What does the 'amber list' mean and what countries are on it?
17 May 2021, 16:38 | Updated: 18 May 2021, 12:09
What does the amber list mean for travel and what countries are currently on the list?
On Monday May 17, the government introduced a traffic light system for foreign travel.
In a Downing Street press conference, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that there would be 12 countries added to the 'green list', which won't require people to quarantine on their return.
The 'red list' features countries that most people will not be able to visit, with those that do having to quarantine in a £1,750 government-mandated hotel for ten days on their return.
Most countries in the world are on the 'amber list' - here's what that means.
What does the amber list mean?
The amber list features countries that people in England are only allowed to visit if they quarantine for 10 days on their return.
While people are legally allowed to visit them, the government is currently advising against travel to countries on the amber list.
Unlike those on the red list, the rules for quarantine aren't as stringent - meaning people can do so at home, rather than a hotel.
People arriving in the UK from amber list countries must bring a negative Covid test (completed within the last 72 hours) with them to border control, or risk a fine. They must also complete a passenger locator form.
Visitors coming from amber list countries must also book and pay for Covid tests to take on days two and eight of your 10 day quarantine period.
Most travel testing kits cost between £170 and £240 each, and there are a list of approved sellers on the gov.uk website.
People who arrive from amber list countries in England will have the option to make use of the ‘test to release’ scheme, which allows people to finish their quarantine on day five if they receive a negative test then.
Those taking part in the scheme will have to pay for an extra private test, and also take another one three days after completing it on day five.
What are the amber list countries?
The following countries will be on the amber list from May 17
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
Greece (including islands)
The Occupied Palestinian Territories
Papua New Guinea
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
São Tomé and Príncipe
Spain (including the Balearic and Canary Islands)
St Kitts and Nevis
St Martin and St Barthélemy
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
Wallis and Futuna