Updated: Mandatory quarantine lifted for amber list countries

By TPN, in News · 08-07-2021 12:03:00 · 4 Comments

Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps has announced today that from Monday July 19th fully vaccinated British travelers returning from any amber list country will not need to isolate on their return to the UK. Children under the age of 18 will also not have to isolate.

The new regulations will open up travel to 140 amber list countries, including Portugal, Spain and Greece, though some countries still require UK travelers to quarantine on their end and may require significant paperwork or negative tests.

The government has today (8 July 2021) set out the details to enable people who have been fully vaccinated with an NHS administered vaccine, plus 14 days, to travel to amber list countries without having to quarantine on their return to England. The recommendation for people not to travel to amber list countries will also be removed from 19 July.

People returning to the UK from an amber list country will still need to complete a passenger locator form, which will include the requirement to declare vaccination status and provide proof of their pre-departure test.
Amber arrivals will be required to prove their full vaccination status to airlines before departing, either via the NHS app or via an NHS COVID Pass letter which can be obtained by calling 119 in the UK for travelling overseas (which could take 5 days to arrive by post).
Children under the age of 18 will not have to isolate when returning to England. While the recommendation that people should not travel to amber countries is being removed, children aged 4 and under will continue to be exempt from any travel testing. Children aged 5 to 10 will only need to do a day 2 PCR and 11 to 18 year olds will need to take both a pre-departure test and a day 2 PCR – as is the case for arrivals from green list countries.

At this stage, there will be no changes to requirements for those returning from green or red list countries – even when they are fully vaccinated, nor for unvaccinated passengers travelling from amber countries who do not have a valid exemption.

The changes will come into force from Monday 19 July at 4am. Those who have been fully vaccinated with an NHS administered vaccine in the UK and are returning from amber countries will still be required to complete a pre-departure test before arrival into England, alongside a PCR test on or before day 2 after arrival. They will not have to take a day 8 test or self-isolate.

The government says it is also exploring plans to remove quarantine for vaccinated non-UK residents arriving from amber countries later this summer.

The Test to Release scheme scheme remains an option for non-fully vaccinated travellers returning from amber countries to shorten their quarantine period, by paying for a private test and being released early if they receive a negative COVID-19 test result.

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We have holidayed in the beautiful Algarve ever since our children were babies and had rebooked our holiday many times over the past year. We are both fully vaccinated and are finally due to fly out on the 4th August but we have discovered that one of us was unknowingly given the Indian Astra Zeneca vaccine as our first jab and so now we can not come to the Algarve as mainland Portugal will not accept this vaccine. We are devastated.

By Liz Davis from UK on 08-07-2021 09:37

And beware that this is only ENGLAND!

Not the rest of the UK yet.

By Miles Leggett from Lisbon on 08-07-2021 06:30

The Portuguese government need to act quickly and make it very clear the vaccine issued by the NHS in the UK is not recognised and any visitors must quarenteen for 14 days, it's a 2 way street and all vaccinations must be recognised irrespective of where they are issued

By Glyn Andrew from Lisbon on 08-07-2021 04:14

If I understand correctly you are only exempt from quarantine if you have been vaccinated by the NHS (UK) , so British nationals who have been vaccinated here in Portugal, beware! How can they not recognise vaccination programs from other countries?

By Keith Mason from Lisbon on 08-07-2021 02:13
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