Several major vacation hotspots are still welcoming the British for stays abroad this summer.
From 4 a.m., Portugal was put on the amber travel list, which means the end of just three and a half weeks of relatively stress-free travel to the European country.
Now people traveling back to the UK from Portugal are required to isolate themselves for 10 days and follow a rigorous testing regime.
The green list now includes Australia, Brunei, the Falkland Islands, the Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.
However, some of these countries, including Australia and New Zealand, do not welcome Brits, which means their green status is irrelevant to would-be vacationers.
However, there are numerous countries on the Amber List that have opened their doors to British tourists.
Before hastily booking a week off and a cheap flight with Ryanair, it’s important to note that you could risk losing a lot of money traveling to an Amber List country – especially if the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO ) advises against traveling there.
If you are insured but your destination turns yellow before you travel, your insurance is no longer valid.
After those warnings, here are some of the vacation hotspots still ready to let Brits in
Pedro Sanchez announced at the end of May that travelers from several countries, including the UK, would be allowed to enter for vacation.
The Spanish Prime Minister said he was “pleased to welcome all British tourists”.
He added: “You are allowed to enter our country without restrictions and without any health requirements.”
However, the FCDO currently advises against “all but essential trips to Spain, including the Balearic Islands but excluding the Canary Islands, based on the current assessment of the Covid-19 risks”.
The French border will reopen on June 9th, allowing fully vaccinated Brits and EU passport holders based in the UK to enter the country without proof of testing.
By tomorrow anyone entering France from the UK will need a “compelling reason” to be in the country.
Also of great importance is the acceptance of an antigen test by the French border officials in contrast to the far more expensive PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction).
This means travelers can avoid paying £ 100 plus to a private company for a PCR test and instead opt for an antigen test, which is often free.
It is not surprising, however, that the FCDO is currently advising against “all but essential trips to all of France due to the current assessment of the Covid-19 risks”.
Although some experts had predicted Greece could get on the green list, the nation and its archipelagos remain amber.
Because of this, those returning from the country must self-isolate at home for 10 days and take the appropriate tests.
The FCDO currently advises against “all but essential trips to Greece, with the exception of the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete, based on the current assessment of the Covid-19 risks”.
However, Greece allows Brits to visit the country if they have been vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 test.
Malta has been admitting British citizens since June 1, provided they have proof of having been fully vaccinated at least 10 days prior to their arrival in the country.
Tolene Van Der Merwe, Director of the Maltese Tourism Board for the UK and Ireland, said: “Malta is a very popular destination for British tourists and is an important contributor to the Maltese economy. We are therefore happy to welcome fully vaccinated UK travelers from April 1st.
“The people of Malta look forward to the return of tourists who have loved our sunshine, culture, food and warm spirit year after year.”
However, the country remains on the UK’s amber list.
On Sunday, the North African country announced that it would reopen its airports and ports to international passenger traffic from June 15, both for its own citizens and for foreign nationals.
All travelers are admitted to the country if they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 or had a negative PCR test.
Nationals of countries where coronavirus cases are increasing or there are no reliable data are required to present a special permit to enter Morocco and have a negative test, the authorities said.
Despite signs that the land might be classified as green, it is still amber in color.
Despite its newly found status on the British amber list, Portugal is still rolling out the red beach mat for arriving sun seekers.
The country claims that Brits can continue to visit for recreational purposes as long as they comply with entry requirements.
“All passengers, with the exception of children under the age of two, who are in transit to or via mainland Portugal, must present a negative RT-PCR test result for SARS / COVID-19 at the time of boarding,” explains the FCDO .
“The test must have been taken within 72 hours of departure. Your airline will likely refuse boarding if you cannot show it at check-in. Check with your airline before you travel. “