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Group A, B and C Countries and Regions

This page was last updated on 25 September 2020 at 14:00hrs.

The list of countries or regions is reviewed daily based on information publically available from the European Centre of Disease Control, Public Health England and Santé Publique. Islands remote from their respective administrative mainland (e.g. Madeira, Canary Islands) will be reviewed separately once a suitable source of data is identified. The same also applies to French regions.

The definitions of Group A, B and C countries and regions can be found here.

On Friday 11 Sept 2020, the Civil Contingencies Authority (CCA) agreed to vary the self-isolation requirements for A and B Countries to include regions for England with effect from 00.01 on Tuesday 15 September 2020. More information is available in the media release here.

The following map of regional classifications in the UK and Ireland has been published below. As with all countries, this will be reviewed daily and updated when required.


If you are unsure which region you have been in or through, please check this map, which shows the major towns and cities in each region.

UK regions map - 16 sept

Transit

If you transit through an airport in a Group A country or region at any point in your journey, you will need to declare this and self-isolate for 14 days. This includes any travel prior to the introduction of regional variations for England. For example, if you transit through Heathrow Airport, at a time when London is categorised as a Group A region, whilst travelling back to Guernsey you will need to self-isolate for 14 days. 

Transit through a Group A country or region (or country from the broader group B list) will not count as spending time in that country or region (and therefore will not require travellers to self-isolate for 14 days) if you:

Transit directly through in a private vehicle (which includes a taxi) where:

  • The private vehicle does not stop at all in the Group A country or region; or
  • The private vehicle only stops in the Group A country or region and
  • No new people get into the vehicle
  • No one gets out, comes within 2 metres of any other person (other than those they are travelling with) and gets back in again

These restrictions should allow travellers to transit through Group A countries or regions and fill up with petrol (where you pay at the petrol pump rather than in a shop or kiosk) or use public conveniences etc (subject to the 2 metre social distancing requirement).

The CCA noted that the actions of third parties also using public transport could influence the self-isolation outcomes for travellers. It is acknowledged that the definition of direct transit for those using public transport was likely to render many options unsuitable as the majority could potentially stop in a Group A country or region and would require travellers to self-isolate for 14 days. This had to be balanced with the aim of trying to achieve clear messaging for inbound travellers in order that their travel history could be recorded, tracked and enforced by those responsible for carrying out checks and enforcement.

Transit directly through on public transport (coach, train or bus) that does not stop AT ALL in the Group A country or region. 

  • The public transport that does not stop AT ALL in the category A country or region.

Travellers will be required to self-declare the countries or regions they have travelled to (or through) for the 7 days prior to their travel. Information has been provided online to help passengers determine regions using a detailed map of UK towns.

Group A Countries and Regions

Any country not specifically referenced in Group B or C below.

Please check the regional map and associated guidance closely before embarking on travel. It is important to note regional classifications (A and B) are likely to be subject to change depending on the latest prevalence data available. Read the media release.

On 25 September 2020, East of England and Lithuania moved from Group B to the Group B watch list. 

Group B Countries and Regions - watch list

The countries listed immediately below are currently on the watch list, meaning that they are likely to move to Group A soon and at short notice. The full list of Group B countries can be found in the alphabetical list below. 

  • Belarus
  • Canada
  • East of England
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Iceland
  • Jordan
  • Lithuania 

Group B Countries and Regions

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Group C Countries and Regions

  • Isle of Man

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