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Country and Regional Classifications

This page was last updated on 18 June 2021 at 15:30hrs.

The list of countries or regions is reviewed weekly based on information publically available from the World Health Organisation (WHO), 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.

A list of data sources used by the WHO can be found here. Please note that national updates are published at different times and in different time zones. This, and the time WHO needs to process these data, may lead to discrepancies between the national numbers and the numbers published by WHO. We would advise you to use all data with caution and awareness of their limitations. Data is subject to retrospective corrections; corrected datasets are released as soon as processing of updated national data has been completed. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) data regarding cases in the United Kingdom is available at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/cases. This includes an option to look at cases by local area in England. However, please take note of the dates associated to the data. We would advise you to use all data with caution and awareness of their limitations. Data is subject to retrospective corrections; corrected datasets are released as soon as processing of updated national data has been completed.

On Friday 16 April 2021, the CCA announced a phased reopening of the Bailiwick borders. As part of this phased reopening, all arrivals into the Bailiwick are currently classified as ‘Category 4’ or ‘Category 3’ with effect from 23 April 2021. Category 2 for regions/countries which meet the criteria came into effect on Friday 14 May 2021.

  • Category 1 includes countries in which we have formed Air Bridges with, equivalent to Group C.
  • Category 2 countries and regions will be implemented on 14 May 2021, with a prevalence rate of less than 30 per 100,000 for 7 consecutive days.
  • Category 3 includes countries and regions which have a prevalence rate between 30 to 100 per 100,000 for 7 consecutive days, which is equivalent to Group B.
  • Category 4 includes countries and regions which have a prevalence rate of more than 100 per 100,000 for 7 consecutive days.

The full definitions and testing requirements of Categories 1-4 can be found here.

Please Note: Public Health Services Guernsey use 14 day total cases prevalence rates (in line with ECDC guidelines) rather than Public Health England which uses 7 day total cases prevalence rates.

Travellers will be required to self-declare the countries or regions they have travelled to (or through) for the 14 days prior to their travel. Information has been provided online to help passengers determine regions using a detailed map of UK towns.

As of 14 May, direct transit through Southampton Airport, Portsmouth and Poole ports will not change your self-isolation requirements provided all other self-isolation requirements have been met. If you meet these requirements do not include SE England as a region under your travel history.

For more information about transiting through the UK, please visit: covid19.gov.gg/guidance/travel/transit

The full dataset for the categorisation of countries is available below.

Changes to Categories 1 - 4

Country and region categorisations were re-introduced for Categories 3 & 4 on 23 April 2021. Category 2 countries and regions came into effect on Friday 14 May 2021.

Country and regions prevalence rates are reviewed 3 times a week. The last review was carried out on 18 June 2021 and the following changes come into effect at 00:01 on Saturday 19 June 2021:

Category 2 watchlist to Category 3:

  • England: South West
  • Wales: North

Category 3 to Category 2:

  • Japan

Category 4 to Category 2:

  • British Virgin Islands

Category 3 to Category 3 watchlist:

  • England: West Midlands
  • Fiji

Category 4 to Category 3:

  • Faroe Islands
  • Kazakhstan

Category 3 watchlist to Category 4:

  • England: Yorkshire and The Humber
  • Scotland: North

UK, Ireland, Jersey and Isle of Man

The countries and regions will be updated every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Below is the new map with effect from 19 June 2021.

The following map for the UK and Ireland, including regional variations, has been published below. The prevalence rates are assessed three times a week on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Any changes are made at midnight that night and, where necessary, a new map is published.

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 in England.

UK - 19 June 2021

Please note that some of the regions in this map are on watchlists. Please see below for more info on this.

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