MORE countries were added to the UK's green list today, opening up more holiday destinations to Brits.
Croatia, Bulgaria, Hong Kong and Taiwan are the latest countries to be added to the green list, joining Malta, Madeira and parts of the Caribbean.
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Here is the full list of destinations which are not on the travel ban list.
Which countries are on the green list?
All of the countries now on the green list are:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Antarctic Territory
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- British Virgin Islands
- Bulgaria (from Monday 19 July)
- Cayman Islands
- Croatia (from Monday 19 July)
- Falkland Islands
- Faroe Islands
- Israel and Jerusalem
- Myanmar (from Monday 19 July)
- New Zealand
- Pitcairn Islands
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
- Taiwain (from Monday 19 July)
- Turks and Caicos Islands
During the last review, Portugal was removed from the green list, just weeks after it was added, although the island of Madeira remains on the green list.
The Balearic Islands have also been removed today, due to a rise in cases.
Assessments are based on a range of factors, including the proportion of a population that has been vaccinated, rates of infection, emerging new variants, and access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing.
The new updates this week include Bulgaria and Hong Kong, on the green list. and Croatia and Taiwan, on the green watch list.
A number of countries including Spain, Malta and Portugal have tightened border rules for travellers from the UK in recent days, because of fears over our rising number of Delta variant cases.
Both Portugal and Malta are only welcoming fully-vaccinated Brits, along with France, and Spain now requires a negative test, or proof of both jabs, from all UK arrivals.
A family holiday to Malta is also unlikely, as new rules mean 12-17 year olds must be fully vaccinated to avoid quarantine – despite the UK not offering the vaccine to under-18s yet.
However, Germany has recently lifted restrictions for Brits who are fully vaccinated, after initially closing their borders to the UK due to the Delta variant.
What are the green list travel rules?
Anyone coming back to Britain from a green list destination will need to have two Covid tests.
This includes a pre-arrival Covid test, and also a test on day two of returning to the UK.
Quarantine or additional testing is not needed upon return, unless the post-arrival test is positive.
Brits should still check the entry requirements of green list countries as the agreement for quarantine-free restrictions is not reciprocal.
While Australia and New Zealand are both on the list, they both remain closed to the UK while other destinations require a mandatory quarantine on arrival.
Amber countries require a mandatory 10-day quarantine at home as well as a Covid test on day two and eight.
Red countries will have to isolate for 10-days at a quarantine hotel, costing £1,750 per person.
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