Holidaymakers faced further heartache as the travel list revealed which countries were being moved to the amber list.
The Balearic Islands - which include popular holiday destinations Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca - have been moved to the amber list after Covid cases tripled in Spain in just two weeks to 368 per 100,000 people.
Also, the British Virgin Islands have been downgraded to the amber list.
Cuba, Indonesia, Myanmar and Sierra Leone will be joining the red list following the latest Covid travel review.
But Bulgaria and Hong Kong will be placed on the green list from Freedom Day July 19.
British holiday hotspot Croatia and Taiwan will be added to the green list but under the “watch list” which means it could be at risk of moving to the amber list when the travel list is reviewed again.
Grant Shapps confirmed the countries which would be moving to the green, red and amber list.
The Secretary of State for Transport reminded double-jabbed travellers they could return to England from amber countries without quarantining.
He wrote a series of tweets which read: “Four countries and territories will join the red list to safeguard our domestic vaccine rollout We’ll keep these measures under review and be guided by the latest data - we won’t hesitate to take action if needed to protect public health.
“We’re also moving the Balearic Islands & British Virgin Islands to the amber list - previously on the green watchlist. Also, from 19/07 if you’re fully #Vaccinated in the UK you can return to England from amber countries and territories without needing to quarantine.
“From 4.00am Monday 19th July Bulgaria & Hong Kong will be added to the green list and Croatia & Taiwan the green watchlist of destinations. Please check latest travel advice before you travel as countries and territories may have extra requirements before you get there.”