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Grantham travel advisor talks about changes to travel restrictions on amber list countries

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Grantham-based travel agent Lynne Page, travel-pa.com, answers your travel question: What does the change to travel restrictions to amber list countries mean for us?

From July 19, 2021 the Government lifted the need to quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers returning to the UK from amber-list countries. Fully vaccinated meaning 14 days since your final dose.

Previously the policy stated that those returning to Britain from destinations such as Spain, France Italy, and some of the Caribbean Islands, had to self-isolate at home for 10 days, with the option of doing the ‘test to release’ scheme on day five.

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overhead view of woman sitting by pool credit: istock/Motortion (49475771)

This is no longer the case, but will it make it easier for us to go on holiday?

Firstly, you will need to ensure you have the NHS APP (not to be confused with the NHS Covid-19 APP) on your phone to show proof of your vaccinations. This is your NHS Covid Pass. Or you can ring the NHS on 119 and request a paper copy, known as an accessible letter, which will be sent to you in the post. You will also need to include your vaccination status on your passenger locator form when returning to England.

And you will still need to pay for PCR tests before and after your return but will no longer need a test on day eight. Please make sure you check the guidelines thoroughly on the Government website for the Foreign Office travel advice to the country you are travelling to. If you arrive in England without proof you tested negative, you could be fined £500.

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istock airplane low flying credit: istock/Paul_Mellado (49475960)

Under-18’s returning from amber list places will also be exempt from quarantine but will still need to take PCR tests.

There are now more than 30 countries that recognise the vaccine certification as part of entry requirements, either accepting the proof of vaccination letter or the NHS app itself.

As Mr Shapps has said please be warned that an amber list country could still turn red, meaning you would then have to quarantine in a government approved hotel at your own cost.

Lynne Page
Lynne Page

So before you book please do your research and travel safely.

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