Amber once more: British tourists’ plans to visit Majorca, Menorca, Formentera, and Ibiza are in shambles.
Some of the most popular summer vacation spots have been removed from the travel green list, putting summer vacations abroad in jeopardy once again.
After only two weeks of quarantine-free travel, the Spanish islands of Majorca, Menorca, Formentera, and Ibiza were all added to the amber list.
It implies that unjabbed Britons’ already-booked vacations are now in jeopardy.
Covid rates on the islands have doubled in the last two weeks, according to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, with 258 cases per 100,000 people.
The Balearic Islands, which were one of the escape sites on the green list, were one of the most popular destinations for people looking to get away after a year of sorrow.
Unless they have taken both jabs, travelers returning from the Spanish islands after 4 a.m. on Monday will need to self-isolate.
The government’s decision yesterday night sparked more outrage in the tourism sector, and it could cause another frenzied race home for vacationers who haven’t yet received their second round of vaccines.
“The announcement underscores the notion that the Government framework for foreign travel is not working,” said Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, which represents British-registered carriers.
“Rather than the current rollercoaster of adjustments, the government should create a consistent and transparent travel policy.”
“It’s a completely unanticipated list of adjustments that won’t help most consumers,” said Paul Charles, CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency. The Balearics were one of the final green choices for people who weren’t entirely stabbed and needed to flee.”
However, in a ray of sunshine for sun-starved Britons, authorities approved vacations to Bulgaria and Croatia, removing the requirement to quarantine upon return.
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From Monday, the Virgin Islands will likewise be amber. Under new restrictions set to take effect next week, double-jabbed Britons will be allowed to enjoy their vacation locations without having to return to quarantine.
However, last night’s statement has thrown those who have just had one vaccination – as well as those who have never been vaccinated – into confusion, as they may have to cancel vacations if they are unable to rebook.
“Unfortunately, since we put them on the green watch-list, we’ve seen the rates double, as well as the rate of test positivity double,” Mr Shapps added.
“At 4 a.m. on Monday, they will be placed on the amber list. If you’re planning a trip to a country on the green watch list, “Brinkwire Summary News” is a good place to start.