BREAKING: Major travel changes: 4 countries go from red to amber, France reverts to amber

Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5, International Arrivals concourse, July 2009. Image ref CHE06002d, RP

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Today’s update brought plenty of good news with new several countries moving from amber to red.

France will go back to being amber from amber plus from 4am Sunday 8 August. If you arrive before then you must still quarantine at home for 10 days.

Spain avoided the red list but travellers were asked to get a PCR rather than a Lateral flow test for their return to England test before flying home. This will not be a legal requirement but is due to the greater prevalence of the Beta variant in Spain currently.


Green list and green watch list additions

New Green list additions:

  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Latvia
  • Norway
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia

 If you arrive back before 8 August at 4am you will still have to abide by the amber rules.

Green to Amber

No countries move to amber.


Red to amber

Finally sense has prevailed and most countries that were on the red list purely because they are transit hubs will move to amber.

Qatar, Bahrain, India and the UAE will move to amber from Sunday 8 August at 4am. This means they will no longer require hotel quarantine. Usual amber rules will apply.


Red list additions

Cancun beach panorama, Mexico

Four more countries will go turn from amber to red at 4am on Sunday 8 August in a change to the normal Monday changes

  • Mexico
  • Mayotte
  • Georgia
  • Reunion


  • There will also be a 30 per cent increase in the cost of hotel quarantine for red list travellers from £1,750 to £2,285 per adult. Given the pictures I have seen of the disgusting and tiny portions of food and stories of inappropriate behaviour from guards and rats, I think it’s outrageous to be charging even more for the poor situation. Let’s remember many people travelling from a red country are doing so for a family emergency. It’s not about holidays.

6 Comments on "BREAKING: Major travel changes: 4 countries go from red to amber, France reverts to amber"

  1. Is there any logic in leaving the Maldives on Red list? I understood they only went red because of their proximity to India.

    • There’s not much logic to any of it. Maldives did have high cases at one point but only on the main island where tourists don’t generally go. Hopefully with India off the list it could change.

  2. Hi Michelle, Can an unvaccinated adult from U.K. person travel to Dubai? Thank you
    Is Qatar opened to U.K. visitor?

  3. Inappropriate behaviour from rats??

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