Luton and Stansted airport: rules for travel to the Balearic Islands after removal from orange list

Almost all fully vaccinated travelers arriving from countries not on the Red List will not need a test before returning to the UK.

It comes after the recent amber list was removed and travel rules simplified in an attempt to get the vacation economy back on track.

Under the changes, which went into effect at 04:00 BST, the green and amber lists have been removed.

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Testing rules are also relaxed for people traveling from non-redlisted destinations who have been vaccinated in the UK, EU, US or any of the 18 other recognized countries.

However, those coming from Red List countries still have to pay to quarantine themselves in a hotel for 10 days.

Although the UK has removed the Amber List and removed testing requirements, a number of foreign holiday destinations still require additional prerequisites for entry into the country.

One of the most popular vacation destinations is Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands. This has consistently remained orange with every government travel announcement, but with the removal of the Amber List and the relaxation of travel rules, what are the requirements for travel?

Travel to the Balearics and the Canaries

According to the GOV UK website, if you are traveling to the Canary or Balearic Islands from mainland Spain, you may be required to present a negative COVID test depending on the region you are traveling from.

You should refer to your tour operator and the local authorities at your final destination for advice on national entry requirements.

In some areas of Spain, regardless of your country of origin, tourist accommodation providers may ask you to show proof of a negative test, to be fully vaccinated or to have had and recovered from COVID-19 during of the last 6 months.

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This currently applies to the Canary Islands, see the Canary Islands Tourism Board website for details. Children under 12 are exempt from testing.

The permitted tests are PCR (RT-PCR for COVID-19), transcription-mediated amplification (TMA) and antigen testing. You should check with your accommodation provider before traveling.

Additional measures should be taken if arriving by land, sea or private air. Visit the GOV UK website for more information.

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