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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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UK travel ‘green list’ for holidays without quarantine from May 17 revealed in full

Sun-starved Brits will be permitted to travel to 12 countries and territories without having to quarantine on their return, the government announced tonight.

Transport Minister Grant Shapps confirmed that Portugal, Gibraltar and Israel will be included on the “green list” when non-essential international travel becomes legal again on May 17.

Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and the Falkland Islands are also included, as are the Azores and Madeira territories in Portugal.

However only Portugal, including the Azores and Madeira, and Gibraltar are open to Brits without quarantining – with Iceland and Israel also not enforcing isolation

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Travel firms reject ‘overly cautious’ green list

Beachgoers crowd Praia da Duquesa in Cascais, Portugal

Portugal is one of just four European countries on the green list

The travel industry has expressed disappointment that so few countries are on the UK government’s green list for travel, describing the announcement as “overly cautious”.

The traffic light system means travel abroad from 17 May will not be illegal.

The 12 green list countries, which include Portugal, Gibraltar and Israel, will not require people to quarantine on return to England.

Firms said leaving the US off the list would risk the UK “falling behind”.

Travel to amber or red lists countries is not advised.

The change in travel

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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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