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Covid-19: UK Leaves Greece on ‘Amber’ List for Foreign Travel

Photo source: gov.uk

Photo source: gov.uk

UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps on Thursday announced revisions to the green, amber and red lists on the UK traffic light system for overseas travel.

Greece and a number of countries in Europe have remained on the UK’s amber list. Travelers entering the UK from an amber-colored country are required to take a pre-departure test, quarantine for 10 days after they return and take two PCR tests (on day 2 and day 8) whilst in self-isolation.

With regard to the UK’s updated green list for travel, the following destinations have been added: Malta, Madeira, the Balearic Islands, several UK overseas territories, and Caribbean islands, including Barbados.

According to Shapps, people entering the UK from these destinations do not have to quarantine from 4am on June 30.

Eritrea, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Mongolia, Tunisia and Uganda were added to the UK’s red list, as they “present a high public health risk to the UK from known variants of concern, known high-risk variants under investigation or as a result of very high in-country or territory prevalence of Covid-19”.

Quarantine-free travel for the double-jabbed entering UK from amber countries

UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. Photo source: gov.uk

UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. Photo source: gov.uk

The transport secretary also announced that the UK government has plans to reopen international travel and remove the self-isolation period for amber list countries for those who are fully vaccinated. Full details will be announced next month.

“We’re moving forward with efforts to safely reopen international travel this summer, and thanks to the success of our vaccination programme, we’re now able to consider removing the quarantine period for fully vaccinated UK arrivals from amber countries – showing a real sign of progress,” Shapps said.

The change is expected to occur in phases, starting with UK residents. However, travelers from amber countries will still be required to take a pre-departure test and a test on day 2, and any positive results will be sequenced to continue to manage the risk of importing variants.

The UK also intends to remove the guidance that people should not travel to amber countries.

Click here for all ‘green’, ‘amber’ or ‘red’ list rules for entering England.

Germany calls for quarantine on arriving British travellers in the EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: Bergmann/Bundesregierung

The UK’s revised traffic light system for overseas travel came one day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on other EU countries to impose quarantine restrictions on British arrivals to slow the spread of the Delta variant.

“In our country, if you come from Great Britain, you have to go into quarantine – and that’s not the case in every European country, and that’s what I would like to see,” Merkel told Germany’s parliament.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) on Thursday expressed concern and urges against EU states reimposing such restrictions on arriving British holidaymakers.

“With more than 60 percent of British adults now fully vaccinated, they should be able to enjoy quarantine-free travel to the EU,” WTTC Senior Vice President Virginia Messina said.

Photo source: WTTC

Photo source: WTTC

According to Messina, quarantines are not the most effective measure to curb the spread of Covid-19 and “there is no need to reintroduce them” especially given the increasing vaccination rates across Europe.

“Imposing an EU-wide quarantine would extinguish any hopes of bringing back significant summer travel which is a critical season for most European markets. This would significantly damage these countries’ economies, such as Germany where the UK is the fourth largest source market,” she said.

Messina added that imposing quarantine restrictions on British travelers will also deal a significant economic blow to countries such as Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, Malta and Italy where the UK is also the biggest source market.

Italy, like Germany, has resumed quarantines for inbound British travellers.

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  1. Kathryn EARDLEY Reply

    Why do British subjects who reside in Greece and have had double vaccinations in Greece , STILL have to complete 10 days quarantine and day 2 and day 8 tests in the Uk and a full PCR test before they leave Greece to visit the Uk ??

  2. Pamela+Wigham Reply

    Absolutely insane leaving the majority of Europe off the green list. I have no doubt Mr Johnson will open countries up when he is ready to celebrate his honeymoon.

    I am one for keeping people safe and following the rules. Once again the airlines will be cancelling holidays. Hopefully the UK government (if you can call it a democratic government) will keep its promise and let double vaccinated people travel to amber list countries. They are devastating the whole of the travel industry not least, the income of people who rely on travel to feed and clothe their families and the thousands of people who are likely to lose their jobs. People would understand if they explained the reasons why they have made these decisions. Europe has less Covid cases than we do so why not open up? Its a disgrace.

  3. C Hardy Reply

    Greece and Especially the Greek Islands remaining on the UK’s Amber list is an absolute joke and without reason or foundation

  4. R. Frrguson Reply

    I take it Greece and other Countries who depend on tourism will not be listening to the German woman, it would be like Turkeys voting for Christmas.

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