Travel: Double jab rules will be 'boost for economy' says expert
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One of the longest-standing green list destinations for international travel could face the chop in upcoming changes to the travel lists. The Balearic Islands could be consigned to either the amber or red list, meaning holiday-makers will have to quarantine on their return.
The suspected changes are due to a rise in cases across the islands over recent weeks.
Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca, all of which have been on the green ‘watchlist’ for the past two weeks, are now recording a case rate that has tripled in just two weeks to 402 per 100,000 citizens.
Mainland Spain is also suffering from a spike in cases as a third wave begins its grip on much of Europe.
Changes to the travel lists are due to be announced on Thursday.
Travel expert Paul Charles warned this morning: ”Balearics will go amber in Thursday’s traffic light review, but could go straight from green watchlist to red.
“Ministers concerned by high test positivity at 9 percent and daily infections reaching second-highest ever level.”
Transport Secretary Grant Schapps said on Wednesday morning: “I don’t have the information for you, we’ll make that decision once we’ve looked at the latest data and when we make the decision [on the] review due this week.
“But it is entirely true to say that we do expect that countries will move from one category to another, and I hope we’ve been very, very clear, including by introducing things like the green watch list, that when you book, you must make sure that your flight is refundable that your, your hotel booking is amendable because we are living still unfortunately in a world where things can and do change quite quickly.”
However, in the event that the Balearic’s change to the amber list, holidaying there won’t be as much of an issue for double jabbed Brits.
From July 19, they will be able to return from countries on the amber list without spending 10 days in isolation, provided they pass a PCR swab test for Covid.
Mr Shapps told MPs: “The UK has achieved many hard-won gains through our successful vaccination programme, through the continued spirit and determination of the British people.
“July 19 will mark the next step of this cautious re-opening of international travel.
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“Thanks to this Government’s incredible success with the vaccine programme, people in England will be able to travel more easily, visit their families and friends who they have not seen for such a long time, also get business moving again, kick-starting our economy while keeping the UK safe and supporting a wide range of jobs and industries in the process.”
The Transport Secretary explained: “A full vaccination means 14 days have passed since your final dose of the vaccine.”
He also said under-18s will be exempt from the requirement, and that the official guidance not to travel to countries on the amber list will be lifted from the same date.
People returning from holidays from amber destinations will still be required to take a Covid-19 test three days before returning.
Arrivals will also have to take a test on or before the second day of their return, as per the previous restrictions, but will be exempted from the day eight test.
However, more and more countries are now expected to make the green list in Thursday’s announcement, including some of the popular holiday destinations close to the UK.
Italy, Bulgaria and Germany are likely to be added to the list according to Robert Boyle, British Airways former strategy chief.
Further afield, Canada, Hong Kong and Taiwan could all be added to the green list.
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