Mixed messages from the UK government has caused confusion over countries on England’s Amber list for travel.
After releasing the green, amber and red lists for travel and detailing the restrictions placed on travel to each, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now saying that people should not be travelling to an amber list country for leisure purposes.
If you are returning to England from a country on the Amber list you must quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days and take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8. You may also be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.
The government website does not state that you must not travel to an amber country, however Mr Johnson caused confusions with his recent comments on travel: “I think it’s very important for people to grasp what an amber list country is: it is not somewhere where you should be going on holiday, let me be very clear about that.
“If people do go to an amber list country, they absolutely have to for some pressing family or urgent business reason, then please bear in mind that you will have to self-isolate, you’ll have to take tests and do your passenger locator form and all the rest of it.”
Environment Secretary George Eustice also said people should only be going to visit family or friends, or for essential business.