The UK government will update its “green” travel list on Thursday to add Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway to the list.
Travelers returning from green-listed countries do not need to quarantine unless their required PCR test result is positive. The travel list changes announced will come into effect on Aug. 8 in England.
Arrivals to England from France will also no longer need to quarantine beginning Aug. 8 if they are fully vaccinated, according to a Department for Transport statement released Wednesday.
The British government will also move India, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE from the “red” list to the “amber” list, meaning that travelers arriving from those countries will no longer need to quarantine if they test negative for Covid-19 and are fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the UK.
The UK considers travelers to be fully vaccinated two weeks after having received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine authorized by the UK government, the European Medicines Agency or the US Food and Drug Administration. Approved vaccines include the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the Moderna vaccine, the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, or the Janssen vaccine (only one dose of Janssen is required).
Meanwhile, Georgia and Mexico will be added to the “red” list on Thursday, requiring travelers arriving from those countries to quarantine for 10 full days in a government-run hotel at a cost of about $3,200 per single adult.
The overseas French departments of La Reunion and Mayotte will also be put on the “red” list due to the prevalence of the Beta variant, according to the Department for Transport.
UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid added: “As well as moving more countries to the ‘green’ list, today’s announcement also demonstrates the need for continued caution. Further countries have been added to the ‘red’ list to help protect the success of our vaccine roll out from the threat of new variants.”