When Will Spain Go On The Green List?
- Víctormanuel Paz
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.
Is Spain on the Green List?
Spain was one of the popular European destinations absent from the green list announced by the Government last week. The initial list includes just 12 countries, with Portugal, Israel, Australia and New Zealand among those making the cut. Most of the world will start on the amber list when foreign travel resumes on 17 May , meaning people will have to quarantine for up to 10 days on their return.
Will Spain be on the Green Light List in June?
Bittersweet news – By Lisa Minot, Travel Editor SPAIN’S decision to welcome Brits from Monday with no restrictions is great news for those sun-seekers. But it is bittersweet as the Government insists that travel to the country — currently on the amber list — should not be for leisure. 12 Grant Shapps said he’s pushing for more destinations to be added Credit: PA 12 Brits are already enjoying hols in Portugal after it made the quarantine-free list Credit: AFP 12 Playa Levante, in Benidorm, Spain Credit: Getty Spain’s Secretary of Sate for Tourism, Fernando Valdes, told Spanish press: “What has been decided is that British tourists can enter Spain. “But while we are still on the UK’s amber traffic light list they will have to self-isolate on their return. ” Efforts continue to convince the UK government to give holidaymakers the green light to vacation in Spain’s regions – rather than consider the country at a national level when it comes to restrictions.
Brits face paying for three tests to get back home and quarantining for ten days. Until the country moves to the green list, travel there will be costly and a hassle. Tourist bosses in Spain want the UK to recognise the low coronavirus rates in areas like the Balearic Islands and Valencian Autonomous Community.
Valdes added: “We are working on this list being compiled by regions. “But it’s not a EU problem, it’s a UK problem because it should have the capacity to territorialize the world and not just Spain. “We hope a re-evaluation of some regions take place soon.
- Spain, along with Portugal, is the holiday region that’s in the best epidemiological situation;
- “There are competitors that have higher coronavirus rates and that gives us an obvious competitive advantage;
We are confident Spain will be on the green light list in June. “But even Spain being on the amber list is not going to stop British people visiting our country. ” 12 Sunbathers in designated roped-off areas enjoy a day out in Benidorm Credit: AFP 12 Brits are keen to return to Spain for their hols Credit: Alamy Benidorm mayor Toni Perez hailed Spain’s announcement as “good news and we regard it as very positive. “It’s something we’ve been clamouring for in Benidorm given the epidemiological evolution of our coronavirus data, which together with the vaccine situation made this modification inevitable. “Now we need the British government to give the green light to safe air corridors with areas like the Valencian Autonomous Community which has a very low rate of coronavirus.
- “That’s especially the case with Benidorm, so that as a safe destination we have the UK’s green light and can offer happiness and security to those who choose us for their holidays;
- ” Francesc Colomer, regional tourism minister for the Valencian Community which includes the provinces of Castellon, Valencia and Alicante and covers the Costa Blanca, added: “This news is a step forward and very positive;
“We are advancing in terms of overcoming this pandemic and see this as validation of the improvement of the health situation. “Tourism is a space without borders. We have to continue advancing in terms of obtaining the UK’s green traffic light status and we hope the UK will interpret this news positively. ” 12 An initial list has been published by the UK – but it will be tweaked Credit: Alamy Boris Johnson wants to add ” as many countries as possible ” to the travel green list this summer, a top minister declared today. Justice secretary Robert Buckland said the Government wants to make it as easy as possible for Brits to jet off for a break in the sun. “We’ll continue where we see the evidence to add countries or indeed sometimes to take them off if we see the evidence going the other way.
- ” His remarks raise the prospect of more countries being added to the green list within weeks, with the next review due on June 7;
- And even more destinations are also expected to be approved in a wider review of how the traffic light travel system is working on June 28;
Yesterday the transport secretary Grant Shapps said he was pushing for more holiday hotspots to be opened up as soon as possible. He wants extra destinations to be made quarantine-free as their vaccination rates catch up with the UK. There are calls for many favourite European haunts including Spain, France, and Italy to be opened up soon. On May 19, the Sun Online reported that Brits faced postponing their trips abroad for another summer due to the uncertainty around travelling abroad. The foreign travel ban was lifted on Monday, May 17, which allowed holidays to go ahead for the first time this year. However, MPs have now said holidays abroad can only go ahead to green-list destinations, of which there are only 12 – four of which are letting Brits in.
- The list of amber countries includes most of Europe, including holiday hotspots Spain, Greece, France and Italy;
- Earlier this week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that people should only travel to amber countries if “absolutely necessary”;
Prime Minister Boris Johnson added: “It is not somewhere you should be going on holiday, let me be very clear about that. ” Education Minister Gillian Keegan echoed both Mr Johnson’s and Mr Hancock’s warning, telling Times Radio: “Amber list countries are there for a reason – they are there so that you can travel for business, you can travel for particular situations such as funerals or if there are some specific care issues in your family. ” 12 More countries should soon be added to the green list Credit: Alamy 12 Spain, Italy, and France could be among the next to open up Credit: Alamy 12 Robert Buckland said the Government wants to add more countries to the green list Credit: AFP The majority of Brits have been heading to Portugal as one of the few restriction-free holiday destinations. Yet travel companies are already fearing that Brits may postpone their holidays for the second time this summer due to uncertainty. Fuming – and bewildered – Brits have slammed the confusing rules. One person wrote on Twitter: “Don’t want people to travel to Amber List countries? Put them on the f***ing Red List then.
Jesus, it’s not hard. ” Another person agreed: “If you can’t travel to a country on the Amber list then don’t have an Amber list – just have red and green and be clear about the messaging!” One person said that they couldn’t get a £1,700 refund on their holiday to Santorini, and would also need to fork out for extra Covid tests.
Someone else wrote: “Well waste of time with foreign holiday government advice don’t use Amber list countries try telling the f***ing travel agents. ” One woman explained: “I think part of the problem here is that airlines are flying to amber list countries so if you choose not to go, you lose your money.