Amber list countries UK: places on travel ban list including Portugal, Spain and France - and rules explained

The UK Government has updated its green, amber and red lists

The countries on the UK Government’s “amber list” have been updated.

Holidaymakers in the UK were eagerly anticipating the ‘upgrade’ of several amber countries to green, but according to reports the number of amber countries has grown with Portugal demoted to amber status.

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

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

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

What travel restrictions are in place for amber countries?

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.

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

Am I allowed to travel to and from Amber countries?

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said “you should not be travelling to these places right now”.

Will the lists change?

The lists are reviewed every three weeks.

Do the rules apply to the rest of the UK?

Residents of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have also adopted the English traffic light system.

Which countries have been allocated amber status?

Unfortunately, popular destination Portugal was added to the list on June 3.

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.

And they must also provide a negative Covid test result before coming back to Britain, plus pay to take two PCR tests on arrival.

Private PCR tests in the UK cost around £120.

Full list of amber countries:

Akrotiri and Dhekelia

Albania

Algeria

Andorra

Anguilla

Antigua and Barbuda

Armenia

Aruba

Austria

Azerbaijan

The Bahamas

Barbados

Belarus

Belgium

Belize

Benin

Bermuda

Bhutan

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

Bosnia and Herzegovina

British Antarctic Territory

British Indian Ocean Territory

British Virgin Islands

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

Cayman Islands

Central African Republic

Chad

China

Comoros

Congo

Cook Islands

Côte d’Ivoire

Croatia

Cuba

Curaçao

Cyprus

Czech Republic (Czechia)

Denmark

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Estonia

Fiji

Finland

France

French Polynesia

Gabon

The Gambia

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Greece (including islands)

Greenland

Grenada

Guadeloupe

Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Haiti

Honduras

Hong Kong

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

Malta

Marshall Islands

Martinique

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mayotte

Mexico

Micronesia

Moldova

Monaco

Mongolia

Montenegro

Montserrat

Morocco

Myanmar (Burma)

Nauru

Netherlands

New Caledonia

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

North Korea

North Macedonia

Norway

The Occupied Palestinian Territories

Palau

Papua New Guinea

Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands

Poland

Portugal

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 (including the Balearics and Canary Islands)

Sri Lanka

St Kitts and Nevis

St Lucia

St Martin and St Barthélemy

St Vincent and the Grenadines

Sweden

Switzerland

Syria

Taiwan

Tajikistan

Thailand

Timor-Leste

Togo

Tonga

Tunisia

Turkmenistan

Turks and Caicos Islands

Tuvalu

Uganda

Ukraine

United States (USA)

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Vietnam

Wallis and Futuna

Western Sahara

Yemen

When is the next review of restrictions?

Government guidance states that the green, amber and red lists will be reviewed every three weeks.

A review is taking place on June 3, two weeks ahead of the final milestone in the lockdown roadmap in England.

A series of traffic light system checkpoint reviews will also be held in July and October, which will take into account the latest domestic and international data.