Foreign holidays became legal again in Britain on 17 May, with countries assigned a colour of red, amber or green and given restrictions to match under a traffic light system.
The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, announced the destinations that would be initially designated green and red in early May, with the rest of the world falling into the “amber” category.
Since then, there have been four “reviews” to the lists: one on 3 June, one on 24 June, one on 14 July and the latest one on 4 August.
In the most recent reshuffle, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway were added to the list of green destinations; India, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE were bumped up from red to amber; and Georgia, Mexico, La Reunion and Mayotte moved down from amber to red.
France also shed its special “amber plus” status and moved back to the standard amber list.
The 36 “green list” countries have the lightest restrictions on entry back into the UK, with no quarantine imposed and travellers merely required to take one PCR test within two days of arrival.
“Amber list” countries – which include the US and most of Europe – require unvaccinated adult arrivals to self-isolate at home for 10 days and pay for two PCR tests, one on day two and one on day eight.
All travellers must show proof of a negative Covid test – PCR, rapid antigen or lateral flow – before departure to the UK.
However, fully vaccinated British adults and double jabbed travellers from the US and EU (who’ve had their second dose at least 14 days prior), plus those aged under 18, no longer have to quarantine when returning from an amber list country. The restrictions for these travellers are the same as those for green list arrivals to the UK: a pre-departure lateral flow test, plus the gold standard day two PCR test.
Popular holiday destinations in the amber category include Spain, Portugal, Italy, France and Greece.
Here are the countries that are currently amber (this list is not exhaustive; if your destination is not on the green or red list, it should be classified as amber):
Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Balearic Islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca)
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Greece (including islands)
The Occupied Palestinian Territories
Papua New Guinea
Sao Tome and Principe
Spain (including the Balearics and Canary Islands)
St Kitts and Nevis
St Martin and St Barthélemy
St Vincent and the Grenadines
United States (USA)
Wallis and Futuna