Which amber countries will let British holidaymakers in?

While the UK’s latest traffic light system update added a few vacation options to the mix, with the Balearic Islands, Malta and Madeira all upgraded to the Green List, the majority of countries around the world remain stuck on amber.

Although international leisure travel became legal again on May 17, vacations previously attracted only destinations designated by the government as “green” – a small collection of just 27 countries and territories, with the lightest restrictions for travelers. travelers returning to the UK.

Most places are on the Amber List, resulting in tighter restrictions on returning travelers. However, from July 19, fully vaccinated Britons and those under 18 can bypass quarantine on their return from Amber Countries.

But now that travel is opening up more, will an Amber Country let you in? Here’s what we know so far.

Am I legally allowed to travel to an Amber Country on vacation?

Yes – at least on the British side of things. While the government previously advised against vacationing in a country not on the green list, international leisure travel is no longer illegal in the UK. Guidance is not the same as the law.

However, the destination you plan to travel to will have its own rules regarding who is allowed to enter the country. The ‘Amber List’ only refers to the restrictions travelers face when entering the UK – the classification does not affect overseas travel requirements. Your destination may need proof that your trip is ‘essential’, or may only allow its own citizens or residents in at this time: check out the latest entry regulations on the Foreign Office landing pages ( FCDO).

What restrictions do I face on my return?

Until July 19, anyone arriving in the UK from an Amber List country is subject to three tests and one passage in quarantine. First, before travelers are allowed to leave for the UK, they must show a negative Covid test result. This can be a lateral flow or rapid antigen test, as well as PCR.

They must have pre-booked a set of two PCR tests to be performed on their return, scheduled for days two and eight from the day they arrive in the UK. Travelers are required to self-quarantine at home for 10 days, although in England they have the option of paying for an additional test on the fifth day which, if negative, allows them to cut their self-esteem short. isolation as part of the government’s release testing program.

However, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that fully vaccinated UK adults and children under 18 can avoid the quarantine requirement from July 19. Instead, they will face the same lighter restrictions as greenlist arrivals – a pre-departure test and a PCR within two days of entering the UK.

Which amber countries will let British tourists in?

As the Amber List includes all countries in the world except 83 (56 are on the Red List, 27 on the Green List), it would be difficult to review all of them; instead we will focus on the main tourist destinations of amber.

Even though a country’s borders are open to UK holidaymakers, restriction levels still vary wildly: they may require proof of vaccination or a negative test, or a period of quarantine (not ideal for tourists).

Vaccine test or proof

Many European amber destinations will let Britons in as long as they can show they have had both jabs or passed a Covid test with a negative result within a certain time period before arrival, often 72 hours. However, the type of Covid test required (and the timeframe) varies from country to country.

Spain previously flown the banner of unrestricted entry for UK holidaymakers. However, following an increase in cases of the Delta virus variant, since July 2 it has stipulated that UK travelers must show a negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination.

Greececurrent state rules state that arrivals from the UK must provide one of the following: proof of a negative Covid-19 rapid antigen test performed within 48 hours of arrival in Greece; or proof of two Covid-19 vaccinations carried out at least 14 days before travel. Travelers with one of the above cases are exempt from the obligation to self-isolate upon arrival in Greece.

British nationals traveling to Croatia must bear proof of a negative Covid-19 antigen or PCR test result taken up to 48 hours or 72 hours respectively before arrival in Croatia; proof of vaccination; or a certificate of recovery following a positive test result between 11 and 180 days before. Those traveling for tourism purposes must hold a valid accommodation reservation or proof of ownership in Croatia.

The UK has been moved to Cyprus‘Red category, from July 8. The move means that while UK travelers are still allowed to enter the country without quarantine, they must undergo another PCR test on arrival, in addition to 72 hours before departure. The second test must be paid for by the traveler; it costs € 30 at Larnaca airport and € 32 at Paphos airport, and the results are available within three hours on the digital platform covid-testcyprus.com. Children under 12 are exempt from testing, as are Britons who can prove they have received two injections of the Covid vaccine.

On June 15, direct flights between the UK and Morocco resumed. You will need to provide proof that you have been fully vaccinated against Covid, with the second dose administered at least two weeks before travel, or a negative PCR test result before boarding your flight or ferry to Morocco. The result should show that the PCR test was performed no more than 48 hours before arrival. To travel by ferry, you will also need to pass a test during the journey. Children under 11 are exempt from the PCR test requirement for entry into Morocco. However, it should be noted that the FCDO opinion states: “Demonstration of your vaccination status from the UK is not formalized for entry into Morocco, so you should follow other advice for entry. “.

Must be fully vaccinated

Portugal was originally on the UK’s sacred green list, but was eliminated in the last review in early June. Only fully vaccinated Britons are welcome without being subject to a 14-day quarantine; however, children under 18 are exempt from quarantine if traveling with a fully vaccinated adult.

From June 30, 2021, Malta requires all arrivals from the UK to present full proof of vaccination. This should show that you received a full cycle of vaccination at least 14 days before your arrival. Children aged 5 to 11 can travel if they are accompanying their vaccinated parents / legal guardians and must show proof of a negative PCR test dated less than 72 hours before arrival. Children under 5 do not need to be tested. Children between the ages of 12 and 18 will only be able to travel if they have full proof of vaccination.

Arrivals at France from the United Kingdom must show some essential reason to enter the country unless they are fully vaccinated. All unvaccinated travelers from the UK, including children aged 11 and over, will be required to show a negative Covid-19 PCR test result, taken less than 72 hours before departure. They will also need to self-isolate for seven days upon arrival, before having another PCR test. Exiting this self-isolation period is subject to a negative test result. Double-bitten visitors do not need to have a primary reason to travel or self-isolate, but they still need proof of a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure, or a negative antigen test result taken within 48 hours of departure.

Poland introduced a seven-day quarantine for UK travelers, even if they presented a negative Covid PCR test on arrival. However, if you are fully vaccinated, you are exempt from quarantine upon arrival in Poland, but must show proof of your vaccination at the border and 14 days must have passed since your last dose.

From July 7, the UK was downgraded to a “high incidence area” in Germany, which means you can enter Germany from the UK if you are fully vaccinated for any reason. Otherwise, you can only visit from the UK if you are a German citizen, resident or their spouse / partner / child under 18; play an important role; or have an urgent need to travel.


From April 7, entry to Italy UK was no longer reserved for Italian residents and people in dire need. However, new restrictions were introduced on June 21 due to the increase in the Delta virus variant: those traveling from the UK must self-isolate for five days upon arrival, at the end of which they must pass a rapid antigen test or molecular swab and test negative for release. In addition, if you wish to fly, you must present the airline with a negative Covid-19 antigenic or molecular rapid swab test performed no more than 48 hours before travel. Children under 6 do not need to be tested or self-isolate.

Won’t let the British in

Austria announced that Britons are banned from entry due to growing concerns over the Delta variant of the virus. The Austrian list of authorized entrants from the UK is limited to residents, EU / EEA citizens, Swiss citizens and others with a primary reason, such as work or study.

the we still does not admit UK travelers after the introduction of a ban earlier this year. We don’t know when this might lift.

Canadian authorities are prohibiting entry to Canada, including at its border with the United States, to most foreign nationals, including British nationals.

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