The orange and red lists for travel will be updated by the government this week, allowing tourists to see which countries they can – and cannot – visit over the next month. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has already revealed some changes to travel lists, including relegation to the Balearic Islands and British Virgin Islands.
Popular holiday destinations including Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca will be moved to the green list orange list, Mr Shapps revealed.
This means that anyone without both Covid vaccines will have to self-isolate if they return from one of these islands.
The British Virgin Islands will also be added to the orange list, he confirmed.
Four countries will be included on the banned red list, but the Transport Secretary has not revealed which countries.
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Shapps tweeted: “Starting at 4 a.m. on Monday, July 19, Bulgaria and Hong Kong will be added to the green list and Croatia and Taiwan to the green list of destinations.
“Please check the latest travel tips before you travel, as countries and territories may have additional requirements before you go.
“We are also moving the Balearic Islands and the British Virgin Islands to the Amber List – previously on the Green Watch List.
“Additionally, from 07/19, if you are fully # vaccinated in the UK, you can return to England from Orange countries and territories without needing to quarantine.
“Four countries and territories will join the red list to protect our national vaccine rollout. We will keep these measures under review and guide ourselves on the latest data – we will not hesitate to take action when necessary to protect public health. . “
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Any country that remains on the red list is off limits to the British, the government has warned.
If you need to return from any of these countries or territories, you will need to quarantine yourself at a managed hotel, while passing two separate Covid tests throughout the 10-day period.
The government reviews the traffic light system every three weeks in the UK.
Lists are compiled based on the percentage of a country’s population that has been vaccinated, as well as the rate of infection.
The prevalence of all of the worrisome variants could also push some destinations further up the scale.
Until recently, the government had urged the public to avoid traveling to Amber List countries unless absolutely necessary.
The guidelines have now been lifted, meaning tourists can visit their favorite amber vacation hotspots, assuming they have been fully vaccinated or are ready to quarantine at home.
Orange List Countries
Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Bonaire, Saint-Eustache and Saba
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue
Czech Republic (Czechia)
Greece (including islands)
The Occupied Palestinian Territories
Papua New Guinea
Portugal (including the Azores)
Sao Tome and Principe
The Solomon Islands
Spain (including the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands)
Saint Kitts and Nevis
St Martin and St Barthélemy
St Pierre and Miquelon
St Vincent and the Grenadines
United States (United States)
Wallis and futuna