Johan Lundgren: It’s legal to travel to amber list countries
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The UK Government has warned Britons that they should only be jetting off to nations categorised as “green” under the Government’s “traffic light system”. Despite this, a number of nations on the “amber list” have made the decision to allow UK travellers to visit without the need for quarantine.
Travellers hoping to visit any country, regardless of its categorisation, must follow specific rules set out by each nation.
Those visiting “green” list destinations must take a COVID-19 test before travelling back to England, they must also book and pay for a second COVID-19 test to be taken on day two of their arrival and complete a passenger locator form. There is no quarantine rule for “green” list arrivals unless they or someone they have traveller with later tests positive for Covid.
The FCDO warns: “You should not travel to amber list countries or territories.” Despite this, industry insiders have pointed out travelling to “amber” countries is not illegal.
Those who do visit “amber countries”, including for “essential reasons” must take a COVID-19 test before travelling back to England.
They must also book and pay for a COVID-19 travel test to be taken on day two and day eight of their return, and enter into 10 days of self-isolation at a home or private residence.
Passengers will also be required to complete a passenger locator form.
While the Prime Minister has warned Britons that travel to “amber” list countries should only be done for “essential reasons”, some nations around the world are allowing Britons to enter regardless of the purpose of their travel.
In some cases, this is without a quarantine requirement, however, each nation has varying requirements including proof of double vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test taken within a certain period of time, as well as specific travel documents.
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Below is a full list of countries allowing UK travellers to enter without the need for quarantine.
Green list countries which don’t require quarantine
Travellers arriving from the UK be required to book a free lateral flow test before arriving in Gibraltar.
This must be taken within 24 hours before you arrive.
Those staying in Gibraltar for more than seven days will be required to take a second test on day five.
UK visitors can travel to Iceland for holidays if they hold residency or if they can prove they have received both COVID-19 vaccinations.
Travellers can also enter without quarantine if they can prove they have had and fully recovered from COVID-19 previously.
Travellers from the UK can enter Portugal as long as they have proof of a negative test taken no more than 72 hours previously.
Amber list countries that do not currently require UK arrivals to quarantine (but other entry requirements are in place).
Armenia – Negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours required.
Aruba – All travellers need to complete a health control from before arrival, provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the 72 hours prior, purchase Aruba’s COVID-19 insurance, and undergo health checks on arrival.
Belize – Passengers must pre-book accommodation at a Gold Standard hotel and show evidence of a test taken within the prior 96 hours. Random second tests at the airport are also possible.
Bosnia and Herzegovina – British nationals can enter Bosnia and Herzegovina if they have a negative PCR test result taken within the previous 48 hours.
Bulgaria – Proof of full vaccination required or negative PCR tests taken within 72 hours.
Costa Rica – Travellers must purchase specific Costa Rica travel insurance and complete an epidemiological form.
Croatia – Proof of a negative test taken in the 48 hours prior or show a vaccination certificate providing a second dose more than 14 days before travel.
Cyprus – UK travellers will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours or can show proof of having two Covid-19 vaccinations.
Egypt – Passengers must complete a monitoring card, undergo temperature checks, provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours, and purchase valid insurance.
El Salvador – Proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours or proof that of two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.
French Polynesia – Passengers need a travel certificate, proof of a test taken within 72 hours and register with the French Polynesian ‘electronic travel information system’.
Georgia – Proof of both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours.
Ghana – Proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel and pre-pay for a test on arrival.
Greece – Proof of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival or evidence of both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine within 14 days of arrival. Passengers must also complete a health control form.
Italy – Proof of a negative test no older than 48 hours.
Jordan – Proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours.
Kyrgyzstan – Proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours.
Malta – Proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours, as well as filling out a public health form and passenger locator form.
Moldova – Proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours, proof of positive antibody test taken within 30 hours or proof of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Montenegro – Negative test no older than 72 hours to travel to Montenegro or proof that you had the second dose of the vaccine over a week before travelling.
Nigeria – Proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours, complete the online health declaration before travelling and pre-book and pay for a repeat PCR test for day seven of arrival.
Poland – Negative test taken within 48 hours or proof of being fully vaccinated.
Romania – No current testing or quarantine restrictions.
San Marino – Rules the same as Italy.
São Tomé and Príncipe – Proof of negative COVID-19 tests no older than 72 hours.
Serbia – Proof of negative PCR test within 48 hours.
Spain – UK travellers are allowed to enter Spain with no restrictions but must fill out a pre-travel declaration form.
Turks and Caicos Islands – Passengers must get pre-authorisation via the Turks and Caicos Islands Assured Portal, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, travel insurance and a health screening.
Ukraine – Proof of health insurance that covers COVID-19 and of a test no older than 72 hours.
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