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GREEN LIST: Malta, Madeira, Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Caribbean added

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Your options for foreign travel this Summer got a little easier today with changes to the initial Green List.

From Wednesday 30th at 4am, the following countries will be added to Green List:

  • Anguila 
  • Antigua and Barbuda 
  • Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza)
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • British Antarctic Territory 
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands 
  • Cayman Islands 
  • Madeira
  • Dominica
  • Grenada 
  • Malta 
  • Montserrat
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Turks and Caicos Islands

These countries and territories do NOT require quarantine on your return to the UK. We summarise the rules below.

Israel and Jerusalem have been added to the Green Watch List. There is some confusion about whether the remaining Green List countries above have also been added to the Watch List. The Government press release says they have whilst the official GOV.UK lists say they haven’t…..

The Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Haiti, Mongolia, Tunisia, Uganda have all been added to the Red List.

This applies only to England. Different rules may apply to those who live in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland and Scotland are mirroring these changes.

These are the testing and quarantine requirements currently in place:

Green countries: You will need to take a pre-departure test (can be lateral flow) as well as a PCR test on or before day 2 of your return into England. You will not need to quarantine unless or take additional tests unless your tests come back positive.

Amber countries: You will need to take a pre-departure test before returning to England and must quarantine at home for 10 days, taking a PCR test on day 2 and day 8. You can choose to take an additional PCR test on day 5 under the optional ‘Test to Release’ scheme, which allow you to end your quarantine early.

Red countries: You will be subject to a 10-day quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel, with testing prior to your arrival in England as well as on day 2 and day 8. You cannot reduce your quarantine period and must pay for the hotel.

Which countries are on the Green List?

Here is the full list of countries on the current UK Government travel Green List.

  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Iceland
  • Israel
  • New Zealand
  • Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • Singapore
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

For clarity, just because a country is on the Green List does not mean that you will be allowed to enter.

You will need to meet the local requirements regarding vaccination and/or testing.

Which countries are on the Red List?

Here are the countries on the current Red List. Anyone returning from these countries will be required to undertake 10 days of hotel quarantine.

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

What countries are on the Amber list?

Any country or territory not listed above will be on the Amber list. This will require 10 days of home quarantine.

You can see the full Amber list on this page of gov.uk.

Comments (129)

  • Memesweeper says:

    Yay! I have a flight booking for Malta late summer… might start looking for hotels now!

    • stevenhp1987 says:

      Book through the Fit scheme for the most benefit.

      https://issuu.com/visitmalta/docs/fit_scheme

      Been eating and drinking lots, for free, as Malta is super cheap!

      • Phil says:

        https://www.mta.com.mt/en/news-details/293
        Scheme Now Closed (For Hotel Participation)

        Are restaurants on the scheme too? I can’t see info or how did you eat and drink free?

        • stevenhp1987 says:

          Scheme is closed for new hotels to join.

          Customers can make use of the scheme by booking in a valid hotel from the list I gave.

          We booked into a 4* for €497 for 7 nights with €300 room credit.

          • stevenhp1987 says:

            Basically.

            Book directly at a valid hotel, usually minimum 7 nights.

            You get room credit based on the * of your hotel.

            €100 per person on every booking in a 5* Hotel.
            €75 per person on every booking in a 4* Hotel.
            €50 per person on every booking in a 3* Hotel.

            10% uplift for Gozo.

            Not the best advertised, but it works.

            Been drinking in the pool bar and eating St the restaurant charging it to the room. Still got around €60 left and we leave Sunday.

          • stevenhp1987 says:

            Also I lie, that’s the amount the hotel gets paid by the government.

            The hotel then doubles it. I shouldn’t have copy pasted that without double checking…

            It’s really 200pp 5*, 150pp 4*, 100pp 3*.

            We’re booked in here: https://maritim.com.mt/holiday-offers/accommodation/fit-scheme/

          • Phil says:

            Oh I see! Thank you.

    • Phil says:

      You should have booked them an hour ago!

      We’re off to Malta on 2nd July. Booked our hotels this afternoon.

  • Ed says:

    Guessing ba will be putting some more planes on these routes, so should be some Avios availability soon

  • stevenhp1987 says:

    In Malta right now… Come back Sunday. I’ll have to quarantine… Missed it by a matter of days!

  • Matthew says:

    Still no Greek islands….??!

    • Rhys says:

      Sadly not

    • The Lord says:

      If you can work from home on return I’d recommend biting the bullet and going. Had a great time out there with the lack of crowds and people

  • Barry cutters says:

    Just FYI

    When I share this link to people – it says ‘green list from 17th may’

    • Rhys says:

      That’s weird, I’ve updated it. What platform?

      Scratch that, spotted the issue. Hadn’t backspaced the earlier version!

  • Andrew says:

    I wonder how much “later in the summer” it will be for double vaccinated not to need quarantine from Amber.

    • Rhys says:

      I’m hoping for 19th July, but that may be optimistic…

    • The Lord says:

      “Further details next month” is what Shapps tweeted. Possibly as early as next week then for more info?

    • Anna says:

      It needs to be pretty soon as the new green list alone won’t save the travel industry. Malta and Balearics can only accommodate so many tourists.

      • Nick says:

        It’ll be the day they open second jabs to everyone. They won’t want to be seen to discriminate that openly. I suspect this date will be brought forward again, however – it was Sep, now looking likely for at least Aug. I reckon they’ll open most sites for walk-ins this time next month, reducing the current 8 week gap to 4 or 5.

        • Anna says:

          Surely dates for 2nd jabs will depend on when people have their first ones – which will be continually moving as people turn 18?

          • Tracey says:

            We’ve been open for people who are 18 by 1 July to book their firsts for the last week or so, so count seconds as being available X weeks from then. X is currently 8 weeks so we are looking at mid August. If X becomes 6 weeks then we move to 1 August.

  • Jon says:

    Woohoo, result. Glad we bet on Grenada now

  • Niall says:

    Red list additions on this article differ to what the BBC says. No Kuwait and Dominican Republic being added.

    • Rhys says:

      Thanks, it was all released a bit piece-meal to be honest with NI and Scotland leading…

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