Amber list countries: places on UK’s amber travel list including Spain and Ibiza - and rules explained

The Balearic Islands have been moved back to the amber list after just a few weeks on the green list

The UK’s travel lists have been updated, with several countries added to the ‘amber list’.

The Spanish Balearic Islands, which include Menorca, Majorca, Ibiza, and Formentera have been added to the amber travel list a little over a fortnight after they were put on the green list, due to concerns over rising Covid cases.

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The latest UK travel update was announced by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps on 14 July, with the new rules to take effect in England from 4am on 19 July.

Visitors returning from amber destinations will still be required to quarantine or self-isolate on arrival (Getty Images)
Visitors returning from amber destinations will still be required to quarantine or self-isolate on arrival (Getty Images)

Scotland, and Wales are expected to adopt the same rules, while Northern Ireland is expected to make a statement.

Destinations are designated a green, amber or red rating depending on the country’s Covid-19 situation under a new traffic light system.

Here’s what you need to know about amber list countries.

What travel restrictions are in place for amber countries?

Here's how the new traffic light system works (Credit: Kim Mogg)

People returning from amber countries must take two post-arrival tests.

They are also required to self-isolate at home for 10 days, although they can reduce that time if they take an additional negative test on day-five.

Each country has its own entry requirements, so it's important to check these before travelling out of the UK.

From 19 July, fully-vaccinated UK residents and under 18s will no longer need to quarantine when returning from amber list countries.

The recommendation is still that people should not currently travel to amber list countries.

Anyone who is not fully vaccinated, and who does not quarantine at home after international travel can be fined £1,000, which may increase to up to £10,000 for repeat offences.

Which countries have been allocated amber status?

The updated list includes the majority of Europe, as well as the US and Canada.

Travellers returning from amber list countries must be prepared to spend 10 days quarantining at home when they come back to the UK.

Full list of amber countries:

Akrotiri and Dhekelia

Albania

Algeria

Andorra

Armenia

Aruba

Austria

Azerbaijan

The Bahamas

Barbados

Belarus

Belgium

Belize

Benin

Bhutan

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

Bosnia and Herzegovina

British Indian Ocean Territory

British Virgin Islands

Burkina Faso

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

Central African Republic

Chad

China

Comoros

Congo

Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue

Côte d’Ivoire

Cuba

Curaçao

Cyprus

Czech Republic (Czechia)

Denmark

Djibouti

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Estonia

Fiji

Finland

France

French Polynesia

Gabon

The Gambia

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Greece (including islands)

Greenland

Guadeloupe

Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Haiti

Honduras

Hungary

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kiribati

Kosovo

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Latvia

Lebanon

Liberia

Libya

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macao

Madagascar

Malaysia

Mali

Marshall Islands

Martinique

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mayotte

Mexico

Micronesia

Moldova

Monaco

Mongolia

Montenegro

Morocco

Myanmar (Burma)

Naura

Netherlands

New Caledonia

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

North Korea

North Macedonia

Norway

The Occupied Palestinian Territories

Palau

Papua New Guinea

Poland

Portugal *The autonomous region of Madeira moved to the green watch list on June 30.

Réunion

Romania

Russia

Samoa

San Marino

Sao Tome and Principe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Serbia

Sierra Leone

Slovakia

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain *The Balearic Islands will move to the amber list on July 19.

St Kitts and Nevis

St Lucia

St Maarten

St Martin and St Barthélemy

St Pierre and Miquelon

St Vincent and the Grenadines

Sweden

Switzerland

Syria

Tajikistan

Thailand

Timor-Leste

Togo

Tonga

Tunisia

Turkmenistan

Tuvalu

Uganda

Ukraine

United States (USA)

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Vietnam

Wallis and Futuna

Western Sahara

Yemen

When is the next travel update?

The government is expected to give its next travel update in early August.

Reviews take place every three weeks, with the first one on 3 June, the second on 24 June and the third on 14 July.

While reviews normally take place on a Thursday, the most recent one was on a Wednesday.

If the government follows it’s usual plan, it will make the next update of the travel lists on Wednesday 4 August or Thursday 5 August.

Changes tend to come into place the Monday following the announcement.