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Balearics moving to amber ’embarrassing’ for UK Government as infections get ‘much worse’

The Balearic Islands, which include Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, were added to the UK’s travel “green watchlist”

That means they can become amber without notice if there is a spike of COVID-19 cases in the region.

At the moment, British holidaymakers can enjoy restriction-free travel to the islands with no need to quarantine on their return.

However, according to the traffic light system, the Balearics are “most at risk” of being downgraded to amber at short notice.

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Britons visiting Balearics will see tighter restrictions today -including limit on alcohol

The new restrictions apply to the areas of Magaluf, in Mallorca, and Sant Antoni, in Ibiza, two of the locations with more British tourists. The move comes after the islands welcomed a flood of Britons last week.

The areas of Magaluf, in Mallorca, and Sant Antoni, in Ibiza, are now considered “red zones” due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.

The Balearic Islands, which include Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, were added to the UK’s green list during the last traffic light system review.

That means Britons can go on holiday without having to quarantine on their return.

Although it was considered a “safe area” for its low rate of COVID-19 cases, a spike has now been reported.

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– The number of people who can sit at a table in a bar or similar is limited to ten outdoors and six indoors

– Capacity limits of 100 indoors and 200 outdoors

– A curfew at 2am

– Free alcohol in all-inclusive hotels limited to meal times.

– Shops in these areas cannot sell alcohol between 9.30pm and 8am.

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Tourism minister Iago Negueruela said the measures, which comes only a week after British holidaymakers began to arrive in the Balearics, are in order to contain the spread of the virus.

The islands have seen their average case rate double in 10 days to 300 per 100,000.

The small island of Formentera has the highest at 109 – the UK average case rate is 184.

The main cause for this spike in cases is believed to be thousands of students who visited the islands on school trips last week, with over 20,000 returning home infected.

Due to the mass COVID-19 outbreak, Britons could see the Balearic Islands moving to amber soon.

The islands were added to the UK’s green “watchlist”, which means they can become amber without notice if there is a spike of COVID-19 cases in the region.

According to the traffic light system, the Balearics are “most at risk” of being downgraded to “amber” at short notice.

Portugal, which was added to the green list in May, saw thousands of tourists rushing to get home after it was moved to the amber list with very short notice.

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Britons determined to visit Balearics despite EU travel ban as searches surge by 4,750%

Money-saving website offeroftheday.co.uk has revealed that of all the newly-added green list countries, the Balearic Islands – which include Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza – have seen the biggest increase in searches.

After the Government’s announcement, which saw other destinations like Malta, Madeira or some Caribbean Islands moved from amber to green list, Madeira holidays registered an increase of 1,550 percent.

However, searches of holidays in Menorca alone saw a rise of 1,300 percent and flights to Ibiza an increase of 900 percent.

A spokesperson for offeroftheday.co.uk, Laura Jenkins, commented on the matter.

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Spain in crackdown on British tourists: Balearics to demand 'gold standard' Covid tests

Instead, local ministers in the Balearic Islands called for a boost to Spain’s vaccination roll-out.

Spain had previously decided to lift the requirement for Britons to present a negative PCR test from May 20.

Despite this, with the exception of the Balearic Islands from June 30, all of Spain remains on the Amber list.

The Balearic Islands, home to popular holiday destinations Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza, will go onto the “green watch list”.

At the time of writing, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is advising “advises against all but essential travel to Spain, but does not advise against all but essential travel to the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.”

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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.

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.

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.

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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Spain 'can't wait to see Brits' after Balearics on green list – but EU poised to block UK

After Angela Merkel called for all EU countries to force Britons to quarantine on arrival, Spain has said they refuse to impose any restrictions on UK holidaymakers.

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 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.

Other countries like France or Italy have also introduced mandatory quarantine for anyone arriving from the UK.

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However, Spanish Tourism Minister Maria Reyes Maroto appeared to put her country on a collision course with the likes of Angela Merkel as she announced that they “don’t have any restrictions on tourists from the UK”.

“Hopefully we can begin to receive British tourists soon,” she said ahead of today’s green list announcement.

“We don’t have any restrictions on tourists from the UK at the moment.

“They’re the ones who are placing restrictions on people when they return.

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“Perhaps the green light for Spain doesn’t depend on the situation here, now that the tendency here is the right one, but on the UK’s epidemiological situation and the fear that an opening of borders would go against attempts to control the pandemic,” she added.

However, Portuguese PM Antonio Costa admitted he would bow down to whatever EU leaders decided ahead of a European Council meeting.

When being asked if Portugal would consider making Britons quarantine, he said: “If that was the wish of the Council, yes.

“The United Kingdom shouldn’t have any different treatment.”

In 2018, 18 million Brits chose Spain for their holidays, way above second and third-placed Germany and France with around 11 million tourists each.

Spain opened its borders to British tourists at the end of May despite France and Germany unveiling tougher rules.

At the time, Spanish President Pedro Sanchez extended his own personal invite to holidaymakers from the UK by announcing they could visit the country with no restrictions.

Currently, any Briton can go on holiday to Spain without the need to take a COVID-19 test or follow a quarantine.

In the last weeks, Mallorca saw a surge in the number of German tourists, who mocked Britons for not being able to go on holiday this summer.

Now, with the Balearic Islands added to the green list, UK tourists will be able to return to the archipelago from June 30.

The Balearic Islands, which include Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, along with other 16 destinations have been moved to the green list.

Britons travelling to green destinations can do so without restrictions or need to quarantine on return to the UK.

Additional reporting by Gerard Couzens.

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Spanish Balearics wants travel corridor with UK 'Magaluf is like a ghost town!'

Overseas leisure travel could resume for people in England on May 17 under Boris Johnson‘s road map for easing restrictions. But the Spanish islands surrounding the mainland are at risk of being excluded from the UK’s green list despite low Covid cases. Digital Green Certificates will be accepted as “proof” a person had a COVID-19 jab, received a negative test result, or recovered from the virus, according to the European Commission’s proposal.
Sky News correspondent Adam Parsons said: “Yesterday I went to Magaluf, a town that is synonymous with British tourism.

“Magaluf is like a ghost town, it is shuttered.”

He added: “The Mallorca tourist authority has said it wants a travel corridor created with Britain.

“One person said to me yesterday that Spain has its own Covid profile but the rates are relatively low in the Canaries and the Balearics.

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“They want their own deal but they are aware it’s going to take political will from Madrid and London.”

Restrictions on foreign holidays should be maintained to protect the UK from Covid-19 variants, MPs have warned.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Coronavirus urged the Government to “discourage all international leisure travel”.

But a travel firm boss said there has been “great progress” in countries such as Portugal and Spain in preparing for the return of holidaymakers.

Foreign Office minister James Cleverly said he recognised a “natural desire to go further and to go faster” with the road map but the Government’s priority is to make changes when “safe” to do so.

He told Sky News: “I get that a lot of people over the course of the last year or so have missed travelling, they have missed seeing family and loved ones – I totally, totally get that.

“I understand the desire to move forward as quickly as possible but we have always said we will do this at a pace that is safe, that gives the scientists enough time to properly analyse the data after each set of restrictions are lifted.”

The APPG has claimed the importation of new variants could “lead to further lockdowns, and inevitably, further loss of life”.

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Spain holidays: Balearics welcome potential ‘green islands’ – ‘safe travel can be resumed’

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Some international travel may be resumed from May 17 under Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown. The green list is due to be announced on May 7, with Secretary of State for transport Grant Shapps confirming at an online ConservativeHome event he is in favour of an “islands approach” much like the travel corridors of 2020.

For nations like Spain, whose two archipelagos are popular holiday destinations, this has come as welcome news.

Nacho Gozalbo, commercial director for Palladium Hotel Group which has accommodation across Spain, believes the “island approach” will provide more opportunity for “safe travel”.

“We are eagerly awaiting the update on the green list and welcome the news that islands could be considered separately,” he told Express.co.uk.

“We do believe that safe travel to the Balearics can be resumed with a reliable testing programme pre-departure and prior to returning.

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“Given the position, we feel that travel to the Balearic Islands should be included within the green list and permitted from 17 May onwards.

“We remain hopeful.”

He continued: “The Balearic archipelago has all the infrastructure in place to accommodate visitors in a safe way and our vaccination programme is underway.

“At Palladium Hotel Group, we have all worked extremely hard behind the scenes to initiate reliable safety protocols to ensure that our visitors and staff are safe and can have an enjoyable holiday.

“Our head office is based in Ibiza and we have a number of properties in the Balearic Islands that are particularly popular amongst British travellers.”

Though the green list has yet to be confirmed, Spain’s tourism industry is optimistic travellers will be returning before the end of the summer.

“Our first reopening in Ibiza for summer 2021 is scheduled for 30 April with Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort and Spa which will also be offering the guests COVID tests at the resort if needed,” explained Mr Gozalbo.

“We also have a new property, Palladium Hotel Menorca, scheduled to open in Menorca at the end of May.”

Should Spain, the Balearics or the Canary Islands be categorised as “green” travellers will not need to self-isolate on their return to the UK.

They will, however, be required to take pre-and post-departure COVID-19 tests.

Though the Global Travel Taskforce is set to make a decision on which nations will be categorised as “green”, the Prime Minister has so far remained tight-lipped on the issue. 

“I’d love to be able to give you a clear rundown of the countries that we think will be red, amber or green,” said the PM at a press conference on Monday. 

“We won’t be able to do that at this stage.

“As we have said the Global Travel Taskforce has reported but what they have said is that we are really going to need to wait until early May before we can say which countries are on the list.

“You can see some of the troubles and problems that some of our friends are currently having so I think it would be premature to speculate about that.

“I am sorry about that but we will be saying as much as possible as soon as we can before May 17.”

Holidays: Travel expert hints at 'green islands' including Balearics and Azores

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From May 17, the UK Government will put into action its “traffic light system” for travel, categorisation nations as “red”, “amber” or “green” based on their COVID-19 “risk”. At a recent online event, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps suggested the Government’s Global Travel Taskforce may look at individual archipelagos when categorising.
Although the Government has given no clear indication as to which nations will initially be categorised as “green”, travel expert Simon Calder offered his predictions for holiday islands on Twitter.

In a tweet, he listed the Spanish islands Balearics, Lanzarote, and Fuerteventura, alongside the Portuguese archipelago “Azores excluding Sao Miguel”.

However, he said Greece would be too “tricky” to assess at this stage.

The travel expert further said these were his “candidates for avoiding quarantine on return to UK, though much will change in the next 26 days.”(sic)

On Monday, during a press conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson remained tight-lipped on which nations may be included on the green list.

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He also wanted that even once travel resumed, the “red list” would be “continually assessed” meaning sudden changes could occur.

“I’d love to be able to give you a clear rundown of the countries that we think will be red, amber or green,” said the PM.

“We won’t be able to do that at this stage.

“As we have said the Global Travel Taskforce has reported but what they have said is that we are really going to need to wait until early May before we can say which countries are on the list.

These include vaccination rates, Covid prevalence, the extent of variants and the capacity for genome sequencing of the virus.

Based on this data, the experts found the USA, Gibraltar, Israel, Iceland, Ireland, Malta, Australia and New Zealand could make the cut.

However many of these nations will have their own rules in place which could mean Britons are still unable to visit.

The report also suggested economic and political factors could see regions, such as Spain, being included in the list.

It stated: “Last year, the Spanish and Greek islands were given a lower-risk rating than the mainland and that could happen again this year.”