Where can I fly to from UK during COVID?

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Where can you fly to from the UK?

Recently, the British government announced the latest green list countries, where passengers won't have to quarantine post-arrival. However, which countries have opened their borders to UK tourists?

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Green List Countries: Passenger locator form and the pre-departure test at destination are the only requirements.

Amber List Countries: Same requirements as the green list countries, but passengers also need to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival and on day 2 & 8, a test is required. Travellers can decide to pay for a test on day 5 for an early release.

Red List Countries: Same requirements as green list countries. However, travellers must quarantine in a hotel for 10 days and self-isolation isn't allowed. Testing must be done on day 2 and day 8. Early release isn't possible for travellers who visited those countries.

Green List Countries

On the 7th May 2021, the UK government announced that they are adding 12 countries to the green list, which essentially means that tourists who visited those won't have to quarantine on their return to the UK from 17th May 2021.

Australia Brunei Falkland Islands Faroe Islands Gibraltar
Iceland Israel New Zealand Portugal Singapore
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands St Helena, Tristan de Cunha, Ascension Island

As of 12 May 2021, Australia, Iceland, Israel, New Zealand are all closed for any tourists including UK tourists to enter.

Tourists to Portugal and Brunei may require a permit to travel.

Singapore, St Helena, Gibraltar are open for UK tourists from 17th May 2021.

Please visit the government website for the most up to date information if you were to travel there.

Information only accurate as of May 2021.

Green List Countries restrictions


Only Australian citizens and their immediate family members can enter Australia.


A permit will be required from the Prime Miniter's office and a COVID test is required prior to departure as well as a quarantine for 15 days. Please be aware that there's also an exit travel ban being implemented in the country.

Faroe Islands:

Essential travels only. Travellers must have a negative COVID test up to 72 hours before departure. PCR tests are required upon arrival and on day 6 of arrival. Vaccinated travellers won't be required to quarantine. Visit our guide to flying to the Faroe Islands to find out more about how to fly to this destination.


Passengers must undergo a COVID test upon arrival and a test on day 5.


Only travel for essential reasons is allowed.


A full lockdown is in place and all international travel is banned.

New Zealand:

International travel is banned in New Zealand.


Full lockdown is still in place until at least May 30. Essential travels only, unless you're a resident or an EU national.


If you have a visa, UK travellers can enter Singapore. However, a test is required pre-departure and must be quarantined for 14 days at a government facility and a 7 days self-isolation period. COVID tests are required on day 14 and 21.

Travel from the UK during COVID

What do I need to do on return from a green list country?

You won't have to quarantine upon arrival. However, testing is still required pre-departure as well as a completed passenger locator form.

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Which airline flies to Portugal?

There are a number of airlines flying to Portugal from the UK, including British Airways, TAP Portugal, easyJet and Ryanair.

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