Cheap Madeira holidays in July as island added to UK green list – with deals from £291pp

MADEIRA has been placed on the UK travel "green" list – three weeks after it switched to amber.

That means from next Wednesday at 4am, anyone holidaying on the island will no longer have to quarantine on their return to the UK.

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They can also drop a pricey PCR test, as travellers from green list countries only need a PCR test before arrival in the UK and a second one on day 2 after they enter England.

The Portuguese island of Madeira was initially placed on the green list along with mainland Portugal, but they were both removed after just three weeks.

Madeira has now been made green again, but mainland Portugal remains on the amber list.

Some of the best deals to the Balearics are:

  • TUI – Hotel Rui Palace Hotel – all-inclusive in July from £471pp
  • TUI Blue Madeira Gardens – bed and breakfast in July from £310pp
  • TUI Mimosa Hotel – bed and breakfast in July from £297pp
  • Thomas Cook Pestana Casino Park Hotel in July from £353pp
  • Easyjet Holidays Girasol Suite Hotel – bed and breakfast in July from £463pp
  • Jet2 Holidays Dom Pedro Madeira Hotel – bed and breakfast in July from £399pp 
  • Prices were correct at time of publishing

According to the Foreign Office, with the exception of children up to the age of 12, all travellers to Madeira must:

Complete and submit a traveller questionnaire. If you are travelling with a child aged 12 or under, include their details in your questionnaire

Take a RT-PCR test 72 hours before travel and upload the test result.

If you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days, or have had both doses of the vaccine at least 15 days prior to travel, you will be exempt from showing a RT-PCR test on entry.

Brits who travel to "green" list countries can return to England without quarantine restrictions but will require a pre-flight Covid test as well as a PCR test on day two of returning to the UK.

Those countries that are on the "Amber" list require a negative Covid test before arrival in the UK, plus two further tests once in the country and a ten-day quarantine at home.

Arrivals from "red" list countries would have to isolate at a quarantine hotel for 10 days, at a cost of £1,750.

If you're looking for more foreign holiday inspiration, we've found cheap all inclusive holidays for this summer and there are many cheap package holidays.

For breaks in the UK, holiday parks are offering huge bargains and we've found the best UK holiday parks with children’s entertainment and the best holiday parks with outdoor pools.

We've also rounded up great deals in the UK's warmest places and found the best kid-friendly beaches and England's best family-friendly seaside towns.

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