Last overseas holidays: popular hotspots hope for a greenlist upgrade
The next update on overseas travel is scheduled for Thursday, June 3 and will be in place from June 7.
Holiday hotspots Mallorca, Ibiza, Tenerife and Malta are waiting to see if they will be upgraded from the UK government’s amber category to the green list in the next traffic light system review.
Paul Charles, travel expert and managing director of the PC agency, gave his “ unofficial ” traffic light system based on current infection rates and the percentage of people vaccinated in each country.
He posted a summary on social media outlining the infection figures at different resorts, saying: “We have added the extra column indicating which countries should be on the green list based on infection rates and percentage of the population that has been vaccinated in each country.
“The benchmarks we used are based on knowledge gathered from official sources in the UK and other countries.”
Here are some of the summer destinations most likely to be upgraded.
the Balearic Islands
The Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera are convinced to get the green light from the British government.
Iago Negueruela, the tourism minister for the Balearic Islands, has campaigned for the region to be treated separately from mainland Spain so that British tourists can book vacations without having to quarantine on their return.
He posted on Twitter: “Balearic society has made a titanic effort together over the past year. Now is the time to reap the rewards of the restrictions: we will regain pre-pandemic air connectivity through our health security.”
The islands’ 14-day cumulative coronavirus rate is currently 37.67 cases per 100,000 population, lower than Portugal, which is already on the green list.
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Palma, the capital of the Balearic Islands, and seaside resorts like Magaluf and Ibiza, are open and ready to welcome British travelers again.
The Palma Hotel Association reports that 45 hotels are currently open in the city and predicts that 67 hotels will be operational by the end of June, or 95% of all sites. The reopening of more hotels is currently being driven by the revival of tourism in continental Europe, with Germany and the Netherlands currently leading demand.
the Canary Islands
Tour operators want the popular islands of Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Gran Canaria to be opened due to low infection rates in the region.
Ángel Vázquez, Minister of Tourism Promotion for Lanzarote, said: “British visitors represent almost 50% of total inbound tourism to Lanzarote and many hotels on the island are postponing their reopening dates until tourists Britons can visit us again.
“We would like to point out that in recent weeks the evolution of the pandemic in Lanzarote and the rest of the Canary Islands has improved and we are confident to increase our vaccination rates in the coming weeks.
“We continue to direct a large amount of resources to our tourism sector to allow tourism to restart safely. We look forward to welcoming British travelers to Lanzarote very soon.”
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Malta has announced that it will welcome British holidaymakers vaccinated against Covid-19 from June 1.
Travelers who can show full proof of vaccination received at least 14 days prior to arrival in the country will no longer need to provide a negative PCR test certificate 72 hours prior to or upon arrival.
Malta has the highest Covid-19 vaccination rate in Europe, just ahead of the UK. More than half of the adult population has now been vaccinated with at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while one in five has also received the second dose.
Tolene Van Der Merwe, UK and Ireland Director of the Malta Tourism Authority, said: “We are proud of our long-standing special relationship with Great Britain and the Maltese look forward to tourists returning to enjoy our sun and our culture. , food and a warm spirit year after year. “
Other European countries have already welcomed British holidaymakers to the beaches.
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Tourists will soon be able to visit 20 destinations on the continent without having to quarantine on arrival – although 18 of these welcoming sun-seekers are still on the ‘orange list’.
However, if tourists decide to travel to these ‘Orange List’ destinations, they will have to self-isolate for 10 days and get tested twice upon their return to the UK.
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2, said: “We believe the government is being too cautious and the list of green countries could be expanded with a small increase in risk.”
He said there was currently no benefit from the vaccination program when traveling, adding: “People need a break, people want to get back to normal.”
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