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How to get travel insurance for amber list holiday destinations

One of the biggest frustrations of the way the government has defined the ‘amber zone‘ is the effect it is having on travel insurance policies. Travel to a few destinations within the zone and nearly all policies will cover you. Travel to all the rest and your policy is almost certainly to be invalidated – and you may not even realise it. Confused? Here are your key questions answered.

What is causing the confusion?

The confusion arises because, while the Department for Transport decides on the colour of the traffic light, the Foreign Office (FCDO) is responsible for

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Travel rules for amber and green list countries including where you can go on holiday

Thousands of sun-starved Brits have flocked to Spain today as flights resumed from the UK – despite the fact that the country is currently on the UK government’s amber list.

That means that anyone returning from Spain will need to self-isolate at home for 10 days, and take multiple PCR tests when back in the UK. Meanwhile, the government continues to tell Brits not to travel to amber or red destinations unless it’s for essential reasons (a holiday doesn’t count).

Travelling to amber list destinations also incurs other risks such as your travel insurance being invalidated, or a higher risk

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TUI, Jet2, easyJet and Ryanair’s rules if you want to change your holiday

The uncertainty around travel restrictions during the pandemic has led to travel firms launching new flexible booking policies, including the likes of TUI, Jet2, easyJet and more.

After all, there are heaps of factors that come into play as to why you may no longer wish to travel – a travel ban means you can’t, quarantine rules mean the trip no longer appeals, and of course plenty of Covid-related reasons including if you or someone you’re travelling with need to self-isolate.

The UK government is expected to announce details on a restart of holidays abroad in the coming weeks, which

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Which countries will be on the green list? Predicted holiday destinations by the travel experts

Going places? Gibraltar looks a good candidate for the UK’s green list (Simon Calder)

Going places? Gibraltar looks a good candidate for the UK’s green list (Simon Calder)

International leisure travel may resume from the UK on 17 May, the government has said.

But strict rules on returning to the UK will be enforced – based on a “traffic light” system that assigns red, amber or green to every overseas country. The main concern is that variants of concern could be imported and ultimately undermine the UK’s vaccination programme.

The Independent has canvassed opinions in the travel industry and researched the data on which the government will decide. These are the key questions on

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