Canary and Balearic Islands Green List Snubbed – Green List Hopes dashed for islands | Travel News | Travel

Green list status would mean there was no need to quarantine on return for UK holidaymakers.

Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, among the other Balearic Islands, are not on the list.

This was the first Green List review, and many vacationers and tourism professionals will be disappointed.

It was thought that there was a “good chance” that the countries would be on the list.

Antonio Mayor, president of the Benidorm, Costa Blanca and Valencia Hotel Association Hosbec said: “We have been told that the Autonomous Community of Valencia, which includes the Costa Blanca, would not be treated any differently from the rest of mainland Spain despite its low rate of coronavirus.

“The impression I was left with was that there was a good chance that the Balearic Islands would be included in the next green list but not necessarily the Canary Islands as they don’t do the same amount of genome sequencing to identify the different strains of Covid. “

Portugal is on the verge of leaving the green list and being moved to the orange list, we learned.

Which countries are likely to be added to the green list?

It had been thought that a number of Caribbean vacation hotspots, including Jamaica, Barbados and Grenada, as well as Malta, Morocco and Finland would be added to the list.

If one of the planned nations passes, vacationers who fly will only be required to self-isolate upon their return home if one of their tests returns with a positive result.

However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he “would not hesitate” to switch countries from green to amber or red if necessary.

Speaking of all the upcoming travel updates, the Prime Minister said, “You have to wait and see what the Joint Biosecurity Center says and what the travel recommendations are.

“We’re going to try… to allow people to travel, because I know a lot of people want it, but we have to be careful and we have to keep putting countries on the red list, on the orange list, when necessary.

“I want you to know that we will not hesitate to move countries from the green list to the amber list to the red list, if we have to.

“The priority is to continue the deployment of the vaccine, to protect the population of this country. “

The CEO of travel consultancy, The PC Agency, and former Virgin Atlantic & Eurostar director Paul Charles said of the news: “This move will further threaten tens of thousands of jobs in the industry. aviation and travel, not to mention further undermining consumer confidence.

“The data shows that several countries should be green, so the government’s decision defies logic.

“Summer is suffocated by a politics of fear.”

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