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Travel to amber destinations without the need to quarantine.

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It’s nearly 16 months since Boris Johnson’s initial address to the nation marking the dawn of the first lockdown. As we navigated the summer of 2020, at the time many of us would not have believed that ‘Freedom Day’ was still a year away. As we edge closer to July 19th many of us, understandably, are hesitant to arrange street parties and engage in random acts of tactility due to the serge of the Delta Variant.

The impact the new variant is having on the UK differs from previous waves, which many attribute to the success of the vaccine roll out.

“So far, more than 45.4 million people have had a first vaccine dose – about 86% of the adult population – and almost 34 million have had a second.”

BBC

 

The number of first doses performed daily has dropped significantly, however still more than 120,000 adults per day are rolling up their sleeves to receive their first jab. A further 160,000 adults are receiving their second dose each day.

“The UK has four vaccines approved for use: Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Moderna and Janssen; three of which require two doses for maximum protection.

Progress made in the UK so far means the country continues to be among those with the highest vaccination rates globally.”

BBC

 

So far, more than 45.4 million people have had a first vaccine dose – about 86% of the adult population – and almost 34 million have had a second.

 

So why does this matter?

Restrictions are being lifted, that we are certain of, however there is still a question mark around travel.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Monday, Johnson confirmed plans to ditch quarantine rules for those returning from amber destinations. This is good news for anyone planning a holiday later this year as most mainstream destinations are currently on the amber list.

“We will maintain our tough border controls including the red list, and recognising the protection afforded by two doses of vaccine, we will work with the travel industry towards removing the need for fully vaccinated arrivals to isolate on return from an amber country,” Johnson said.

The new rules mean you can travel freely to an amber destination without the need to quarantine on your return, essentially treating amber destinations as if they were green.

“Under these new proposals, anyone who has received their second jab 14 days before entering the UK from an amber list country would be able to skip quarantine requirements.”

iNews

 

When will the new rules come into play?

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps made his long-awaited announcement regarding the changes on Thursday evening. The new guidance has come sooner than many may have expected with travellers not needing to isolate, if fully vaccinated in the UK, from July 19th, 2021.

 

 

Which countries are on the amber list?

Click the (+ -) symbol below to see the full list of red, amber, and green destinations.

 

Destinations on the Green list
Anguilla Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
Antigua and Barbuda Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
Austria
Australia
The Azores Moved to the green list 4am, Monday 30 August. If you arrived in England before then you must follow the amber list rules.
Mainland Portugal is on the amber list.
Barbados Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
Bermuda Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
British Indian Ocean Territory Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
Brunei
Bulgaria
Canada Moved to the green list 4am, Monday 30 August. If you arrived in England before then you must follow the amber list rules.
Cayman Islands Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
Croatia Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
Denmark Moved to the green list 4am, Monday 30 August. If you arrived in England before then you must follow the amber list rules.
Dominica Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
Falkland Islands
Faroe Islands
Finland Moved to the green list 4am, Monday 30 August. If you arrived in England before then you must follow the amber list rules.
Germany
Gibraltar
Grenada Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
Hong Kong
Iceland
Israel and Jerusalem Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
Latvia
Liechtenstein Moved to the green list 4am, Monday 30 August. If you arrived in England before then you must follow the amber list rules.
Lithuania Moved to the green list 4am, Monday 30 August. If you arrived in England before then you must follow the amber list rules.
Madeira Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
Mainland Portugal is on the amber list.
Malta
Montserrat Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
New Zealand
Norway
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
Romania
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Switzerland Moved to the green list 4am, Monday 30 August. If you arrived in England before then you must follow the amber list rules.
Taiwan Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
Turks and Caicos Islands Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.
Destinations on the Amber list
Amber list Upcoming changes to the amber list
Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Armenia
Aruba
Azerbaijan
The Bahamas
Bahrain
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Burkina Faso
Cambodia
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
China
Comoros
Congo
Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue
Côte d’Ivoire
Curaçao
Cyprus
Czech Republic (Czechia)
Djibouti
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Estonia
Fiji
France
French Polynesia
Gabon
The Gambia
Ghana
Greece (including islands)
Greenland
Guadeloupe
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Honduras
Hungary
India
Iran
Iraq
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kiribati
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Liberia
Libya
Luxembourg
Macao
Madagascar
Malaysia
Mali
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Morocco
Nauru
Netherlands
New Caledonia
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
North Korea
North Macedonia
The Occupied Palestinian Territories
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Poland
Portugal Madeira is on the green watchlist.
The Azores is on the green list.
Qatar
Russia
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Solomon Islands
South Korea
South Sudan
Spain, including the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca)
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St Maarten
St Martin and St Barthélemy
St Pierre and Miquelon
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Sweden
Syria
Tajikistan
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United States (USA)
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Vietnam
Wallis and Futuna
Western Sahara
Yemen
Destinations on the Red list
Red list Upcoming changes to the red list
Afghanistan
Angola
Argentina
Bangladesh
Bolivia
Botswana
Brazil
Burundi
Cape Verde
Chile
Colombia
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
Eritrea
Eswatini
Ethiopia
French Guiana
Georgia
Guyana
Haiti
Indonesia
Kenya
Lesotho
Malawi
Maldives
Mayotte
Mexico
Mongolia
Montenegro Moved to the red list 4am, Monday 30 August. If you arrive in England after then you must follow the red list rules.
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nepal
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Réunion
Rwanda
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Tanzania
Thailand Moved to the red list 4am, Monday 30 August. If you arrive in England after then you must follow the red list rules.
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Uganda
Uruguay
Venezuela
Zambia
Zimbabwe

 

 

What are the new rules with regard to testing?

The date of your second vaccination is key. You must have your second jab at least 14 days prior to departure. Make sure you have this booked with plenty of time to spare as vaccination centres are expected to become busier since Grant Shapps’ announcement.

Not much has changed with regard to testing, you will still need to pay for a PCR test 3 days prior to departure from your holiday destination and another 2 days after arriving home.

 

 

Are all Amber destinations accepting British tourists?

The short answer is no. We advise you check with your destination’s governmental website or the UK Gov site prior to travel. Each country or territory will have different rules on international holiday makers.

For example:

  • Germany is lifting a Covid-related travel ban on people from the UK
  • Mainland Portugal requires proof of being fully vaccinated to avoid two-weeks’ quarantine.
  • Only fully vaccinated UK adults can enter Malta – and it will not recognise a UK vaccine certificate with an Indian batch number (4120Z002 and 4120Z003).
  • Only fully vaccinated people can enter France.
  • Travelling to Belgium from the UK is currently banned.
  • Hong Kong has banned all UK flights.

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How will the new rules affect my travel insurance policy?

We have created a policy add on allowing you to travel to European destinations with enhanced cover. If you have purchased the COVID-19 Enhanced Add On, you will remain covered to travel if the FCDO advise against “all but essential” travel to your destination. This means you can travel with extra piece of mind before July 19th.

The rate of infection and volume of testing differs from country to country. Popular destinations such as Italy and Germany have far lower rates of infection per 100,000 people compared to the UK. However, the need to protect yourself against the possibility of infection, both before and during your trip, and selecting appropriate cover is still essential. Until recently, if you were unable to travel due to contracting COVID-19, you would not be covered, however our enhanced Add On gives you greater levels of medical and cancellation cover should you need it.

 

For more information on our COVID-19 Enhanced Add On

 

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