Green list countries latest update - live: Malta, Antigua and Madeira become quarantine-free
Sixteen destinations have gone green
Tourism favourites Malta, Madeira, Spain’s Balearic Islands and various Caribbean islands have been added to the UK’s updated green lists.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has added 16 destinations to its quarantine-free lists, with changes due to take effect from 4am on 30 June.
At the other end of the spectrum, six destinations are being downgraded from amber to red, including Tunisia and the Dominican Republic.
The devolved nations of Scotland and Northern Ireland published their own updated lists, which exactly mirror those of England.
Meanwhile, the prime minister has raised hopes that double-jabbed Britons could escape quarantine from amber list countries this summer.
Boris Johnson said there was a “real opportunity to open up travel” this summer for those who have two doses of the coronavirus jab.
Elsewhere, French president Emmanuel Macron has backed Angela Merkel’s call for a “coordinated” EU policy on travel restrictions which could see quarantines enforced on Britons entering the continent because of surging cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19.
Ms Merkel is pressing fellow EU leaders at a summit in Brussels to adopt a tougher common approach, after rocketing cases of the Delta variant in the UK put it at the top of the coronavirus table in Europe.
Follow all the latest updates below:
Green list destinations
Here is the UK’s travel green list in full:
Rory Sullivan24 June 2021 20:31
BA says it is 'essential’ to get ‘travel back up and running’
In response to the green-list update, British Airways has told the government that it is “essential” that the travel returns this summer.
The carrier’s chairman and CEO Sean Doyle said the industry “cannot afford another missed summer”.
“There are jobs at stake, Britons separated from family members and we cannot afford to allow the success of our vaccine programme to be wasted,” he added.
Mr Doyle remarked that giving vaccinated travellers more freedom to go abroad would be an important step to achieving this.
Rory Sullivan24 June 2021 20:30
Spain welcomes UK’s green-list update
Spain has welcomed the news that the Balearic Islands have been placed on the UK’s green list, while expressing its hope that the rest of the country will be added soon.
Javier Piñanes, director of the Spanish Tourist Office, said the country was “delighted” that British holidaymakers will be able to travel freely to Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera from next Wednesday.
He added: “This development illustrates the excellent progress that has been made in the archipelago regarding Covid-19 and is a step forward for both the Spanish and British travel industries.
“We hope that the rest of Spain will be added to the list very soon so that British residents can once again enjoy their holidays in Spain and/or be reunited with relatives.”
Rory Sullivan24 June 2021 20:15
Fully vaccinated travellers arriving from amber-list countries will not have to self-isolate, government says
The government has announced that fully vaccinated travellers will not need to quarantine when arriving from amber-list countries.
The change will take effect “later in the summer”, it said.
The Department for Transport said in a statement: “We expect this to occur in phases, starting with UK residents. They will still be required to take a pre-departure test and a test on Day 2, and any positive results will be sequenced to continue to manage the risk of importing variants.”
Rory Sullivan24 June 2021 20:05
Six countries added to the UK’s red list
The UK has added six countries to its travel red list, mandating 11 nights in hotel quarantine for arrivals from these destinations.
The Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Haiti, Mongolia, Tunisia and Uganda are the countries affected.
The changes from the UK government’s latest travel traffic light reshuffle will come into effect from 4am on 30 June.
Cathy Adams reports:
Rory Sullivan24 June 2021 20:00
UK government confirms 16 destinations added to green list
The UK’s Department for Transport has finally revealed its updated traffic light travel lists.
Following in the footsteps of the devolved nations of Scotland and Northern Ireland, which announced their revised red and green lists earlier this evening, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed that 16 additions will go green, while six countries move down from amber to red.
Tourism favourites Malta, Madeira and the Balearic Islands join the green list while destinations including Tunisia and Haiti have turned red.
Helen Coffey24 June 2021 19:46
Scotland announces 16 new additions to green list
Scotland has revealed its own updated green list, with 16 new additions bringing the quarantine-free list to 27 destinations in total.
It mirrors Northern Ireland’s list, announced earlier, exactly. Here are the new additions:
Helen Coffey24 June 2021 19:31
Kuwait turns red, then amber
Northern Ireland appears to have removed Kuwait from its red list, having published earlier tonight that the country would change from amber to red along with six other destinations.
However, Kuwait now seems to have disappeared from the red list again on the official government website, suggesting a last-minute change of heart.
Six new additions remain: Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Haiti, Mongolia, Tunisia and Uganda.
Helen Coffey24 June 2021 19:21
Tunisia, Kuwait and Dominican Republic to join Northern Ireland’s red list
Ahead of the DfT announcement expected tonight, Northern Ireland has already revealed its own reshuffle.
Seven countries will be added to the red list, necessitating hotel quarantine, including Tunisia, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Kuwait. Changes will come into effect at 4am on 30 June.
Here are the new additions to the red list:
Helen Coffey24 June 2021 18:43
Northern Ireland announces 16 additions to its green list
Northern Ireland has announced 16 new additions to its green list, including holiday favourites Malta and Madeira. The changes will take effect from 4am on 30 June 2021.
The additions are:
Helen Coffey24 June 2021 18:26