The amber list is gone!
From October 4 the traffic light system will change completely, with the amber list set to disappear entirely. From that date onwards we can expect a simpler system, with pricey PCR tests no longer required for those travelling to countries like Spain and Italy.
Previously, countries had been categorised according to the risk they posed – whether that be from new strains of Covid-19 or a prevalence of existing strains. These classifications followed a traffic light system – green, amber and red.
Before returning from an amber country people were required to complete a passenger locator form and take a PCR test. Additionally, it was necessary to take a test on the second day upon returning to the UK. These rules applied to passengers who had had both Covid-19 vaccinations and could provide proof of those vaccinations.
Those rules are now changing. Now countries will only be categorised as either green or red. Those returning from red countries will still need to self-isolate in hotel rooms, whether vaccinated or not. However, those returning from green countries will not be required to take a pre-departure test before returning to the UK if they have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Upon returning from a green country passengers will still be required to take a rapid lateral flow test before day 2, or on 2 day. Additionally, the following countries will be removed from the red list on September 22 and added to the green list: Turkey, Kenya, Pakistan, the Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman and Bangladesh. Transport secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed that these new measures will remain in place until the new year, at least.
However, passengers will still need to complete the passenger locator form 48 hours before they leave the country they are visiting. In addition, those who haven’t had both jabs will still need to take a test before coming to the UK and will need to take a PCR test on or before day 2 of returning to the UK.
It is important to note that the devolved nations have control of their own rules and regulations when it comes to travel, but you can always consult the government website for the latest advice on travel. Should you have any queries at all concerning international countries then you can contact the embassies of those countries.