Spain’s Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya says the UK’s approach to green listing countries should be regionalised.
Balearic Islands, Canary Islands and Valencia should be on Green List for Holiday Travel. With the Balearic Islands, Canary Islands and Valencia all comparing favorably to the UK rates of infection, many parts of Spain are safe to visit. However, Spain remains on the amber list for holiday travel.
From 17 May it will no longer be illegal to holiday abroad. Spain is currently reporting that 30% of Spaniards have been vaccinated with at least their first dose. Six million of these people are reported to be fully double vaccinated. It is estimated that the remainder of Spain will be fully vaccinated within 3 months.
TUI and easyJet have announced they are opening up Amber list countries for travel to give holiday makers the choice of traveling now that the travel ban has been been lifted. A free 14 day pre travel change is also offered before the end of August for those people still wary of committing to booking.
Most Amber rated countries will still require strict quarantining on return for 10 days as per the current regulations.
Green rated countries will require a covid test before departure, and a further test on returning to the UK.
Grant Shapps stated that holidays abroad will not be illegal from Monday 17 May, however, travel to amber countries for leisure is still being advised against.
EasyJet and TUI will still continue offering flights and packages to Amber countries, letting customers make the choice. Additionally, they can make fee-free changes up to 24 hours prior to departure.
EasyJet are still not offering holidays to any Red list countries.
Currently the Green listed countries stands as:
- New Zealand
- Falkland Islands
- Faroe Islands
- South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands
- St Helena, Tristan de Cunha and Ascension Island
There are also talks of subsidized test packages ranging from £20-90 to assist travellers.
Testing on return to the UK from any overseas travel will still be required at the moment.
TUI reports a large spike in bookings for Winter 2021 and Summer 2022. Showing consumers are ready to travel again soon.