The United Kingdom Includes The Balearic Islands In Its ‘green’ List Of Safe Destinations For Tourism

The UK Transport Minister, Grant Shapps, announced this Thursday that England will include the Balearic Islands in the green list of countries to which the country will allow travel without having to quarantine upon return. Scotland and Northern Ireland have made the same decision. The changes will take effect from Wednesday, June 30 at four in the morning.

“We add Malta, Madeira, the Balearic Islands and several British overseas territories and Caribbean islands to the green list. Six countries, including Tunisia and Haiti have been placed on the red list,” said the minister.

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The Executive of the United Kingdom applies a “traffic light” system – green, amber and red – to catalog each country by virtue of the level of contagion and vaccination against the coronavirus.

In “green” (low risk) there are few countries, including Israel and Iceland, while in “amber” is the vast majority of European Union countries, while in “red” there are destinations with a high spread of COVID-19, like India and South America.

Passengers traveling to countries in “green” do not have to do ten days of quarantine upon their return to the UK, but they do in the case of destinations in “amber”, while those returning from a territory in “red” They are required to do isolation in a government designated hotel.

Furthermore, passengers are forced to present a negative PCR test before returning to the UK, but also once they are in the country.

The United Kingdom has a cumulative incidence of 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days. This Thursday, 16,703 new cases have been detected and 60.6% of the population has received the second dose, while 82.9% of the population has received at least the first. In Spain, for its part, the incidence at seven days stands at 43.

“In view of our successful vaccination program, our intention is that later in the summer, arrivals of people who are fully vaccinated will not have to quarantine when traveling from countries included in the amber list,” said the Ministry of Transport. “They will be required to have a test before departure and a test on the second day and any positive results will be sequenced to continue managing the risk of importing variants.”

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