Green List Country and Covid Test Requirements

As of the 24th of May, governments of different countries have permitted travel countries/ territories on the green list. This article would reveal countries/ territories on the green list and measures you need to take if you're travelling from a green list country/ territory.

Please note that If conditions change in a country or territory, there is a high tendency it gets moved from the green list to the amber or red list. A country may also move between lists without warning.

What countries are considered green countries? 

Below are some countries on the Northern Ireland Green List.

  • Anguila
  • Bermuda
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • Australia
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Cayman Islands
  • Austria
  • Barbados
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands
  • The Faroe Islands.
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Israel and Jerusalem
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Latvia
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Cunha
  • Slovakia
  • Singapore
  • Slovenia
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Romania
  • Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • Taiwan
  • Montserrat

Prerequisites for travelling to the UK from a green list country

Before you travel to the United Kingdom from a green country please take note of the following:

  1.  Make provision for proof of negative COVID-19 test result taken up to three days before your departure
  2. Go ahead to book and pay for a day two COVID-19 PCR test
  3. Then complete a UK passenger locator form either on arrival or in the 48 hours before  you arrive

What happens after you have arrived in the United Kingdom?

After you have arrived in the United Kingdom, you must take a COVID-19 test on or before the second day

There may not be any  need to quarantine unless the test result is positive

If you will be in the UK for less than two days you will need to order and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test instead of a day test. 

You only need to take the test if you are still in the UK on day 2.

Once it is confirmed that you have been with someone with COVID-19, the NHS Test and Trace team would notify you and you would need to self-isolate. Do check the NHS website or rulebook for rules about NHS Test and Trace and information.

What happens if you have been to a country or territory on the amber or red list?

If you've been to a country or territory on the red or amber list in the ten days before you arrive in the United Kingdom,  you must follow the red list rules.

On the other hand, if you or any member of your family have travelled to or through a country or state on the amber list in the ten days before your/their arrival and you/they did not visit any of the countries on the red list, obeying the amber list rules is compulsory.

How do you travel with children?

Regards testing for kids, there are different age limits for children for the different COVID-19 travel tests. Ensure you check with the foreign travel advice for the country to be travelled to.

Please note that;

  1. For testing before travelling back to England, children 10 years and under do not need to take a test
  2. For the day 2 and day 8 tests taken after arrival in England, children 4 years and under do not need to take a test.
  3. Children of all ages must take the Test to Release test if grown-ups in their homes are taking part in the scheme

Rules regard transit stops

A transit stop occurs when passengers get on or off the same part of the transport in which you are travelling. This can apply to other vehicles like ships, trains or flights. Your travel ticket mostly shows if a stop is a transit stop.

The rules of a country that you make a transit stop in could apply when:

  1. A new passenger or a group of new passengers get on and are able to mix with you
  2. You or other passengers get off and mix with other people.

Even though making a transit stop may not affect what you have to do on arrival in England if, during the stop:

  1. No new passengers get on
  2. If no one on-board gets off and mixes with people outside the vehicle
  3. Passengers who get off but do not get back on

You have to be careful regardless.

What are the rules for private vehicles or coaches travelling through an amber or red list of countries and territories?

When travelling to England in a private vehicle, the rules of the countries and territories you drive through offer and may apply. For instance, when you drive through an amber list country, you must follow the amber list rules when you arrive in England.

This rule applies whether you stop in the country or territory or not. Ensure you record the countries and territories you drive through on your passenger locator form.

How to Stay up-to-date with information regarding the latest updates on Coronavirus?

Currently, the danger posed by individual countries and territories is continuously scrutinized and the green, amber and red lists are evaluated every 3 weeks.

Countries and territories can be moved between lists if conditions change. 

Whatever you do, completely avoid red list states and ensure you follow all Covid19 preventive measures at all times.

Remember that you can use the NHS COVID Pass to verify your vaccination status when you:

  1. Arrive in another country while travelling abroad
  2. Return to England if you have been within an amber list country or territory

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office travel advice continuously advises against unimportant or unnecessary travel to some territories. Every country has rules in place to determine who can enter and what you can do when you are in; though these rules may not be related to which colour list that country is on. Before you travel, ensure you read FCDO travel advice for the countries you will visit.

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