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What are the rules for travelling to Spain and could it join the green list this summer?

Valencia, Spain (Getty Images)

Valencia, Spain (Getty Images)

Jetting off on a foreign holiday from the UK is possible under a traffic light system, with countries classified as green, amber or red and prescribed restrictions to match based on the risk of arrivals importing new Covid-19 infections.

Although holidays are no longer prohibited, there are still myriad hoops travellers must jump through, including pre-departure and post-arrival coronavirus tests taken within a certain timeframe. The government is currently advising that Brits should not be visiting amber or red countries for recreational purposes.

On 24 June, transport secretary Grant Shapps announced the latest updates to

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Green list destinations push for tighter rules on UK arrivals

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Leaders in the Balearic Islands have urged the Spanish Government to impose tougher entry requirements on UK travellers after Thursday’s announcement that the region would be added to the green list on June 30.

This follows Malta’s ruling that, starting from this same date, arrivals from the UK will have to present proof of vaccination in order to visit the island quarantine-free. Unvaccinated travellers, meanwhile, will face self-isolation in Malta. It is yet to be confirmed whether the country will accept the NHS app as proof of vaccination.

Malta currently requires British holidaymakers to provide a negative PCR test

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Travel rules for amber and green list countries including where you can go on holiday

Thousands of sun-starved Brits have flocked to Spain today as flights resumed from the UK – despite the fact that the country is currently on the UK government’s amber list.

That means that anyone returning from Spain will need to self-isolate at home for 10 days, and take multiple PCR tests when back in the UK. Meanwhile, the government continues to tell Brits not to travel to amber or red destinations unless it’s for essential reasons (a holiday doesn’t count).

Travelling to amber list destinations also incurs other risks such as your travel insurance being invalidated, or a higher risk

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UK travel ‘green list’ for holidays without quarantine from May 17 revealed in full

Sun-starved Brits will be permitted to travel to 12 countries and territories without having to quarantine on their return, the government announced tonight.

Transport Minister Grant Shapps confirmed that Portugal, Gibraltar and Israel will be included on the “green list” when non-essential international travel becomes legal again on May 17.

Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and the Falkland Islands are also included, as are the Azores and Madeira territories in Portugal.

However only Portugal, including the Azores and Madeira, and Gibraltar are open to Brits without quarantining – with Iceland and Israel also not enforcing isolation

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