Government announces new ‘Amber’ list measures

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The UK government has today announced that as of 0400 July 19th, there will be changes to requirements for UK residents returning from ‘Amber’ list countries to England.


Provided residents have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 for at least 14 days, residents returning from an ‘Amber’ list destination to England will:

1. No longer need to self-isolate

Fully vaccinated residents will not be required to self-isolate on returning to the UK.

2. Be exempt from taking a ‘Day 8’ test

Fully vaccinated residents will also be exempt from taking a day 8 test.

The NHS COVID Pass can be used to prove vaccination status and children under the age of 18 will not be required to self-isolate.

3. Be able to take ‘Day 2’ test ‘on arrival’

International arrivals from green and amber countries do not have to wait until Day 2 to take their first PCR test.

The UK Government Website states that the first test on arrival can be “taken on or before day 2”, meaning passengers can be tested at the airport immediately on arrival.


This announcement opens up many more destinations for fully vaccinated UK residents without the need to quarantine upon return, including popular holiday hotspots such as France, Spain, Greece, Portugal.

Prior to travel, travellers are of course reminded to check the Government Website for specific country entry requirements including mandatory testing where required.

We are advised that airlines will be serving more Green and Amber destinations – based on the most recent traffic light categorisation.


MIDAS Travel consultants advise all travellers and bookers on any changes affecting their trips. Should MIDAS clients wish to find out more, please contact your travel team. For any other enquiries, get in touch.

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