BRITS can finally jet off for an autumn in the sun after holiday hotspots today opened up in the biggest travel boost of the pandemic so far.
But what restrictions will be in place for holidaymakers hoping to jet off to Tenerfie, the Canary Islands, Ibiza and Majorca? Here's all you need to know…
Will the Canary Islands Ibiza and Majorca be on the green list for Autumn holidays?
The Canary Islands are currently on on the UK's amber list, along with mainland Spain.
This means Brits will need the following when returning to the UK:
- A negative test taken pre-arrival
- A mandatory ten-day quarantine at home
- Two Covid tests, taken on day two and day eight
However, Turkey, Egypt, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Kenya are expected to be announced as going from red to declared Covid safe today.
In a major overhaul of the pandemic travel regime ministers are understood to have agreed to bin the amber list and revert to a simpler red list and green list, simply known as the "rest of the world".
The current amber list – where double-jabbed travellers can go without quarantining – will be absorbed into the green list.
Eight of the 62 countries currently on the red list are being bumped onto the green list, with a view to keep adding more places in the coming weeks.
The changes will come into force from October 4 in time for the half-term school holidays.
To kickstart overseas travel after 18 months of headache rules ministers today announced they're ripping up costly PCR tests for the double-jabbed.
Fully-vaxxed Brits will instead be able to take a cheaper lateral flow swab on day two of their return – shaving about £100 off the price of holidays.
But Brits won't be able to use the free NHS kits but fork out £30 for supervised swabs.
Pre-departure tests will also not be needed if you're double jabbed.
What are the Canary Islands' travel rules?
Spain lifted all restrictions for British travellers last month, meaning arrivals do not need a negative test or to quarantine.
However, Spain, including the Canaries, now requires Brits to be fully vaccinated to to have a negative Covid test to enter.
Spain lifted their lockdown rules last month although some curfews remain in place across the islands.
Tenerife has the strictest rules, with just 50 per cent capacity inside restaurants and bars, as long as 10 per cent are vaccinated.
Bars and restaurants must close at midnight, and can only have four non-vaccinated guests at a table, or six if all vaccinated.
Similar rules are in place for Lanzarote, while Gran Canaria can serve until 2am, with 75 per cent capacity inside.
Here is the full list of countries on the green list, amber list and red list right now.
Popular holiday hotspots such as Malta and Madeira were also added to the green list.
We've also explained the latest travel rules for the Balearic islands.
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