Madeira added to UK green list – quarantine-free holidays from next week

Madeira has been added to the UK's green list in today's traffic light travel announcement by the UK government.

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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Here is everything you need to know about your holidays to the island following the government announcement.

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Is Maderia on the green list?

Madeira has been added to the UK's green travel list, with the changes taking effect from next Wednesday.

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.

Assessments are based on a range of factors, including the proportion of a population that has been vaccinated, rates of infection, emerging new variants, and access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing.

This means Brits now need the following when returning to the UK from Madeira:

  • A negative test taken pre-arrival
  • A Covid tests taken on day two after arriving back in England

What are the travel restrictions for Madeira?

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.

The island in the Atlantic ocean takes just 3.5 hours by plane from the UK, but it has a sub-tropical climate – with 25C temperatures in the summer and 17C in the winter.

In 2019, the holiday resort was voted Best Island Destination In Europe in the World Travel Awards for a sixth time.

Its colonial Portuguese ­architecture and lush landscape, classified as UNESCO World Natural Heritage site in December 1999, makes it very popular with older British travellers.

But aderenaline-junkies have also been attracted to the island of in recent years, to enjoy abseiling, cycling and trekking on its varied terrains.

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