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Amber Quarantine Dropped for Fully Vaccinated Travellers


The government has announced that from 19th July fully vaccinated UK residents will no longer have to self-isolate when they return to England from amber list countries, additionally it will be dropping its guidance against leisure travel to amber list countries from the same date.

Children under the age of 18 will also not have to self-isolate when returning to England from amber list countries.

With two thirds of adults due to have had their 2nd dose by 19 July, and the rest by the autumn, this really is good news for those of us that want to get abroad for a holiday this year, with some of our most loved destinations on the amber list now becoming more accessible, including Spain, France, Portugal and Greece.

Fully vaccinated travellers will still be required to take a pre-departure test before their journey home and a PCR test 2 days after arrival.   This means that for fully vaccinated UK residents the requirements for amber and green list countries are now the same. 

Travellers returning from red list countries will still be required to go into hotel quarantine, regardless of their vaccination status. 

Being fully vaccinated is defined as having had your second dose of a two-dose vaccine more than 14 days ago. You can prove your vaccination status by using the NHS Covid Pass which can be accessed via the NHS app or by calling 119.

It is also important to check the entry requirements for your destination country.

Currently to enter Spain or Greece you will need proof of either a negative PCR test or vaccination, whilst France is only allowing entry to fully vaccinated adults with proof of a negative PCR test and under 18s travelling with fully vaccinated adults.

Check the entry requirements for your destination:

Travel Insurance for Green and Amber List Countries can provide travel insurance cover for countries on the government’s amber and green lists, so long as the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is not advising against all, or all but essential travel to that destination.  Check the latest travel advice:

(We cannot cover destinations which are on the red list, or where the FCDO advises against all or all but essential travel).

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