Latest travel tips for the Canary and Balearic Islands and Malta

Many Britons are disheartened about the summer of 2021, their sun and sand plans shattered by frequent changes in Covid travel rules.

And honestly, you’d be forgiven for not knowing where your vacation is.

A trip to a tropical beach is what many will dream of as the people of Kent face a week of rain and dull skies.

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The next government update on the traffic light system is expected on Wednesday August 4 and that will likely see changes to the green, amber and red lists.

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Green List countries – including Australia and Singapore – offer non-quarantine travel, although you still need to take Covid-19 tests and provide a passenger locator form.

You can also visit Orange List countries – including Germany, Portugal, and Spain – without having to quarantine, but only if you’re double stung.

Otherwise, you must carry out a 10-day quarantine at home or in the place where you are staying.

If you are visiting a Red Listed country, you must stay in a government run quarantine hotel for 10 days upon your return to the UK.

But what are the current travel restrictions for some of the UK’s top vacation destinations, like the Canary Islands?

We did some research to answer your burning questions and here’s what we found.

the Canary Islands

Tenerife is just one of the popular destinations in the Canary Islands - and it could be about to get cheaper
Tenerife is just one of the popular destinations in the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are on the orange list, offering non-quarantine travel to double-bitten Britons.

However, like the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands have also seen an increase in Covid cases.

This has increased the likelihood that the islands will be added to the government’s Amber List Plus.

The next official travel restrictions update is expected on Wednesday, August 4, but the government can make changes at any time.

the Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands and Spain are now on the orange list

The Balearic Islands were moved to the orange list on Monday, July 19, meaning double-bitten Britons can visit the islands without having to self-quarantine on their return.

Despite this, travel expert Simon Calder has warned that there is a growing likelihood that the Balearic Islands will be added to the government’s Amber List Plus due to an increase in Covid cases in the islands of Mallorca, Menorca. , Ibiza and Formentera.

This means that all UK holidaymakers – whether or not they have received a double hit – must self-quarantine for 10 days upon their return to the UK.

Currently, only France is on the amber plus list.

“The Balearics are a very serious source of concern, in terms of positivity rates. All you can do if you’ve booked a vacation is hope for the best, ”Simon Calder told Sky News.

The islands have also reintroduced a series of restrictions to combat the rise in the number of new cases.

Spain’s Balearic Islands have banned people from different households from mixing indoors and outdoors between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Restaurants, bars and cafes are also due to close at 1 a.m., with the number of diners per table dropping from six to four indoors and from 12 to eight outdoors.

Access to the picturesque beaches will also be limited to 10 p.m.


Malta requires all UK travelers aged 12 and over to be fully vaccinated

The good news, as Malta is on the government’s green list, which means you can make it to the holiday hotspot without having to quarantine yourself on your return.

However, visitors must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter Malta.

According to the Foreign Office: “From June 30, 2021, Maltese authorities require all arrivals from the UK to present full proof of vaccination.

“This must show that you received a full vaccination program at least 14 days before your arrival. If you live in England, Malta will accept the NHS Covid Pass (both the digital app and letter versions) as proof of your vaccination status. “

The requirement applies to anyone over the age of 12, effectively making it impossible to family vacations with teenagers aged 12 to 17.

Only adults are offered the coronavirus vaccine in the UK, with the government to expand the rollout to people over 12 who are at a higher risk of getting sick if infected.

You must also take a Covid test, book a two-day test, and complete a passenger locator form before traveling to a greenlist country.