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Can I go on vacation to an Orange List country? UK travel rules explained


Overseas travel has opened in England under a traffic light system, with countries categorized as green, amber or red and restrictions to be matched based on the risk of importing coronavirus infections into the UK .

Non-quarantine travel will resume on July 19 for fully vaccinated passengers returning from Amber List countries.

Until then, the Travel Department continues to warn Britons against visiting orange and red destinations for “leisure” purposes, although this is lifted from 4 a.m. on Monday, July 19.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: ‘Thanks to our successful vaccine deployment, we are now able to expand non-quarantine travel to fully immunized adults and children under 18 administered by the NHS, and to take a new step towards the complete reopening of international travel.

“As we continue to nationally unlock, it’s fitting for people to travel again – whether it’s on business to help create jobs, overdue vacations, or to reconnect family and friends. However, protecting public health remains our priority and we will act quickly if action is needed. “

Here’s everything you need to know to find out if travel to the red and orange countries is allowed.

Do I have to prove that I have an essential reason for visiting an amber or red country?

Not necessarily. Since May 17, the British government no longer requires proof of an “essential” reason for going abroad (such as to work or buy a house), whether or not the destination you are going to is green, amber or red. However, the destination you plan to travel to may require it depending on their coming into force regulations: check the latest rules on the Foreign Office (FCDO) landing pages.

Is it illegal to visit amber or red countries for vacations?

No. While the government advises against going on vacation to any country not on the green list, international leisure travel is no longer illegal in England. Guidance is not the same as the law. The Ministry of Transport has informed travelers that they “should not travel to ‘orange’ and ‘red’ countries for their leisure,” but there are no fines or penalties to go against it. of this opinion.

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Will my travel insurance count if a country is red or amber?

It is usually the opinion of the FCDO that determines whether or not your travel insurance will be invalidated. If it advises against non-essential travel to your destination, your insurance will not cover you (unless you have purchased a specialized policy); if not, you should still be covered.

It’s not exactly related to the “green list” as explained above – Corfu is classified amber, but is exempt from the general travel advisory, for example. It is worth checking the FCDO guidelines and the fine print of your policy to find out what exactly is covered; Either way, many insurers now have built-in loopholes when coronavirus restrictions impact your vacation.

Do tour operators offer vacations to Orange List destinations?

Some do. The UK’s leading tour operator Tui takes holidaymakers to Orange List destinations as well as Green List destinations. “We want to offer our customers flexibility and choice this summer, so where borders are open and FCDO guidance allows travel, we will operate to those destinations,” a spokesperson said. The independent.

“We review our vacation cancellations in accordance with government updates every three weeks, with the next update scheduled for early June. We know some customers may not be sure to travel this summer, so we have offered free changes 14 days before travel for anyone who needs to travel before the end of August.

Airlines also operate daily flights to a number of Orange List destinations, including Barcelona, ​​Tenerife and Alicante in Spain, and Miami and Philadelphia in the United States.

If you have booked to visit an orange country and want to cancel, many travel agencies and airlines currently offer flexible booking change terms, such as change of date or destination. Check with your vacation provider to see what your options are.