From 19 July 2021 as the amber list rules were updated to allow quarantine-free holidays to any of its destinations, so long as you’ve been double-vaccinated. This made holidays overseas a real possibility but it also meant a whole new set of rules to consider before packing bags and jetting off to any of the 147 countries included in the list.

Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking about travelling to an 'Amber List' country.

What do the new rules for the Amber List mean?

Before this update, travel to an amber list country meant you’d have to self-isolate at home for 10 days after returning from your holiday. You’d also have to take a PCR test on the second and eighth day of your return home, as well as a test before leaving your holiday destination.

This is still the case if you haven’t been vaccinated at all, or have only received your first jab.

However, once you’ve been fully vaccinated, you’re free to skip this self-isolation period, along with the eighth day PCR test.

Amber list rules for the double vaccinated

  • Take a suitable COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your arrival in the UK
  • Complete a passenger locator form within 48 hours of arriving back in the UK
  • Take a PCR test on your second day back in the UK
  • No need to self-isolate

Amber list rules without full vaccination

  • Take a suitable COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your arrival in the UK
  • Complete a passenger locator form within 48 hours of arriving back in the UK
  • Self-isolate at home for 10 days from your arrival back in the UK
  • Take a PCR test on your second and eighth day back in the UK
  • You can opt to end your isolation early by purchasing an extra PCR test, which you can take from your fifth day back in the UK

There’s also good news for families looking for a holiday this year. Children under 18 years also don’t need to isolate on their return and can follow the same rules as an adult who has been double-vaccinated. Ages 5 – 10 years, meanwhile, are exempt from taking a pre-departure test.

In addition, children under 4 years won’t need to isolate and don’t need to take any tests to travel.


Amber list vs Green list – What’s the difference?

If you’ve been double-vaccinated, you can travel to an amber list country under the same rules as if you were travelling to a green list country.

This gives you a lot more flexibility when booking your holiday.

Just remember that the traffic light system is updated every three weeks. So, an amber list country could be moved up to the green list – which would be great news! Or, it could be moved to the red list, which would mean you can no longer travel.

Our Promise to you

Remember, with Transindus, your holiday is protected by our Covid-19 Promise and flexible Booking conditions. So, if your holiday does need to change, we’ll take care of it, hassle-free.

How can I travel to an amber list country?

There are, naturally, a few extra things to consider when travelling to an amber list country..

It might seem like a lot to handle on your own. So, our Travel Specialists are working with our partners in resorts to be there for our clients, every step of the way…

Arranging testing

Each holiday destination will have its own testing requirements on entry. Our Travel Specialists are keeping a close eye on all of them to be able to give you all the information you need to arrange your tests before you go.

We’re also working with all our local partners overseas to help you find a suitable test provider ready for your return home.

Arranging travel insurance

Getting a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place before travelling has always been highly recommended  Now, it’s more important than ever. Check your policy thoroughly to see what cover you’re being provided with. If you’re unsure, always ask your provider for more information.

Keeping an eye on FCDO advice too

Alongside the ‘traffic light’ system, we keep a keen eye on any changes to the advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).

If they advise against travel, regardless of the traffic light system, we’ll help you rearrange your holiday. If this isn’t possible, we’ll refund you.


Which Amber list countries can I travel to?

There’s one more important thing to consider when planning an amber list holiday.

While our government might allow us to travel there, each country will have its own entry rules in place, too. Some of these might mean that UK visitors can’t visit yet, or there could be lengthy quarantine periods in place.

Take a look at some of our amber list destinations you can take a holiday to now without having to quarantine when you come home. If you’d like more information on their entry requirements, speak to our Travel Specialists.


Published: 31 July 2021



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