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Travel news: updates to the green list and positive news for fully vaccinated

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As the UK moves closer to the easing of domestic restrictions on 19 July, much of the travel news in July is focused on where Brits can go abroad and what restrictions they’ll face. This, of course, piggy-backs off the 16 new additions to the green list at the end of June.

Keep reading to find out what you need to know about travel this month.

Malta, Madeira, and the Balearics added to the green list

Among the 16 destinations added to the green list were Malta, Madeira, and the Balearic Islands. Travellers to these destinations will no longer need to self-isolate when they get back to the UK under the ‘traffic light system’.

All of the new green list additions, except Malta, have also been added to the ‘green watchlist’ – meaning they’re at risk of being moved to the amber list at very short notice.

Restrictions for non-vaccinated travellers

Spain, Malta, and Portugal are the latest countries to share their plans to maintain entry restrictions for non-vaccinated travellers from the UK.

  • People travelling to Portugal from the UK will need to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival, unless they’re fully vaccinated at least 14 days before they go.
  • Only fully-vaccinated Brits are allowed to travel to Malta.
  • Proof of full vaccination or a negative PCR test is needed to travel to Spain.

Isle of Wight border reopens

For the first time since March 2020, people from the UK, Ireland, and the Channel Islands can visit the Isle of Wight without restrictions as long as they’ve been fully vaccinated.

To travel to the Isle of Wight, holidaymakers just need to have had their second jab at least 14 days before they go.

Plans to remove amber list quarantine for fully-vaccinated

The government is working on quarantine-free travel for people returning from amber list destinations who’ve received both doses of their vaccine, also known as ‘double jabbers’.

At the moment, people travelling back to the UK from amber list countries have to self-isolate at home for 10 days.

There’s no concrete date yet, but the government has said it’s working to do this in ‘as safe a way as possible’.

Negative test or both vaccine doses for the Balearic Islands

Just before the Balearic Islands moved to the green list, Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sánchez announced that a negative PCR test or both vaccine doses will be required of UK holidaymakers.

The measure is to protect against the increasing risk of coronavirus from the UK, especially from the Delta variant.

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