No to Britons

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Late last week, another European country – Belgium – banned Britons from arriving in the country. The rules say that anyone coming from a high risk country (and the UK is in that category) or who has visited one in the last fourteen days will not be permitted to enter.

You can visit the Isle of Man without facing restrictions

It joins the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Italy, Gibraltar and the Channel island of Jersey who have adopted tougher travel rules for Britons in the wake of the spread and increased transmission rates of the delta variant.

France supports Germany in wanting to restrict British visitors into the EU.

Appearing on the green list agreed to by the Westminster and devolved nations’ green list is no sign that you easily visit a destination. It is the destinations country that you must consider.

Of the destinations on the green list in Europe, the Balearic Islands, Madeira and Malta are the ones that most British travellers will be considering. Are they likely to impose tougher rules on visiting Britons?

Last week Malta imposed a fourteen day-quarantine period for those not fully vaccinated and now Portugal has done something similar.

The mainland of Portugal (not Madeira or the Azores) which is on the amber list has now put in place a 14-day quarantine for those who haven’t had both vaccinations. Even if you have had both, you will need to have had the final jab a fortnight before you travel.

Britons travelling to any of the Balearics will have to prove they’ve had both jabs or be able to show a negative PCR test in order to enter the country. Mainland Spain, which is on the amber list anyway, has the same rules.

Estonia has introduced a ten day quarantine period from people from the UK which will probably be followed by Lithuania and Latvia in the next few days. All are on the amber list so holidaymakers will have to quarantine on their return home to the UK as well.

Further afield, Hong Kong – another amber list country – has decided that anyone who has spent more than two hours in the past 21 days in the UK will be denied entry to Hong Kong.

Another country on the amber list, Taiwan, now requires that all people travelling from the UK (or who have been in the UK in the fourteen days prior to arrival) must complete a mandatory 14 day quarantine at of the 43 designated quarantine facilities. A COVID-19 PCR test will be required upon arrival at the facility and one day before the end of the mandatory 14 day quarantine period. The FCDO website says that this will be paid for by Taiwan and not the passenger.

On the positive side, you can now freely travel to the Isle of Man without facing restrictions of any sort.

The delta variant is certainly making governments scared.

But it is also making it difficult for holidaymakers and travellers to have any confidence in knowing where to travel without facing so many hurdles that it isn’t worth travelling at all outside the UK.

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