Government scrap isolation for double vaccinated Brits returning to England from amber countries
8 July 2021, 12:43
Grant Shapps announced in the House of Commons today the new guidelines on travel to amber-list countries.
The guidance in place for travel to and from amber list countries will be scrapped on July 19, Grant Shapps has announced.
People travelling back from countries on the amber list will not be required to self-isolate on their return to England.
This new guidance will come into place on July 19, also known as 'Freedom Day'.
Grant Shapps announced the news in the House of Commons today, adding that holidaymakers and other people travelling overseas will still need to have a negative PCR test prior to their outbound and returning flights.
The Travel Secretary said: "I can confirm today from 19 July UK residents who are fully vaccinated through the UK vaccine rollout will no longer have to self-isolate when they return to England."
People will be able to travel to amber list countries without isolating from July 19.
Shapps said thanks to the vaccination programme we are "now in a position" where we can "start to look at how we can live with coronavirus" while "returning to a sense of normality".
People under the age of 18 returning from amber list countries will also not need to isolate when returning to England, and will also not need to take a coronavirus test on day eight.
Children aged between five and 10 will only have to take a day two test, while children ages four or under will be exempt from all testing and isolation.
Grant Shapps said in the House of Commons that the success of the vaccine rollout has allowed this lifting of restrictions.
The Travel Secretary noted that while holidaymakers will be ecstatic with the lift on the rules, the changes are also about "reuniting families", some of whom have not seen each other in 18 months.
However, he added that the lifting of the guidance will mean people can travel for business, leisure and to see loved ones.
For countries on the red list, no changes will be made from July 19, even if they are fully vaccinated.
Brits travelling to amber list countries will have to have PCR tests prior to both journeys.
This means people returning from red list countries to England will still be required to quarantine in Government approved hotels.
Countries will still be able to move from the amber to the red list, as the Government continue to keep an eye on emerging variants.
The countries currently on the amber list are:
Akrotiri and Dhekelia Albania Algeria Andorra Armenia Aruba Austria Azerbaijan The Bahamas Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bhutan Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Burkina Faso Cambodia Cameroon Canada Central African Republic Chad China Comoros Congo Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue Côte d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic (Czechia) Denmark Djibouti El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Estonia Fiji Finland France French Polynesia Gabon The Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Greece (including islands) Greenland Guadeloupe Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau 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 Marshall Islands Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Micronesia Moldova Monaco Montenegro Morocco Myanmar (Burma) Nauru Netherlands New Caledonia Nicaragua Niger Nigeria North Korea North Macedonia Norway The Occupied Palestinian Territories Palau Papua New Guinea Poland Portugal (including the Azores) 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 Canary Islands) St Kitts and Nevis St Lucia St Maarten St Martin and St Barthélemy St Pierre and Miquelon St Vincent and the Grenadines Sweden Switzerland Syria Taiwan Tajikistan Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tonga Turkmenistan Tuvalu Ukraine United States (USA) Uzbekistan Vanuatu Vietnam Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen