Invented ‘Freedom Day’, after this key date nightclubs were allowed to reopen, major events had their limits removed and restrictions on wedding guests were lifted as part of the fourth stage (the last step) of the lockdown roadmap.
That said, the traffic light system still exists for international travel and there are restrictions on getting to certain countries.
Many Londoners have received both doses of their Covid vaccine and are therefore able to skip quarantine after returning from some Amber List countries.
The government reviews the traffic light system every three weeks, which means the next review is expected to take place this week on Wednesday or Thursday (August 4 or 5).
With lack of sunshine and weeks of heavy rain, trips to France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Germany may be high on the list of priorities for some Londoners.
We have reviewed the latest advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). Here is the key information for UK nationals wishing to travel to France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Germany.
As of July 31, France is on the amber list. The new rules do not exempt British nationals returning from France.
Double-bite residents returning from France must still be quarantined for ten days. You must also take Covid-19 PCR tests on the second and eighth day after your arrival.
The UK is in France’s “orange” category, which means fully vaccinated people can travel to France without going through quarantine on arrival.
Children returning from Green and Orange List countries do not need to self-isolate but will be tested if they are five years of age or older.
Europe’s most popular vacation destination for Britons, Spain, is said to be on the amber watch list.
A negative test or proof of vaccination is required upon entry. Currently Spain is on the Orange List, but Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said “he cannot rule out” Spain’s move to a new category – the Orange Watch List.
There is already a green watch list, there are still countries that are being considered to switch to amber. Therefore, the Amber Watch List would be for countries whose status is under review for the Red List.
So far, residents don’t need to self-isolate when returning from most Amber List countries.
Children also do not have to quarantine.
Portugal is on the orange list but Madeira is on the green list.
If you are traveling to mainland Portugal from the UK, you must be quarantined for 14 days.
Unless you can prove that you are fully vaccinated with an EU approved vaccine (such as Pfizer, AstraZeneca, or Moderna). The second jab must have taken place at least 14 days before the trip.
Double-bite residents are exempt from quarantine upon return.
Residents are still required to take a Covid-19 test three days before their return.
Since July 31, Italy has been on the orange list.
Britons arriving in Italy will have to provide a negative Covid test result and self-isolate for five days.
This requirement will remain in effect until at least August 30.
FCDO advises against all but essential travel throughout Italy based on the current Covid-19 risk assessment.
Germany is on the orange list.
The UK is classified as a ‘high incidence area’ which means only fully vaccinated travelers, German citizens, their partners and their children can enter the country.
Anyone else coming from the UK will be refused entry.
While in Germany, those who are not vaccinated or who have only received one injection will be required to self-quarantine for 10 days.
Although they can leave quarantine from the fifth day after arriving with a negative test result.