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Ibiza, Majorca And Menorca ‘To Go Back On The UK’s Amber List’

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Ibiza, Majorca And Menorca ‘To Go Back On The UK’s Amber List’

Popular Spanish holiday islands are in danger of being moved on to the amber list only a fortnight after being approved for quarantine-free travel, according to reports.

The Balearic islands, including tourist hotspots Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca, could be set to be moved off the green watchlist - destinations the government considers safe for travel but which could potentially be downgraded to the amber list.

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Those travelling to amber listed countries, such as mainland Spain, have to self-isolate for 10 days on their return to England.

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However, as of July 19 the requirement to quarantine will be scrapped for the fully vaccinated and those aged under 18.

People arriving in the UK from green list destinations are not required to self-isolate.

The Sun, which first reported the alleged travel change, quoted a source saying: "It's all still up for discussion, but the figures aren't great which is why it was on the watch list in the first place."

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The Department for Transport said there was 'nothing to say at the moment' on changes to the Balearic islands' travel status.

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, said Brits should be prepared for any changes to the traffic light system at the next review, which is expected to be announced on Thursday.

Mr Shapps told BBC Breakfast: "We review these every three weeks. I hope we have made very clear to everybody when booking trips at the moment there is always the chance that countries will move around.

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"Some countries may go to the red list, some countries may go to the green, but some may move the other way to the amber list.

"It is a fact of life that they will continue to move around as the virus continues to develop and change globally."

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. Credit: PA
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. Credit: PA

Aside from countries potentially coming off the green list, some could be going the other way, according to an analyst.

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Italy, Germany and Poland are among the destinations most likely to be added to the Government's green travel list, Robert Boyle, former director of strategy at British Airways' parent company IAG, has predicted.

He wrote on his website www.gridpoint.consulting that 'strong candidates' from Europe to be added to the quarantine-free list also included Austria, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Switzerland.

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Topics: News, UK

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