UK Travel Update: The Balearic Islands Bumped to the Amber List
A handful of holiday destinations are shuffled around the UK travel list depending on the COVID risks associated with travelling to and from them.
This means British nationals travelling from Ibiza, Majorca or Menorca to England will have to self-isolate for 10 days unless they have received both doses of the vaccines from the NHS or they are under 18. The move comes less than a fortnight after the Balearic Islands were added to the green list and is in response to a rapid rise in cases.
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told reporters that the government had to “move quickly,” as the cases have doubled on the islands.
It is believed that the uptick in cases is related to end-of-term parties being held in the Balearics.
The change has been announced by Shapps on Twitter:
We’re also moving the Balearic Islands & British Virgin Islands to the amber list 🟠- previously on the green watchlist. Also, from 19/07 if you’re fully #Vaccinated in the UK you can return to England from amber countries and territories without needing to quarantine.— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) July 14, 2021
No Quarantine for the Vaccinated from Amber Countries
Britain has one of the fastest vaccination programmes in the world but so far the government has effectively prevented travel to most countries through quarantine and testing rules.
From 19 July, the UK will implement the new quarantine rule for the vaccinated holidaymakers. This will allow fully vaccinated individuals to travel without quarantine upon return to all countries except those on the red list. This means anyone coming from Ibiza, Majorca or Menorca can skip quarantine if they have been vaccinated and can prove it using the NHS app.
However, as the Balearic Islands will be moved to the amber list, young adults who have not been vaccinated will have to quarantine at home for 10 days upon return.
The islands are hugely popular with young British tourists and this is a major blow to young adults who are looking forward to summer relaxation.
Updated Amber List from 19th July
All travellers from amber list countries will need to present a negative COVID test, book a COVID test prior to arrival and complete a passenger locator form.
Vaccinated travellers will need to take a COVID test on day 2. Travellers not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated need to quarantine on arrival and take both the day 2 and day 8 COVID test.
From 19 July, the following countries will be on the amber list:
|Akrotiri and Dhekelia||Fiji||Luxembourg||San Marino|
|Albania||Finland||Macao||Sao Tome and Principe|
|Aruba||The Gambia||Marshall Islands||Slovakia|
|The Bahamas||Ghana||Mauritius||South Korea|
|Belarus||Greece (including islands)||Mayotte||South Sudan|
|Belgium||Greenland||Mexico||St Kitts and Nevis|
|Bhutan||Guinea||Monaco||St Martin and St Barthélemy|
|Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba||Guinea-Bissau||Montenegro||St Pierre and Miquelon|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Honduras||Morocco||St Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Central African Republic||Jamaica||Niger||Thailand|
|Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue||Kosovo||The Occupied Palestinian Territories||Tuvalu|
|Curaçao||Kyrgyzstan||Papua New Guinea||United States (USA)|
|Czech Republic (Czechia)||Latvia||Portugal (including the Azores)||Vanuatu|
|Djibouti||Liberia||Romania||Wallis and Futuna|
|El Salvador||Libya||Russia||Western Sahara|
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