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Malta and Balearics join green list

Fully vaccinated Brits will not need to isolate when returning from amber countries later this summer

Tourist hotspots Malta, Spain’s Balearic Islands, Madeira and Caribbean islands, including Barbados, have been added to the green list.

The UK government has announced that 16 countries will be added to the green list. The changes will come into effect from 4am on June 30.

Caribbean islands added to the quarantine-free list include Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Other destinations going green include British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory and the Pitcairn Islands.

The Balearic islands include Ibiza, Menorca, Formentera and Majorca.

Travellers returning from green list countries are not required to quarantine but they must take one post-arrival Covid-19 test.

But all additions to the green list apart from Malta will be added to the government’s ‘green watchlist’, which also includes Jerusalem and Israel.

The Department for Transport said that these countries are “at risk of moving from green to amber”.

“Passengers are urged to take extra care when thinking about travelling to green watchlist countries,” the department warned.

Six countries have been added to the red travel list, including Tunisia, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Mongolia and Uganda, to safeguard the UK vaccine rollout. These changes will also come into effect from 4am on June 30.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said that fully vaccinated UK travellers will not need to isolate when returning from amber list countries later this summer.

He added: “We’re moving forward with efforts to safely reopen international travel this summer, and thanks to the success of our vaccination programme, we’re now able to consider removing the quarantine period for fully vaccinated UK arrivals from amber countries – showing a real sign of progress.

“It’s right that we continue with this cautious approach, to protect public health and the vaccine rollout as our top priority, while ensuring that our route out of the international travel restrictions is sustainable.”

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The Department for Transport said: “In recognition of our successful domestic vaccination programme, and as part of the Global Travel Taskforce’s checkpoint review, our intention is that later in the summer, arrivals who are fully vaccinated will not have to quarantine when travelling from amber list countries.

“We expect this to occur in phases, starting with UK residents.

“They will still be required to take a pre-departure test and a test on Day 2, and any positive results will be sequenced to continue to manage the risk of importing variants.

“At the same time, we intend to remove the guidance that people should not travel to amber countries. Pending decisions on whether under-18s should routinely be offered vaccination, we will also take clinical advice on whether regular testing can provide a safe alternative to quarantine for children accompanied by vaccinated adults.

“Further detail will be set out next month including the rules which will apply to children and those unable to be vaccinated, how we will operationalise this approach at the border, and the dates on which these changes will come into effect.”