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.
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?
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.
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
Antigua and Barbuda
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Czech Republic (Czechia)
Greece (including islands)
The Occupied Palestinian Territories
Papua New Guinea
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
Sao Tome and Principe
Spain (including the Balearics and Canary Islands)
St Kitts and Nevis
St Martin and St Barthélemy
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Turks and Caicos Islands
United States (USA)
Wallis and Futuna
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.