What Does the Amber List Update Mean for Family Holidays?

Following the latest amber list update, many of us are dusting off our suitcases in preparation for a quarantine-free holiday.

But, it’s not just adults who have seen a change in travel restrictions. There’s also been a change in testing and isolation requirements for children, which makes planning a family holiday much easier for many of us.

What are the new rules for children?

Rules for children are slightly different than for adults. Depending on age, there are certain exemptions in place for under 18s when it comes to testing and isolation.

This is good news for many of us! Not only does it help reduce the cost when buying your tests, but you also won’t have the difficult task of keeping kids entertained indoors for a quarantine period.

As it stands, the green and amber list rules for children apply without the need for them to be vaccinated.

So, with the summer holidays coming up, and October half term and even the Christmas break looming, find out what rules are in place for your family…

AgeSelf-isolation?Pre-departure test?Day 2 test?
4 years and underNoNo No
5 to 10 yearsNoNo Yes
11 to 17 yearsNoYesYes

Ages 11 to 17 years

If you’re travelling with teenagers, there’s no need for them to isolate on their return to the UK. They will, however, still need to take a pre-departure test 72 hours before arriving back home and take a PCR test on their second day back.

Self-isolation? – No

Predeparture test? – Yes

Day two test? – Yes

Ages 5 to 10 years

Children aged between five and 10 years of age don’t need to self-isolate on their return and only need to take one PCR test – which takes place on their second day home.

Self-isolation? – No

Predeparture test? – No

Day two test? – Yes

Ages 4 years and under

Finally, if you’re travelling with toddlers, you don’t have to worry about isolating or testing them at all when you return to the UK from your holiday.

Self-isolation? – No

Predeparture test? – No

Day two test? – No

Want to know more about amber list holidays?

See our full guide to travelling to the amber list.

Where can I take a quarantine-free family holiday?

Remember, the green and amber list rules only apply to your return to the UK.

Each holiday destination has their own entry requirements, so it’s important to check before you go whether children will need to take any tests before they arrive.

Take a look at some of our top destinations for travelling with families this year…


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Family Holiday Offers

See our best green and amber holiday offers to enjoy a quarantine-free escape with your family this year.

If you’d like to plan your family holiday, contact us for some expert advice from our Travel Specialists.

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Ceri Foulkes
I love anywhere Mediterranean, especially the Balearics and Greek Islands - though Italian food also draws me in every time! A beach and a book is what makes me happiest.

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