Overseas travel opens up

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Yesterday evening, the government announced some changes to the green list.

the fortress in Valletta on Malta will be be on the agenda fro British holidaymakers going to Malta

As was widely expected Malta and the Balearic Islands which include Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca were moved from amber to green meaning that no quarantine is necessary on returning to the UK.

Some of the other additions whilst welcome are difficult to get to such as the Pitcairn Islands, British Indian Ocean Territory and the Antarctic!

This is the full list

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Balearic Islands (which include Ibiza, Menorca, Majorca and Formentera)
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Indian Ocean Territory (a thousand islands including Diego Garcia)
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Montserrat
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Turks and Caicos Islands

But all those except Malta are placed on the green watch list meaning the government is keeping a close watch on infection levels and whatever else determines whether destinations stay on the green list. They could be returned to amber if conditions deteriorate.

Grenada in the Caribbean joins the green list

The list comes into effect on June 30th

The travel industry will be pleased to see the Balearics, Madeira and Malta on the list and long-haul travel companies will be gratified that Caribbean islands are on the list as well. But they would have liked to be added.

In addition there have been strong hints by the government that in a month’s time the government will say that double vaccinated people want have to quarantine even if they return from amber countries.

But some countries have been moved from the amber to the red list. They are Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Haiti, Mongolia, Tunisia and Uganda.

For the next few weeks, the fly in the ointment as to where British residents can go abroad is whether they will be allowed entry into destinations without having to undergo quarantine or other measures. So far, Germany, Italy, Jersey, Netherlands and Poland have quarantine in place for British visitors.

The German leader, Angela Merkel, has called on all EU countries to deny entry to Britons because of the delta variant which, according to the ECDC, (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) could account for 90% of new coronavirus infections in Europe by late August. France is also supporting Germany.

Germany has a fourteen day quarantine for British visitors (who are only allowed in if they can cite exceptional circumstances) virtually ruling out any holidays from Britons at the moment yet Britons are the fifth biggest source of tourism numbers to the country.

So there is good and bad news for holidaymakers as a result of the changes.

Frankly whether we can holiday abroad isn’t down to the British government anymore; it is down to the destination governments.

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