UNITED KINGDOM's COVID green list now includes some Caribbean countries
KINGSTON, Jamaica, June 25, 2021 - Several Caribbean countries have been added to the United Kingdom’s ‘green list’ where travellers on this list of countries will no longer have to COVID- 19 quarantine upon entry to that country.
Among the countries added to the UK’s ‘green list’ are:
- Europe: The Balearic islands (which include Ibiza, Menorca, Majorca and Formentera), Malta and Madeira
- Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat and Turks and Caicos Islands
- Other British Overseas Territories: Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory and Pitcairn
Six destinations will also be added to the government's red list on 30 June. They are the Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Haiti, Mongolia, Tunisia and Uganda.
All the additions to the green list, with the exception of Malta, have also been added to the green watch list, signalling they are at risk of moving back to amber. Israel and Jerusalem have also been put on the watch list, the government said.
The news of the UK’s update list was announced yesterday by the UK’s Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and comes into effect on Wednesday.
“This means people won’t have to quarantine when they get back to the UK and we have seen it on demand in the UK that people are desperate to go on a holiday, desperate to go on a holiday. That’s why British Airwaves had scheduled so many flights to start in July,” he said.
The new green travel list also means, according to James, that people can connect the same day into Antigua from Europe.
Shapps cautioned that all the additions to the green list, with the exception of Malta, had also been added to the green watch list, signaling that they are at risk of moving back to amber.
Shapps also said the government plans to drop quarantine for fully vaccinated people returning from amber list countries "later in the summer".
The Department for Transport said the plan to allow fully vaccinated people to arrive from amber list countries without having to quarantine was expected to take place in phases, starting with UK residents.
The department also said it intended to remove the guidance that people should not travel to amber countries, and it would take clinical advice on whether regular testing could provide a safe alternative to quarantine for children accompanied by vaccinated adults.
A spokesman said further details will be set out next month, including the rules for children and those unable to be vaccinated, and the dates the changes will come into effect.
She said Antigua and Barbuda is also a safe place to holiday with over 25 percent of the population fully vaccinated and no quarantine time in certified accommodation.