Covid travel update: New destinations added to UK green list – where you can holiday

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Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps has added Bulgaria and Hong Kong to the UK’s green list for travel. The two destinations are set to go green on July 19. Meanwhile, the Balearic Islands will be added to the amber travel list a little over a fortnight after it went green.

Spain’s popular destinations of Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca and Formentera will be removed from the green list exempting all need to self-isolate to England from Monday due to rising coronavirus cases.

But the change will coincide with the end of the need to quarantine for the fully-vaccinated UK residents and the under 18s when returning from amber list nations.

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In a boost for holidaymakers, Croatia and Bulgaria will go green, meaning arrivals in England will not have to isolate for 10 days on return regardless of their vaccine status.

Taiwan will also be added to the green list, while the British Virgin Islands will go amber.

Cuba, Indonesia, Myanmar and Sierra Leone will be added to the red list following a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.

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This means 10 days of isolation in a quarantine hotel are mandatory for these destinations.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the changes will come into effect at 4am on Monday, despite the Balearics having been added to the green list on June 30.

Mr Shapps announced: “Unfortunately, when we put them on the green watchlist, from then we’ve seen the rates double, and also the rates of positivity of these tests double, meaning that we’re going to have to move quickly.

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It is important to note that the moves do not mean travel as normal.

A pre-departure test will be required as well as another two days after returning back in England even from green nations.

Ministers decided the changes on Wednesday after receiving analysis from the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC).

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The JBC provides an ongoing assessment of the risks posed by international travel to the Government.

Croatia and Taiwan are being added to the green travel watchlist, in recognition that these countries and territories are at risk of moving from green to amber, the Department for Transport said.

It continued: “Due to a sharp rise in the number of cases, ministers have also taken the decision to move the Balearic Islands and British Virgin Islands from the green watchlist to amber.

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“All classification changes are decided by ministers. These are informed by the latest data and analysis by the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) and wider public health factors.

“Since the last traffic light review, the case rate has more than doubled in the Balearics.”

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