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Derin Clark

Derin Clark

Online Reporter
Published: 25/06/2021

The Government has added new countries to the green travel list, including popular holiday destinations in Europe and the Caribbean, but holiday makers should be aware that these countries can be removed from this list at any time, making it vital that they protect their holiday when booking and by having the right travel insurance.

What countries have been added to the green travel list?

From 4am on the 30 June 2021 the following countries will be on the green list:

  • The Balearic Islands, which include Ibiza, Menorca, Majorca and Formentera
  • Malta
  • Madeira
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Montserrat
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Bermuda
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Pitcairn

Travellers should be aware, however, that all these countries with the exception of Malta have also been added to the green watch list, meaning that there is a risk that they can be moved back to amber.

Those looking to book a holiday to a country on the green list should also be aware that, although they will not need to quarantine or self-isolate when returning to the UK, the country they are travelling to may request visitors to quarantine or self-isolate.

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What happens if the country moves to the amber or red list?

As seen earlier this month with Portugal, a country on the green list can be moved back to the amber list at any time. As such, holidaymakers should ensure that their holiday is protected in the event of this happening.

Those who book a holiday to a destination on the green travel list should be entitled to a refund if their holiday is cancelled due to Covid-19. Holidaymakers may also want to consider booking their trip as a package holiday through a trusted tour operator as it is usually easier to get a refund from cancelled package holidays than if booking flights and hotels separately. As well as this, some tour operators are including Covid-19 cover in their package deals, for example as part of its Covid-19 package TUI allows customers to change their booking to another date fee-free:

  • If, after they’ve booked, the government changes the rules for the destination they’re travelling to, meaning that travellers will need to quarantine at home on their return to the UK.
  • If they’re unable to travel due to new testing or vaccination requirements introduced after they’ve booked, if they’ve been asked to self-isolate or if the area where they live in goes into local lockdown when they’re due to travel.
  • If the green destination is reclassified as green watchlist or amber – in this scenario customers can make a change fee-free right up until the day before their holiday begins.
  • If they’re travelling to a destination on the amber list which requires travellers to self-isolate at home on their return.

In addition to this, before heading off on their holiday, travellers should ensure that they purchase travel insurance that will provide cover for Covid-19 related issues while on holiday. Although many travel insurance companies are including Covid-19 protection within some of their policies, many will not provide protection against Government restrictions, such as travel bans.

For example, Post Office Money has stated that travel insurance taken out on holidays to permitted destinations will include*:

  • Cancellation within 14 days of your trip should you test positive
  • Cancellation if a close relative passes away after testing positive for Covid-19
  • Curtailment if you test positive for Covid-19 at your outward departure point and are not allowed to go on your trip
  • Missed departure while waiting for test results (negative result included, you must arrive at your departure point within the time stated, and the testing is to take place at your departure point)
  • Curtailment if you test positive upon arrival at your destination
  • Curtailment if you test positive for the virus or are medically quarantined for 24+ hours whilst in destination
  • Curtailment if a close relative passes away from Covid-19 back at home
  • Emergency medical and additional expenses, including getting you home

But even its most expensive travel insurance option will not cover:

  • Travelling against Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice or any Government restrictions (including UK lockdowns or travel bans)
  • Changes to FCDO or local Government travel advice while you’re away
  • Not wanting to travel for fear of catching Covid-19
  • Unlimited costs (each level of cover has a maximum benefit)
  • Buying a policy after receiving a positive Covid-19 test result or waiting for a result when your trip starts within 14 days
  • Following general advice from a government to self-isolate, including any quarantine requirements upon re-entering the UK
  • The cost of any medical tests or results
  • Your GP or medical practitioner advises not to travel due to existing health conditions.

*The amount of cover will depend on which type of insurance policy is taken out

Booking holidays on credit cards can add protection as, under Section 75, the credit card provider has to provide protection on purchases over £100 and a legal responsibility if things go wrong with these purchases. You should be aware, however, that Section 75 rights are only available where the provider has misrepresented something to the buyer or breached their contract.


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