IT’S all-systems go for sun-starved Brits hoping to head overseas this summer, with a new travel green list expected to include Malta, Madeira, and possibly the Balearic islands.
Boris Johnson today declared it's time to kickstart international travel again in a major boost to Brits' holiday hopes.
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Can I travel to the Balearic Islands?
The Spanish islands remain on on the UK's amber list, along with the rest of Spain.
This means Brits will need the following when returning to the UK:
- A negative test taken pre-arrival
- A mandatory ten-day quarantine at home
- Two Covid tests, taken on day two and day eight
While travelling to amber list destinations is not banned, the UK government warn against it.
However, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to bump Malta and Madeira across to the green list, which would mean holidaymakers could jet there for a break, without having to quarantine upon their return.
The latest travel green list was expected to be announced on Thursday June 24.
The Balearic islands of Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca were similarly on the cusp of being added, with a final decision expected to be made ahead of the announcement.
Boris Johnson has also said today there's a "real opportunity" to reopen favourite destinations to sun seekers thanks to the UK's stellar vaccine rollout.
The PM said there's a "real opportunity" to reopen favourite destinations to sun seekers thanks to the UK's stellar vaccine rollout.
He confirmed that he's personally in favour of a new system which would allow those who have been double-jabbed to avoid quarantine.
That would put hugely popular amber list countries like Spain, Portugal, France, and Greece back on holidaymakers' radar.
The PM said today: "I think that the real opportunity we all have now is to open up travel through the double jab.
"If you look at it we've got more than 60% of our population have now had two jabs and 83% of that one jab.
"We're really getting through it now. The crucial thing is come forward and get your second jab.
What are the travel restrictions for the Balearic Islands?
Spain lifted all restrictions for British travellers last month, meaning arrivals do not need a negative test or to quarantine.
However, the Balearics still enforce a negative Covid test on non-vaccinated arrivals.
On the islands, there is still a curfew from midnight to 6am, while just eight people can meet outdoors, or six indoors.
In Majorca and Ibiza, four people can dine together at restaurants and bars while this is six in Menorca and eight in Formentera.
Here is the full list of countries on the green list, amber list and red list right now.
Portugal has also been added to the amber list, despite only being included on the green list weeks ago.
We've also explained the latest travel rules for the Canary islands.
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