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The UK Government has updated travel lists, with changes being made to all three of the traffic light lists. Popular holiday destinations like Tenerife, Spain, France and others have all either changed lists or had the rules changed in the latest round of updates.
While the summer holiday season is not far from over, a number of places are now open for holidays from the UK.
The changes, which come into force at 4am on Sunday, also see India being one of four countries to be removed from the red travel list.
Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway are among seven countries being added to the quarantine-free green list.
India, the UAE, Qatar and Bahrain were moved to the “amber list” – meaning fully vaccinated travellers need not self-isolate on return to the UK.
Georgia, Mayotte, Mexico, and Réunion have all been moved to the red list.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “We are committed to opening up international travel safely, taking advantage of the gains we’ve made through our successful vaccination programme, helping connect families, friends and businesses around the world.
“While we must continue to be cautious, today’s changes reopen a range of different holiday destinations across the globe, which is good news for both the sector and travelling public.”
What are the travel restrictions for Tenerife?
Tenerife, along with mainland Spain and the other Balearic Islands, is currently on the amber list, meaning fully vaccinated travellers are not required to quarantine when they return.
For anyone who is not fully vaccinated, you must quarantine for ten days at home when you return.
The Spanish Government requires all UK based travellers, including children, to present a pre-travel declaration form and either a negative test or proof of vaccination.
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You need to submit this 48 hours prior to arrival via the Spain Travel Health website or app.
Accommodation providers may also have their own rules in place, such as proof of a negative test or proof of infection in the past six months, but you should check with where you are staying prior to arrival.
These rules have been in place for some time – but testing rules have changed with the new travel update.
The Government is now asking arrivals from Tenerife to show proof of a negative PCR test prior to travelling home, instead of a lateral flow test.
This is because there are increased rates of Covid-19 across Spain at the moment, and PCR tests are more accurate than lateral flow tests.
However, Mr Schapps caused confusion among travel companies by asserting “virtually everyone is already taking a PCR test” when coming back from Spain anyway.
He said nine out of 10 Britons are using PCR testing when returning from Spain.
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