There may be a dozen countries on the UK's green list for safe international travel, but only four will actually allow British tourists to go there for a quarantine-free holiday.

Portugal, including its island territories of Azores and Madeira; Israel; Gibraltar; Australia; New Zealand; Singapore; Brunei; Iceland; The Faroe Islands; The Falkland Islands; South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands; and St Helena, Tristan de Cunha, and Ascension Island are the 12 countries which Britain will allow people to go to and return without a requirement to quarantine, as announced on Friday.

But of those, only Portugal - including the Azores and Madeira - and Gibraltar will allow British tourists to travel there without a quarantine or vaccination requirement, while Iceland and Israel will let UK tourists in but only if they are vaccinated against Covid-19.

Flights to Portugal, including Madeira, operate from Newcastle International Airport.

Australia, New Zealand and Singapore remain closed to UK tourists, even though they are on the UK Government's green list. The Faroe Islands requires people to isolate for 10 days on arrival, or four days after taking a PCR test. Brits landing in Brunei will need to quarantine for two weeks and fork out for a £188 test, Mirror Online reports.

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St Helena, Tristan de Cunha, Ascension Island requires arrivals to isolate for 14 days, while South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, which are an isolated group of islands in the South Atlantic with no permanent residents, require visitor permits to access regardless of coronavirus.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the removal of international travel restrictions was "necessarily cautious" and that the Government must "make absolutely sure" the countries the UK reconnects with are safe.

He said: "We in this country have managed to construct a fortress against Covid. But the disease is still prevalent in other parts of the world, most notably at the moment in India.

"In fact, more new cases of Covid have been diagnosed around the world in the last seven days than at any time since the pandemic began."

He added: "That's why today's announcement, removing the stay in the UK restrictions from May 17, is necessarily cautious.

"We must make absolutely sure that the countries we reconnect with are safe, that their infection rates are low and their vaccination rates are high.

"It means making sure we are not incubating the most dangerous variants that they're not and that they have safe and secure surveillance in place."