Can you travel to amber list countries – and what are the rules for Brits? We take a look at the latest guidance and top things you need to know if you’re planning a holiday
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The Covid pandemic has changed the way we travel, with Brits having to navigate a traffic lights system when it comes to planning holidays.
The UK has placed countries into three categories; green, amber and red. Green is ideal because there’s no quarantine required when you return to the UK, but the amber list can also be tempting as it features holiday hotspots such as Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy.
So, can you travel to amber list countries for holidays? In short yes – under the UK’s travel rules, you can head to amber countries for non-essential reasons such as holidays.
When you return to the UK you’ll need to take a pre-departure test, as well as PCR tests on days two and eight. Adults who are not fully vaccinated against Covid will also need to self-isolate for 10 days at home.
Of course it’s worth noting that each country has its own rules around travel right now, so just because the UK says you can visit a country doesn’t necessarily mean it’s automatically a holiday option.
To make life a little easier, we’ve got a list of all the amber countries welcoming UK tourists and their entry rules for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers.
If you are thinking of booking a trip, we’ve also got a guide with tips for booking amber holidays including your rights to getting money back if a country is moved to the red list which requires quarantine hotel stays with costs of over £2,000 in some instances.
Of course, there’s also the green list which currently includes hotspots such as Croatia, Malta and Madeira. Brits returning from green list destinations won’t need to self-isolate or quarantine, although you will need a pre-departure test, as well as a PCR test on day two of being back.
The government’s travel updates have usually been around three weeks apart, with the most recent having been on August 26.
Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Switzerland and the Azores were the latest destinations to be added to the full green list from August 30, meaning that Brits who return after this date no longer need to self-isolate.
There are already plenty of deals for summer 2022 to be had including hotspots such as Greece, Spain, France and more. Here we’ve rounded up some of the best ones:
- TUI has free kids’ places including the school holidays – book here.
- Loveholidays has all-inclusive packages from £165pp – book here.
- First Choice has free kids’ places for all-inclusive holidays – book here.
- Jet2holidays has various offers including infants going free – book here.
- Mirror Holidays has some dreamy escorted tours – book here.
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It’s worth noting that England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland each have their own versions of green, amber and red lists. Usually these are nearly identical but if you are thinking of a trip you should check the rules for the destination you’re travelling from.
Because travel rules can change quickly during the pandemic, if you have a destination in mind for a holiday you should also check the latest Foreign Office travel advice for that destination before you book or go on a holiday.
The travel advice isn’t just Covid related but takes into account other factors such as natural disasters or a country’s political situation, so in some cases the Foreign Office may still advise against travel to a destination, or specific regions.
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