No Quarantine for Amber Countries in the UK

No Quarantine for Amber Countries in the UK
Under reciprocal arrangement, UK has lifted quarantine restrictions on selected countries, Photo Credit: EQRoy /

The UK has rolled out a list of almost 50 countries, and travellers from low risk and amber countries do not need to go through quarantine

Trinetra Paul
July 05 , 2020
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The UK recently rolled out a list with nearly 50 countries which it has classified as “low risk” and people travelling directly from these countries into England do not need to go for quarantine for fourteen days.

People travelling from countries, which are categorised under ‘amber ’, such as Italy, Germany, France and Spain, no longer have to go through quarantine for a period of fourteen days. 


Safe countries under the ‘green’ category include New Zealand, Gibraltar, Falkland Islands and smaller states like the Vatican.

However, strict quarantine restrictions and safety guidelines continue to be applicable for ‘red’ countries such as the United States of America, India and others.

UK Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps also made it clear in his announcement of easing restrictions that the United Kingdom shall include those countries with “reduced risks” in its ‘amber’ category who shall agree to join bilateral “reciprocal arrangements”. By this, UK citizens would also be exempted from quarantine on arrival at these countries.  Thus, Greece did not feature in the amber list as it did not allow flights from UK.

Though “blanket rules” regarding non-essential travel has been eased and restrictions are lifted,  the exempted ‘amber’ countries will be kept under close check in order to monitor the rate of spread of infections there and alter travel restrictions accordingly. 

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