Travel news latest: Holiday rush as international travel resumes

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'Green list' Portugal welcomes English holidaymakers from today - Getty
'Green list' Portugal welcomes English holidaymakers from today - Getty

International travel resumes for people in England today, with a new ‘traffic light’ system enabling quarantine-free holidays to a select number of destinations.

Up to 5,000 British holidaymakers will travel to Portugal and Madeira today, with flights also running to green listed Iceland and Gibraltar. This comes after international travel has been banned for non-essential reasons since mid-January.

Flights are also running to a number of ‘amber list’ countries, which require a ten-day quarantine on return. Tui has two flights to the Greek island of Corfu, and there are multiple departures to the Costa del Sol. 

This comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Times Radio: “The red and amber list are places that you shouldn’t go to unless you have an absolutely compelling reason.”

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07:33 AM

Balearic Islands want to join the party

The Balearic Islands is launching a significant push to get onto the UK's green list.

Iago Negueruela, Minister of Tourism, says the Balearic government has approved a 'Tourism Reactivation Plan' – a €11 million initiative to "facilitate the safe reopening to international tourists."

"As part of the plan, we are launching the 'Safety Pack', an updated safety protocol to protect the tourism workers, and showcase the safety in the destination, with various guides aiming at reducing the spread of Covid-19 in the archipelago," Negueruela said.

Majorca wants in on the action - Getty
Majorca wants in on the action - Getty

The destination will cap the cost of PCR tests for those returning home to €75, and €30 for an antigen test.

"A huge effort is taking place behind the scenes to start once again receiving tourists. We look forward to opening our doors to British visitors very soon."

07:22 AM

The scene at Heathrow Airport

Gordon Rayner is off to Lisbon this morning. He describes Heathrow as "not exactly heaving"

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07:16 AM

Which countries are on the holiday 'green list' today?

You can travel back from the following countries into the UK without quarantine. However, you can only travel to the first three without significant restrictions on arrival.

  • Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira)

  • Iceland

  • Gibraltar

  • Australia

  • New Zealand

  • Singapore

  • Brunei

  • Faroe Islands

  • Falkland Islands

  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

  • Saint Helena, Ascension & Tristan da Cunha

  • Israel

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