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Red list countries: Full list of holidays destinations you still can’t visit


AHEAD of the government delivering latest advice on the traffic light system for overseas travel, there remain 50 countries on the UK’s red list.

The Transport Secretary said more holiday spots will be added to the list of quarantine-free destinations in the announcement on June 24, suggesting there may be some movement to and from the red list, too.

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Matt Hancock is also looking at replacing the mandatory 10-day self-isolation period with daily testing instead, in a boost to foreign holidays
Matt Hancock is also looking at replacing the mandatory 10-day self-isolation period with daily testing instead for Brits returning from amber or red list countries

Which countries are on the red list?

The countries currently on the red list are:

  • Angola
  • Afghanistan
  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Bahrain
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Burundi
  • Brazil
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Eswatini
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • Sri Lanka
  • South Africa
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turkey
  • UAE
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

It is not currently known whether more countries would be added to the red list in the next announcement.

Grant Shapps said more countries will be added to the green list
Grant Shapps said more countries will be added to the green list

What are the red list travel rules?

People travelling to the UK from red list countries will have to quarantine in a specialist hotel on arrival.

A mandatory 10-day stay in one of these hotels will cost travellers £1,750 each.

If passengers leave the quarantine hotel before their 10 days are up, they will be handed a £5,000 coronavirus fine, but this figure can increase up to £10,000.

Travellers coming into England from the red list countries have to book a stay at a quarantine hotel through an online booking platform.

An individual travelling alone will have to pay £1,750 for their ten-day stay, which includes the cost of the hotel, transport from the airport and testing.

More countries are likely to be added to the UK red list

However, a second person sharing a room will pay £650, making the total £2,400 for two. The rate for children will be £325.

Passengers are only be able to enter through small number of ports, and they will then be escorted to select hotels that will be closed to general members of the public.

Guests remain in their rooms and not mix with anyone else, with visible security in place.

In addition to their negative Covid test before arrival into England, they then have to take a second and third test on day two and day eight after they enter the country.

However, Matt Hancock has confirmed that he’s looking at replacing the mandatory 10-day self-isolation period with daily testing instead.


There have been reports that approach could be extended to returning holidaymakers to open up amber countries for travel.

But officials cautioned that a decision may not be made on the idea until later on in the summer.

Here is the full list of countries on the green list and amber list too, thought these are set to change shortly, later on June 24.



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