As travel resumes to a sense of ‘normalcy’ and borders open up to travellers, the British government has announced its new list of safe places for British travellers to visit. Hoppa, a UK-based worldwide airport and transport provider, combined the updated list and also rated countries around the world according to vaccine rollout, data from relevant sources, the application of containment measures, reciprocity considerations, active cases, as well as health safety measures. Fortunately, as summer starts to hit the southern hemisphere, most of these locations offer holidays of the island-style, with sunny beaches, blue seas and relaxation set for those holiday-makers travelling during the pandemic.

Using something similar to a traffic light system to categorise safe and non-safe countries, whether green, amber, or red, the British government recently announced the list of countries deemed the safest to travel to for now. According to reports, the list will be updated every three weeks, with countries added at short notice.

Before the announcement, other nations and British Overseas Territories set to welcome travellers and offer quarantine-free travel included: Antigua, Bermuda, Seychelles, St Lucia, Grenada, Turks, Caicos, Israel, Barbados, Morocco, and the Maldives. The Azores, Canary Islands, Crete, and Santorini, as well as other island locations in Spain, Portugal, and the Greek islands, were expected to be added to the green list, even with their mainlands remaining off-limits.

The 12 countries and territories on the green list are:

  • Portugal
  • Israel
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Brunei
  • Iceland
  • Gibraltar
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands
  • St Helena, Tristan de Cunha, and Ascension Island

Safest Countries Around The World To Travel To

While travel opens up and holiday islands start to welcome British travellers, it’s important to be aware of other countries now featuring on the international green list of safe travel, according to reports.

  • Madeira Islands, Portugal: As the safest destination in Europe, Madeira promises beaches and lush nature without high active cases of Covid and health risks.
  • The Azores, Portugal: High on the green list of the safest destinations, The Azores is a beautiful location offering everything that comes with a beach holiday!
  • Tbilisi, Georgia: Throughout this health crisis, Georgia has been viewed as a safe destination and continues to remain on the green list for travellers.
  • Lagoa - Algarve, Portugal: One of the safest destinations in Europe, enjoy a stunning holiday in Lagoa.
  • Martinique, Lesser Antilles: Remaining high on the green list, Martinique is considered one of the safest destinations in Europe and deserves a visit from global travellers without the health risks associated with the pandemic.
  • Tahiti, French Polynesia: This dream destination awaits those looking to get away from all things Covid-19 and immerse in beautiful nature.
  • Asos, Kefalonia Island, Greece: Embrace blue sky, a crystal-clear sea, good traditional food, and cheery locals. One of the safest destinations in Europe, Asos is a must-see destination for safe holidays this year.
  • Corfu, Greece: The country is seen as one of the safest destinations in Europe, and who wouldn’t want to visit Greece with its blue skies, white buildings and tranquil landscapes?
  • Cavtat, Croatia: As a safe destination in Europe, a holiday in Cavtat is awaiting holidaymakers this year.
  • Saudi Arabia, Middle East: According to the COVID-19 Country Risk Assessment, Saudi Arabia was voted the number one safest place with the Middle East.
  • Mauritania, Africa: As per data presented on the COVID-19 Country Risk Assessment, Mauritania was voted the number one safest country to travel to in the Africa category.
  • Fiji, Mongolia, Singapore, Australia: These four countries, according to data and statistics presented in the global COVID-19 Country Risk Assessment, are rated the safest for travellers to visit.

When travelling to and from different countries and enjoying the safest holidays in 2021, it is imperative that vaccinated and non-vaccinated travellers research the travel requirements and Covid-19 travel routines within the country of their choice as well as uphold their own health and safety measures when travelling.

According to the CDC, travellers should follow CDC’s recommendations for travelling safely which includes wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, keeping a distance of six feet from other travellers, washing their hands, and frequent use of hand sanitiser or hand disinfectant.

  • Green Countries: Travellers will need to take a Covid test, a lateral flow, or PCR test before leaving the UK and before returning home. A passenger locator form must be filled out online, and no quarantine is necessary when returning back to the UK should tests reveal a negative status.
  • Amber Countries: Travellers will need to take a Covid test, a lateral flow, or PCR test before leaving the UK and before returning home. A passenger locator form must be filled out online, and self-isolation for a minimum of 10 days is necessary when returning back to the UK.


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