Are Ibiza and Majorca on the green list?

MORE sundrenched destinations will be added to the government's green list on June 30- but travel experts have said the list does not go far enough.

Arrivals from 16 places, including Spain's Balearic Islands will not have to quarantine from 4am on Wednesday morning.

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What countries are on the green list?

On June 24 it was announced that The Balearic Islands (which include Ibiza, Menorca, Majorca and Formentera), Malta and Madeira will be added to the green list.

For sun-starved Brits, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat and Turks and Caicos Islands will also hit the list on June 30.

Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory and Pitcairn will also be added.

On the current green travel list are Israel (and Jerusalem), Singapore, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), the Falkland Islands, Ascension, St Helena and Tristan da Cunha, Gibraltar, Faroe Islands, Iceland and Brunei, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands.

New Zealand and Australia are also on the list – but they have their own entry requirements and are not letting in tourists at the moment.

France, Greece and Spain are NOT yet on the green list, meaning Brits will have to anxious wait to learn if they can go on holiday there this summer.

Can I travel anywhere on the green list?

Not quite. Entry to Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei and the Faroe Islands is severely restricted.

Brits will need proof of both vaccinations to enter Portugal, or a negative Covid test.

Portugal requires a negative PCR test for all arrivals. This has to be booked through a UK Government-approved private testing provider and taken up to 72 hours before the flight.

Gibraltar will not require UK visitors to be tested or vaccinated, whereas Israel initially reopened its border on May 23 only to groups of foreign tourists who have had both jabs.

The Department for Transport said the plan to allow fully vaccinated people to arrive from amber list countries without having to quarantine will take place in phases, starting with UK residents.

What happens if I book a green list country but it becomes amber?

If you have booked a holiday in a green list country that later turns amber, you will need to self isolate on your return to the UK. 

The government has pledged to offer a “watchlist” for green list countries to warn Brits when a country is about to turn amber.

Travel firms have said they will be flexible – with TUI allowing customers to amend a trip for free if a green destination goes on the watchlist or if an amber destination turns red. 

Thomas Cook has also promised that Brits can change their holiday for free if a destination turns amber. 

Can I book a trip to an amber country?

The amber list covers the most popular holiday destinations such as Spain, France, Italy and Greece.

Non-essential trips to amber-listed countries are allowed under the new rules – but you will need to self-isolate for ten days. 

You will also have to take PCR test on day two and day eight of your self-isolation. 

There is also an option to test and release on day five.

Will I need to quarantine in a hotel? 

Not for a green or amber-listed country, but if you are travelling home from a red-listed destination you must stay in a quarantine hotel for 11 nights at a cost of £1,750.

Most holiday destinations are currently welcoming back tourists with no need for quarantine – though you will need to show a PCR test or evidence of vaccination. 

It is worth checking all the latest guidance on specific countries’ requirements on the Foreign Office website. 

When will the list change? 

The government has pledged to review the green list every three weeks.

The new changes will come into effect from June 30.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the government plans to drop quarantine rules.

But he refused to say three times whether he would personally book a holiday to one of the destinations being opened up.


What happens if I get Covid and can’t travel?

If you contract Covid, show symptoms of the virus or you’re asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, you will need to contact your travel company or airline directly.

Most travel firms will let you change your holiday for free – though it is worth checking your travel insurance policy before your trip.

Some firms, such as TUI, offer Covid protection for customers. 

Where can I find cheaper PCR tests?

PCR tests usually cost around £120 – adding a significant fee to your trip.

But travel firms have secured cheaper tests for their customers in a huge boost to Brits' holiday hopes.

TUI is offering testing kits for £20 per person, while Ryanair has £60 tests for customers when you book with them.

Have holiday prices gone up?

Thomas Cook said that bookings for holidays in Portugal had soared by 250 per cent compared with a week earlier. 

Online searches for the tourist hotspot, which has one of Europe’s lowest infection rates, have risen by 115 per cent. 

The surge in interest has seen prices slashed on luxury getaways, with an analysis by TravelSupermarket.com finding that many five-star hotels were available in late May and June for half the normal price.

The Vale d’El Rei Hotel, located in the Porches area of Algarve, was available for £320 per person for a week with flights from Stansted included – a price drop of nearly 50 per cent, the price comparison website said. 

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