Daily Mail Online: LONDON, England – Flight prices to popular holiday destinations have tripled within hours of the UK government announcing its updated green list.

The cost of heading to Ibiza, Majorca, Menorca and Malta surged by up to 200 percent after they were added to the quarantine-free areas.

Tickets for a return flight to Ibiza on July 3 and July 10 leaped from £149 to £314 while journeys on the same days to Majorca leaped from £153 to £478.

The soaring prices came just hours after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced via Twitter which countries had made the cut for the green list.

He said the Balearic islands – Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca – along with Madeira, Grenada, Barbados, and Bermuda have all been downgraded from amber to green.

It means holidaymakers will be able to return from these countries without being forced into quarantine for 10 days when arriving back in the UK.

Mr Shapps also said the Government will allow those who are double-jabbed to holiday in amber list countries later this summer without having to quarantine on their return.

And in a further boost for Britons, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays announced plans to put on 70 additional flights to Malta and Madeira in anticipation for a huge spike in demand.

Meanwhile six countries including Tunisia and Haiti will be put on the UK’s travel red list – meaning only UK citizens and those with residency status can travel from here and must stay in quarantine hotels for 10 days.

Israel and Jerusalem, which have been on the UK’s travel green list since its inception, will be added to the ‘green watch list’.

Others in this category – which signals that a country might be moved to the amber list in the near future – include Antigua, the Balearic Islands, Barbados and Grenada.

And in another  blow France and Germany launched a joint push to make Britons quarantine on arrival in the EU despite Boris Johnson hailing the ‘real opportunity’ of opening travel to double-jabbed holidaymakers.

Travel chiefs welcomed Mr Shapps’ update, with Virgin Atlantic chief Shai Weiss describing the decision to allow Antigua, Barbados and Grenada as a “constructive step’ to allow ‘much needed holidays”.

But she also criticised the decision to leave the US on the UK’s amber list, saying: “Today’s announcement fails to go far enough.”

Some Britons jumped the gun and revealed they had been booking flights and stays abroad before the Transport Secretary’s announcement.

Hopeful tourists took to social media over the past few days to show their plans for some summer sun, bagging return flight prices as cheap as £21 for Malta and Ibiza and £26 to Mallorca over the next few months.

IN FULL: The UK’s new travel green list 

All changes will come into effect from Wednesday, June 30 at 4am:

  • Anguila
  • Antigua and Barbuda 
  • Australia
  • Balearic Islands
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica 
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada 
  • Iceland
  • Israel and Jerusalem – to be moved to the Green Watch List
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Montserrat 
  • New Zealand
  • Pitcairn Islands 
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • Singapore
  • Turks and Caicos Islands   

Jet2 Announces 70 Extra Flights To Malta & Madeira After Green List announcement 

British travel firm Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have announced plans to put on 70 additional flights to Malta and Madeira in anticipation for a huge spike in demand in the wake of the Government’s latest travel announcement.

The plans include adding a new route to Malta from London Stansted for Summer 21.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: “We have been urging the UK Government to stay true to their word and follow the scientific evidence when it comes to making decisions about international travel, so yesterday’s announcement is an overdue but welcome step in the right direction. 

“We believe other destinations should still be added to the Green List, however what this demonstrates is that the Government is firmly committed to reopening international travel and we commend that approach.

“This is fantastic news for our customers who want nothing more than to get away for a much-needed holiday.

“Now that we have some clarity about where we can fly to, our focus is on getting everything ready for the restart of our international flights and holidays from July 1.”

Jet2’s plane from Stansted to Ibiza and back – at 6am on July 3 and 10.20am on July 10 – jumped from £149 to £314.

Ryanair’s journey to Malta for the same dates – but at 4.55pm and 7.15am – also increased in cost from £201 to £260.

Meanwhile a Jet2 plane out of the Essex airport to Majorca on those days leaped from £153 to £478 within hours of the announcement.

A trip with the same firm to nearby Menorca rose from  £132 to £312.

Mr Shapps said more details about the double-vaccination holiday scheme will be unveiled by the government next month.

Six countries including Tunisia and Haiti will be put on the UK’s travel red list – meaning only UK citizens and those with residency status can travel from here and must stay in quarantine hotels for 10 days.

Israel and Jerusalem, which have been on the UK’s travel green list since its inception, will be added to the green watch list – which signals that a country might be moved to the amber list in the near future.