Jet2 to restart flights and holidays to green list countries from July 1

JET2 is restarting flights and holidays to green list destinations this week, after being forced to cancel the majority of routes due to Covid restrictions.

The tour operator confirmed that from July 1, Brits can head to the Balearic Islands, as well as Malta and Madeira after they were removed from the amber list.

They said in a statement: "Now that we have some clarity about where we can fly to, we are getting everything ready for the restart of our international flights and holidays from July 1."

While it is great news for Brits wanting to head on holiday without having to quarantine back in the UK, families will have to check the rules of the destination before travelling.

Malta has recently enforced new restrictions on Brits, which requires arrivals to be fully vaccinated to avoid having to quarantine.

This includes UK arrivals between the ages of 12-17, despite them not offered the jab just yet – ending any family holidays to the island.

Portugal introduced the new rules for a mandatory 14-day quarantine for unvaccinated Brits too although this doesn't include the island of Madeira.

Brits heading to the Balearics, which includes Ibiza and Majorca, must also have proof of both jabs or a negative Covid test, the Prime Minister of Spain confirmed today, to avoid quarantining on arrival.

This is expected to be enforced in the next 72 hours.

It is worth noting that the Balearics are also on the green watch list, meaning they could be removed at short notice depending on the Covid situation.

Jet2 confirmed that any holidays to amber list destinations – which includes the rest of Spain, Greece and Italy – are cancelled until July 14.

However, following the a green list additions, airlines have been restarting flights in an attempt to restart travel ahead of the summer holidays.

Ryanair has added 200,000 seats to the Balearics and Malta and TravelSupermarket says searches for Malta are up 837 per cent.

Travel agency Thomas Cook has sold more holidays to the Balearics in the past 24 hours than the rest of June put together, with Majorca being their top seller, it said.

It is hoped that the Canary Islands could join the Balearics on the green list by July 15.

Brits with both jabs will be able to return to the UK from amber destinations without having to quarantine, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed.

He said: "We’re moving forward with efforts to safely reopen international travel this summer, and thanks to the success of our vaccination programme, we're now able to consider removing the quarantine period for fully vaccinated UK arrivals from amber countries – showing a real sign of progress."

Greece also wants double-jabbed Brits to be able to travel to the country without restrictions.

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