The Balearic Islands are being moved to the UK government’s green list of countries and territories, which are considered safe for travel. According to the government website, the Spanish archipelago will move to the green watch-list at 4am, tomorrow – Wednesday 30th June.
This means that travellers will not have to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in the UK, although they will still need to take a Covid-19 test on or before day two (and quarantine if the result is positive). A test is also required before travel.
The Balearics, which include the popular islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, have traditionally been an important destination for British tourists. In 2019, nearly four million of them spent time in the Mediterranean archipelago, mostly in Mallorca.
The rest of Spain will remain on the amber list, where the UK government tells its citizens they should not travel. Passengers arriving from amber list countries must quarantine at home or in the place they are staying for 10 days, and additionally take a Covid-19 test on or before day two and on or after day eight. A test is also required before travel. The list gets reviewed every three weeks.
Although the UK government considered the possibility of leaving fully vaccinated people out of the quarantine rule, this step has not been taken yet. The World Travel and Tourism Council, an industry group, has written an open letter to the Boris Johnson administration warning that “the UK will lose a staggering £639 million (€740 million) a day during July if international travel remains off limits.”
Meanwhile, German chancellor Angela Merkel, backed by French President Emmanuel Macron, is leading an initiative to make EU countries introduce quarantines for UK travellers upon arrival, as is already the case for British passengers arriving in Germany.
This would be a complicated decision for countries like Spain, Portugal, Greece and Italy, which rely more heavily on British tourism. Spain was one of the first European countries to announce that it would no longer require a PCR test from passengers arriving from Britain.