Ibiza, Mallorca, and Menorca could be added to the Travel Green List
As Downing Street updates travel rules, there is a possibility that double-jabbed holidaymakers will be exempted from quarantine.
On Thursday, Menorca, Mallorca and Ibiza could be added to the UK’s travel greenlist.
The Times suggests that people may also be permitted to travel to Malta for vacation without being quarantined upon their return to the United States.
Sky News’ John Whittingdale, media minister, stated Wednesday that the green listing will be reviewed by Sky News this week. He said that he hoped that more countries would join it.
Tomorrow, the government will announce any changes to red, amber, and green lists.
It is not necessary for people returning from green-list destinations to self-isolate. However, there are no major tourist destinations within that tier.
When the last travel list was reviewed, Portugal was changed from amber to green.
Downing Street indicated that the government is also working to exempt those who have had two Covid jabs, from quarantining upon their return from travel to countries on amber lists.
A spokesperson for No.10 said that they are currently looking into the issue.
“We have not made any final decisions, but we want people to be in a position to travel safely abroad as soon as possible.”
This would allow people to travel to France, Italy and the United States without being isolated.
Boris Johnson, however, warned that whatever happens it will be “a difficult years for travel”.
He said, “There will probably be some hassle and delays. But, the priority has to be to keep this country safe and prevent the virus from coming back in.”
According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, (ECDC), the weekly rate of coronavirus infections per 100,000 people in Malta is only 1.6, while it is 108.4 for the UK.
Before the pandemic, around half a million British tourists visited Malta each year.
Although the ECDC doesn’t publish data for the Balearic Islands (which include Ibiza and Menorca), the weekly case rate across Spain is 48.3.