The amber list is here to stay, the Government has confirmed, despite calls for it to be scrapped amid growing confusion over the state of overseas summer holidays.
Portugal is the latest country to be added to the amber list, from green, meaning returning travellers will need to quarantine once back in the UK. The Foreign Office has not, however, changed its travel advice to the country, meaning some tour operators will continue to run trips there.
The Labour Party has said there should just be two lists, green and red. But Robert Jenrick, the Communities Secretary, told Sky News: “I hope people will appreciate that you shouldn’t be visiting those countries on the amber list for holidays. You wouldn’t drive through an amber light at the traffic lights, you shouldn’t be going on holiday to those countries either.”
Since foreign holidays resumed, the amber category of countries has caused widespread bemusement – some 100,000 Britons were expected to travel to amber-listed Spain…