ere are all the rules for British travellers hoping to get some sunshine in the weeks to come.

Double-vaccinated British holidaymakers returning from an amber list country will no longer need to self isolate as of July 19.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in the Commons on July 8 that holidaymakers were still required to take a test three days before returning and a PCR test on, or before, the second day after returning home.

The major updates comes as the country prepares to enter the final stage of the roadmap out of lockdown on Freedom Day July 19.

How does the traffic light system work?

Green: Travellers must take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day two of their arrival back into England. Holidaymakers who test negative will not need to quarantine on their return or take any additional tests, halving the cost of tests post holiday.

Amber: Double vaccinated British holidaymakers returning from an amber list country will no longer need to self isolate as of July 19. Arrivals, who are not double-jabbed, must quarantine for ten days. Unvaccinated people must take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on day two and day eight with the option for “test to release” on day five to end self-isolation early. Those who are vaccinated must take a pre-arrival test, and test on day two of arriving back into the country.

Red: Those returning from red list countries must stay in a managed quarantine hotel for ten days which they should book before their trip. Travellers must complete pre-departure testing and PCR testing on day two and day eight.

What countries are currently on the Green travel list?

Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory

Balearic islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca)

British Indian Ocean Territory

Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

What countries are on the Green watchlist?

If a country is in danger of moving to amber it will be added to the green watchlist.

Currently the below countries are on the watchlist:

Anguilla, Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory, Antigua and Barbuda, Balearic islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca), Barbados, Bermuda, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Israel and Jerusalem, Madeira, Montserrat, Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands.


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Any advice on what to do in Green list countries?

People sunbathe on a beach in Spain


What countries are currently on the Amber list?

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue

Greece (including islands)

The Occupied Palestinian Territories

Portugal (including the Azores)

Spain (including the Canary Islands)

St Martin and St Barthélemy

St Vincent and the Grenadines

What countries are currently on the Red list?

Congo (Democratic Republic)

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

What you need to know about PCR tests

Mr Shapps told the Commons in April that one provider said they could offer the tests for £44.90 each.

What about travelling when you have had the Indian-made AstraZeneca vaccine?

Britons who were given an Indian-made version of the AstraZeneca vaccine will no longer be turned away from Malta, the transport secretary has said.

Grant Shapps said that Maltese authorities have “amended their travel advice” to allow entry for all holiday-makers who received the jab in Britain, regardless of where it was manufactured.

“All vaccines have gone through rigorous safety and quality checks,” he added in a tweet.

Malta has yet to confirm the change.

While there is nothing wrong with the vaccine, and it has been authorised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is yet to approve it. This means it is not currently being accepted as part of the EU’s vaccine passport scheme.

Some European countries have individually agreed to admit Brits who have had the jab and Malta has now done so too after a couple in their 60s were turned back at Manchester Airport at 3.30am on Friday.

When will the next travel review take place?

The green, amber and red destination lists are updated every three weeks. The next update is imminient.

Will any more countries be added to the Green list?

There are plenty of popular holiday destinations with Covid-19 rates that are currently lower than Britain’s.

However, low case numbers are just one factor taken into account by the government when it considers adding a destination to the green list.

They also look at vaccination rates, variants of concern and whether a country is good a genomic sequencing.

What is a quarantine hotel and how much does it cost?

Travellers must complete ten days of quarantine which begins at 0.01am on the first day after arrival.

A Covid test must be taken on day two and day eight. Guests are permitted to leave the hotel after completing ten full days provided they test negative for the virus.

Transport is provided from the airport to the hotel and passengers who have parked at the airport will need to extend their parking period.

Full board is provided as part of the quarantine package including three daily meals, fresh fruit, tea, coffee, soft drinks and water.

Travellers must pay £1,750 for their stay, with an additional rate of £650 for children over 12 and £325 for children between five and 12-years-old.

There is no additional cost for children under five.

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