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Third of Brits in amber list countries such as Spain ‘will not quarantine on return’

A new Good Morning Britain poll has found a large chunk of Brits do not plan to self-isolate on their return from amber list countries such as holiday hotspots Spain and Greece

ByMilo BoydReporter

  • 10:04, 31 MAY 2021
  • UPDATED10:28, 31 MAY 2021
Two thirds of people think jetting off this summer is a bad idea
Two thirds of people think jetting off this summer is a bad idea (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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A third of Brits travelling to amber list countries won’t bother self-isolating properly when they return, a new poll has suggested.

The study uncovered how desperate people are to get away for a slice of sun and sand after a miserable May.

It also found that, following months of lockdown, some Brits want to do away with anymore extended stays inside – even if doing so breaks government’s rules.

Just over a third of respondents to a Good Morning Britain poll said they would not follow isolations requirements on their return from an amber list country.

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Under government rules quarantining on return from places like Malaga is required
Under government rules quarantining on return from places like Malaga is required (Image: REUTERS)

This potentially means hundreds of thousands of Brits coming back from holiday hotspots such as Spain and Greece – where coronavirus rates remain quite high – and then mixing back into society.Sponsored Link by TaboolaRevealed: The Benefit Anyone Can ClaimReassured

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Mary, who jetted into Benidorm last week, said: “I won’t be quarantining. I’ll be very careful but I won’t be totally isolating – I’m not staying in my house for 10 days when I’ll have had tests showing I’m negative.”

The majority of Brits are far less gungho when it comes to holidays this summer.


Around two third of people asked said it was a bad plan to holiday away over the coming few months, with only 20 per cent backing the idea.

Two fifths are not planning on going anywhere this summer, while 43 per cent are planning a UK holiday, 12 per cent a holiday on continental Europe and just five per cent a trip outside of Europe.

Most (55 per cent) people backed the government’s traffic light system when asked, suggesting the green, amber and red coding for different countries was helpful.

Of those who are planning to travel abroad, their destinations were split 54 per cent green list countries, 43 per cent amber list countries, and 10 per cent red list countries.

Ten per cent of people are planning holidays to red list countries
Ten per cent of people are planning holidays to red list countries (Image: Ben Queenborough/PinPep)

Flying back to the UK from a red list country is fraught with logistical issues and requires a lengthy stay in hotel quarantine upon return to the UK.

Less than two thirds of people travelling to an amber list country say they would follow the government’s rules upon return and 35 per cent said that they would only follow some of the rules.


Brits were generally quite gloomy in their assessments of other travellers.

Only 29 per cent of people interviewed said that they believed holidaymakers would follow the government’s legal requirements on their return -61 per cent said they didn’t believe they would, and 10 per cent don’t know.

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