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Does green mean go?

Entry requirements for the destinations added to the green list on June 30

Anguilla

The dreamy Caribbean island of Anguilla was added to the UK’s green watchlist on June 30. Anyone wishing to travel to the British Overseas Territory, including children, will need to apply for approval from the government’s health team by completing an online form on its Covid-19 website.

From July 1, travellers who have been fully vaccinated at least three weeks before arrival will not need to quarantine and will not need to be tested on arrival, but they will need to show evidence of a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test taken three to five days before arrival. Accepted proof of vaccination status includes an NHS Covid Pass or an NHS letter. An NHS appointment card will not be accepted.

Non-vaccinated travellers will need to self-isolate for 10 days in approved accommodation. They must also take a Covid-19 test on arrival and show a negative RT-PCR test taken three to five days before arrival.

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Grenada

Traveller Health Declaration form must be completed 24 hours before arriving in the sunny Spice Isle of Grenada, now on the UK’s green watchlist.

All arrivals into Grenada over the age of five need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival into the country.

Vaccinated travellers need to show proof of vaccination status, with the second vaccine being administered more than 14 days before their arrival date. They will then need to take a PCR test on arrival (paid for in advance on pay.gov.gd) and quarantine in their hotel for 48 hours while waiting for a negative result. Then they will be able to move freely around the island.

Non-vaccinated travellers will need to quarantine for seven days in their hotel. On day five, they will need to take a second PCR test and if the result is negative, they can travel freely around Grenada.

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Malta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

British holiday favourite Malta is one of the most recent additions to the government’s green list and was the only one not to be placed on the green watchlist, a list of countries at risk of moving from green to amber.

Only fully vaccinated travellers can travel to Malta from the UK and they must have been jabbed more than 14 days before travel.

Acceptable proof of vaccination status includes the NHS Covid Pass letter and digital Covid passes, including the NHS app and the vaccination certificate in digital or downloaded PDF form.

Children aged from five to 11 can travel to Malta if they are accompanied by vaccinated adults with proof of a negative PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before arrival in Malta. Children under five are not required to get tested. Anyone aged 12 and over will need proof of vaccination.

Everyone must complete a Public Health Travel Declaration Form before departure.

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Antigua and Barbuda

Open to tourists, paradise island Antigua and its little sister island Barbuda are currently on the UK’s green watchlist.

All arriving passengers must have a negative RT-PCR test taken up to seven days before their flight. Children under the age of 12 do not need to take a test. All arriving passengers must complete a Health Declaration Form upon arrival in Antigua and Barbuda.

Visitors will receive medical screenings and have their temperature taken at the airport, and may be asked to take a test on arrival, or at their hotel, as determined by the health authorities. This test costs $100 (£72). The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office warns of “long waiting times on arrival” at the airport.

Regardless of vaccination status, tourists can normally travel straight to certified tourism accommodation after screening and be allowed to move around the country freely.

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British Virgin Islands

Now on the UK’s green watchlist, the British Virgin Islands is giving a warm welcome to the fully vaccinated who received their second jab at least 14 days before arrival.

The double-jabbed will not need to take a test on arrival or quarantine, but they will need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken up to five days before arrival, as well as proof of vaccination status in the form of an NHS Covid Pass or NHS letter.

They will also need to buy a BVI Gateway Travel Authorisation Certificate for $35 (£25).

Unvaccinated children aged five to 17 travelling with fully vaccinated parents will be tested on arrival, and will need to return to a testing centre for a further test on day four.

The rules are tougher for unvaccinated travellers who will need to buy a Secure BVI Gateway Travel Authorisation Certificate for $175 (£126); show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken three to five days before arrival; take a test upon arrival; quarantine for seven days; and take another test on day seven.

Partially vaccinated (received one dose or received both doses less than 14 days before arrival) will need to do the same as unvaccinated travellers, but will quarantine for just four days and must take a test on day four.

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Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands (which include Majorca, Ibiza, Formentera and Menorca) were recently added to the UK’s green watchlist.

Spain has recently tightened its entry requirements for Brits visiting Spain, the Canaries and the Balearics, due to fears over the Delta variant of Covid-19.

British travellers entering the Balearics will now need to present a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within 48 hours of travel or show proof of vaccination (an NHS Covid Pass or NHS letter). Anyone using vaccination status needs to have received their second jab at least 14 days before travel. These rules apply to all Brits aged 12 and over.

A pre-travel declaration form also needs to be completed before travel.

The rest of Spain is still on the UK’s amber list.

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Barbados

Tourist hotspot Barbados was recently added to the UK’s green watchlist, meaning that it’s at risk of suddenly being moved back to amber.

Upon arrival, all travellers must present a valid negative PCR test taken up to three days (72 hours) before travel. Children under the age of five are exempt from taking a test.

Vaccinated travellers must show a vaccination certificate (an NHS Covid Pass or NHS letter) showing they were vaccinated more than 14 days before their arrival date; take a PCR test on arrival at the airport or at an approved hotel and then stay at the approved hotel for 24 to 48 hours until receiving the test result. Once a negative result is received, visitors are free to explore the island.

Unvaccinated visitors must stay at an approved hotel for five days and will be unable to leave their room to use the hotel’s facilities, such as swimming pools and restaurants, during that time. They may also be required to wear an electronic tracking bracelet. On day five, another PCR test must be taken and the result will take around 24 to 48 hours to come back. Once a negative result is received, travellers can use the hotel facilities and travel around the island.

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Bermuda

Another newbie to the government’s green watchlist, Bermuda has different entry requirements for vaccinated and non-vaccinated travellers.

All visitors must apply for Travel Authorisation by completing this form one to three days before departure. This costs $75 (£54) and includes the cost of all Covid-19 testing in Bermuda.

Anyone aged two and above is required to take a PCR test up to four days before arrival, and a negative result must be presented upon arrival in Bermuda. All visitors aged two and above will also be required to take a PCR test at the airport.

Vaccinated travellers can enjoy their hotel facilities while waiting up to 24 hours for their PCR test results. Once a negative result is received, travellers can move freely around the island. However, visitors must take their own temperature twice a day and report the results via the online travel authorisation portal for the first 14 days. They must also take Covid-19 tests on day four, day eight and day 14.

Non-immunised travellers need to quarantine for 14 days at a designated quarantine hotel at their own expense. They also need to take their temperature twice a day and report in the same way, along with taking tests on day four, day eight and day 13. After receiving negative results on day 14, guests can leave quarantine to explore the island and begin their holiday.

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Turks and Caicos

Recently added to the UK’s green watchlist, Turks and Caicos doesn’t have such tough restrictions in place as many of its Caribbean counterparts.

A free TCI Assured Travel Authorisation form needs to be completed by all travellers before visiting this idyllic beach destination.

Travellers also need to complete a PCR test no more than five days before their arrival date on the islands, and results should be uploaded to the TCI Assured portal. Visitors also need to take out travel insurance with Covid-19 cover.

Unlike several other Caribbean countries, no further Covid-19 tests are required once granted entry and there are no daily health checks.

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Madeira

Non-vaccinated travellers no longer need to quarantine when visiting Madeira, which was recently added to the UK’s green watchlist.

The rules contrast with mainland Portugal which announced that Brits will need to quarantine if they have not been double vaccinated.

All travellers aged 12 and over need to complete a traveller questionnaire before visiting the Portuguese archipelago. A RT-PCR test needs to be taken 72 hours before travel and the result uploaded to the questionnaire.

Testing on arrival will not be required for double-jabbed tourists visiting Madeira, but they will need to show proof of their vaccination status.

Non-vaccinated tourists will need to present a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival, or they can take a free PCR test at the airport on arrival with results in six to 12 hours. They will need to quarantine until a negative result comes through.

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