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Ibiza And Magaluf Set To Be On Government's Green List

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Ibiza And Magaluf Set To Be On Government's Green List

If, like many, you can't wait for that first dose of warm air hitting you as you step off your first plane abroad, your luck might be in because there are up to 30 countries that are expected to go on the government's 'green list' for summer holidays.

Countries believed to be included are the Canary Islands, Portugal's Azores, as well as the Balearic Islands which consist of: Mallorca/Majorca (same island, different name), Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.

We've waited so long for this. Credit: PA
We've waited so long for this. Credit: PA

According to the Telegraph, these destinations have high vaccination rates and low prevalence of Covid-19 which puts them in a strong position to be included on the 'green list'.

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It's thought that tourists may be able to visit places on the green list as early as 17 May meaning that upon return to the UK, you wouldn't have to quarantine.

The green list is part of a traffic light system where countries are assessed based on the percentage of their population who have been vaccinated, the rate of infection, the presence of any concerning variants, and the country's access to reliable scientific data.

Dalt Vila, Ibiza. Credit: PA
Dalt Vila, Ibiza. Credit: PA

These risk factors will determine whether a country is on the UK's red, amber or green travel list. The list your destination country is on will determine which travel restrictions apply to you.

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Travellers to green list countries will need to take a PCR test before they depart and then another PCR test on or before day 2 of arriving back in the UK. Quarantine isn't required.

Amber and red list arrivals to the UK will have to take a test before departure. When arriving back to the UK, those travellers will need to self-isolate for 10 days. Amber country arrivals can isolate at home and have the option for a 'test to release', on day five to end self-isolation early.

Magaluf, Mallorca. Credit: PA
Magaluf, Mallorca. Credit: PA

Foreign travel started to look more likely after the government confirmed that coronavirus passports will be available 'as soon as possible' and Spain declared itself 'desperate to welcome' UK visitors.

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Many popular tourist destinations will require international visitors to have been vaccinated or recently tested before they can enter.

The development of a coronavirus passport, also known as a health certificate, will enable UK holidaymakers to meet that obligation.

A Department for Transport spokeswoman said: "We are working on a solution to enable residents to prove their Covid-19 status, including vaccination status, to other countries on the outbound leg.

"We are working on this as a priority and intend to have the solution ready as soon as possible."

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Maspalomas, Gran Canaria. Credit: PA
Maspalomas, Gran Canaria. Credit: PA

Once international travel is allowed again, there is always a risk that a new Covid-19 variant could be brought back into the UK which could be more resistant to the vaccine.

Grant Schapps has stressed the importance of treading very carefully as travel is reintroduced.

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Topics: UK News, News, Coronavirus, UK

Rebecca Shepherd
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