UK Agencies Criticize Confusion Over Amber Destinations


Recent comments made by ministers “undermine the government’s own system for international travel and erode consumer confidence,” says ABTA.

You can travel but don’t

And it is that on the one hand, the amber list allows travel to the destinations classified in this color, such as Spain Greece and France, although travelers undergoing various controls such as PCR tests and quarantine upon their return to the United Kingdom.

But on the other hand, both Health Minister Matt Hancock and Prime Minister Boris Johnson do not tire of ask people not to travel to destinations in amber, reminding them of the risk they will take, the tests they will have to undergo and the quarantine, as well as the fine of more than 10,000 pounds they risk for non-compliance (See: Boris Johnson: “The countries in amber are not for going on vacation “).

This same Wednesday a senior Health official in the House of Lords was added to the confusion ceremony, where he said “this is not a year to travel, please stay home“to your compatriots, as we explained in the UK:” Traveling abroad is dangerous, stay in the country. “


Everything seems to indicate that the Specialist Travel Association (AITO) is right when it says that the British traffic light, so limited of tourist destinations in green, is a deliberate move to get the British to stay home this summer and spend your holidays in your own country, as we have explained in the United Kingdom: the traffic light seeks that the British stay at home.

A report from Turespaña confirmed this week some demand trends that come to agree with AITO: “For this summer a strong increase in domestic tourism in the United Kingdom is expected, even higher than that registered in the summer of 2020 “, he points out (see: UK expects a” strong increase “in domestic tourism this summer).

It is not prohibited, but “Do Not Travel”

However, Boris Johnson rejected this week to create specific legislation that prohibits British travel to destinations in amber, and insisted on the “Do Not Travel” message. The opposition and other parliamentarians held the prime minister to account for the contradictory messages launched by the government after having moved 170 countries to the amber list, some of which are favorite destinations for the British in summer.

The prime minister’s response was “do not travel to destinations in amber”, but he has also refused to ban it to clarify the situation for his fellow citizens and companies in the industry, who are experiencing a moment of great confusion despite the fact that since on Monday, international travel was restarted, especially to Portugal, located on the green list

The uncertainties in which the tourism sector is still plunged are so many that the paradox arises that, when the British begin to be able to travel again, from Monday, May 17, there are travel agencies in that country that have decided to paralyze sales for the summer . At this time lose less money unsold than risking foreseeable changes in destination rankings, cancellations, returns, and the various problems and costs that can arise simply because They do not know to which destinations it will be safe to travel within 15 days according to your own government (see UK: questions and answers so as not to feed false hopes).


But despite everything, some five million British tourists would have already booked to spend their summer holidays in one of the countries that is currently in the amber list of the traffic light – mainly Spain, France and Greece-, as calculated by the travel journalist Simon Calder on The Independent.

The estimate of the five million “brave” who have booked their holidays in a country on the amber list is based, according to Simon Calder, on the data published last week by TUI, where he stated that he had 2.6 million anticipated reservations for the summer of 2021. You can follow the expert’s calculation in this news of HOSTELTUR: Five million British tourists would have booked to countries in amber.

Requirements by colors

  • No quarantine upon return
  • Negative test before returning
  • PCR two days after returning
  • 10 days of self-confinement at home upon return
  • Negative test before returning
  • Two PCR upon return on the second and eighth day
  • Fines of more than 10,000 pounds for those who do not comply with the quarantine
  • 10 days quarantine in a hotel upon return (cost £ 1,750)
  • Negative test before returning
  • Two PCR upon return on the second and eighth day
  • Fines of more than 10,000 pounds for those who do not comply with the quarantine