The Welsh government said following the three-week review of the restrictions on international travel it will follow the same traffic-light approach as the rest of the UK.
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Balearic Islands, Barbados, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Madeira, Malta Montserrat, Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands have been moved to the green list.
We have also agreed to add Israel to the green watch list – this identifies countries most at risk of moving from green to amber, so travellers have some warning a destination may be moved to amber.
Six countries – the Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Haiti, Mongolia, Tunisia and Uganda – are joining the red list. All changes to the lists will come into effect at 4am on Tuesday 30 June.”
We are awaiting an announcement from Wales on changes to its travel list. It is expected to follow the same approach as the rest of the UK after the Scottish government said earlier that a “four-nation” approach had been taken following a strategic meeting.
Commenting on the updated green list, Airport Operators Association chief executive Karen Dee said: “Any extension of the green list is welcome, however small, but we also have to be realistic: this is not yet the meaningful restart the aviation industry needs to be able to recover from the pandemic.
“While this is not yet the vaccine dividend people in the UK had hoped for, it is welcome that Government intends to exempt fully vaccinated travellers from quarantine.
“We urge the Government to publish details on its plans and implement them as soon as possible to save what remains of the summer season.
“In the meantime, the overly cautious approach continues to have major financial impacts for airports.
“The Government should recompense aviation for the impact of that approach through significant sector-specific support. Unless more support is put in place, many jobs in aviation and travel will continue to be at risk.”
Shai Weiss, chief executive of Virgin Atlantic, said the government’s announcement of an expanded travel green list “fails to go far enough”.
“The Government’s own evidence shows that the US is low risk and should be added to the green list now,” he added.
“Whilst the transatlantic corridor is closed, 23 million in economic value each day is restricted. We urge the UK Government to move the US to the UK’s ‘green list’ and for the Biden administration to repeal the 212F proclamation for UK travellers.
“Successful vaccination programmes are key to unlocking international travel.
“The Government must now remove quarantine for fully vaccinated passengers returning from both ‘amber’ and ‘green’ countries, no later than the domestic reopening on the 19th July. The UK has already fallen behind the EU’s reopening and a continued overly cautious approach will further impact economic recovery and the 500,000 UK jobs that are at stake.”
Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: “We’re moving forward with efforts to safely reopen international travel this summer, and thanks to the success of our vaccination programme, we’re now able to consider removing the quarantine period for fully vaccinated UK arrivals from amber countries – showing a real sign of progress.
“It’s right that we continue with this cautious approach, to protect public health and the vaccine rollout as our top priority, while ensuring that our route out of the international travel restrictions is sustainable.”
The Department for Transport said: “In recognition of our successful domestic vaccination programme, and as part of the Global Travel Taskforce’s checkpoint review, our intention is that later in the summer, arrivals who are fully vaccinated will not have to quarantine when travelling from amber list countries.
“We expect this to occur in phases, starting with UK residents.
“They will still be required to take a pre-departure test and a test on Day 2, and any positive results will be sequenced to continue to manage the risk of importing variants.
“At the same time, we intend to remove the guidance that people should not travel to amber countries. Pending decisions on whether under-18s should routinely be offered vaccination, we will also take clinical advice on whether regular testing can provide a safe alternative to quarantine for children accompanied by vaccinated adults.
“Further detail will be set out next month including the rules which will apply to children and those unable to be vaccinated, how we will operationalise this approach at the border, and the dates on which these changes will come into effect.”
Transport secretary Grant Shapps said later in the summer the government’s intention is fully vaccinated UK residents will not need to isolate when travelling from amber list countries.
UK government announces revised red travel list
Countries including Tunisia and Haiti will be put on the red list. All these changes will come into effect from Weds 30 June at 4am.
Here is the full list:
UK government announces revised green travel list
The UK government has announced Malta is being added to the green list and green watch list from June 30 along with Madeira, the Balearic Islands, several UK Overseas Territories and Caribbean Islands including Barbados.
Israel and Jerusalem are also added to the green watchlist.
Scotland has moved 16 countries in total to the green travel list.
Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, Michael Matheson, said: “From the outset we have said caution is required regarding international travel and people should think very carefully about travelling abroad as situations can suddenly change.
“We continue to work closely with the other home nations and are cautiously supportive of exploring options for the easing of restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers arriving from countries on the amber list – but only if the clinical advice supports it and if systems are in place to ensure the wider safety of the Scottish population.”
Scottish government adds more countries to green and red list
The Scottish government has announced that Malta, Madeira, Barbados and the Balearic Islands are among the countries that will be added to the green list from 30 June.
It said that all of the same countries are being moved around its travel list as those announced by Northern Ireland in the past hour.
Those being added to the red list are the Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Haiti, Mongolia, Tunisia and Uganda.