“But it will mean, I’m afraid, for some people, that they will have to come home and they will have to do those ten days of quarantine, or five days with Test to Release which is still available to everybody.”
It may be people can end quarantine early if they pay for a private COVID-19 test, through the Test to Release scheme.
Some who have been in a country or territory on the amber list in the 10 days before they arrive in England may be eligible for this scheme.
They will need to quarantine for 10 days on arrival, but under Test to Release, they can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test on day five.
If this result is negative – and the day two test results was negative or inconclusive – then they can end their quarantine.
As coronavirus restrictions ease around the world, international travel remains uncertain – with the UK Government implementing a traffic light system which can be altered at a moment’s notice should cases spike. Under the system, only green list countries can be travelled to freely, however, there aren’t many on the list – disappointing those hoping for a week in the sun.
In the latest travel update, 16 areas were added to the green list, including the popular Spanish Balearic Islands.
This meant holiday hotspots like Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera are now open for travel to Brits, without having to isolate on return to the UK.
However, mainland Spain remains on the amber list, and there are fears the archipelago could be upgraded to amber at a moment’s notice.
And new guidelines in Spain mean unvaccinated British visitors will have to provide proof of a negative test before travel.
Spain’s Balearic Islands have faced devastation as a result of the UK’s travel restrictions, with the nation currently off-limits to leisure travellers. According to local officials, hundreds of hotels in Majorca have made the decision to further suspend reopening until Britons are welcomed back.
Typically, before the COVID-19 pandemic took its hold, around 2.3 million Britons visit Majorca every year.
This figure makes up around 26 percent of the destination’s total tourist traffic according to ABC Mallorca.
However, amid ongoing global restrictions, this figure has plummeted.
As a result, hoteliers in the region say there is an “immense void” that has been created by the lack of British visitors.
The Mallorca Hotel Federation (FEHM) are insisting the destination is safe and all coronavirus rules will be followed to keep it that way.
Around 524 hotels associated with FEHM are now open, almost three times more than just two months ago.
Although the arrival of British tourists is “the great unknown” this season, tourism from other parts of Europe is beginning to pick up as nation’s ease their own restrictions.
Currently, the Balearics are having to rely on tourism from the mainland of Spain, as well as the Netherlands and Denmark.
The region is also looking to its main German market, which usually makes up 40 percent of its tourism.
The British market is the second most important for the islands, following German tourists and until Britons are allowed to travel without going into quarantine on their return, the rest of the hotels say they won’t open.
Hoteliers hope the implementation of the COVID passport on July 1 will boost the recovery of the tourism industry.
María José Aguiló stressed: “It is necessary to continue complying with the rules to avoid reversing the positive situation. We cannot afford it.”
Hotel leaders say they want Majorca to be regarded as a “reference destination” for Covid safety.
As of June 21, 25.5 percent of those in the Balearic Islands are fully vaccinated.
Over the previous seven days cumulative, there have been 19 new cases of coronavirus per 100,000 of the population.
By comparison, as of June 15, in the UK this figure sits at 85.1.