The UK’s travel roadmap out of lockdown is set to be revealed this week, but only a handful of countries are expected to be on the “green” travel list. Holiday hotspot islands in Spain are expected to be kept off the UK’s “green” travel list, despite reporting fewer coronavirus cases than the mainland.
Islands set to be on the “amber list” includes the Balearics, where the rate of coronavirus cases is less than a quarter of that in Spain, and the Canary Islands, which has vaccinated nearly a third of its adult population.
It is thought that Portugal could be the only major European holiday destination on the “green” travel list.
Iago Negueruela, the Balearic’s tourism minister, told The Telegraph: “The British Government [should] take the epidemiological situation of separate regions into account, rather than different countries.
“We have…the technology available to sequence the virus and its strains at a higher percentage than any other region [one of four factors set by the UK Government]. We have made huge efforts to contain the pandemic, and the epidemiological figures for the Islands are among the best in Europe.”
Meanwhile, Greece started a major campaign to vaccinate people living on its 85 islands by May to ensure that the country was safe for the return of holidaymakers…