When Is Spain Going To Be On The Green List?
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When will the lists be reviewed? – Transport Secretary Grant Schapps said the lists will be updated regularly. It is expected there will be three weeks between reviews. The first review is reportedly set for the first week of June, with changes coming into force a week later.
When could Spain be added to the Green List?
Spain is currently on the amber list (Picture: EPA) Popular holiday destinations like France, Greece and Spain are currently on the UK’s amber travel list , which means tourists are discouraged from visiting them and must quarantine on return to the UK if they do. With reviews of the list expected every three weeks, many are hoping that Spain will soon make it onto the green list, opening up the possibility of a summer vacation. The travel traffic light system organises countries into three categories – green , amber , and red – to determine what safety measures must be observed in order to travel to those places. Many are hoping to jet off this summer – but what destinations will be added to the government’s green list? (Picture: EPA) It was thought that places like Mallorca, Menorca, Tenerife and Ibiza could be included in the June 3 update, as they have considerably lower coronavirus infection rates than the mainland. However, Spain and its islands were not included in the most recent review, so for now, we’ll have to just wait and see. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps spoke to BBC Radio 4 about the decision, and didn’t rule out the possibility of the islands being added to the green list soon.
Travel is banned to red countries except for in extreme circumstances. So, when could Spain be added to the green list? It seems unlikely that Spain will be added to the green list soon – although the Balearic and Canary Islands may be included in a future review.
- Falkland Islands
- Faroe Islands
- Israel and Jerusalem
- New Zealand
- Portugal (until Tuesday, June 8)
- South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
- St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Some travellers had to scramble for flights last week as Portugal was moved from green to amber , meaning people returning from the UK now have to quarantine upon arrival back home. Gibraltar is on the green list (Picture: Getty) Despite being on the green list, people will not be able to go on holiday to Australia, New Zealand or Singapore as they are closed to UK tourists. Iceland is also imposing strict restrictions on visitors from Britain, too. Vaccinated tourists must take a free Covid-19 test on arrival, then wait up to 24 hours for results before travelling freely if negative. It’s a bit more complicated for unvaccinated Brits, who must take the following steps:
- Present a negative PCR taken within 72 hours of your time of departure to Iceland (or get a ISK 100,000 fine – approx. £590 – for residents or a refusal of entry for visitors)
- Take 2 Covid-19 tests, one on arrival and another 5 to 6 days later,
- Quarantine between tests, until you have the results
Find the latest travel advice on gov. uk. If you fancy a trip to Gibraltar , things are slightly easier. You don’t need to prove your negative Covid status, and as the first country in the world to vaccinate every adult, things feel relatively normal there. To travel to Israel, you must be vaccinated.
8 per 100,000 people. Roughly 40% of the Spanish population have now received their first dose of the vaccination, while in the UK it’s over 60%. Travellers will need to take a PCR test before boarding their flight to Israel, and you’ll also need to take a test for proof of your vaccination when you arrive at the airport.
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Could more countries be added to the Green List?
MORE green list countries are expected to be added to the list this Thursday, allowing Brits to travel without quarantining when returning to the UK. One travel expert is claiming that up to eight destinations could be added to the list thanks to their low Covid infection rates and improved vaccine rollout. 6 More countries are expected to be added to the green list this week Credit: Alamy PC Agency’s Paul Charles believes that both the Canary and the Balearic Islands in Spain could be added, along with Malta and Morocco. The travel expert has said that both sets of Spanish islands could be added this week, and open from June 7 – the next date for the easing of travel restrictions. The eight destinations which he has predicted could be on the list are:
- Canary Islands
- Balearic Islands
Ministers are cautious about adding the likes of Spain, France and Greece to the safe list and allowing quarantine-free travel before next month. Boris Johnson says the Joint Biosecurity Centre officials will have no hesitation in moving countries around the red, amber and green categories of travel restrictions if there is a spike in cases or new deadlier variants. The PM added: “We’re going to try to allow people to travel, as I know many want to.
“But we’ve got to be cautious and we’ve got to continue to put countries on the red list, on the amber list, when that is necessary. “The priority is to continue the vaccine rollout, to protect the people of this country.
” Insiders at the Department for Transport emphasised: “No one in the department has booked a holiday abroad. ” But the government is concerned about the amount of traffic that travels between mainland Spain – with its high Covid rates – and the islands, as well as the capacity for genomic sequencing in the Canaries.
- Grenada and Morocco are both lower than the UK’s daily infection rate as well, both there are similar concerns about genomic sequencing in these two destinations – a key factor when it comes to green listing countries;
Malta is one of the most likely candidates for being green listed, thanks to its high vaccinate rate – the country, which leads the European Union in coronavirus vaccinations, has reached its target of giving 70 percent of adults at least one dose. Currently on the green list are just 12 countries, many of which remain closed to Brits. 6 Paul Charles believes the Spanish islands will. be moved from the amber list to the green list, but government sources suggest this is unlikely Credit: Alamy 6 Another European destination which could make the green list is Finland – 44 per cent have been given the first jab Credit: Alamy 6 Jamaica has lower daily infection rates than the UK, but it has given the first vaccine jab to just 5. 5 per cent of its population Credit: Getty 6 Malta missed out on the initial green list, despite a strong vaccine rollout of 72 per cent getting the first jab Credit: Alamy Only Portugal and Gibraltar are the popular holiday hotspots on the list which are welcoming Brits with few restrictions. However, there is hope that more countries could be added this week, to open by next week, which has also been rumoured to include the US. Mr Charles explained: “The next green list review is due by Thursday 3rd June with implementation from Monday 7th June. 6 Most of Europe is on the amber list due to their Covid cases Only countries on the green list are able to skip the UK quarantine when returning to the country. Amber list arrivals, which includes most of Europe, must self-isolate for 10-days at home, as well as pay for two Covid tests to be taken on day two and day eight. Red list arrivals, which includes India, Turkey and the Maldives, must pay £1,750 to self-isolate at a government-mandated quarantine hotel for 10 days.
- “Several criteria determine a country’s colour but two are key: 14-day infection rate and ability to do regular genomic sequencing, to check for variants;
- ” However, Brits wanting to book a holiday abroad should be aware that travel restrictions can change at the last minute, and to check their travel insurance for Covid protection;
All UK arrivals must have a pre-arrival Covid test and one taken on day two of returning.
Should Spain be added to the UK’s Amber List?
A tourism chief has claimed Spain could be added to the green list on the next UK government review. Asked about the UK’s stance on amber list countries, Fernando Valdes, Spain’s tourism minister, told Sky News he was “not judging how countries are taking care of the health situation”.
- But he suggested Spain could be added to the green list during the next Government review;
- The Government is due to review its traffic light system for foreign travel on June 7;
- He said: “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 added: “But also, 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;
- ” Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency, told the PA news agency: “There are many people who can safely and responsibly travel to an amber country to see family they haven’t seen for over a year, or to do business, or visit a second property they may have;
“It’s vital consumers are aware that they will have to pay for tests and self-isolate on their return to the UK but it is safe to travel out to an amber country and not illegal in any way whatsoever. “The travel sector is fighting to recover and needs to see more countries added to the Government green list.
” On Twitter, Mr Charles pointed to data from analysts Cirium suggesting that airlines had scheduled many more flights from England in the last five days. The three most popular destinations are Spain (284 flights, 56,000 seats), Greece (150 flights, 29,000 seats) and the US (128 flights, 34,000 seats).
But he added: “The planes are far from full though.