Travelers arriving to Northern Ireland from several popular holiday destinations, including the Balearic Islands, will no longer need to isolate themselves, the executive said.
Popular Spanish islands include Ibiza, Menorca, and Mallorca.
A number of other added hotspots have been added to Northern Ireland’s green list, such as Barbados, Bermuda, Grenada, Madeira and Malta.
These destinations were all previously on Northern Ireland’s Orange List, which means returning travelers must self-quarantine at home for 10 days.
The change of status comes into effect on June 30 at 4 a.m.
Workers and leaders in the travel industry staged protests across the UK on Wednesday, calling for restrictions to be eased.
The Westminster government is also expected to update England’s travel lists on Thursday. The lists of British nations are closely related.
Northern Ireland has also added additions to its red list, which means returning travelers must stay in a quarantine hotel.
The affected countries are the Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Haiti, Kuwait, Mongolia, Tunisia and Uganda.
Here is a full list of locations moved to the Green List by Northern Ireland:
Antigua and Barbuda
British Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Turks and Caicos Islands
Huw Merriman, who chairs the House of Commons transport select committee, said the changes are “a step in the right direction” but warned that travel to Amber List countries is “still unnecessarily difficult” .
He cited figures from the NHS Test and Trace showing that only a handful of passengers returning from Amber List destinations tested positive for the coronavirus.
The government must “apply its own logic of data use” and allow fully vaccinated people returning from these places to be exempt from quarantine requirements, he said.
“They have to consider this in time for the start of the July summer vacation.”
On the prospect of taking an overseas vacation this summer, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his plans were “at an untrained stage”, adding: “I certainly don’t rule it out or rule it out” .