Leeds airport amber list destinations: When will status be reviewed and what restrictions are in place?
International flights and departures have resumed at Leeds Bradford Airport, with passengers being urged to check the latest government advice before travelling.
Trips abroad are dictated by a new traffic light system for travel which is currently in force, categorising countries into green, amber and red lists, with different restrictions applied to each.
More than 60 destinations are currently served by direct flights from Leeds airport but just seven are green list destinations where there are no automatic quarantine requirements when you return home.
Which green list destinations can I fly to directly from Leeds?
The green list destinations are:
Ireland - Dublin
Portugal - Faro
UK - Belfast, Guernsey, Jersey, Newquay, Southampton
All the remaining destinations appear on the Government's amber list, meaning people flying out of Leeds airport on business or for a holiday need to plan ahead to make sure they meet all the current requirements.
Which amber list destinations are served by Leeds airport?
Holidaymakers have been urged to only travel to countries on the green list and to avoid visiting any locations listed as amber or red.
The destinations served by Leeds airport that fall onto the amber list right now are:
Austria - Salzburg
Bulgaria - Bourgas
Croatia - Dubrovnik, Pula, Split
Cyprus - Larnaca, Paphos
Czech Republic - Prague
France - Bergerac, Chambéry, Grenoble, Limoges, Nice, Paris
Greece - Corfu, Crete, Halkidiki/Thessaloniki, Kefalonia, Kos, Rhodes, Santorini, Skiathos, Zante/Zakynthos
Hungary - Budapest
Italy - Naples, Pisa, Rome, Sicily, Sardinia, Venice, Verona
Latvia - Riga
Lithuania - Vilnius
Madeira - Funchal
Netherlands - Amsterdam
Poland - Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw, Wroclaw
Portugal - Faro/Algarve
Spain (mainland) - Alicante, Almeria, Girona, Malaga, Murcia, Reus
Spain (Balearic Islands) - Ibiza, Menorca, Majorca, Barcelona
Spain (Canary Islands) - Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria/Las Palmas, Lanzarote, Tenerife
Switzerland - Geneva
Could the status of destinations change?
Government guidance states that the green, amber and red lists will be reviewed every three weeks.
The next review is expected to take place on June 7, two weeks ahead of the final milestone in the lockdown roadmap in England.
What you must do if you decide to visit an amber list destination?
Before you travel back to England, you must:
1. Take a Covid-19 test.
2. Book and pay for day two and day eight Covid-19 travel tests – to be taken after arrival in England.
3. Complete a passenger locator form.
On arrival in England, you must:
1. Quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days.
2. Take a Covid-19 test on or before day two and on or after day eight.
More information quarantine and taking COVID-19 tests is available on the Gov.uk website.
Children aged four and under do not need to take the day 2 or day 8 test.
You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private Covid-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.
What changes has the airport made now flights have resumed?
The resumption of arrivals and departures at Leeds airport follows months of preparation by staff and is in line with the latest government guidance.
A spokesperson said: “We’re delighted to welcome international flights back to LBA after months of disruption caused by the pandemic. During this time, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that people using the airport can do so safely and comfortably.
"This has included developing a partnership with NPH Group to offer competitively priced PCR and Antigen testing ahead of international travel resuming. We urge all passengers to check the latest government advice and airline requirements before travelling to LBA.”
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