Original article from Kent Live
Many Brits have been left despondent about 2021's summer, their sun-and-sand plans dashed by frequently changing Covid travel rules.
And honestly, you'd be forgiven for not knowing where your holiday stands.
A trip to a tropical beach is what many will be dreaming of as people living in Kent face a week of rain and dull skies.
The next government update on the travel traffic light system is due on Wednesday (August 4) and this will likely see changes made to the green, amber and red lists.
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Countries on the green list – including Australia and Singapore – offer quarantine-free travel, although you must still take Covid-19 tests and provide a passenger locator form.
You can also visit countries on the amber list – including Germany, Portugal and Spain – without having to quarantine, but only if you are double jabbed.
If not, you must undertake a 10-day quarantine at home or in the place you are staying.
If you visit a country on the red list, you must stay in a government-managed quarantine hotel for 10 days upon returning back to the UK.
But what are the current travel restrictions for some of the UK's top holiday destinations – such as the Canary Islands?
We've done some digging to answer your burning questions and this is what we found.
The Canary Islands are on the amber list, providing quarantine-free travel for double-jabbed Brits.
However, like the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands have also seen a surge in Covid cases.
This has increased the likelihood of the islands being added to the government’s amber plus list.
The next official update of travel restrictions is expected on Wednesday, August 4, but the government can make changes at any point.
The Balearic Islands were moved to the amber list at on Monday, July 19, which means double-jabbed Brits can visit the islands without having to quarantine upon return.
Despite this, travel expert Simon Calder has warned there is an increasing likelihood that the Balearic Islands will be added to the government’s amber plus list due to a surge in Covid cases across the islands of Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.
This means that all British holidaymakers – whether they have been double jabbed or not – must quarantine for 10 days when they arrive back in the UK.
Currently, only France is on the amber plus list.
“The Balearics are a really serious cause for concern, in terms of the positivity rate. All you can do if you’ve got a holiday booked there is hope for the best,” Simon Calder told Sky News.
The islands have also reintroduced a range of restrictions to combat the surge in new cases.
Spain’s Balearic Islands have banned people from different households mixing indoors and outdoors between 1am and 6am.
Restaurants, bars and cafes also have to close at 1am, with the number of diners per table cut from six to four indoors, and 12 to eight outdoors.
Access to picturesque beaches will also be curbed at 10pm.
The good news as Malta is on the Government’s green list, which means you can travel to the holiday hotspot without having to quarantine upon your return.
However, visitors must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to enter Malta.
According to the Foreign Office: “From 30 June 2021, the Maltese authorities require all arrivals from the United Kingdom to present proof of full vaccination.
“This must show that you received a full course of vaccination at least 14 days prior to your arrival. If you live in England, Malta will accept the NHS Covid Pass (both the Digital App and letter versions) as proof of your vaccination status. “
The requirement applies to everyone over 12 years old, which effectively makes family holidays with teens aged 12 – 17 impossible.
Only adults are offered the coronavirus vaccine in the UK, with the Government expected to extend the rollout to those over 12 who are at higher risk of getting ill if infected.
You must also take a Covid test, book a day two test and complete a passenger locator form before you travel to a country on the green list.