Malta has announced that, turning back on its previous advice, the NHS app will be accepted as proof of vaccination for UK travelers.
The Green List country requires all people aged 12 and over to take a double hit to enter the country from the UK, but had previously said only a paper certificate would be eligible.
Meanwhile, Spain is introducing more stringent requirements for visitors to the UK from July 2.
From tomorrow, Britons will have to present a negative NAAT Covid test to enter the country. Rapid antigenic tests will not be accepted, although LAMP, PCR and NEAR tests are among those that will be recognized.
Elsewhere, the EU is rolling out its digital green pass to travel from today, with the aim of making travel within the bloc smoother and easier.
Follow all of the latest travel updates below.
Jet2 suspends all orange list flights and holidays
As anger mounts in the travel industry over government slowness in opening holiday destinations, Britain’s second-largest holiday company has canceled almost a handful of departures until July 19 at the earliest .
Jet2 only resumed operations today after repeated postponements caused by uncertainty over travel rules. But it does not serve the destinations of the “orange list” where travelers must isolate themselves for 10 days.
In a statement, Jet2 said: âWe expect the next UK government review of its status as a ‘traffic light’ for overseas destinations to take place on or around July 15th.
“As a result, we have taken the decision to suspend flights and vacations to all ‘Orange List’ destinations until July 18, 2021 inclusive.”
Read the full story here.
Simon calderJuly 1, 2021 4:11 PM
EU launches digital transport ticket
Today, July 1, the European Commission is launching its transport ticket to allow citizens and residents of the European Union, vaccinated or not, to travel freely in the 27-country region this summer. The pass, a kind of vaccination passport, aims to facilitate travel between Member States.
The free Covid digital certificate shows details of vaccinations, test results, and proof of recovery from the coronavirus.
The 27 EU Member States plus Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein will offer and recognize the certificate.
EU citizens, as well as third country nationals living legally in Member States, can download the pass or access a hard copy.
So what does the deployment mean for UK holidaymakers? Click here for everything you need to know.
Helene coffeyJuly 1, 2021 3:04 PM
Race to the Sun: Watch The Independent travel team discuss the future of vacations
“A few weeks ago the UK was doing pretty well,” said Tim White at the start of the latest online travel event hosted by The independent. âThe numbers were down. But for the moment, the cases are flying. “
This was the introduction of the Race to the Sun online event, held on June 30 – scheduled to coincide with the latest addition of more locations to the UK’s very short list of non-quarantined destinations – United. But as infection rates skyrocket in the UK, other countries are cracking down on UK visitors to try to protect public health.
Travel trends are inextricably linked to the global picture of coronavirus infection rates and the spread of Covid variants. Therefore The independent has invited top data analyst Tim White to join travel manager Cathy Adams and travel correspondent Simon Calder for an exclusive online event in the summer of 2021 and beyond.
You can watch a video of last night’s event in full here.
Helene coffeyJuly 1, 2021 2:31 PM
What are the rules for traveling to Malta?
There was good news for vacationers on June 24 as the Department of Transportation announced that 16 destinations would join the travel âgreen listâ.
The transport secretary confirmed that alongside various British overseas territories, tourism favorites Malta, Madeira, the Balearic Islands and a number of Caribbean islands will be modernized from June 30.
Since going green, Malta has placed the UK on its own red list due to fears over the Delta virus variant, stipulating that all Britons over the age of 12 must be fully vaccinated to enter the country.
The island nation has been back and forth over what it would accept as proof of vaccination, but today confirmed that the NHS application would be eligible.
Read all the latest rules for entering Malta here.
Helene coffeyJuly 1, 2021 2:04 PM
Malta will accept the NHS app as proof of vaccination
In a bureaucratic U-turn, the Maltese Department of Health announced it would accept proof of full vaccination from travelers arriving from the UK in the form of digital Covid passes – which includes the NHS app or certificate vaccination card in digital or downloaded PDF form.
The Maltese authorities had previously said that only a letter would be accepted.
From June 30, 2021, only fully vaccinated people will be able to travel to Malta from the UK. Children aged 5 to 11 can travel if they are accompanying vaccinated parents or legal guardians, provided they provide a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours of arrival in Malta. Children under the age of five do not need to be tested, while those aged 12 and over can only travel with a full vaccination certificate.
Helene coffeyJuly 1, 2021 1:27 PM
Boris Johnson says full vaccination will be travel ‘liberator’
The Prime Minister said the full vaccination would be a “liberator” for international travel from the UK this summer.
Boris Johnson said he was “very confident” that a double hit “would allow people to travel”.
He gave no further information on when a policy allowing fully vaccinated travelers to avoid quarantine when returning to the UK from an Amber List country could be introduced.
The Transportation Department previously said the decision would come into effect “later in the summer”, with details expected this month,
Helene coffeyJuly 1, 2021 12:42
Highest number of hotel quarantined residents recorded
Some 10,289 people began quarantining themselves at a quarantine hotel managed in England in the week to June 23, the highest number since the quarantine system began in February, according to figures from Test and Trace.
Anyone authorized to enter England from outside the Common Travel Area (Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man) or from a Green List country is required to self-quarantine for 10 days, with people who have visited or passed through a country or territory on the âred listâ required to self-isolate in a managed quarantine hotel.
Only UK or Irish nationals or persons with UK residence rights are allowed to enter England via a Red List country.
Helene coffeyJuly 1, 2021 12:19
Jet2 resumes flights and vacations
Jet2.com and Jet2holidays resumed flights and vacations today for the first time in months.
Some 22 flights took off from Belfast International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle airports on July 1, with customers flying to Green List destinations including the Islands Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, as well as Madeira.
This is in addition to the airline’s flight and vacation program, which already operates to Jersey. From July 2, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will also begin operations from its 10th UK base, Bristol Airport, with passengers flying to Mallorca and Menorca on the brand’s very first services from the West base. Country.
Helene coffeyJuly 1, 2021 12:07 PM
Thailand opens up to vaccinated British holidaymakers
After strict border restrictions last year, Thailand is once again tentatively opening up to tourists.
From July 1, it runs a program for safe tourism, with the island of Phuket as the only destination initially open to vacationers.
Travelers will only be allowed entry if they are fully vaccinated and arrive from a country classified as “low” or “medium” risk.
The list of approved countries includes UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and most European countries.
Read the full story here.
Helene coffeyJuly 1, 2021 12:01 PM
Where to go on vacation if you are vaccinated?
Although restrictions are tightening across Europe on admitting UK travelers, in many cases being doubled will get you a free pass.
From Iceland to Portugal, from France to Malta, many European countries are currently open to fully vaccinated British tourists.
Click here for the full story.
Helene coffeyJuly 1, 2021 11:26