What are the quarantine rules for amber list countries? Here is what you need to know

As of July 19, fully vaccinated UK nationals returning from amber list vaccinations will no longer have to quarantine for 10 days. But they may have to follow different rules in the destinations they visit.

France

Cases per 100,000: 52.59

Population with second dose: 48.17%

All British nationals travelling to France, regardless of vaccination status, must provide a negative PCR test taken within 24 hours of departure and a sworn statement (déclaration sur l’honneur) form declaring that they do not have Covid-19 symptoms.

The rules then vary depending on your vaccination status.

Unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated: British travellers who are not fully vaccinated need an “essential reason” to visit France and must provide a completed International Travel Certificate showing this. Upon arrival they must self-isolate for seven days after arrival, then take another PCR test following this period of self-isolation.

Vaccinated: Fully vaccinated travellers must provide proof of their vaccination status, but they do not need an “essential reason” and are not required to self-isolate.

Coronavirus France Spotlight Chart – Cases default

Greece (including islands)

Cases per 100,000: 167

Population with second dose: 48.62%

All travellers from the UK must complete a passenger locator form before 11.59pm of the day before arriving in Greece.

British travellers must have one of the following to avoid self-isolation:

  • Proof of full vaccination status at least 14 days before travel
  • Proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival
  • Proof of a negative Covid-19 antigen test from an authorised laboratory
  • Proof of recovery from Covid-19 – a PCR test taken between 30 and 180 days of travel dates can be used.

When in Greece, a face mask must be worn at all times when on an aeroplane, bus, train or ferry and whilst at airports.

Coronavirus Greece Spotlight Chart – cases default

Cyprus

Cases per 100,000: 569

Population with second dose: 42.17%

Cyprus may be on the UK’s amber list, but as of July 8 the UK was added to Cyprus’s red list.

All arrivals must also complete a “Cyprus flight pass” before travelling.

Fully vaccinated travellers just need to show proof of their full vaccination status.

Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated passengers must provide a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. 

Upon arrival, they must then take another PCR test at Paphos or Larnaca airports and remain in self-isolation until they receive a test result. Passengers must cover the cost of these tests. 

Children under 12 are exempt from testing.

Coronavirus Cyprus Spotlight Chart – Cases default

Portugal

Cases per 100,000: 205

Population with second dose: 50.89%

All British nationals travelling to mainland Portugal must provide proof of a negative PCR test and will be subject to “health screening” on arrival, which involves a temperature check.

Those who were fully vaccinated at least two weeks before travel are free to enter mainland Portugal without restrictions.

However, those without full vaccination status must quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

Madeira, which is on the green watchlist, and the Azores, are slightly different. If you can provide proof that you are fully vaccinated, then you do not need to take a test. If you are not fully vaccinated, you must provide a negative test within 72 hours of departure, then you will be exempt from quarantine and need only complete a traveller questionnaire.

Coronavirus Portugal Spotlight Chart – Cases default

Italy

Cases per 100,000: 18.55

Population with second dose: 47.75%

All UK arrivals must call the Covid-19 helpline for the region they are visiting, and present a negative antigen or PCR test

Anyone travelling from the UK must quarantine for five days and complete a digital localisation form.

At the end of the quarantine period, passengers must take another negative PCR or antigen test.

Coronavirus Italy Spotlight Chart – cases default

Canada

Cases per 100,000: 7.95

Population with second dose: 56.59%

Canada features on the UK’s amber list, but the Canadian authorities have banned entry to British nationals, excluding temporary foreign workers, international students, Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Copy of Coronavirus CANADA Spotlight Chart – deaths default

United States

Cases per 100,000: 55.93

Population with second dose: 60%

Britons are not able to fly directly into the US, despite it being an amber list destination.

If someone has been in the UK, Ireland, the Schengen Area, Iran, Brazil, China or South Africa 14 days prior to their visit, they will be denied entry. The only exception is for British citizens who also have US citizenship or diplomatic rights.

The only way to travel to this amber list destination is to travel to a country which is permitted entry to the US for a fortnight prior to visiting.

In these cases, an Esta (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) or visa will be required, as well as a week’s quarantine upon arrival and proof of a negative test pre-departure or proof of recovery from Covid-19.

A Covid-19 test must also be taken 3-5 days after arrival.

Coronavirus USA Spotlight Chart – cases default

Thailand                                      

Cases per 100,000: 91.67                                           

Population with second dose: 5.82%

All UK citizens must provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken 72 hours before departure, as well as have insurance that covers Covid-19 which covers up to $100,000

Regardless of whether they have been fully vaccinated, all UK nationals must quarantine for 15 nights at a facility for Alternative State Quarantine that has been approved by Thai authorities.

Whilst in Alternative State Quarantine, travellers are typically not allowed to leave their room except for medical treatment or Covid-19 tests.

There is an expectation for the island of Phuket, where the ‘Phuket Sandbox’ scheme is running and restrictions are slightly more accommodating.

Fully vaccinated UK citizens who can provide proof of their vaccination status 14 days before their trip, a negative Covid-19 test, insurance, and a hotel booking are able to travel around Phuket if they follow social distancing, wear masks and take Covid-19 tests throughout their stay.

If after 14 days they test negative, they can then travel around the rest of Thailand.

Travellers must also download the Thai Chana Covid-19 tracking app upon arrival.

Thailand Spotlight Chart – Cases default

Morocco

Cases per 100,000: 30.49

Population with second dose: 35.87%

All UK passengers must provide either proof of their full vaccination status – with the vaccine received a fortnight before travel – or a negative PCR test taken at least 72 hours before arrival into Morocco.

A Public Health Passenger form must also be completed upon arrival.

If travelling by ferry, a Covid-19 test must be taken during the journey. 

Children under 11 are exempt from testing.

Mauritius

Cases per 100,000: 0

Population with second dose: 29.15%

Fully vaccinated tourists must quarantine at their holiday resort for a fortnight and then, if they present a negative PCR test, they will be allowed to travel. 

Unvaccinated tourists will be denied entry to Mauritius, unless you are a Mauritian national, in which case you will need to quarantine for a fortnight in quarantine facilities.

Ireland

Cases per 100,000: 94.78

Population with second dose: 56.26%

Ireland is not on the amber list, and does not feature as part of the traffic light system.

Those travelling to Ireland from the UK must provide a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival, and fill in a passenger locator form.

All arrivals must quarantine for a fortnight. However, if fully vaccinated, travellers can test to release after five days.

For those who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated, they must wait 10 days and then produce a negative Covid test.

For those returning to the UK from Ireland, there are no travel restrictions.

Coronavirus Ireland Spotlight Chart – Cases default

Data on cases and population sourced from The Telegraph coronavirus tracker, which is from Johns Hopkins University, Our World In Data and Public Health England.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *