Top countries without restrictions to go to when borders open in May

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps unveiled the countries UK citizens will be able to go to without needing to quarantine – dubbed on the green list – last night. However, some countries, such as Spain, are categorised as amber which means that holidaymakers will be required to undergo 10 days of isolation on return. This will make holidaying in the Mediterranean country unfeasible for some.

Countries classified as green are considered safe to travel to and no quarantine is needed upon return.

However, some countries that were added to the green list such as Australia or New Zealand, for example, still have their borders closed for all foreign visitors.

Consequently, UK tourists won’t be allowed in even though the Government has placed it on the ‘safe’ list.

Amber countries are permitted for Britons to visit, but travellers will need to quarantine for 10 days upon their return.

Finally, red list countries are strongly advised to avoid and a hotel quarantine will be required when returning to the UK.

But what are some of the top ‘green list’ countries to explore?

Here are‘s top destinations to visit without restrictions from May 17.

It is your lucky day if you were considering exploring a remote destination, on the green list and without leaving British territory, as there are various options.

South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands

What’s more adventurous than an expedition to see crowds of king penguins and elephant seals in the South Atlantic?

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands won’t disappoint.

Only suitable for adventurers.

St Helena, Tristan de Cunha, Ascension Island

Looking for a hidden gem?

The volcanic island is one of the most remote spots of the British Empire.

It might be 2,000 km away but the beautiful island is worth visiting.

Falkland Islands

This archipelago in the South Atlantic is a natural paradise.

The good news is that it is so isolated, it will likely provide ample opportunity for social distancing.


Enjoy a nice city break in Porto or a road trip exploring the coast of Algarve.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a relaxing sun escape, Madeira will be your best choice.


From the steaming thermal waters of the Blue Lagoon to the volcanic landscapes or the breathtaking glaciers, Iceland will certainly be an unforgettable experience.

Remember that UK residents coming back from red list countries will be required to isolate, at their own expense, in a Government-mandated hotel.