Is Spain On Amber Or Green?

Is Spain On Amber Or Green
European holiday favourites Spain , Greece , Italy and France have all remained amber after the government updated its travel traffic light lists. The Department for Transport (DfT) announced the first review of its green, amber and red lists on 3 June, with the changes due to come into effect next week.

Though the travel industry hoped a number of tourism destinations would be added to the green list, which carries the lightest restrictions for inbound travellers arriving in the UK, no new countries made the cut.

Worse still, Portugal, the only mainstream holiday destination accessible for British tourists to originally make the green list, has been downgraded to amber. The green list is now comprised of 11 places in total. Most popular European destinations remain in the amber category, which means arrivals must self-isolate for 10 days upon entry into the UK, plus take PCR tests on days two and eight.

  • In England, travellers can pay for an extra Covid test on day five of self-isolation and leave quarantine if it is negative;
  • The government currently only advises travelling internationally for leisure purposes to green list countries; however, it remains perfectly legal to go on a foreign holiday to amber or indeed red list destinations;

Although mainland Spain and Greece weren’t expected to make the switch, experts believed the government might take an “islands approach” and move some Greek holiday islands and the Balearics to the green list – but holidaymakers’ hopes were dashed in the latest review.

On the other end of the spectrum, seven countries all plunged from amber to red: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Trinidad & Tobago. The list of 50 red list countries come with the harshest restrictions, with returning travellers forced to pay £1,750 for 11 nights in a government-mandated quarantine hotel.

The price includes an airport transfer, all meals and two PCR tests to be taken on day two and day eight. Currently, only those with British residency are allowed into the UK from red list countries.

What does the Amber List mean for Spain?

Is Spain on the green list? – Spain has been left off the green list, along with most of Europe. It is instead on the amber list, which means you will need:

  • A negative test taken before returning to the UK
  • Mandatory ten-day quarantine at home
  • Two Covid tests, taken on day two and day eight

Countries have been placed on a green, amber or red list depending on the risk they pose to the UK, as well as the current Covid situation in the country and their own vaccine rollout. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has urged Brits not to travel to amber list destinations , which includes Spain, unless “absolutely necessary”. Just 32 per cent of the Spanish population has been given the first jab of the vaccine, compared to the UK’s 54 per cent.

  1. Only if cases go down and the vaccine rollout is sped up, will it likely be put onto the “green” list for the summer;
  2. The Transport Secretary said the green list would be updated regularly so they could green light more destinations as early as next month;
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The next review is set to take place in three weeks after travel starts again on May 17 – so June 7 – although experts fear most of Europe will miss out again. Is Spain On Amber Or Green 3 These are the countries currently on the green list Is Spain On Amber Or Green 3 Spain needs to increase their vaccine rollout and reduce cases to be on the green list Credit: Alamy.

Which countries are on the amber and Green List?

THE government’s next travel review is expected on either Wednesday or Thursday this week, with changes to the red, amber and green list. Travel experts have already been predicting which countries are likely to switch colour, with speculation about Spain, Croatia, Madeira and Jamaica. Is Spain On Amber Or Green 2 Travel experts have already been predicting which countries are likely to switch colour, with speculation about Spain, Croatia, Madeira and Jamaica Credit: Getty – Contributor There are currently a number of holiday hotspots on the green list, the most relaxed of the lists, including Croatia , Madeira and Malta. However, the majority of the UK’s favourite destinations are on the amber list, which includes Spain , Greece , Portugal and France. So which countries are expecting to change to green, amber and red this week? We assess what the experts are saying. Paul Charles at the PC Agency has predicted that Poland , Bhutan, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Saudi Arabia will all turn green , based on their Covid rates, vaccination figures and the number of tests from returning travellers coming back positive.

However, the government has said that there will be limited additions to the green list this week. There is little expectation for change among the opposition party too, as Labour MP Ben Bradshaw, a member of the Commons transport committee, said: “With Covid rates in Britain still near the highest in Europe and vaccination rates in most popular holiday destinations having caught up or overtaken the UK’s, we should be seeing a big expansion of the green list.

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“But this Government has shown time and again that it couldn’t care one iota about jobs in the travel industry, families desperate to see each other again or people just hoping for a break. ” Mr Charles also predicted a number of green list destinations could turn amber, including Croatia, Madeira, Israel, Lithuania, Montserrat and the Caribbean islands of Anguilla, Antigua and Turks and Caicos.

  1. There are high hopes for Turkey moving from the red to amber list this week, after a drop in Covid cases;
  2. Travellers returning to the UK from Turkey currently have to quarantine in a hotel for ten days, but a switch to amber would mean no quarantine at all for children and fully vaccinated Brits;

According to The Times , Test and Trace Figures show that 1. 7 per cent of people tested positive for Covid on return from Turkey in the last three weeks – the same as those arriving from Spain. Of those cases, there were between 0-3 recorded cases of variants of concern, like the Beta variant.

Data analyst Tim White believes that Turkey is a ‘”borderline candidate” for being moved to the amber list, but cited the reluctance to do so because of the lack of  reliability of their data , and said that it was likely the UK was “suspicious” of the figures.

He added that the Maldives could be moved from the red list to the amber list as infection rates have dropped, adding that “virtually all restaurants and bars are open air in resorts and there’s little threat”. There are also fears for Spain moving from the amber to the red list, but Mr Charles said that the switch would be unlikely because the UK doesn’t have enough spaces in hotel quarantine to house all of the returning Brits.

He said: “”Much of Europe won’t change because the government would create utter chaos at our borders during the bank holiday weekend and week if they chose to turn some of the most popular countries red, such as Balearics or Spain, and force so many people into hotel quarantine.

”  There are also fears for  Jamaica, St Lucia, Dominica and Morocco moving from the amber to the red list. Such a change would cause a scramble among Brit holidaymakers to return back before the change came into force next week, or else they would have to pay £2,285 for a quarantine hotel stay.

The last travel announcement saw seven countries – Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Norway and Romania –  added to the green list. The controversial “amber-plus” list was also scrapped, putting France back onto the normal amber list, while the  UAE was added to the amber list as well.

Mexico was added to the red list, along with Georgia, the French islands of La Reunion and Mayotte. Is Spain On Amber Or Green 2 There are high hopes for Turkey moving from the red to amber list this week, after a drop in Covid cases Credit: Alamy.

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Is it legal to go on holiday to Amber List countries?

European holiday favourites Spain , Greece , Italy and France have all remained amber after the government updated its travel traffic light lists. The Department for Transport (DfT) announced the first review of its green, amber and red lists on 3 June, with the changes due to come into effect next week.

Though the travel industry hoped a number of tourism destinations would be added to the green list, which carries the lightest restrictions for inbound travellers arriving in the UK, no new countries made the cut.

Worse still, Portugal, the only mainstream holiday destination accessible for British tourists to originally make the green list, has been downgraded to amber. The green list is now comprised of 11 places in total. Most popular European destinations remain in the amber category, which means arrivals must self-isolate for 10 days upon entry into the UK, plus take PCR tests on days two and eight.

  1. In England, travellers can pay for an extra Covid test on day five of self-isolation and leave quarantine if it is negative;
  2. The government currently only advises travelling internationally for leisure purposes to green list countries; however, it remains perfectly legal to go on a foreign holiday to amber or indeed red list destinations;

Although mainland Spain and Greece weren’t expected to make the switch, experts believed the government might take an “islands approach” and move some Greek holiday islands and the Balearics to the green list – but holidaymakers’ hopes were dashed in the latest review.

On the other end of the spectrum, seven countries all plunged from amber to red: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Trinidad & Tobago. The list of 50 red list countries come with the harshest restrictions, with returning travellers forced to pay £1,750 for 11 nights in a government-mandated quarantine hotel.

The price includes an airport transfer, all meals and two PCR tests to be taken on day two and day eight. Currently, only those with British residency are allowed into the UK from red list countries.