Malta, Madeira, and the Balearic Islands have now been included in the UK’s travel green list.
The list also includes several UK overseas territories and Caribbean islands comprising Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, Antigua, Barbuda, Dominica, Barbados and Grenada.
The change implies that holidaymakers need not self-isolate themselves on their return to the UK from these areas.
However, the additions – other than Malta – will be on the “green watchlist”. It means that if conditions change in any of the countries, they are at risk of being shifted to the amber or red list.
Israel has also shifted to the watchlist.
The government urges people not to travel to amber destinations, though it is not against the law.
Those going to an amber list country must take Covid tests before departure and after their return. They also need to complete a passenger locator form and quarantine for ten days once back in the UK.
As per the UK government, red list countries present the highest risk from Covid and should not be visited “except in the most extreme of circumstances”.
The final list of destinations added to the green list as of 04:00 BST are:
- Europe: The Balearic Islands (which include Ibiza, Menorca, Majorca and Formentera), Malta and Madeira
- Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat and Turks and Caicos Islands
- Other: Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory and Pitcairn
Six destinations have been included in the government’s red list – the Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Haiti, Mongolia, Tunisia and Uganda.
Regardless of the changes, UK travellers still face some restraining measures in Malta.
On Tuesday, Malta and Portugal introduced measures to restrict UK travellers who are not fully vaccinated.
The Portuguese government stated that the travellers must quarantine for 14 days unless they can verify they received their second vaccine dose a fortnight before arrival.
Malta is only permitting double-vaccinated people in from Wednesday.
In Spain, UK travellers need to validate they are fully vaccinated or provide a negative PCR test on arrival. It includes passengers to the Balearics.
Rues for green list countries
If you’re coming back from a green list country, you must:
- 1st for day two after your return
- complete a passenger locator form
You will not be required to quarantine unless your day-two test is positive or NHS Test & Trace states you have travelled with someone who tested positive.