Changes to international travel rules for amber list countries effective 4am July 19, 2021

What you need to do before and after you travel depends on whether you have been fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme.

Amber list rules if you are fully UK vaccinated

Applies if you are either:

  • fully vaccinated in the UK at least 14 days prior to arrival
  • participating or have participated in a formally approved clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine in the UK
  • ordinarily resident in the UK and under the age of 18 at the time you arrive
  • fully vaccinated under the UK vaccine programme overseas, at least 14 days prior to arrival

The UK vaccine programme overseas means fully vaccinated:

  • residents of the British overseas territories, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man with the UK government, and their dependants under 18
  • crown servants, government contractors or other personnel posted or based overseas under the FCDO staff COVID-19 vaccination programme and their dependants
  • military or civilian personnel, government contractors and their dependants at a military posting overseas, including the British overseas territories, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, under the vaccination scheme provided or approved by the UK Defence Medical Services

Fully vaccinated means that you have had your final dose as part of the UK vaccination programme in the UK or overseas at least 14 whole days before the date you arrive in England. The day you have your final dose of the vaccine does not count as one of the 14 days. Fully vaccinated people may have had one dose of the vaccine in the UK and one dose under the UK vaccine programme overseas.

If you arrived in England before 4am on Monday 19 July, you must continue to quarantine for 10 days and take day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests.

France – important information

The amber list rules for fully UK vaccinated people do not apply to France. If you have been in France in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must follow the standard amber list rules.

This means you must quarantine for 10 days on arrival in England and take day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests. You will need to book these tests in advance.

When you complete your passenger locator form you must choose ‘No / Prefer not to say’ when asked if you are exempt from the requirement to quarantine and take a day 8 test. This is under the section of the form titled ‘Your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status’.

Amber list rules if you are not fully UK vaccinated

This applies if you are not fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme.

Before travel to England

Before you travel to England you must:

On arrival in England

On arrival in England you must:

  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8

Read about quarantine and taking COVID-19 tests.

Children aged 4 and under do not need to take the day 2 or day 8 test but must still quarantine at their home or in the place that they are staying.

You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

If you have been in a country or territory on the red list

If you have also been in or through a country or territory on the red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must follow the red list rules.

Read about making a transit stop in a red list country or territory.


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