Orange List: What are the new holiday rules and which countries are on it?
July 8, 2021, 12:47 | Updated: July 8, 2021, 12:49
New rules for Amber List countries have been introduced, meaning some people no longer need to self-quarantine when they return home.
Previously, anyone returning from an Amber List destination had to self-isolate for 10 days after returning to the UK.
This meant that some of the more viable vacation destinations, such as mainland Spain, Greece and France, were effectively impossible to visit unless tourists had the option of locking themselves up for more than a week. .
On Thursday, Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed new rules for people based on their age or vaccination status.
Here’s the latest information on the Amber List, the new rules, and the countries eligible people can travel to without quarantine.
What is the amber list?
The countries designated as orange are the countries that have a Covid situation considered to be less secure than the countries on the green list.
The government uses a variety of factors to decide this, including vaccinations, case rates, and the presence of variants.
Green List countries do not require quarantine, just testing, for returning travelers. Amber List countries require testing for people returning home and, so far, a 10-day isolation period.
The countries on the red list, considered to be the places with the most risky Covid situations, impose a hotel quarantine.
What has changed today?
Mr Shapps announced that after July 19, when the fourth and final easing of Covid lockdown restrictions in England is due to take place, fully vaccinated UK residents will be able to return from Amber List countries without self-isolation.
A person is considered to be fully vaccinated 14 days after their second dose of the vaccine. However, Downing Street confirmed that this does not apply to all UK citizens – only those who have been vaccinated by the NHS, as opposed to Brits who have received a dose abroad.
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Those under the age of 18 will not need to isolate themselves on their return journey either.
Directives telling people not to go to Amber List locations will also be lifted.
“In essence, this means that for fully vaccinated travelers, the requirements for Green List and Orange List countries are the same,” Shapps told the House of Commons.
PCR tests should always be carried out three days before departure and no later than the second day. They will no longer be required on the eighth day for fully immunized individuals or children.
Which countries are on the orange list?
Many popular tourist destinations are on the list, which is revised regularly.
However, travelers should check the entry requirements for the country they wish to visit, in case they place any restrictions or additional requirements on UK visitors.
The countries are:
Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Bonaire, Saint-Eustache and Saba
Central African Republic
Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue
Czech Republic (Czechia)
Greece (including islands)
The Occupied Palestinian Territories
Papua New Guinea
Portugal (including the Azores) Madeira is on the Green Watch List.
Sao Tome and Principe
The Solomon Islands
Spain (including the Canary Islands – the Balearic Islands are on the Green Watch List)
Saint Kitts and Nevis
St Martin and St Barthélemy
St Pierre and Miquelon
St Vincent and the Grenadines
United States (United States)
Wallis and futuna