Green list parties: 13 countries could be added to the list, including the Balearics | Travel News | Travel
Britons may soon have even more options for their summer vacation if the green list expands on Thursday. Up to eight destinations are expected to be added, with the Canary and Balearic Islands among the most favored due to their low rates of Covid infection.
Any new destination added to the green list will become exempt from quarantine.
A number of Caribbean vacation hotspots including Jamaica, Barbados and Grenada, as well as Malta, Morocco and Finland are also pinned as potential green candidates.
Travelers heading to Green List destinations must take a COVID-19 test before departure and another on the second day of their return.
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.
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This will cost £ 1,750 at the passenger’s expense.
Testing will also be part of this package.
Ahead of this afternoon’s update, the Joint Biosafety Center is analyzing data from countries around the world.
Currently, the Balearic Islands, home to Ibiza and Mallorca, are lower than the UK in 14-day infection rate.
They noted 35 cases per 100,000, compared to 44.9 in the UK.
Meanwhile, the Canary Islands are currently registering at 80.8 per 100,000.
While there is some hope for the Canaries, Antonio Mayor, chairman of Benidorm, Costa Blanca and Valencia Hotel Association Hosbec has suggested his numbers may be too high for the UK to consider.
After a meeting with the British Ambassador to Spain, Hugh Elliot, Mr Mayor said: do the same amount of genome sequencing to identify the different strains of Covid. “
Grenada and Morocco also both have lower figures than the UK’s daily infection, placing them alongside Malta as a potential addition to the green list.
When asked if the green list was likely to grow, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: ‘We will try to allow people to travel, because I know a lot of people want it, but we have to be cautious and we continue to put countries on the red list, on the amber 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. “
Experts have also suggested that the Red List could be a long-term feature of travel after Heathrow Airport opened a dedicated Red Arrivals terminal on Tuesday.
Speaking on BBC News, Paul Charles, CEO of the PC Agency, said: “Indeed, Heathrow says it could be necessary for a while and clearly because the vaccine rollout is not at the same rate in the world, it is likely that there will unfortunately be some Red List countries for a while. “
Complete list of destinations likely to be approved today:
- the Canary Islands