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Balearics to go amber and Croatia green in changes to coronavirus travel lists

THE Balearic Islands will be added to the amber travel list a little over a fortnight after it went green, while quarantining on return from Croatia and Bulgaria will end.

Spain’s tourism hotspots of Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca and Formentera will be removed from the green list, exempting all need to self-isolate to England from Monday due to rising coronavirus cases.

But the change will coincide with the end of the need to quarantine for the fully-vaccinated UK residents and the under 18s when returning from amber list nations.

In a boost for holidaymakers, Croatia and Bulgaria will go green, meaning arrivals in England will not have to isolate for 10 days on return regardless of their vaccine status.

Hong Kong and Taiwan will also be added to the green list, while the British Virgin Islands will go amber.

Cuba, Indonesia, Myanmar and Sierra Leone will be added to the red list, meaning 10 days of isolation in a quarantine hotel are mandatory.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the changes will take place at 4am on Monday, despite the Balearics having been added to the green list on June 30.

Mr Shapps told reporters: “Unfortunately when we put them on the green watchlist from then we’ve seen the rates double, and also the rates of positivity of these tests double, meaning that we’re going to have to move quickly.”

The moves do not mean travel as normal, with a pre-departure test being required as well as another two days after returning back in England even from green nations.

Ministers decided the changes on Wednesday after receiving analysis from the Joint Biosecurity Centre.