Madeira could move to amber …

… in UK’s latest “traffic light” update

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A lot of people are second-guessing the latest changes to the UK government’s traffic light listing of overseas destinations, and Madeira is being widely tipped as moving from the green watchlist to “amber” status after the recent spate of cases recorded in the archipelago.

The last review and announcement of changes to the UK’s red, amber and green list destinations was on Wednesday 4 August, with the changes coming into effect from 4:00 am on Sunday 8 August.

That implies that the next travel update is scheduled to take place this week on either tomorrow Wednesday 25 August or Thursday 26 August.

Telegraph Travel reports that Israel, Croatia, Madeira, and Lithuania, plus the Caribbean islands of Anguilla, Antigua, Turks and Caicos, and Montserrat are at risk of moving to amber, according to the PC Agency’s analysis. 

The Independent reports that the same agency’s research predicts that eight countries and territories in total may move off the green list and onto amber: Israel, Croatia, Madeira and Lithuania, and the Caribbean islands of Anguilla, Antigua, Montserrat, and Turks and Caicos.

If these predictions were to prove correct, it could lead Britons in those destinations open to them who are not yet fully vaccinated to rush home ahead of the deadline. 

Fully vaccinated UK travellers arriving in the UK from amber list destinations are exempt from self-isolation requirements, meaning little effective change for them if Madeira was to move down a peg. To be considered fully vaccinated, you must have had the final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 whole days before arriving back in the UK. If you have an approved single-dose vaccine, such as Janssen, you are also considered fully vaccinated.

Exemption from self-isolation on return from amber list destinations also applies if you are: 

  • Under 18 and resident in the UK, a UK overseas territory, the USA or the EU (or other specified European countries)
  • Taking part in an approved Covid-19 vaccine trial in the UK or USA

If fully vaccinated, you must follow the same entry rules as green list arrivals: a test taken within 72 hours of arrival, completing a passenger locator form and taking a PCR test to be taken on or before the second day (your arrival day is day zero).

The key difference is that arrivals from amber-listed destinations who are not fully vaccinated will be required to self-isolate at home (or another specified address) for up to 10 days.  Travellers in this category must also: take a pre-departure test, complete a passenger locator form and book and take PCR tests on day two and day eight. You could also take a ‘test to release’ on day five of your isolation. If negative, this could allow you to be released from isolation early. 

COVID-19 in Madeira: daily updates can be found in an earlier post

Vaccinations in Madeira: updates can be found in an earlier post

8 thoughts on “Madeira could move to amber …”

  1. Its very 18 year old daughter has a covid recovery certificate which is sufficient to allow her into madeira without testing but not accepted on return to uk so she would have to Quarantine if returned to amber. Shes cancelled and rebooked her trip to visit her grandparents 3 times as she has not yet had both vaccines. The 2nd time Madeira was back on the green list by the time the holiday date arrived but Easyjet had already cancelled. Nightmare for the travel companies as well

  2. The danger of moving to Amber is that it is only one move away from Red. Being in Green you have a buffer – in Amber you could be caught out and have to quarantine upon return.


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