From 19th July, travellers who've been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to travel back from countries on the amber list without having to quarantine in the UK, opening up more options for travel this summer and autumn. Here, we explain what this means for your holiday and the things you'll have to consider when planning travel to an amber-list country.
What is the travel amber list?
Following a return to international travel in May, the UK government set out a new traffic light system based on Covid-19 risk levels, with each destination given a status of green, amber or red. You can find out how it all works with our simplified guide, which outlines what each level means and what you'll need to think about when planning your holiday. For destinations on the amber list, these are the things you'll need to consider:
- From 19th July 2021, if you're arriving in the UK from an amber list country, and you've been fully vaccinated, there will be no need to quarantine. Adults and children aged between 11 and 18 will have to take a pre-departure test (before leaving destination country to return to the UK) AND a PCR test on or before the second day after returning home
- Children aged 5–10 years will be required to PCR test on or before the second day after returning home only
- Children aged under five are exempt from all testing and isolation requirements
- If you're not fully vaccinated, you will have to quarantine for 10 days at home. You will have to take a pre-departure test (before leaving destination country to return to the UK) AND a PCR test on days two and eight after arriving back in the UK
- If you are not fully vaccinated, you can end quarantine/self-isolation early by taking a test to release test on day five, by purchasing an extra PCR test (this is in addition to the days 2 and 8 tests above). If you test negative, you can end quarantine when this day five test is returned negative
- Test packages must be booked and paid for before travelling from a list of government-approved testing providers
- There must be no FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office) restrictions for travel to your chosen destination
- You must always check the entry requirements for your chosen destination both at the time of booking and prior to departure - our specialists will help you with this
Can I go on holiday to countries on the amber list?
As mentioned above, provided you meet the criteria for travel to your chosen destination – you're either fully vaccinated or prepared to isolate at home on return to the UK – then you can enjoy a holiday to a much wider selection of destinations than the current green list permits. To help you plan, we've picked out our top amber-list destinations below, all of which are currently without FCDO advise against travel. Have a browse, then contact our team of travel specialists who'll guide you through the process.
From its cultured cities and sprawling wine regions to its sun-soaked islands and coast, take in the best of Spain with our curated range of fly-drive holidays, rail journeys and luxury beach breaks.
Experience the sun-kissed delights of Spain's Balearic Islands, from the super-club glitz and off-the-beaten-track beauty of Ibiza to the mountain framed delights of Mallorca – a Wexas favourite.
With its world-leading food and wine, centuries of heritage, sun-kissed coastlines and dazzling cities, it's no wonder France is one of the world's truly great travel destinations. Explore it all with our range of tailor-made holidays.
Greece, the mainland and the Greek Islands, covers a vast range of landscapes and cultural activities. Boasting an unrivalled legacy, the country is responsible for drama and democracy.
Having produced the first global empire, Portugal’s cities proudly showcase its maritime wealth, its idyllic coast is watched over by hilltop castles and its wines are lauded the world over.
Made up of several islands in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a rich melting pot of influences and cultures. African and Indian elements mingle with Chinese, French and British elements to create a unique combination.
With fantastic year-round weather, the Canary Islands are perfect for some summer fun, or winter sun. But there's far more to this idyllic island chain, from a superb food scene to a sublime and spectacular natural world.
Combining many of the best elements of its neighbouring countries, Switzerland is a stunningly attractive summer and winter destination, ripe for those interested in the outdoors, walking or other activities. A complex and culturally mixed country, Switzerland has four languages, a wealth of unique…
The second largest of the Windward Islands, Saint Lucia is famed for its stunning beaches, boutique resorts and spectacular natural beauty. Contact our Caribbean specialists who'll guide you through the island's finer points.
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