Top destinations now added to the green travel list for holidays from Doncaster Sheffield Airport
Quarantine-free holidays to Malta, the Balearic Islands and Madeira have been permitted in an update to the Government's foreign travel policy
Holidaymakers and travel firms were celebrating as the Government announced the latest update to England's traffic light system for traveling abroad .
Flights can be booked from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to the Balearic Islands Ibiza, Menorca and Majorca, which today were added to the green list with no quarantine required on returning home.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed Malta, Madeira, the Balearic Islands, several UK Overseas Territories and Caribbean Islands (including Barbados) will be added to the Government’s green list from 4am on Wednesday June 30.
All additions to the green list apart from Malta will also join the “green watchlist”, as will Israel and Jerusalem – signalling that these countries are at risk of moving from green to amber.
The full list of countries to be added to the red list includes Eritrea, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Mongolia, Tunisia and Uganda.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “We’re moving forward with efforts to safely reopen international travel this summer, and thanks to the success of our vaccination programme, we’re now able to consider removing the quarantine period for fully vaccinated UK arrivals from amber countries – showing a real sign of progress.
“It’s right that we continue with this cautious approach, to protect public health and the vaccine rollout as our top priority, while ensuring that our route out of the international travel restrictions is sustainable.”
Commenting on the updated green list, Airport Operators Association chief executive Karen Dee said: “Any extension of the green list is welcome, however small, but we also have to be realistic: this is not yet the meaningful restart the aviation industry needs to be able to recover from the pandemic.
“While this is not yet the vaccine dividend people in the UK had hoped for, it is welcome that Government intends to exempt fully vaccinated travellers from quarantine.
“We urge the Government to publish details on its plans and implement them as soon as possible to save what remains of the summer season.
“In the meantime, the overly cautious approach continues to have major financial impacts for airports.
“The Government should recompense aviation for the impact of that approach through significant sector-specific support.”