Is Marbella on the green list? Latest travel update for Spain and Spanish islands
The Government has announced additions to the green list today, announcing 12 new areas which can be travelled to quarantine free. However, 11 of these areas are on the Government’s green watch list, meaning they could turn amber at a moment’s notice. So what about Spain? And popular holiday destinations like Ibiza, Majorca and Marbella?
So is Marbella on the green list?
While the Balearic Islands have been added to the green list, unfortunately, Marbella is part of mainland Spain and so cannot be travelled to freely.
Spain and The Canary Islands are remaining on the amber list for the foreseeable future.
The Balearic Islands are an archipelago in the western Mediterranean Sea made up of several islands.
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These include holiday hotspots Menorca, Ibiza and Mallorca.
While the Canary Islands – which are still on the amber list – include Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and La Palma.
Mr Shapps said the Government would continue to take a “cautious” approach to reopening foreign travel.
However, he said the rollout of the coronavirus vaccination programme meant they could start to look at plans for easing restrictions on travel from amber list countries as well.
From 4am on Wednesday 30 June, the following areas will be added to the UK’s green list
- The Balearic Islands
- British Antarctic Territory
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Pitcairn Islands
- Turks and Caicos Islands
Brits hoping for news on travelling after being double vaccinated need to wait until next month for further details.
Mr Shapps said the rollout of the coronavirus vaccination programme meant they could start to look at plans for easing restrictions on travel from amber list countries as well.
He tweeted: “Thanks to our successful vaccination programme, our intention is that later in the summer UK residents who are fully vaccinated will not have to isolate when travelling from amber list countries.
“We’ll set out further details next month.”
Despite the addition of key holiday destinations like Ibiza and Mallorca, the Government has been criticised for not adding more countries to the list.
Virgin Atlantic chief executive Shai Weiss said there was no reason to keep the United States on the amber list.
He said: “The Government’s own evidence shows that the US is low risk and should be added to the green list now.
“Whilst the transatlantic corridor is closed, £23 million in economic value each day is restricted.”
However, Mr Shapps defended the decision not to go further, saying that protecting public health remained the top priority.
He said: “It’s right that we continue with this cautious approach, to protect public health and the vaccine rollout as our top priority while ensuring that our route out of the international travel restrictions is sustainable.”
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