The popular Spanish holiday islands are at risk of being moved to the Amber List just a fortnight after being approved for travel without a quarantine, according to reports.
The Balearic Islands, including tourist hotspots of Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca, could be removed from the green watch list on Wednesday due to the increase in cases.
Those traveling to Orange List countries, such as mainland Spain, must self-isolate for 10 days upon their return to England.
However, from July 19, the quarantine requirement will be removed for fully vaccinated people and those under the age of 18.
The Sun, which first reported the alleged trip change, quoted a source as saying: “Everything is still to be discussed, but the numbers are not good, which is why he was on the watch list first. location.”
The Transport Department said there was “nothing to say at this time” about changes to the Balearic Islands travel status.
Aside from countries potentially off the green list, some could go the other way, according to an analyst.
Italy, Germany and Poland are among the destinations most likely to be added to the government’s green travel list, predicted Robert Boyle, former chief strategy officer at British Airways parent company IAG.
He wrote on his website www.gridpoint.consulting that the “strong candidates” from Europe to be added to the non-quarantine list also included Austria, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Switzerland. .
People arriving in the UK from Green List destinations are not required to self-isolate.
There are reasons for Hong Kong and Taiwan to be on the green list as well, he added, as Canada was also looking for a decent bet, although the North American country does not currently allow visitors. from the United Kingdom.
The UK is battling its own summer spike in cases, with another 36,660 laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 cases reported at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
Government data also recorded that another 50 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday – the biggest daily increase since April 9 – bringing the country’s total to 128,481.
Government travel lists are expected to be updated on Thursday, although reports have suggested it could happen 24 hours earlier, with Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps facing media Wednesday morning.
Travel expert Boyle also predicted that Indonesia and Sierra Leone could move from Amber List to Red List, while Bahrain could move in the opposite direction due to the “drop in the number of case”.
People arriving in the UK from a redlisted location are required to spend 11 nights in a quarantine hotel, priced at £ 1,750 for solo travelers.
This is because a couple were not allowed to travel to Malta due to an Indian-made Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine batch, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Boris Johnson recently sought to play down concerns that up to five million Britons could be barred from taking vacations in the European Union because their vaccinations are not recognized by his passport system.
The problem centers on the doses manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, known as Covishield.
Although it is identical to other AstraZeneca vaccines, it has not been authorized by the European regulator and therefore is not recognized by the EU.