Balearic Islands: GB News hosts discuss move to amber list
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Previously one of the longest-standing members of the green list for travel, the Balearic Islands have been demoted to the amber list following a surge in cases. Ibiza, Mallorca, Formentera, and Menorca, all of which have been on the green ‘watchlist’ for the past two weeks, are now recording a case rate that has tripled in just two weeks to 402 per 100,000 citizens.
Mainland Spain is also suffering from a spike in cases as a third wave begins its grip on much of Europe.
However, from July 19, those who have received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine will be able to travel to the Balearic Islands without the need to quarantine upon their return.
The move will therefore disproportionately affect young holidaymakers, who are less likely to have received their second dose of a vaccine.
The change has been met with some anger from experts in the travel industry.
A spokesperson for ABTA – The Travel Association said it was a step back for the travel industry.
They said: “Thousands of travel jobs and businesses are in desperate need of a successful summer season, and this further emphasises the urgent need for tailored financial support for a sector that has struggled to make any meaningful revenue for almost 18 months now.
“Helpfully, from Monday, fully-vaccinated travellers returning to England, Scotland and Wales from amber list countries will no longer need to self-isolate or take an additional test on day eight, so this will minimise the disruption for vaccinated holidaymakers, but quarantine for non-vaccinated travellers remains a significant obstacle.
“Consumer confidence is essential if the industry is to trade its way out of this crisis, so the Government must be more transparent about the criteria being used to move countries between the green, amber and red lists to allow travel businesses and customers alike to plan ahead.”
Tim Alderslade, chief executive of Airlines UK – representing British-registered carriers, said: “Today’s announcement reinforces the belief that the current government framework for international travel is not working as it was designed to.
“While the vaccination programme is permitting a full reopening of the domestic economy, international travel between safe countries – with low infections and high vaccination rates – is still being portrayed as though it is a serious danger to public health.
“Moving countries between the tiers like this is shattering consumer trust during an already unpredictable booking season.
“It is time the Government implemented a consistent and transparent travel policy, rather than the current rollercoaster ride of changes, which is condemning international travel to the status of second-class citizen.”
Miles Morgan, who runs a chain of travel agencies, warned: “Youngsters will now holiday down in Newquay where case rates are higher than the Balearics.
“UK cases will explode still further. Where is the sense in that?”
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How do you pronounce Balearic?
Balearic is pronounced: Ba – lee – a – ruck.
The archipelago is made up of more than 150 islands – with four main ones.
These are Ibiza, Majorca, Formentera, and Menorca, all of which are some of the UK holidaymakers favourite destinations.
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