Is Spain on the green list? Latest advice as UK government warns against travel to amber destinations

Holidaymakers wanting to visit countries on the Government’s amber list have been urged by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to have “more patience”.

It remains to be seen whether Spain's beaches will be open to UK travellers this Summer (Getty Images)

With its gorgeous beaches, guarantee of sunshine and wide-range of affordable resorts Spain has long been the UK’s favourite holiday destination.

With international travel opening on May 17 for UK travellers, iberophiles faced a nervous wait to see if the likes of Mallorca, Malaga and Menorca would be open to visitors without the need to be tested, vaccinated or quarantined.

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the countries on the green list on Friday 7 May under the government’s travel traffic light system, with Spain notably absent.

Here's how the government's traffic light system works (Kim Mogg)

The first review of the traffic light system, however, is on the horizon.

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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”.

Asked why holidays were still being sold to countries on the amber list, Mr Shapps said the Government had moved away from a system where things were “banned and illegal” to a situation where people were expected to “apply a bit of common sense”.

Is Spain on the green list?

Unfortunately not.

Popular destinations for tourists from England, including France, Greece, Spain and Italy, are on the government’s amber list from 17 May.

The 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 England.

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.

What about the Balearic and Canary Islands?

Due to their isolation from mainland Spain, it was possible that the Balearic and Canary Islands were provided a different rating to the rest of the country.

However, these two destinations are also included on the amber list.

Will the lists change?

The first review of the Government's green list is set to take place on June 3.

Changes announced would come into force on June 10.

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 destinations for tourists from England, including France, Greece, Spain and Italy, are on the government’s amber list from 17 May.

Countries which are not on the green list – the lightest restrictions – or the red list – the tightest rules for returning travellers – will be initially classed as amber.

The 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 £60.

Full list of amber countries:

Afghanistan

Akrotiri and Dhekelia

Albania

Algeria

Andorra

Anguilla

Antigua and Barbuda

Armenia

Aruba

Austria

Azerbaijan

The Bahamas

Bahrain

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

Costa Rica

Côte d’Ivoire

Croatia

Cuba

Curaçao

Cyprus

Czech Republic (Czechia)

Denmark

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Egypt

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

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

Sudan

Sweden

Switzerland

Syria

Taiwan

Tajikistan

Thailand

Timor-Leste

Togo

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Tunisia

Turkmenistan

Turks and Caicos Islands

Tuvalu

Uganda

Ukraine

United States (USA)

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Vietnam

Wallis and Futuna

Western Sahara

Yemen