Germany and others remove UK from list of risk countries

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Travelers from the United Kingdom to Germany will no longer be required to quarantine

More good news for the United Kingdom as Germany has announced it will be taking the country off of its list of risk countries. The change will come into effect on Sunday, 18 April.

“United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern including Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, and the British Overseas Territories… is no longer considered as (a) risk area,” announced Robert Koch Institute on their website. 

The UK will no longer be considered a risk areaThe UK will no longer be considered a risk area — Shutterstock

Germany placed the UK on the no-arrival list in December, following a new COVID-19 variant. Since then the situation in the country has improved and Britons this week celebrate the loosening of restrictions.

Portugal lifts flight ban on UK arrival on 16 April 

As of Friday, 16 April, Portugal has lifted a flight ban on the United Kingdom, which means flights into the country can now resume.

However, before 17 May Britons are not allowed to travel internationally for leisure purposes. After this date, it will be possible to go on a vacation abroad, even though a traffic light system will be in place. 

As of Friday, 16 April, Portugal has lifted a flight ban on the United KingdomAs of Friday, 16 April, Portugal has lifted a flight ban on the United Kingdom — Shutterstock

It is not yet certain whether Portugal will be on the green list, meaning the lightest restrictions will apply, such as taking an antigen test before departure and a PCR test within two days after arrival in Portugal. In this scenario, self-isolation wouldn’t be required on arrival.

More EU countries have announced dates for the reopening of tourism

Greece will start allowing arrivals of vaccinated travelers from over 30 countriesGreece will start allowing arrivals of vaccinated travelers from over 30 countries — Shutterstock

A number of EU countries have announced dates for the reopening of tourism.

In the coming days, Greece will start allowing arrivals of vaccinated travelers from over 30 countries while its official date for reopening has been set to 14 May.

The southern European island of Malta is planning to reopen on 1 June while Denmark intends to open up the country for vaccinated travelers on 26 June.

Spain allowed entry for UK arrivals on 30 March

While Germany and Portugal are removing their travel ban now, Spain did so in late March when it started allowing passengers who arrive by air and sea. The same rules apply as with Portugal — travelers from the UK will have to postpone their vacations abroad until after mid-May when international travel officially reopens.

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