Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced claims his system for international travel is in “chaos” after proposals for a new “amber watchlist” category were abandoned. The Prime Minister pledged to keep travel rules during the pandemic as simple as possible and senior sources ruled out the prospect of a new category. The Government had been considering the new watchlist for nations at risk of being moved into the red group which requires hotel quarantine on return for 10 days at a cost of £1,750 for an adult. But following a backlash by Tory MPs, ministerial concerns and complaints from the travel industry, Government sources confirmed there would be “no amber watchlist”.
Travel expert Paul Charles, director of The PC Agency consultancy, said he expected further changes to the rules, claiming “high level” sources had told him the “amber plus” and “green watchlist” categories would also be dropped. “There needs to be more simplicity and a reduced testing regime,” he said. Covid test requirements, green and amber lists, entry rules and travel insurance need to be checked thoroughly before booking. Here’s a guide to current rules for most popular European destinations: Spain – Amber Entry requirements: All UK travellers aged 12 and over must show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, or proof of being being fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival. Passengers must also complete an online Health Control Form 48 hours before they travel.
The popular resort of Benidorm
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Covid rules: Face coverings should be worn in enclosed public spaces when social distancing is not possible. Tourist accommodation in the Canary Islands requires proof of either full vaccination, a negative test or recent recovery from Covid. Return to UK: Fully-jabbed adults and under 18s don’t have to quarantine. But everyone aged 11 or over has to take a private test within three days before returning, and two days after they return. Children aged 5-10 also need to take a test on day two of return. Anyone over 18 and not fully vaccinated will need to quarantine at home for 10 days and take an extra PCR test eight days after return. Private tests in the UK can cost around £65 on the high street or as much as £200 in private clinics. Some companies, such as UK’s largest tour operator TUI, Jet2 and easyJet are offering subsidised testing, Greece – Amber Entry requirements: Anyone aged 12 or over must provide either a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arriving, a negative rapid antigen test within 48 hours, proof of recovery from Covid (a positive PCR test dated 30-180 days before travel) or proof of two vaccinations taken at least 14 days before arrival.
Crete is a popular destination for British tourists
In some resorts it may also be necessary to take a rapid test on arrival, with quarantine in a hotel for 10 days if positive. Covid rules: Face masks in all indoor public and communal spaces, proof of vaccination to sit inside restaurants and bars, only 10 people can sit together outdoors. Travel to and between most Greek islands requires a negative Covid test of proof of vaccination. Return to UK: Everyone aged 11 or over needs to take a private test within three days before return, and two days after return. Children aged 5-10 need to take a test on day 2 of return. Adults who are not fully vaccinated need to quarantine for 10 days and take a PCR test on day 8. Portugal – Amber Entry requirements: UK travellers must prove they are fully vaccinated with the second jab at least 14 days before travel, or quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Anyone over 12 must also show a negative PCR or antigen test result, complete a passenger locator card and be temperature-checked on arrival. Those aged 12 to 17 travelling with fully-vaccinated adults do not need to quarantine but must provide a negative test result.
Travellers have flocked to Portugal since it opened up on May 17
Covid rules: Face masks in all enclosed spaces and outdoors where it isn’t possible to socially distance. Taxis can only carry up to two passengers, nightclubs are closed and beaches have one-way systems and sunshades/towels should be 3m apart. Return to UK: Passengers aged 11 or over need to take a private test within three days of return to UK and two days after return. Children aged 5-10 need to take a test on day 2 of return. Adults who are not fully vaccinated need to quarantine for 10 days and take a PCR test on day 8. Croatia – Green watchlist Entry requirements : All travellers must present either a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours, or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours, regardless of vaccination status. Passengers arriving without a valid test will be denied entry. Children under 12 and accompanied by a parent or guardian are exempt. It is also necessary to complete an online entry form before travel, and carry a copy of accommodation booking or proof of ownership of holiday homes or boats.
Holidays to Croatia have resumed
Covid rules: Face masks on public transport, taxis and in shops and other commercial premises. Return to UK: Travellers aged five and over must take a Covid test on or before day 2 after arrival. The country is currently on the green watchlist, meaning it is at risk of being moved to the amber list. However the watchlist could soon be abolished. Cyprus – Amber Entry requirements: The UK is on Cyprus’s ‘red list’, so travellers must take a PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure, and then undergo another test upon arrival and remain in isolation until the result comes back. The result should be returned within three hours. Children under 12 are exempt. Fully-vaccinated travellers don’t need to take the test before departure.
Picturesque Larnaca, in Cyprus
All passengers must also complete the online Cyprus Flight Pass before their journey, where those who are not fully vaccinated must also upload their PCR test result 24 hours before departure. Travellers to the north of Cyprus must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours upon entry. All travellers who are not fully vaccinated must quarantine for seven days. Covid rules: Faces masks are compulsory in all indoor and outdoor public spaces and subject to a 300 euro fine for non-compliance. To enter specific areas including malls and restaurants it s necessary for hold a SafePass, which requires a negative test taken within 72 hours or at least one dose of the vaccine received at least three weeks prior. In North Cyprus there is a 12am to 5am curfew. Return to UK: Everyone aged 11 or over needs to take a private test within three days before returning, and two days after they return. Children aged 5-10 need to take a test on day 2 of return. Adults who are not fully vaccinated need to quarantine for 10 days and take a PCR test on day 8. Malta – Green Entry requirements: Only fully-vaccinated adults can travel from the UK, while children aged 5-11 must show evidence of a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours. Children aged 12-17 will only be able to enter Malta if they are fully vaccinated – however, the UK is not currently vaccinating this age group. Passengers must also complete a passenger locator and public health declaration form before you travel.
The capital city of Valletta in Malta
Covid rules: Face coverings in indoor and outdoor public places are necessary. Two people together, with proof of vaccination, can remove their masks in an outdoor public place. Nightclubs are closed and only six per table allowed in restaurants and cafes. Return to UK: No need to quarantine on return, but passengers must take a Cover test before heading back and another two days after return. Italy – Amber Entry requirements: All UK visitors must self-isolate for five days on arrival. Arrivals must also present a negative test or the self-isolation period rises to 10 days, with a Covid test at the end of self-isolation. Visitors also need to complete an EU digital passenger locator form before travel and complete a local Covid-19 helpline within 48 hours of arrival. Children under six don’t need to test but do need to self-isolate.
People enjoy a sunny day on the beach in Tuscany’s Castiglione della Pescaia, Italy
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Covid rules: Masks in indoor public spaces for all exempt children under six, social distancing of 1m. From August 6 a ‘green certificate’ will be required to attend weddings and religious ceremonies and access many public spaces including indoors seating in bars and restaurants, museums and swimming pools. Return to UK: Everyone aged 11 or over needs to take a private test within three days before returning, and two days after they return. Children aged 5-10 need to take a test on day 2 of return. Adults who are not fully vaccinated need to quarantine for 10 days and take a PCR test on day 8
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France – Amber plus Entry requirements: Only adults who are fully vaccinated can enter France, and must show proof of vaccination status. Children aged 12 or over travelling with them must provide proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken 24 hours prior.
France is currently on the Amber Plus list for UK travellers
Covid rules: Face masks ate required in all enclosed public spaces, except for children under 11. Adults need a ‘pass sanitaire’ to enter bars, restaurants, museums, use long-distance trains and attend large events. To obtain the pass proof of vaccination, a negative test from the past 48 hours or a document recent recovery from Covid is needed. Return to UK: All adults, even those who are fully vaccinated, have to isolate for 10 days, as well as take a private test before travel, and two most tests after arrival. For more stories from where you live, visit InYourArea.