Spain stays on amber list

The UK has announced its much-anticipated changes to its travel traffic light system, and after increased speculation, the tourist industry here on the southern Costa Blanca has breathed a sigh of relief as Spain stays on the amber list. It is hoped that Brits will now be booking even more trips to Spain over the coming weeks. The next update is scheduled for three weeks time.
Canada and Denmark are among the seven countries moving to the green list in the latest changes to Covid restrictions. Finland, the Azores, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Lithuania are also moving to the green list. But while Canada is on the green list, it currently has a ban on British nationals entering the country.
Thailand and Montenegro are being added to the UK government’s red list – meaning they are considered to be among the highest-risk destinations.
Most countries are on the amber list. This means that fully-vaccinated adults do not have to quarantine on their return from these locations, but do have to have tests before leaving and when they get back. Those who have not had both vaccines have to isolate at home for 10 days, as well as having the Covid tests.
The Department for Transport said the changes were being made to the red list to reflect “the increased case rates in these countries and the higher risk that travel from these countries poses to UK public health”.
For now Brits can travel to Spain safe in the knowledge that their fortnights holiday can be enjoyed without worrying that the country might ‘turn red’ leaving them with a scramble to get home or face paying for expensive self-isolation in a government-approved quarantine hotel. As rates are generally dropping across Spain it’s doubtful a red-list move will be a concern under the next review and with the vaccine programme continuing to teens and school age children a green list move could well be within reach.
Airlines UK, which represents UK-registered carriers, said the “small number of green destinations “was making international travel “more expensive, burdensome and uncertain compared to other countries”.
A spokesman said: “Too many families are having to look over their shoulders for rule changes and pay through the nose for tests, with no sign from government that this will change.
“As has already happened across Europe, it’s time for a more proportionate system where tests are dropped for the fully-vaccinated and from destinations where Covid risks are low, with tougher measures targeted at a small number of high risk countries.”