The Government has been issuing reviews of the travel traffic light system every three weeks. The outcome of the latest review has now been announced and, to the delight of prospective holidaymakers, several countries have been added to the green list. The green list allows people to travel abroad without needing to quarantine upon arrival in England.
Which countries are on the green list now?
The new countries which will be added to the green list from 4am on Sunday, August 8 are Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway.
The news additions mean that from August 8, there will be 36 countries or territories on the green list for travel.
Many of the existing green list countries are on the ‘green watchlist’, which means they are at risk of moving from green to amber.
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What are the green list rules?
Adults and children aged 11 and over must take a COVID-19 test before travelling to England.
Before travelling to England from a green list country, travellers must also book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test, which must be taken after arriving in England.
Travellers are also required to complete a passenger locator form before arriving in England.
Children aged four and under do not need to take the day 2 Covid test after arrival.
People travelling to England from a green list country are not required to quarantine, unless they test positive for COVID-19 or they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
How has the traffic light system changed?
As a result of the latest travel review, India, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE will be moved from the red to the amber list.
Georgia, Mexico, La Reunion and Mayotte have been added to the red list.
Last month, extra travel restrictions were imposed on France, which meant fully vaccinated people would still need to quarantine upon arrival in England despite France being on the amber list.
However, it has been announced that arrivals from France will no longer need to quarantine when they return to England if they are fully vaccinated.