Last week Government ministers gave conflicting messages over whether we can go on holiday to countries on the Amber Travel List. Whilst the Government would rather we stayed at home enduring this autumnal May weather, it is not in fact illegal to holiday in an Amber List country. But you will need to comply with UK testing and isolation requirements and take heed of FCDO travel advice because most travel insurance will not cover you for a country where the FCDO advises against all but essential travel. So if you decide to holiday in an Amber List country where there is an FCDO advisory in place you will need to take out extra insurance cover.
For example, Spain opened to UK travellers yesterday without any need for proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test. However, the FCDO currently advises against all but essential travel to Spain including the Balearics but excluding the Canary Islands. So you can top up your Vitamin D levels in La Gomera or Tenerife without worrying about your insurance, but you should check your policy if you are planning a trip to mainland Spain or any of the gorgeous Balearic islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza or Formentera.
Guernsey opening to UK visitors on 1 July
Whilst the French are considering following Germany’s example and imposing stricter entry controls for UK travellers, gorgeous Guernsey and her sister islands Sark, Herm and Alderney (just 10 miles off the French coast!) have announced they will open to UK travellers from 1 July without any need for proof of vaccination or PCR test. So island hopping around the Guernsey Bailiwick is looking good this summer. Sark is our favourite, traffic free, beautiful beaches, delicious seafood, wild Agapanthus and some lovely hotels.