Green, Amber and Red lists updated: Government announces changes from 19th July
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The Government has just announced a new set of changes to the traffic light travel system.
From Monday 19th July at 4am, the following countries and territories will be added to the Green list:
- Hong Kong
In addition, the following will be placed on the Green watchlist. This means that they are treated as Green list but you should be aware that they could switch to Amber at short notice:
We summarise the Green List rules below.
The following move from the Green watchlist to the Amber list from 4am on 19th July:
- Balearic Islands
- British Virgin Islands
For the double vaccinated, this has no impact. It does impact anyone who has not been double vaccinated 14 days prior to their return to England.
From 4am on 19th July, the following will be added to the Red List:
- Sierra Leone
This applies only to England. Different rules may apply to those who live in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
These are the testing and quarantine requirements currently in place:
Green countries: You will need to take a pre-departure test (can be lateral flow) as well as a PCR test on or before day 2 of your return into England. You will not need to quarantine unless or take additional tests unless your tests come back positive.
Amber countries: You will need to take a pre-departure test before returning to England and must quarantine at home for 10 days, taking a PCR test on day 2 and day 8. You can choose to take an additional PCR test on day 5 under the optional ‘Test to Release’ scheme, which allow you to end your quarantine early. Returnees who are double vaccinated at least 14 days before they return from an Amber country, plus any accompanying children under 18, are treated as if returning from a Green country.
Red countries: You will be subject to a 10-day quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel, with testing prior to your arrival in England as well as on day 2 and day 8. You cannot reduce your quarantine period and must pay for the hotel.
You can see the full list of countries on the Green, Amber and Red lists on this page of gov.uk.