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Amber list: What are the new rules for holidays and which countries are on it?
8 July 2021, 12:47 | Updated: 8 July 2021, 12:49
New rules for amber list countries have been introduced, meaning some people no longer need to quarantine when returning home.
Previously, anyone who returned from an amber list destination had to self-isolate for 10 days after coming back to the UK.
It meant some of the most viable holiday destinations, such as mainland Spain, Greece and France, were effectively impossible to travel to unless tourists had the ability to shut themselves away for more than a week.
On Thursday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed new rules for people depending on their age or vaccine status.
Here is the latest on the amber list, the new rules and the countries eligible people can travel to without quarantining.
What is the amber list?
Countries designated as amber are countries which have a Covid situation considered to be less safe than green list countries.
The Government uses a variety of factors to decide this, including vaccinations, case rates and the presence of variants.
Green list countries require no quarantine, just tests, for travellers when they return. Amber list countries require tests for people coming back home and, until now, a 10-day isolation period.
Red list countries, considered the places with the most risky Covid situations, require a hotel quarantine.
What changed today?
Mr Shapps has announced that after July 19, when England's fourth and final easing of Covid lockdown restrictions is expected to take place, fully vaccinated UK residents will be able to return from amber list countries without isolating.
A person is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their second vaccine dose. However, Downing Street has confirmed it doesn't apply to all British citizens - just those who have been vaccinated by the NHS, as opposed to Brits who got a dose abroad.
Under 18s will not need to isolate on return either.
Guidance telling people not to travel to amber list places will also be lifted.
"In essence, this means that for fully vaccinated travellers the requirements for green and amber list countries are the same," Mr Shapps told the Commons.
PCR tests will still need to be taken three days before departure and on or before day two. They will no longer be required on day eight for people who are fully vaccinated or children.
Which countries are on the amber list?
Many popular tourist destinations are on the list, which is being regularly reviewed.
However, travellers should check the entry requirements for the country they want to visit, in case they put restrictions or extra demands on UK visitors.
The countries are:
Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue
Czech Republic (Czechia)
Greece (including islands)
The Occupied Palestinian Territories
Papua New Guinea
Portugal (including the Azores) Madeira is on the green watchlist.
Sao Tome and Principe
Spain (including the Canary Islands - the Balearic islands are on the green watchlist)
St Kitts and Nevis
St Martin and St Barthélemy
St Pierre and Miquelon
St Vincent and the Grenadines
United States (USA)
Wallis and Futuna