Is Spain On The Uk Green List?
- Víctormanuel Paz
Spain has been axed from the UK’s version of the green list over concerns related to coronavirus. Holidaymakers were able to travel from Spain back to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland without the need for a 14-day quarantine until the country was removed from the list. Officials from all four countries made the decision to remove Spain over fears that the country is experiencing a second wave of COVID-19. Spain has been axed from the UK’s version of the green list in Ireland over concerns related to coronavirus. Pic: Getty Images The Canary Islands and Balearic Islands are also included in the new rules, which means that 14-day quarantine will be needed for people travelling back to the UK from those destinations. A government spokesperson said: ‘The Joint Biosecurity Centre together with Public Health England have updated their coronavirus assessments of Spain based on the latest data.
‘As a result, Spain has been removed from the lists of countries from which passengers arriving in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are exempted from the need to self-isolate. ‘ Over 28,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Spain since the outbreak of the virus and in the last two days the country reported over 900 new cases.
With Northern Ireland included in the advice, it now falls in line with green list requirements set out in the Republic in relation to Spain. Although a popular destination for Irish holidaymakers, Spain was never included in the Republic’s green list over the prevalence of the virus there. Holidaymakers were able to travel from Spain back to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland without the need for a 14 day quarantine until Spain was removed from the list. Pic: Getty Images The countries included on the Irish list are Malta, Finland, Norway, Italy, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Slovakia, Greece, Greenland, Gibraltar, Monaco and San Marino. Those countries are subject to change based on the course of the virus in each.
When does the Green List end in the UK?
The UK government might have given people more options for foreign travel but some destinations, such as Portugal which is on the amber list, are bringing in their own restrictions for British passengers. From 28 June travellers to Portugal who are not fully vaccinated against coronavirus must quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
This will last until 11 July. Spain’s Balearic islands, Malta and Madeira were among the destinations added to the green list in the latest update to the UK’s travel traffic light system. But Spain’s government has now said that Britons arriving in Mallorca, Ibiza and other Balearic Islands will have to present a negative test result or proof of vaccination.
The second of the three-weekly reviews took place amid calls from holidaymakers and the travel industry for more countries to be added to the quarantine-free list. Changes to the policy are made based on the COVID-19 situation in different countries.