rits scrambling to get to Ibiza after it was moved onto the UK’s green list have caused flights more than double in price.
Holidaymakers announced their glee at being able to finally book long-delayed holidays after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps added Malta and Spain’s Balearic islands to the ranks of green list countries.
The list – from which returning travellers are not required to self-isolate – has also been extended to a number of Caribbean destinations including Bermuda, Antigua, Barbados and Grenada.
Before the announcement at 6pm a direct return from London to Ibiza with Ryanair cost £104.79. By 9.30pm the same flights to return on July 7 cost £210.99.
Clubbers will be left disappointed with the clubs not allowed to open and outdoor bars forced to close at 2am currently.
Local guidance states that beaches must close from 10pm. But museums and exhibitions can open at full capacity.
“Thanks to our successful vaccination programme, our intention is that later in the summer UK residents who are fully vaccinated will not have to isolate when travelling from amber list countries,” Grant Shapps tweeted.
“We’ll set out further details next month.”
The changes to the green list destinations will come into effect at 4am on June 30.
Mr Shapps cautioned that all the additions to the green list, with the exception of Malta, had also been added to the green watch list, signalling that they are at risk of moving back to amber.
Israel and Jerusalem have also been put on the watch list.
Twitter users were quick to mock the government for placing the British Antarctic Territory on the green list where the temperature is currently a cool -57C.