Balearic Islands added to green list countries in the UK

Monday, June 28, 2021


The Balearic Islands, Malta, the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira and Barbados are among the places added to the green list for travellers from the UK. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, confirmed people entering the UK from these destinations will not have to quarantine from 04:00 on Wednesday. Shapps also confirmed there were plans to allow quarantine-free travel from amber list countries for people who were fully vaccinated.

However, the prospect of European holidays could face another hurdle after German chancellor, Angela Merkel, earlier suggested all EU countries should make British travellers quarantine on arrival to slow the spread of the Delta variant. Also added to the green list are Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Balearic Islands (which include Ibiza, Menorca, Majorca and Formentera), Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat and Turks & Caicos Islands.

Six destinations have also been recently added to the red list- Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Haiti, Mongolia, Tunisia and Uganda. Those travelling to the UK from these countries will need to quarantine in a hotel for ten days on arrival. The department for transport said it was intended that later in the summer arrivals who were fully vaccinated would not have to quarantine when travelling from amber list countries. Officials said this change was expected to take place in phases, starting with UK residents.

The department also said it intended to remove the guidance that people should not travel to amber countries, and it would take clinical advice on whether regular testing could provide a safe alternative to quarantine for children accompanied by vaccinated adults. Shapps also added that the UK is moving forward with efforts to safely reopen international travel this summer, and due to the success of the vaccination programme, are now able to consider removing the quarantine period for fully-vaccinated UK arrivals from amber countries – showing a real sign of progress.

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