Many holidaymakers ignore Covid testing rules for Balearic Islands, Malta and Madeira


Thousands of holidaymakers are expected to fly from Birmingham Airport to the most recent destinations included in the green category of the traffic light travel system.

However, many of those who have booked to fly from Birmingham Airport to the Spanish Balearic Islands, Malta and Madeira are still confused about the Covid-19 tests they need to travel.

Major airlines and tour operators are expected to resume flights to resorts from July 1, while Ryanair has been flying to Mallorca for a few weeks.

The new destinations were added to green from the end of next week, but all except Malta remain on the green watch list, meaning they can quickly be added to orange if infection rates change.

A survey of over 2,000 people for Cignpost ExpressTest found that only 18% were aware of the Covid testing requirements for their trip, while only 8% recognized the testing needed to return to the UK> 9% believed that no testing was required.

READ MORE: What happens if a greenlisted destination turns orange?

These are the latest testing requirements for new greenlisted stations

the Balearic Islands

Tourists enjoying Magaluf in Mallorca before the restrictions are implemented

Holidaymakers and other visitors can travel to Menorca, Ibiza and Mallorca from Wednesday at 4 a.m.

Passengers no longer need to take a PCR test and test negative before traveling after health authorities lifted restrictions on UK visitors to the area.

However, before arriving, travelers must complete a pre-travel declaration form. Arrivals may also be controlled at the airport, usually with temperature control.


Flight costs fell in Malta - this photo shows Qawra in the northeast of the island
Holidays in Malta are back on the cards

The UK is on Malta’s Orange List, so passengers (anyone aged five and over) arriving in the country will need to submit a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate before flying to the island.

Arrivals will also need to show a copy of a negative swab test performed up to 72 hours (maximum) prior to arrival.

If a negative PCR test is not presented, a swab test on arrival or a quarantine period of 14 days is mandatory on arrival.

All passengers must complete a Public health travel declaration form and Passenger tracking form. You must show both forms to airline officials when you leave the UK and to health authorities when you arrive in Malta.

Anyone arriving (and departing) from Malta has their temperature checked.


Portugal was one of the few destinations included in the green category
Madeira has always been a popular destination

Madeira has made every effort to welcome tourists, while remaining safe.

The island was the first EU destination to establish a green travel corridor for double-bitten visitors – receiving tourists who have been vaccinated or those fully recovered from Covid-19 without testing on arrival.

Other tourists need proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours or take a free PCR test on arrival with results within 12 hours.

Visitors must register with the MadeiraSafe program before flying.

Returning a destination from the safe list

Passengers returning to the UK will need to undergo a lateral flow or Covid antigen test up to 72 hours before their trip.

They also have to take a single PCR test no later than the second day of their return – but don’t need to self-quarantine unless the test result is positive. Children aged four and under are exempt from the test.