Portugal expected to be included.
The “i” newspaper reports that Portugal, the Canary Islands, Malta, and some of Greece’s islands are expected to be among the destinations that become available up to British holidaymakers this month as the Government prepares the “green list” of countries with quarantine-free travel to the UK.
The paper understands that ministers will be handed a dossier today to make a final decision on the list before it is announced on Friday.
The “i” believes that no more than a dozen countries are likely to be included in the “green list” category, which removes the need for quarantining once someone has arrived from there into the UK.
Foreign office quietly changes travel advice
The Independent reports that prior to Friday’s announcement the Foreign Office has quietly amended its official travel advice to take into account COVID-19 rates across Europe and the world.
For Greece, for example, the official advice warns against travel to Greece “based on the current assessment of Covid-19 risks”. But it adds: “The FCDO is not advising against travel to the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete.”
In Spain, the Canary Islands – including Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote – are excluded from the general Foreign Office warning that has been in place for most of this year.
Azores may not make the “green list”
The Indepenent believes that “Portugal, which is the one major European country that may be on the green list, the whole nation is rated low-risk apart from the Azores – following a surge in cases on the main island, Sao Miguel”.
A new tab has been added to the top of each page with a link to resources dealing with COVID-19 in Madeira – this covers the latest government regulations on travel to the island, how to get a PCR test, and many other links that will be useful to people wanting to travel to and from Madeira.
COVID-19 in Madeira: daily updates can be found on an earlier post.
Vaccinations in Madeira: updates can be found on an earlier post.