Spain To Go On Green List?
- Víctormanuel Paz
Could it make the ‘green list’? – The current data suggests Spain is in with a chance of making the green list a the next review, but it is unlikely. The Government has proven itself to be cautious in opening up foreign travel, and has delayed the end of lockdown by four weeks since the last travel update.
- Opening up just the islands, like the Balearic and Canary Islands , is a possibility the Government has considered;
- Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I’ve always said that of course it’s desirable where an aircraft can fly direct to an island, for example, and that island is therefore accessible in that you don’t need to go via the mainland, that you look at that differently;
That’s what we did last year as well.
Is Spain out of the Red Travel list?
Spain escapes the RED travel list as 10 countries will go green tomorrow – Whitehall sources have revealed to Global247news this morning that Spain has escaped the RED travel list by the skin of its teeth. The source said: “It was a close call but the chaos of placing Spain on the red list won’t happen, It was a close call but the government feels Spain has done enough to reduce numbers and taking enough precautions.
- ” Holidaymakers to Spain will avoid a ten-day, £1,750 stay in a Government-approved hotel as the Beta variant fails to take hold in Spain;
- The news will be a welcome relief to thousands of Spanish based businesses that are heavily reliant on the British tourism industry;
The full announcement will be made tomorrow with ten countries expected to be placed on the green list.
Will Spain Go Green at the first traffic light review?
Spain ‘s tourism minister has predicted that the country will be put on the UK government’s travel ” green list ” in the next review. Speaking to Sky News , Fernando Valdes said he suspected that “Spain is going to change on its notification”. “What I can say is that right now Spain is doing a great effort not only in terms of vaccination, we have at least one third of our whole population with at least one dose,” he said.
- “We do have some holiday destinations which are very loved by British tourists such as the Balearic Islands, Costa Blanca or Malaga, with our notification rates which are pretty low and by the same notification range of the UK, so I have to suspect that on the next review that the UK Government can provide;
Spain is going to change on its notification. ” As of today, 24 May, British travellers no longer face any outbound restrictions when visiting Spain. No PCR Covid test, quarantine or proof of vaccination is required for Brits to enter the country. However, Spain remains on the Department for Transport’s amber list, meaning returning holidaymakers still face rather onerous restrictions.
They must take three coronavirus tests – one prior to departure for the UK, and two after they arrive back in the UK – and self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. If Spain was moved from amber to green under the traffic light system, travellers entering the UK from there would face no quarantine and would need just two tests instead: one pre-departure, the other on arrival.
However, despite the Spanish tourism minister’s optimism, recent reports suggest none of the major European holiday destinations – Spain, Greece, Italy and France – are likely to go green at the first review of the traffic light system, due to take place the first week of June.
Boris Johnson has said that “quite a few” countries could be added, reports The Telegraph. He reportedly made the remarks at a meeting of the 1922 Conservative backbench committee, indicating that “near misses” that were almost designated green initially were likely to make the cut this time round.
The contenders are thought to include Malta, Finland, Grenada, the Cayman Islands, Fiji, the British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, Turks and Caicos and Anguilla. But most of the tourism hotspots of Europe – Croatia, Spain, Italy, France and Greece – look unlikely to shift from amber to green on the next reshuffle.