European countries tighten travel restrictions for UK travelers.
Spain has confirmed that it will require UK visitors to be fully vaccinated or test negative for entry from July 2, after a month without restrictions.
Malta has tightened its rules to say it will only admit vaccinated UK travelers aged 12 and over, putting an end to any hope of a family vacation; while Portugal demands the quarantine of those who have not been completely stung.
Meanwhile, hopes are fading that US-UK travel will resume before summer is over. There are reports that travel between the two countries is unlikely to resume anytime soon, despite intense pressure from airlines and pressure groups.
Travel between the US and UK, generally a thriving market, has largely been frozen since March 2020.
When does the green list come into effect?
As a reminder, the extended “green list”, which now includes Malta, the Balearic Islands and Madeira, will come into force on Wednesday June 30 at 4 am.
This means that if you arrive in the UK from a destination classified as green after this time, you won’t have to isolate yourself.
Here is a complete list of all green ranks:
Although these territories have been added, all new additions except Malta remain on the ‘green watch list’, which means they are at risk of turning orange.
Catherine adamsJune 29, 2021 5:42 PM
How to get a cheap PCR test for traveling
Chances are your travel plans now involve some sort of PCR test: either as a ‘Fit to Fly’ before you leave or when you return to the UK.
UK travelers are not allowed to use the free NHS test service and instead have to go through a private company to get their result although, increasingly, travel agencies are luring holidaymakers with priced travel tests reduced or subsidized.
All returning travelers, meanwhile, will need to pass at least two tests: one before leaving for the UK, which can be lateral flow or rapid antigen; and at least one PCR test within two days of arriving in the UK, depending on whether they have been in a green, amber or red country.
The average cost for a PCR test is around £ 120, but we’ve put together a handy guide to the cheapest on the market.
Catherine adamsJune 29, 2021 5:16 PM
Update of Maltese entry rules
Malta has updated its entry requirements for the British, which are due to go into effect tomorrow. Only fully vaccinated people aged 12 and over will be allowed to enter the country.
The Maltese Department of Health now says all arrivals to the UK must show full proof of vaccination “in the form of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination certificate letter issued by the NHS”.
He adds: “Only the paper version of the NHS COVID letter will be accepted, which can be requested online or by calling 119. The vaccination certificate will not be accepted in digital or downloaded PDF form. This must be the printed version issued directly by the NHS.
Catherine adamsJune 29, 2021 5:13 PM
A reminder on the rule change in Spain
Spain has confirmed that from midnight on July 2, all arrivals over 12 from the UK must either show proof of a negative PCR test or proof of full vaccination.
An NHS vaccination certificate, in electronic or printed form, stating that at least 14 days have passed since the last dose will suffice.
For those who are not fully stung, a negative PCR test (a type of nucleic acid amplification) performed within 48 hours of arrival in Spain must be presented. Antigen testing will not be accepted.
Catherine adamsJune 29, 2021 4:45 PM
New travel rules for entering Malta come into effect from tomorrow June 30.
Malta has said “only fully vaccinated people” will be admitted from the UK from June 30 – the same day the Mediterranean nation joins the UK government’s “green list”.
Children under 12 are exempt from the decision, but those aged 5 to 11 must undergo a PCR test within 72 hours before arriving in Malta.
In one online update, Visit Malta said: “Currently only the Maltese vaccination certificate is a valid certificate accepted by the Maltese authorities.
“From July 1, UK (two-dose certificate) and EU Covid digital vaccine certificate will also be accepted.”
It is understood that the NHS application will be accepted as certification.
Read the full story here:
Catherine adamsJune 29, 2021 3:38 PM
Bookings for the Balearic Islands rebound, according to Skyscanner
A growing number of restrictions in Europe are not preventing UK travelers from researching their next vacation.
Skyscanner data shows bookings have increased by 217% over the past week, with the Balearic Islands, Malta and Barbados ‘green list’ topping the list of travelers.
The most popular routes booked were from London to Mallorca, up 703 percent; and from London to Ibiza, up 556%, the flight platform said.
“We’ve had a busy few days of research and reservations as enthusiastic travelers reacted to news of the updated Green List destinations,” said Martin Nolan, Skyscanner’s consumer rights expert.
“Our data shows that people want vacations in the sun, as the Balearic Islands have been the most searched and booked destination on Skyscanner since the announcement. We see many travel providers keeping prices low to compete for bookings and there are still some extremely attractive summer travel deals that include flexible booking options.
Catherine adamsJune 29, 2021 3:36 PM
Scotland lifts ban on non-essential travel to Manchester
Scotland will lift its ban on non-essential travel from Manchester and Salford.
The new travel restrictions went into effect on June 21 and were challenged by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.
The ban between Scotland and the two English towns will end tonight, although restrictions on Blackburn and Darwen will remain.
Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “No one wants travel restrictions in place longer than is absolutely necessary.
“The imposition of travel restrictions between Scotland and parts of North West England was only taken after extremely careful review and analysis of the data to help prevent the spread of worrying variants.
“After careful consideration of the data, we have decided to facilitate travel arrangements between Scotland and Manchester, Salford and Bolton.
“However, the situation regarding Blackburn and Darwen will need to be closely monitored and will be revisited in a week’s time.”
Additional reports by agencies
Can I go to Spain this summer?
As Spain tightens its entry requirements from July 2 to require all British arrivals to either be fully vaccinated or present a negative PCR test certificate, we have everything you need to know about travel to the country and its islands this summer.
Catherine adamsJune 29, 2021 2:04 PM
Ireland will limit indoor meals to those that have been bitten
Meanwhile in the common travel area …
Ireland must restrict consumption and eating inside bars and restaurants to those who are fully vaccinated or who have already been infected with Covid-19, Prime Minister Micheal Martin said on Tuesday, due to concerns raised by the propagation of the Delta variant.
“A return to other indoor activities, including hospitality, will be delayed… given the increased transmissibility of the Delta variant,” said Martin.
The surest way to make a return to inner hospitality now is to limit access to those who have been fully vaccinated or who have recovered from a COVID infection, he said.
Ireland would be one of the first places in Europe to introduce such a measure. Moscow introduced similar restrictions on Monday.
European travel guide to vaccination
Many countries in Europe have tightened restrictions on Britons and are now insisting on a full course of Covid-19 vaccination.
The general rule is that at least 14 days must have passed since the date of your last jab, and you must take proof in the form of your NHS application.
The independentIt’s Helen Coffey who has the recap of the countries that will welcome fully stung Britons here:
Catherine adamsJune 29, 2021 12:30 PM