All 167 countries and territories that are on the UK’s travel amber list
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Travel has officially returned. As of 17 May, Britons can travel abroad again for non-essential reasons.
To coincide with the return to travel, the government has announced the long-awaited list of its traffic light system, which categorises destinations based on their coronavirus risk level: green for low-risk destinations, amber for medium-risk destinations and red for the highest-risk destinations.
You can check here for more information about what each classification means. However, in short, green list arrivals will not have to quarantine for 10 days. They will, however, have to take a COVID-19 test prior to departure and one within two days of arriving back in England. Red list arrivals will have to pre-book and undergo a 10-day quarantine in a government-approved hotel, costing £1,7500 for one adult.
Amber list arrivals fall in between. Travellers who arrive in England from an amber list destination will need to have a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result, which can be from a lateral flow device. Additionally, they will need to self-isolate for 10 days at home. Before their travel, they will need to pre-book a COVID-19 testing package through the government and take a PCR test on days two and eight of their quarantine.
Amber arrivals are also eligible for England’s Test to Release scheme. With that, amber arrivals must quarantine for five full days. After their fifth day of quarantine, they can purchase and take an additional PCR test. If the test returns a negative result, they can forgo the rest of their quarantine period, although they will still need to take the day-eight test — even though they’ve already exited quarantine.
Note that if summer 2020 is any indication, it’s entirely possible that the U.K. will list a certain destination as green or amber, but that country’s government may determine that it will not allow Britons to enter. There are still plenty of details to work out regarding vaccine passports and whether or not travellers will have to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 status. It’s entirely likely that entry requirements will vary from country to country and will rely on the traveller to do their research. However, we do now know that England is using the NHS app as a vaccine passport for travellers to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result.
As of this secocnd round of lists, the green list is limited in numbers, with most of the countries belonging to the amber list, though the government said it’s going to be reviewing its list often. Every three weeks, the government said it will review the countries on its green list. It will also implement a “watch list” for travellers to know if a country is near a move from one level to another. For example, a “green watchlist” will show if a country is at risk of moving from green to amber.
Most recently, the government announced that Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Trinidad and Tobago will move from the amber list to the red list as of 4 a.m. on 8 June.
See the following other lists for the countries in the green and red categories:
- All 11 countries and territories that are on the UK’s travel green list
- All 50 countries that are on the UK’s travel red list
Here are the 167 countries and territories that are currently on the amber list as of 4 a.m. on 8 June, noting that until that date, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Trinidad and Tobago will remain amber:
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- Côte d’Ivoire
- Equatorial Guinea
- The Gambia
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Sierra Leone
- South Sudan
- Western Sahara
Americas and Caribbean
- Antigua and Barbuda
- The Bahamas
- Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
- British Antarctic Territory
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Maarten
- St Martin and St Barthélemy
- St Pierre and Miquelon
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United States of America
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- Hong Kong
- Myanmar (Burma)
- North Korea
- The Occupied Palestinian Territories
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
Australia and Pacific Islands
- Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue
- French Polynesia
- Marshall Islands
- New Caledonia
- Papua New Guinea
- Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
- Solomon Islands
- Wallis and Futuna
- Akrotiri and Dhekelia
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- Greece (including islands)
- North Macedonia
- San Marino
- Spain (including the Balearics and Canary Islands)
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