Moves towards opening international travel

The government has we announced plans to reopen international travel in a safe and sustainable way which protects the progress made by Britain's vaccine rollout.

  • Thanks to the success of our vaccine programme the government believes that it is safe to move forwards with cautious efforts to safely reopen international travel this summer.

  • That is why Malta, Madeira, the Balearic Islands, several UK overseas territories and Caribbean islands have been added to the green list, meaning people can travel there without having to quarantine on their return. All but Malta are also joining the green watchlist, signalling they are at risk of moving from green to amber, giving people the full picture before they decide to travel. 

  • In recognition of the successful domestic vaccination programme, the plan is that later in the summer people who are fully vaccinated will not have to quarantine when travelling from amber list countries.
  • This shows a real sign of progress, but we must continue to take a cautious approach to protect public health and not put the success of the vaccine programme and the efforts of people across the country at risk as we move closer to normality.


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