The best vacation deals you can book after the government announces greenlist countries


Following the recent travel announcement, prices for flights and holiday bookings skyrocketed when the government unveiled the list of countries to which UK holidaymakers can travel without having to self-quarantine on their return.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced on Friday that only 12 countries and territories were on the green list of destinations Britons will be allowed to visit from May 17 without isolating themselves on return.

The Welsh government has yet to make an announcement, but the issue of overseas travel is being discussed by the newly elected government on Monday 10 May.

The countries on the green list are:

Portugal – including the Azores and Madeira


New Zealand




Faroe Islands


the falkland islands

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

Israel and Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, popular European destinations such as Spain, Italy, France and Greece are on the orange list and are expected to be reviewed at the end of June. Arrivals from Orange countries will still need to be quarantined, while Red List countries have the strictest rules, with only UK or Irish nationals, or UK residents, allowed to return – and they have to pay for a 10 day stay in a government quarantine hotel. .

Here are some of the best vacation deals for Green List countries right now:

  • Fly to Portugal of Cardiff Airport with Tui for a 7-night stay from June 4 at Club Alvorferias Apartments for £ 396 per person (£ 1,580) for a family of two adults and two children under five. This is the first day of Tui flights from Cardiff to Portugal.
  • Fly to Gibraltar of Bristol Airport with easyJet on Sunday 23 May, return on Tuesday 25 May, for £ 95.98 per person.
  • Fly to Faro of Cardiff Airport with Ryanair on Friday June 4, back on Friday June 11, for £ 144.90 per person (£ 579.92) for a family of two adults and two children under 10.
  • Holidays in Madeira of Bristol Airport at the Riu Palace hotel in Canico do Baixo from Monday May 24 for seven nights for £ 873 per person all inclusive (£ 3,489) based on two adults and two children under five.
  • Fly away for a weekend in Iceland departing from Gatwick Airport from Friday 25 June to Monday 28 June for £ 365 . 92 for a family of two adults and two children under the age of 15.

EasyJet boss Johan Lundgren called on the government to clarify which countries could be added to its travel green list.

“The decision to put so few European countries in the green box is simply not justified by the data or the science and is incompatible with the approach of reopening the national economy,” he said.

He added: “We therefore call on the government to provide transparency on decision-making and clarity on when we can wait for other European countries to join the green list so that consumers and airlines can plan this. summer.”

Lundgren also urged the government to “cut” the cost of testing and do away with it for green countries.

“Green should really mean green,” he said.

Mr Lundgren said easyJet would increase its flights to greenlist destinations and launch new routes where possible.

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