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Balearics join 'EU coordinated approach' and call for tougher rules on UK travellers

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Balearics join 'EU coordinated approach' and call for tougher rules on UK travellers

Just hours after being added to the long-awaited green list, the Balearic Islands, in Spain, have urged the Spanish Government to impose tougher entry requirements for Britons arriving in the country.

The Balearic Islands, which include Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, were added to the UK’s green list last night.

This means Britons can go on holiday with no need to quarantine on return to the UK.

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At the moment, Spain and its islands are welcoming British tourists without a test or proof of vaccination.

However, and just a few hours after the green list announcement, the Spanish archipelago has asked for tougher requirements for UK tourists.

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Spain had been calling to be added to the UK’s green list for months, and it comes as a surprise that leaders in the Balearic Islands are now set to impose stricter rules.

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Iago Negueruela, the official in charge of tourism in the islands, said: “We’ve asked the Spanish Government to establish controls for the arrival of people coming from the UK.”

Francina Armengol, the region’s leader, made a similar call on Twitter, urging Spanish officials to set “strict and safe entry controls” for British tourists.

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Although the Balearics said to be struggling for months due to the lack of British tourism, now it seems they are falling in step with the rest of the EU.

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This comes after Malta, another green list addition, announced tougher measures for British tourists this morning.

The Maltese Government said arrivals from the UK will have to present proof of vaccination in order to visit the island quarantine-free from June 30.

Unvaccinated travellers will face self-isolation in Malta at their own cost.

It is yet to be confirmed whether countries in the EU will accept the NHS app as proof of vaccination.

At the time of writing, Malta requires British holidaymakers to provide a negative PCR test result, but Britons can enter Spain and its islands without a test or proof of vaccination.

Angela Merkel called this week for all EU countries to force Britons to quarantine on arrival.

Due to Delta variant concerns, Angela Merkel urged an “EU-coordinated approach” to fight the COVID-19 Delta variant.

Germany has already introduced a two-week quarantine for all Britons, along with other EU nations like France or Italy, and asked other countries to follow suit.

“In our country, if you come from Great Britain, you have to go into quarantine – that’s not the case in every European country and that’s what I would like to see,” Ms Merkel said.

The last one to join has been Malta and it seems the Balearics will be soon.

If the Balearics follow Malta’s steps, it is likely that from June 30 only fully vaccinated Britons will be allowed on the islands without the need to quarantine on arrival.

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

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