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UK travel fury as Germans flock to Mallorca – ‘we expect an explanation’

While the UK’s current restrictions limit international travel, Germans are flocking to Mallorca. Jet2 CEO said he was “bewildered” over why Britons couldn’t fly to those destinations.

Jet2 CEO Steve Heapy said: “When you take the UK Government’s own criteria for deciding where holidaymakers can travel to, and apply it to the Balearics, we are left bewildered as to why we cannot fly there.”

Mallorca, which has been a favourite destination of British tourists for decades, is currently on the amber list.

Travel there is not advised and a 10 day quarantine is required on return to the UK.

Manchester Airport Group’s CEO, Charlie Cornish, said EU countries were taking a more positive approach to resuming international travel.

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“Hundreds of thousands of people from places like Germany are travelling freely and safely to low-risk holiday destinations,” he said.

But as Covid-19 rates are lower than ever in Mallorca, German tourists have started arriving in large numbers.

Currently, tourists arriving in Mallorca only need to show a negative antigen test or proof of vaccination.

Palma de Mallorca Airport reported that last month 397,931 tourists arrived from Germany on 3,363 flights, while only 5,813 UK tourists arrived on 333 flights.

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A British expat and bar-owner in Ca’n Picafort, Mallorca, said that with Britons still advised not to travel there, his business is struggling.

“If it weren’t for the Germans, we’d be broke. Ca’n Picafort is rammed with Germans,” he said.

Earlier this week, easyJet announced it was increasing capacity from Germany to Mallorca, to cope with the holiday demand.

“We’ve just recently added 150,000 seats from Berlin into Palma to try meet the huge pent-up demand that has been released from those restrictions lifting,” said easyJet Holidays’ CEO Garry Wilson.

“It is a shame we can’t do the same for UK customers, because we know demand is there,” he said.

The absence of British tourism has angered MAG boss, Charlie Cornish, who said that the UK does not take into account the low virus rates in other countries.

“The Government’s lack of transparency is unacceptable and makes operating a business in the travel sector almost impossible after what has already been the most challenging year in our history,” he said.

Jet2 CEO said he hopes the Government reviews its decision after June 24, when the travel list review is due to take place.

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“If Malta, Balearic and Canary Islands continue to have low infection rates, I expect them to be on the list. If they are not – we expect an explanation.”

MAG together with Ryanair has taken legal action against the Government over the traffic light system. They are suing the Government for the lack of transparency when it comes to deciding which countries qualify for the green list.

The Government has said to be considering the idea of allowing fully vaccinated Britons to travel without having to quarantine when they return from amber list destinations.

Jesse Norman, financial secretary to the Treasury, said: “We don’t want to get left behind by countries who are adopting a two-jabs approach if it can be done safely.”

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Spain holidays: Mallorca to open all hotels despite travel list uncertainty

Over 95 percent of hotels in Palma de Mallorca will be open by end of June, according to the city’s hotel association. Forty-five hotels are currently operating and it has reported that 67 more will be reopening by the end of the month.
Despite being Spain on the amber list, the Balearic Islands have seen thousands of Britons arriving this last week.

The green travel list review will take place on June 3, and Spain hopes to be included this time.

The Canary and the Balearics Islands have asked the Government to be treated separately and to be added to the green list even if mainland Spain doesn’t make it.

Although the Government is considering all the options, according to reports, some of Britain’s favourite island holiday destinations, including Ibiza and Mallorca, could stay on the amber list.

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That is because there are concerns regarding the UK Border controls as the influx of holidaymakers increases.

A source explained to the Times: “The Balearics are hugely popular and the Government is worried about opening up too quickly.

“Opening up to the Balearics would mean a huge increase in Brits leaving the UK.

“There are fears that opening up to hugely popular destinations like the Balearics would overwhelm Border Force while the 100 percent passenger location form checks remain in place.”

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Just a few days ago, controversial images were seen at Palma Airport with agglomerations of passengers waiting for passport control.

There were big crowds of people without any safety distance, in an airport that clearly lacked personnel.

Mallorca airport assured that it was a specific moment due to the arrival of different international flights at the same time and that the agglomeration disappeared in a matter of 15 minutes.

However, many worry that the situation could become unsustainable once the real tourism boom begins.

Mallorca remains positive about the UK Government’s plans and has decided to reopen almost all the hotels in the island.

Palma’s tourist board said the city’s restaurants, galleries and other attractions will also be open and “ready to welcome UK travellers again”.

Business owners in Mallorca are anxiously waiting to see what happens next week and whether the Balearic Islands are finally included on the green list so Britons can avoid quarantine when they come back.

The situation in other holiday spots around Spain is very different.

In Benidorm, for example, only 30 percent of the hotels have reopened, and the city is struggling due to the lack of tourism despite being one of the regions in Spain with fewer Covid cases.

The country opened its borders to Britons last week and tourists don’t need to provide a Covid-19 test when entering anymore.

However, it is still on the amber list, and many holidaymakers can’t afford to quarantine for 10 days on their return to the Uk.

An expat living in Benidorm explained that the city has been severely hit by the pandemic due to the lack of tourism and that despite being Spanish borders opened again for Britons, the beaches are still empty.

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Holiday warning: Ibiza and Mallorca could stay on amber list to avoid border chaos

Some of Britain’s favourite island holiday destinations, including Ibiza and Mallorca, could stay on the list. Travellers returning to the UK from amber list countries must self isolate at home upon return.
Speaking to the Times, one source explained concerns surrounding UK Border controls as the influx of holidaymakers increases.

The insider said: “The Balearics are hugely popular and the Government is worried about opening up too quickly.

“Opening up to the Balearics would mean a huge increase in Brits leaving the UK.

“There are fears that opening up to hugely popular destinations like the Balearics would overwhelm Border Force while the 100 percent passenger location form checks remain in place.”

It follows Spain’s announcement of plans to take part in a pilot test for the European Union’s COVID digital travel certificate.

As of June 7, the nation is set to implement a pilot scheme trialling out the EU’s “digital green pass”.

The document will hold the medical data of those entering or leaving the country.

Spain’s president Pedro Sánchez hailed the move as “great news for the tourism sector in the new stage of hope” that has opened with vaccination.

He added that the creation of the certificate will facilitate mobility among European nations.

He confirmed Spain’s participation in the trial stage in his speech at the opening in Soria of the IV National Fair for the Repopulation of Rural Spain.

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