What does “amber” mean?
All travelers arriving in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from amber countries are required to self-isolate at home for 10 days (potentially reduced with a “Free Test” paid on the fifth day for those returning to England) and to have PCR tests on (or before) the second day and eighth day of isolation, as well as a test before returning (they will need to provide proof of a negative result, which may be a printed document or an email or text displayed on your phone) and filling out a passenger locator form.
The government currently requires every test done in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland to be a PCR test, which can be costly. Prices are slowly falling and the government has launched an official comparison site.
The Foreign Ministry recently updated its guidelines for a number of countries. Travel insurance will be valid if you travel to a country for which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not advise against traveling.
When will these ratings be revised?
Lists must be reviewed every three weeks after the travel ban ends. The first review took place on June 3, with updates on announcements supposed to be made on June 24, July 15, and August 5.
Should I book a vacation to an “orange” destination?
It would not be wise to do so. The government has issued guidelines against travel to these destinations. During this time, you will be subject to a maximum of 10 days of self-isolation upon your return to the UK and additional PCR testing which you will need to pay for. If you are planning a trip to an Orange List destination, you should first consult the advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
If the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against traveling to this country, your travel insurance may not be valid. During this time, if the Department of Foreign Affairs does NOT advise against traveling within the country, a tour operator would not be required to reimburse your trip if you no longer wish to travel due to self-isolation or testing requirements. In this case, it might be better to postpone.
Which countries are amber?
These countries are among those classified amber (see the full list below):
Cases per 100,000 in the previous seven days: 50.24 (all figures and information are correct as of June 23)
Adult population having received a second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine: 35.89%
Spain started welcoming British holidaymakers again from May 24, with no need for a PCR test on arrival. Read the latest travel tips for Spain here.
Cases per 100,000: 76.31
Population with second dose: 32.9%
Portugal has reopened its borders to British holidaymakers. With the exception of children under 12, all arrivals must have proof of a negative Covid-19 test. The test can be a nucleic acid amplification (ANA) test, performed within 72 hours of travel, or an antigen test, performed within 48 hours of travel. You must present your test result certificate before boarding a flight to Portugal. Read the latest travel tips for Portugal here.
Cases per 100,000: 26.36
Population with second dose: 34.41%
UK travelers must provide proof of a negative result from a PCR test taken within 72 hours of arriving in Greece or proof of two Covid-19 vaccinations taken at least 14 days before travel. Those who can provide proof of either will be exempt from the need to self-isolate. If you do not provide proof of either, your carrier will not allow you to travel and the Greek authorities will likely deny you permission to enter Greece. Visitors may also be required to take a Covid-19 rapid test on arrival, if they reach the country by plane. Travelers must also complete a passenger tracing form no later than 11:59 p.m. the day before arriving in Greece. The Foreign Ministry has updated its advice and no longer advises against traveling to certain Greek islands. Read the latest travel tips for Greece here.
Cases per 100,000: 23.81
Population with second dose: 30.53%
Fully vaccinated UK travelers can now travel to France without having to self-isolate or provide a “compelling reason” for their visit.
Those who have received the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Moderna vaccines must wait two weeks between their last dose and their visit, while those with a single Johnson & Johnson dose must wait four weeks. They will also need to provide a negative PCR result or an antigen test result upon arrival.
Read the latest travel tips for France here.
Cases per 100,000: 12.01
Population with second dose: 30.68%
From June 21 to July 30, upon arrival in Italy, travelers who have been in the UK for the previous 14 days must self-isolate for 5 days, after which they must perform a rapid antigen swab test or molecular for Covid-19. and test negative for release. Children under the age of 6 do not need to be tested but must still isolate themselves. If you wish to fly, you must present the airline with a negative Covid-19 antigenic or molecular rapid swab test performed no more than 48 hours before travel.