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Which countries are on the amber travel list?

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After over a year of lockdowns, restrictions, and troubling news, a beach holiday is well overdue.

Each foreign country (and island) has been given a colour (green, amber, or red) as part of England’s traffic light travel system which designates whether you’ll need to self-isolate on return home.

Green countries will typically be places with low Covid-19 rates and a high percentage of vaccinated citizens – with amber and red countries considered a higher risk for spreading the virus.

But which countries have been given the amber light, and what are the rules?

Here’s all you need to know.

Which countries are on the amber travel list?

Holidaymakers will be delighted to know that the vast majority of countries are on the amber list.

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Grant Shapps sets out traffic light system for international travel from May 17

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This includes popular beach destinations such as the Bahamas, Greece, Italy, Thailand, and Barbados.

City breaks are back on the cards too, with the likes of France, the United States, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands on the amber list.

Portugal was originally on the quarantine-free green list, but will move to the amber list from Tuesday at 4am following a surge of coronavirus cases.

Also, the likes of Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Trinidad and Tobago will be moved from the amber list to the red list from 4am on Tuesday.

These amber countries only apply to English holidaymakers – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not yet said when they might ease their travel rules.

It is worth noting that these countries may move up to the green category or down to red depending on their Covid-19 rates – Grant Shapps has confirmed that the lists will be reviewed every three weeks.

For the full red, amber, and green travel lists visit gov.uk.

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How will the traffic light system work?

The lists are decided based on the following criteria:

  • The percentage of a country’s population that have been vaccinated
  • The rate of infection
  • The prevalence of variants of concern
  • The country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing

What are the rules for travelling to an amber traffic light country?

While legal, the government is discouraging holidays to amber list destinations.

If you’re returning from an amber country, you must self-isolate for 10 days, unless you receive a negative result from a test taken at least five days after arrival.

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You will need to book some PCR tests (Picture: Getty)

You’ll also have to take a pre-departure test, plus Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests on both day two and day eight of your arrival in the UK.

PCR tests must be booked through one of the Government’s approved providers.

The rules for quarantining upon arrival in your holiday country will depend on local rules, which you should look up ahead of time.

All being well, more countries may be added to the green list by the end of June.

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