The newly-added green list destinations clarify their entry requirements for UK travellers
Malta and Madeira have updated their entry requirements for British holidaymakers.
Non-vaccinated travellers do not need to quarantine when visiting Madeira from June 30, when the island was moved onto the UK’s green watchlist.
The rules contrast with those in mainland Portugal, which announced that Brits will need to quarantine if they have not been double-vaccinated.
Testing will not be required for double-jabbed tourists visiting Madeira, or those who have recovered from Covid-19.
Non-vaccinated tourists will need to present a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. Alternatively, visitors can take a free PCR test at the airport on arrival or departure, with results in six to 12 hours.
Curfew hours have been reduced to between 1am and 5am, and restaurants are allowed to open for dinner until midnight.
In a statement, the Madeira Regional Tourist Board said: “The Covid-19 situation in Madeira is under excellent control. There are no cases of the Delta variant currently. In the past month there has been a 73 per cent decrease in active cases and there are only 61 active cases – there are 18 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days as of June 27, which remains one of the lowest rates in Europe.
“Furthermore, more than one third of the population has been fully vaccinated and the tourism sector is soon going to complete its vaccination programme. In Porto Santo, Madeira’s sister island, 70 per cent of the population older than 16 are fully vaccinated, which means that the island has reached group immunisation.”
Malta was also added to the UK’s green list on June 30. However, 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.
Johann Buttigieg, chief executive officer at the Malta Tourism Authority said: “Malta is a very popular destination for British holidaymakers and the people of Malta are looking forward to tourists returning who have loved our sunshine, culture, food and warm spirit year in year out.”
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The director of business development at the travel insurance company tells us about the importance of getting the right cover
Hugh King manages travel insurance provider battleface’s relationships with their UK and Europe corporate clients. Here he looks at how government changes in policy have impacted the travel industry and what it means for their clients.
Why is travel insurance important for clients?
Getting medical care on holiday can cost you thousands of pounds. Travel insurance gives travellers peace of mind by providing access to emergency medical assistance while protecting against high costs should plans go awry. Every international trip has its own unique risks and challenges, depending on the destination and planned activities, so making sure all eventualities are covered by your travel insurance policy is essential. Medical and other emergencies typically rack up the most costs for consumers, so ensuring your policy gives you access to 24/7 medical assistance and/or be brought home is essential.
What are the most important things to consider when choosing travel insurance?
A one-size-fits-all approach to travel insurance doesn’t work and the cost is determined by a range of factors including the traveller’s country of residence, destination, age(s) of traveller(s), the duration of trip; activities planned and any pre-existing medical conditions.
What’s the deal with travel insurance and FCDO advice and the traffic light system?
Travelling against FCDO advice can invalidate emergency medical cover on many travel insurance policies, so it’s important that travellers ensure they have the right cover for their destination at the time of travel.
What types of Covid-19 cover are companies offering right now?
Most insurers now offer Covid-19 cover, but some insurers’ cover is more comprehensive than others, so travellers need to check the policy details and limitations before purchasing.
There are a few companies who offer cancellation cover, although many have FCDO exclusions and therefore would not be valid if the country advisory changes. battleface policies, however, remain valid and available should you decide to travel regardless. Travellers up to the age of 79 can purchase our products. We provide cover for illness and accidents up to the policy limit of £5,000,000. Cover for illness is not available for those aged 75 years or over. We also include cover for emergency medical expenses caused by or resulting from Covid-19. The Covid-19 cover is available on all policies for travellers up to the age of 59 or under.
How do you work with other businesses? battleface is more than a retail travel insurance solution. For commercial entities with a significant distribution base, we can custom-build our products. We unbundle the expensive, restrictive, traditional travel insurance policies to provide a customer-focused, module based, robust travel insurance proposition aligned to our partners’ traveller demographics. We work with OTA’s; larger retailers; tour operators, resort and hospitality providers.