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Holidaymakers ridicule addition of remote Tristan da Cunha on travel 'green list'
7 May 2021, 19:31
The government's list of 'green list' countries for travel this summer has sparked ridicule online after remote Tristan da Cunha was named as one of the locations people could visit without needing to quarantine.
Tristan da Cunha is the world's most remote inhabited archipelago 1,732 miles off Cape Town. Visits need to be planned a year in advance, and hopeful visitors need special permission to visit in writing from the Island's council or administration.
The island, colloquially known simply as Tristan, can only be reached by a six-day trip by cargo boat or cruise ship from Cape Town. South Africa is currently on the government's travel red list.
The current schedule shows only one eligible departure for the remainder of 2021, on June 25.
The island’s website advises would-be visitors: “You can't just turn up in Cape Town and jump on a ship to Tristan da Cunha.
"All visitors need the prior approval of the Administrator / Island Council, and should be prepared upon request to obtain a local Police Certificate in advance.”
It goes on to state: “You may need to plan more than a year in advance and 'pencil in' an approximate ship, assuming similar schedules in the future.
"Investigate flights to Cape Town to connect with your ship to Tristan.
Tristan Da Cunha is one of the most isolated island on this planet with less than 250 inhabitants, and I’m v pleased it’s made it on the greenlist.— 🤷🏻♀️ (@shoools_lais) May 7, 2021
"You should aim to arrive in Cape Town at least two days before the ship sails, and you may also need to wait in Cape Town for your flight home.
"Embarkation and disembarkation dates at Cape Town cannot be guaranteed, and occasionally passages have to be cancelled at short notice."
Tristan da Cunha is a British Overseas Territory with its own constitution. There is no airstrip on the main island; the only way of travelling in and out of Tristan is by boat, a six-day trip from South Africa. #greenlist— jules edge (@jelly5565) May 7, 2021
One person wrote online: "My boss went to Tristan da Cunha. It takes a week on a ferry from Cape Town (is that on the list?), there’s no bank or post office, and the social highlight of the year is the rat-hunting festival."
Tristan da Cunha is on the green list wow wow wow, one of the most remote places in the world which is ridiculously hard to get to is on the green list 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣— Dan Mccauley (@danmccauley80) May 7, 2021
Teacher Lee Pickover posted on Twitter: "Love that Tristan da Cunha made the green list for travel. An island so remote that you can only get there via a 6 day boat journey from South Africa."
Another posted: "Tristan da Cunha is a British Overseas Territory with its own constitution. There is no airstrip on the main island; the only way of travelling in and out of Tristan is by boat, a six-day trip from South Africa."
Grant Shapps reveals summer holiday travel 'green list' countries
Mr Shapps said the key summer holiday destinations people can visit from May 17 include: Portugal, Israel and Gibraltar, but the plans were met with a backlash and were described as a "very small step" by travel firms.
The full green list includes the following countries: Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira); Australia; New Zealand; Singapore; Brunei; Iceland; Faroe Islands; Gibraltar; Falkland Islands; South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands; Saint Helena, Ascension & Tristan da Cunha; and Israel.
France, Spain and Greece are not yet included but a review will take place every three weeks, Grant Shapps said.