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Amber list countries: Which nations could have UK medium risk travel rules

The Government has confirmed that foreign travel will reopen under a traffic light system this summer.

Countries will be split into three categories: green, amber or red, depending on how high-risk they are.

This will be determined by the global travel taskforce, which is due to report on 12 April.

The taskforce is “aimed at facilitating a return to international travel as soon as possible while still managing the risk from imported cases and variants of concern”.

These factors, driven by data, will decide which category a destination is placed in.

How will the traffic light system work?

People would be able to travel to countries on the green list without restrictions, meaning no need to quarantine or take a PCR Covid test. They would only need to take a lateral flow test – which provides a result in 30 minutes – when returning to the UK.

Arrivals from red list countries would remain banned, other than for British and Irish nationals, and people with residence rights in the UK, including long-term visas. These people would have to quarantine for 10 days in a hotel, at a personal cost of £1,750.

It is not yet clear what conditions would need to be met for an amber list country, but it is likely to include a combination of testing and quarantine. Some reports have suggested people would need proof of a negative test to travel, and could leave quarantine after three days if they test negative again.

Under England’s lockdown roadmap, international travel is banned until at least 17 May.

Boris Johnson told a Downing Street press conference on Monday: “Obviously we are hopeful that we can get going from 17 May, we are hopeful.”

However, he also warned people to “be realistic”.

The Government has said: “For the moment, the Government advises people not to book summer holidays abroad until the picture is clearer.”

Which countries will be on the amber list?

The Government has said it is too early to say which countries will be on each list.

“These decisions will be driven by the data and evidence nearer the time, which we cannot predict now. In advance of the resumption of non-essential international travel, we will set out our initial assessment of which countries will fall into which category,” it said.

“Thereafter countries will move between the red, amber and green lists depending on the data.”

The data suggests that SpainGreeceCyprus and Turkey – all of which have all said they plan to welcome UK travellers back this summer – will be on the amber list.

France could make the amber list, though its rising case numbers could land it on the red list. French President Emmanuel Macron announced a third national lockdown last week, with schools and shops closing. Germany and Italy are also at risk of being on the red list.

According to research by The PC Agency, both Malta and Portugal could be on the green list, as they have low case numbers, and Malta’s vaccination figures are the best in the EU, with around 28 per cent of adults having received the jab.

The green list is also likely to include Israel, the USA, UAE, Canada and Barbados.




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