Complete list of destinations requiring home quarantine in the UK
So far, for most of 2021, Britons have been completely banned from vacationing abroad. But as the UK takes the next major step in its reopening plan, the country is finally lifting its blanket ban on overseas leisure travel. This means that for Brits that long-awaited sun vacation – or family reunion – could take place this summer. And for the rest of the world, UK travel is back.
Under the new rules, all countries in the world have been placed in one of three categories “green”, “orange” or “red”, depending on a series of factors. These include the proportion of a country’s population that has been vaccinated, infection rates, and emerging variants.
The “red list” lists countries from which travel is totally prohibited, with the exception of returning UK and Irish nationals as well as official UK residents. Anyone who is allowed in will have to accumulate £ 1,750 per person to self-isolate in a government-mandated hotel for ten days.
Anyone arriving from destinations on the “green list” will only have to provide a negative test result upon arrival, with no obligation to self-isolate.
But while these two lists have attracted most of the headlines, the vast majority of countries have in fact made an intermediate category: the so-called “orange list”. Here’s everything you need to know about the new rules for travel from these countries – and exactly when they might go ‘red’ or ‘green’.
What are the UK Amber List rules?
Like those from countries on the “red list”, travelers from countries classified as “orange” must also be quarantined for ten days upon arrival in the UK. However, you don’t have to do this at a government-sanctioned hotel – you can self-isolate at home or wherever you are staying.
Before you arrive, you must complete a passenger locator form and then bring a negative Covid-19 test with you to border controls (it must take place within the last 72 hours). If you don’t bring a negative test you may not be able to continue your trip and you could be fined £ 500 on arrival – meaning you need to verify that you will be able to pass a test in your destination before. you go.
The third (and final) requirement is that you must book and pay for the tests to be taken on days two and eight of your home quarantine period. A full list of approved sellers is available on the UK Government’s website, with most travel test kits costing between £ 170 and £ 240 per trip.
It should also be remembered that the “test to release” program is valid for travel from countries on the “Orange List”, as long as you are in England. This means that you can leave quarantine after the fifth day if you are taking another private Covid-19 test and it comes back negative. But even if you get back into the company, you’ll still have to take another test three days later – just in case.
In other words: Travelers from ‘Orange List’ countries could have to quarantine as little as five days on return, in the comfort of their own homes – although, of course, they will also have to pay. a few hundred extra pounds for the privilege.
And while you might think that’s a price to pay to travel to more destinations, Brits shouldn’t be vacationing in an “ orange ” place at all. The official line of the UK government is: “You must not travel to Amber List countries or territories for leisure purposes.” This means that you will have to wait for your destination to make the “ green list ” before going on vacation.
Which countries are on the UK’s orange list?
At the moment, England’s Orange List covers the vast majority of countries around the world, including popular destinations like France, Spain, Italy and the United States.
On May 11, it was confirmed that Scotland’s initial “green list” would be identical to that of England. Northern Ireland has said it will also allow non-quarantine travel from the same countries. Wales has introduced a similar traffic light system, although Prime Minister Mark Drakeford has advised Welsh citizens to only travel abroad for ‘essential’ reasons for the rest of the year.
Here are all the countries and territories currently on the “ Orange List ” in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland:
Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Antigua and Barbuda
Bonaire, Saint-Eustache and Saba
British Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
the Cook Islands
Greece (including islands)
The Occupied Palestinian Territories
Papua New Guinea
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
Sao Tome and Principe
The Solomon Islands
Spain (including the Balearic and Canary Islands)
St Kitts and Nevis
St Martin and St Barthélemy
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
Wallis and futuna
Which countries could then be added to the UK’s green list?
Grant Shapps, Britain’s transport secretary, said the “red”, “orange” and “green” lists would be reviewed every three weeks from May 17. This means that several popular vacation destinations may well be added to the “green list” on June 7, June 28, July 19, etc.
Countries in Europe that appear likely to be added to the “ green list ” include Malta (where 107 doses of vaccination have been distributed per 100 inhabitants, while only 25 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 have been recorded in the last 14 days), Hungary (84 doses of vaccination per 100, against 148 cases of coronavirus per 100,000) and Finland (48 doses of vaccination per 100, against 53 cases of coronavirus per 100,000). Cyprus, meanwhile, administered 60 doses of the vaccine per 100 inhabitants, but some 522 cases of the virus were recorded per 100,000 during the previous fortnight.
Popular tourist destinations, including Spain and Italy have more advanced vaccination programs than Portugal (52 doses were administered per 100 in both countries), although their case rates are still much higher (respectively 159 and 192 per 100,000). This means that they may not be on the “green list” the next time around.
And what about additions to the “red list”? Well, these could be introduced at any time. If a virulent new variant emerges, such as those that have swept India, South Africa and Brazil in recent months, then a country could turn “red” before one of the assigned “review dates”.
This means that you should always keep an eye on infection rates before traveling and while on vacation. Because let’s be honest, nothing would suck more than finding out you have to shell out £ 1,750 for hotel quarantine on the way home. (And if you need to be convinced of that, just read this account of what it really looks like.)
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