Children and adults who have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus will not have to quarantine on their return from amber list countries to England from July 19.
Airlines welcomed the plans as a positive step to open up foreign holidays after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps made the announcement to MPs on Thursday.
Holidaymakers from the UK who have received two jabs from the NHS will no longer be required to self-isolate for 10 days on their return to England from destinations on the amber list from that point.
Mr Shapps said under-18s will also be exempted from the requirement and that the guidance not to travel to countries on the amber list will be lifted by July 19, when the majority of restrictions are expected to be eased in England.
He said people returning from holidays from amber destinations, including France, Spain and Portugal, will still be required to take a Covid-19 test three days before returning.
They will also have to take a test on or before the second day of their return, but will be exempted from the day eight test.
Here’s the latest Foreign Office advice for travel to Italy, Spain, Dubai, France, Greece, Croatia, Turkey, USA, Cyprus and Portugal:
Italy – amber list
From June 21 to July 31, on arrival in Italy travellers who have been in the UK in the previous 14 days must present a negative molecular or antigen test taken in the 48 hours preceding entry into Italy and fill in a digital localisation form.
They must also self-isolate for five days, at the end of which they must take a rapid antigenic or molecular swab test for COVID-19 and test negative for release.
Spain – amber/green list
From July 2, the Spanish government requires all arrivals to Spain from the UK to present on entry one of the following: a negative COVID-19 test; or proof of vaccination.
Mainland Spain and the Canary Islands are on the amber list.
Balearic islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca) are on the green list.
Dubai – (UAE) – red list
The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the whole of the United Arab Emirates based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.
Residents, tourists and visitors travelling from or through the UK and arriving in Dubai and Abu Dhabi must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test which was taken no more than 72 hours before departure and present the certificate at check in.
Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival.
Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test.
France – amber list
The UK is currently on France’s amber list.
If travelling to France from a country on the amber list, those who are not fully vaccinated will only be permitted to travel for essential reasons (from the list specified for this category of country).
Those who are not fully vaccinated will also need to present the following documents:
- a completed International Travel Certificate to confirm their essential reason for travel. In exceptional circumstances, the French Consulate in London may be able to assist with travel for an essential reason not listed on the International Travel Certificate
- a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight, and that they will self-isolate for seven days after arrival. This can be found on the French government’s website
- those travelling aged 11 years old or over, will need evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure, or an antigen test within 48 hours of departure. There will be random antigen testing for unvaccinated arrivals.
Travellers who are not fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for seven days after arrival, then take another PCR test following this period of self-isolation.
Travellers who are fully vaccinated do not need an essential reason to travel to France and do not need to self-isolate on arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers will need to present the following documents:
- those travelling aged 11 years old or over, will need evidence of a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure, or a negative antigen test result taken within 48 hours of departure
- a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This can be found on the French government’s website
- proof of vaccination status
Greece – amber list
UK nationals are permitted to enter Greece if they are a permanent resident in the UK, Greece, another EU/EFTA state, or in one of the following countries; Albania, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Russian Federation, United Arab Emirates, United States and Ukraine.
The following measures are in place with respect to travel to Greece:
- Travellers must fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) no later than 11:59pm (local time Greece) of the day before arriving in Greece. Please see below for further guidance on the Passenger Locator Form.
Arrivals from the UK must provide either: proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, undertaken within the 72 hour period before arrival into Greece; proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test from an authorised laboratory, undertaken within the 48 hour period before the scheduled flight; or proof of two COVID-19 vaccinations completed at least 14 days before travel (see Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status). Travellers with proof of either are exempted from the need to self-isolate on arrival to Greece.
Greece will also accept proof of recovery from COVID-19 for entry. While the NHS does not provide proof of recovery records, evidence of a positive COVID-19 PCR test result taken between 30 to 180 days of your travel dates can be used.
Failure to provide proof any of the above may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel and will likely result in the Greek authorities refusing you permission to enter Greece.
- These requirements are compulsory for all travellers above the age of 12.
Croatia – amber list
UK nationals travelling to Croatia are subject to strict epidemiological measures and must carry evidence of health status to present on arrival to Croatia (a negative COVID-19 antigen not older than 48 hours or PCR test result not older than 72 hours, or proof of a vaccination, or a doctor’s certificate of recovery following a positive test result between 11 and 180 days prior).
Turkey – red list
The FCDO advise against all travel to:
- areas within 10 km of the border with Syria, except the city of Kilis
The FCDO advise against all but essential travel to:
- all other areas of Sirnak, Kilis (including Kilis city) and Hatay provinces
- the provinces of Diyarbakir, Tunceli and Hakkari
- the whole of Turkey based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks
All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.
From June 1, passengers arriving from UK, Iran, Egypt or Singapore will require a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving in Turkey.
USA – amber list
The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the whole of the US based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.
However, the FCDO is not advising against all but essential travel to the Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands.
It is not possible for most British nationals to enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, or China within the previous 14 days.
US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members and certain other limited categories of visas holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt.
Cyprus – amber list
The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the whole of Cyprus based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.
The UK entered Cyprus’ Red category on July 8.
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Passengers coming from Red Category countries must undergo a PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure and provide proof of a negative result.
You must then undergo another PCR test upon arrival at Larnaca or Paphos airports, and remain in self-isolation until the result is issued.
Portugal – amber/green list
Mainland Portugal and the Azores are on the amber list.
Madeira is on the green list.
There are no restrictions on travelling to Portugal from the EU/EEA or from the UK or USA.
All travellers, apart from children under 12, must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test to travel to or through mainland Portugal.
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