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Wales to relax amber list restrictions

Wales follows England and Scotland, announcing that travellers returning from amber list countries will no longer have to self-isolate

The Welsh government has announced that restrictions on travel to amber list countries will be relaxing from July 19, with fully vaccinated people no longer having to quarantine on return.

First minister Mark Drakeford announced the new rule for international travel, following the measure being announced in England last week and in Scotland on Tuesday (July 13). 

Everyone returning to Wales from an amber list country will still have to take a PCR test on day two and should not visit a hospital or care home on their return. Drakeford added that the new rule would also apply to under 18s.

While the new rule is a boost to the travel and tourism industry, the Welsh government still warns against international travel. 

The Coronavirus Control Plan for Wales says: “Our strong advice continues to be that people should avoid all non-essential international travel – this is the year to holiday in the UK. We will continue to work across the UK to agree common safeguards to reduce risks from international travel.

“Continued testing and certain quarantine requirements for arriving international travellers will need to remain in place for the foreseeable future. While we hope these can be reduced over time, we must also recognise that the restrictions protect the hard-won freedoms within the UK.” 

Drakeford said: “I deeply regret the UK Government’s decision to remove the requirement for adults who have been fully vaccinated to self-isolate when returning from amber list countries.

“The risk of importing a new variant of the virus is real but we have no practical alternative but to follow. It would be untenable for Wales to adopt a different border health policy.”

Wales is set to move to alert level one from July 17, meaning up to six people can meet indoors and in holiday homes. 

Nearly all coronavirus restrictions are set to be lifted on August 7, when Wales moves to alert level zero. All premises will be able to open and most restrictions will be removed. 

Face coverings will continue to be required in most indoor public settings and on public transport, with hospitality venues being exempt.