Where can I go on holiday? Green list countries that are actually open to Brits

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In a huge blow for Brits who planned Portugal holidays, the country is being moved from the green list to the amber list from Tuesday June 8, meaning that any returning Brits will need to self-isolate at home for 10 days.

The government shocked both holidaymakers and travel companies when it revealed on Thursday that no new countries would be added to the green list – instead, Portugal is being moved to the amber list, and seven countries have been added to the red list (where quarantine hotel stays are mandatory for anyone returning).

Portugal had only been on the green list for a few weeks, and was the biggest mainstream destination to feature.

The countries and territories on the green list are currently Australia, Brunei, the Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Israel and Jerusalem, New Zealand, Singapore,South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, and St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

© Getty Images A woman looks out over a crowded beach on a sunny day

However, just because the UK government says you can go, doesn’t mean a holiday is on the cards. For example, Australia and New Zealand are on the green list, but neither have reopened their borders to UK travellers.

Meanwhile, Israel has only reopened to a handful of pre-approved tour groups, but it isn’t yet welcoming back individual travellers.

So where can you go on holiday? We take a look at your green list options as well as some other destinations to have on your radar, such as the Channel Islands.

Check out our guide below.


© Getty Images/EyeEm A macaque monkey sits on the rock in Gibraltar overlooking the town

Gibraltar has reopened to holidaymakers – and if you’ve never been, we’ve put together a guide to some of the best things to see and do on a holiday (this also includes top tips on where to stay and how to get there).

You’ll need to take a free Covid-19 Lateral Flow Test when arriving by air. Fully vaccinated Brits can use their NHS letter or NHS app as proof of their vaccination status.

British Airways, easyJet and Eastern Airways UK all offer direct flights from the UK to Gibraltar.


© Getty Images/National Geographic Image Collection RF A woman swimming in Iceland’s blue lagoon

Only fully vaccinated Brits will be able to visit Iceland at the moment (which means both doses of an approved jab), or if you can show proof of a previous Covid-19 infection. You will still be required to have a Covid test on arrival and follow quarantine rules until the result comes through, which authorities say is usually within 24 hours.

Because the country is only open to fully vaccinated travellers, a number of travel firms haven’t yet resumed operations to the destination. However, if you’re in need of some holiday dreaming, you may want to check out our top pick of Iceland’s most beautiful places to get you started.

Oh, and you’ll also want to leave space on the itinerary for the country’s ridiculously cool new Sky Lagoon spa with an infinity pool overlooking the ocean.

Icelandair offers a number of direct flights from the UK.

Amber destinations?

The government says that you shouldn’t travel to an amber list destination for a holiday. As a result, most travel firms will let you change your holiday for free – although whether you’re entitled to a refund depends on the Foreign Office advice.

If it advises against non-essential travel, you’re entitled to a refund. If it doesn’t specifically advise against travel, then it gets a little murky as you’re not entitled to your money back. However, a lot of holiday companies are being flexible with amending and rebooking a trip – we’ve got a guide to rules on changing holidays with the likes of TUI, Ryanair, easyJet and Jet2.

Where else can I go?

© Getty Images The beach at Greve de Leq, a popular tourist location on the north coast in Jersey

If you’re looking for a holiday but a staycation doesn’t necessarily appeal, you may want to consider the Channel Islands. The climate may be similar to that of the UK, but it does tend to be warmer and sunnier during the summer.

Jersey has already reopened its borders to Brits for holidays and it operates a fast-track border testing system with results often returned within 12 hours.

Meanwhile, Guernsey is preparing to welcome Brits back for holidays from July – with no need for PCR tests or quarantine. The island has heaps of beautiful walking trails, rugged coastline, charming restaurants, historic spots (including the former home of novelist Victor Hugo), not to mention there’s everything from coasteering to kayaking.

© Royal Caribbean Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas at sea on a sunny day

Then of course, UK holidays are going to reign supreme for Brits this summer, with no need for PCR tests or quarantine if you’re heading on a staycation.

It may feel like a lot of places are booked up, but there are still offers to be found – you may want to check out our Holiday Deals page which we’re regularly updating with the latest sales and deals we think are worth having on your radar.

For those who have missed cruise holidays, there are plenty of UK sailings you can book for summer, with domestic cruises having been given the go ahead to resume.

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