries moving based on their coronavirus rates.

The traffic light system dictates what people must do in terms of quarantine or isolations when they return to England from abroad, and it is updated every three weeks.

Countries on the ‘green list’ have the lowest level of restrictions attributed to travelling to them and people do not need to quarantine when they return to the UK unless the obligatory Covid-19 test taken before the flight is positive.

But which countries have made it to the coveted green travel list?

What countries are on the green travel list?

The green travel list remains largely the same with no new countries being added, however, Portugal will be removed from Tuesday at 4am.

The sunny European country, including the Azores and Madeira, has been moved to the amber list, having been the main summer sun destination that Brits were able to travel to when foreign travel became legal again on May 17.

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Portugal was the main summer sun destination currently on the green list but it has since been removed

Green list countries

  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Iceland
  • Israel and Jerusalem
  • New Zealand
  • Portugal (until Tuesday, June 8)
  • Singapore
  • South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
  • St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

These green countries only apply to holidaymakers from England – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not yet said when they might ease their travel rules.

It is important to note that these countries may be moved down to amber or even red if their coronavirus cases surge – Grant Shapps has confirmed that the green list will be reviewed every three weeks.

What are the rules for travelling to and from green list countries?

When visiting ‘green’ countries, you’ll need to take Covid-19 tests pre-departure and on arrival home, but you won’t be required to endure a lengthy quarantine period on return to the UK.

PCR tests must be booked through one of the Government’s approved providers.

That said, each of these countries may have their own rules about letting travellers from the UK in.

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Grant Shapps confirms Portugal is off the Green List for travel

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The transport minister warned people looking to travel overseas to check any restrictions that apply to new arrivals, and said they should not book trips which do not include a refund should the Covid-19 situation change.

Despite being on the green list, people will not be able to go on holiday to Australia, New Zealand or Singapore as they are closed to UK tourists.

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