Updated Covid information for Amber destinations

Quarantine free travel for fully vaccinated passengers returning from amber list countries 

Press statement issued 8 July 2021

Quarantine-free travel to resume on 19 July for fully vaccinated passengers returning from amber list countries

* From 19 July, arrivals who have been fully vaccinated with an NHS administered vaccine in the UK (plus 14 days), or are on a formally approved UK vaccine clinical trial, returning to England from amber list counties will no longer need to quarantine. Passengers will need to provide proof of their vaccination status to carriers in advance of travel.

* Pre-departure testing and day 2 testing measures to remain.

* Children under the age of 18 to be exempt from quarantine on returning to England from amber countries.

* The recommendation for people to not travel to amber countries will also be removed from 19 July. People should continue to check FCDO travel advice before booking travel.

This news marks the next step in the cautious reopening of international travel, following the Prime Minister setting out plans earlier this week to ease COVID-19 restrictions in England from step 4 of the roadmap.

The Government has today (Thursday 8 July) set out the details to enable people who have been fully vaccinated with an NHS administered vaccine, plus 14 days, to travel to amber list countries without having to quarantine on their return to England, from Monday 19 July.

The recommendation for people not to travel to amber list countries will also be removed from 19 July. The changes will come into force from Monday 19 July at 4am.

Those who have been fully vaccinated with an NHS administered vaccine in the UK and are returning from amber countries will still be required to complete a pre-departure test before arrival into England, alongside a PCR test on or before day 2 after arrival. They will not have to take a day 8 test or self-isolate. Any positive results will be genomically sequenced to continue to manage the risk from importing variants.

Children under the age of 18 will not have to isolate when returning to England.

While the recommendation that people should not travel to amber countries is being removed, children aged 4 and under will continue to be exempt from any travel testing.

Children aged 5 – 10 will only need to do a Day 2 PCR and 11-18 years old will need to take both a pre-departure test and a day 2 PCR – as is the case for arrivals from green list countries.

IF YOU ARE NOT FULLY VACCINATED, YOU WILL STILL NEED TO SELF ISOLATE ON RETURN TO THE UK FROM AN AMBER DESTINATION

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