Other changes announced today by transport secretary Grant Shapps, all also effective from 4am on Monday 19 July and applicable to those arriving in England, Scotland and Wales (it’s not yet clear if Northern Ireland will follow suit), include:
- The British Virgin Islands will be moved from the green to amber list.
- Bulgaria and Hong Kong, which are both on the amber list at the moment, will be added to the green list.
- Croatia and Taiwan, also amber currently, will be added to the green’watch list’, which means they become green but are at risk of moving to amber.
- Cuba, Indonesia, Myanmar and Sierra Leone will be moved from the amber list to the red list.
Ministers say the moves are based on the latest data and analysis from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and wider public health factors. They said that since the last traffic light review, the rate of coronavirus cases in the Balearics has more than doubled.
The move comes as quarantining is set to be axed from next Monday (19 July) for holidaymakers who are fully vaccinated or under 18 and returning from amber list countries to England, Scotland and Wales (we don’t yet know about Northern Ireland). For more on how the traffic light system works and what restrictions apply to each category, see our Coronavirus Travel Rights guide.
Of course, when it comes to international travel at the moment, traffic lights are only half the story, as they only determine the rules for your return. The other big question is whether the country you’re going to will let you in. For example, green list Malta will let under-12s and those double-vaccinated in, but that means if you’ve 12 to 17-year-olds, who the UK doesn’t vaccinate, they can’t go. For more help, see our list of the big holiday destinations’ entry requirements.