The rules on whether you can visit amber and red list countries

Since the government relaxed the rules on travel there has been a lot of confusion over the traffic light system and where you are and aren’t allowed to go.

Contradictory information has been presented by different government ministers which has led to people being unsure as to what they can and can’t do.

The list highlights which countries are most at risk.

Green list countries the lowest risk and there is no quarantine requirement, although holidaymakers will have to take Covid tests while they are away.

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The confusion wasn’t helped when Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland appeared on Good Morning Britain and said holidays to amber countries are “a firm no”

He then stormed off the show when asked why there’s an amber list at all.

This message had already been contradicted by MP George Eustice, who said on Radio 4 people could visit amber list countries to “visit friends.”

He said the reason for the list was allow people to visit family and friends in those countries, which include Spain.

This, again, was different to what Health Secretary Matt Hancock had previously said during a press conference that “people “shouldn’t go to an amber or red list country on holiday, you should only go for exceptional circumstances”.

He said people could travel if they were visit ill family members or going to a funeral.

He added: “If you go to an amber list country, when you come back you have to go through the testing regime of three tests, you have to quarantine.”

From today (Monday, May 24), Spain has announced that Brits can travel into the country again – despite it being on our own amber list.

It’s believed that hundreds will disregard the guidance on not to travel to amber list countries for a holiday to Spain. Millions of flights to other amber list countries have also reportedly been booked by Brits.

Nonetheless, whatever the official advice is, there are still things holiday makers need to do.

Here are the latest rules surrounding red and amber list countries:

Travelling from Red List countries

Anyone who has been in a red list country must take a covid test before they travel back, as well as booking a quarantine package including two Covid-19 tests and completing a passenger locator tests.

Once they arrive back to they will have to quarantine in a managed hotel and complete the two tests.

The packages will set them back around £1,750 and mean testing on day two and day eight.

Returning from Amber list countries

People who have visited or travelled through an amber country will be required to fill in the passenger locator form.

They will also need to prove they have had a negative test result before travelling and will have to quarantine at home for 10 days and take a test on day two and day eight after arrival.

Five days into their quarantine period, they also have the option to take part in the Test to Release

At day five, passengers will also have the option to opt into Test to Release, which gives a chance to take another test to end quarantine early.

What is the official advice?

The government’s website provides a different explanation again.

It says: “As the virus is still spreading in many parts of the world, people should not be travelling to amber or red countries.

“Given the need for caution, the green list will initially be modest with only 12 countries and territories on the initial list when international travel resumes on May 17.”

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