The Government of the United Kingdom will keep Spain out of its list of safe destinations and will remove Portugal from the “green list” of international destinations that the British are allowed to visit without serving a ten-day quarantine upon their return, as advanced this Thursday the public channel BBC.
Portugal was the only country in the European Union (EU) that the British Government considered until now as a safe destination for its citizens based on the level of covid-19 infections, progress in the vaccination program and the prevalence of new variants of the coronavirus.
The country will now go to “amber list”, which also includes countries such as Spain, Greece and France, a classification that forces travelers to isolate themselves when returning home and pass three coronavirus tests, one before flying to the United Kingdom and another two during the mandatory quarantine.
The Conservative Executive Boris Johnson urges the British not to travel to destinations classified as “amber”, despite the fact that displacement is not prohibited, not even those on the “red list”.
Despite speculation in recent days about the possible inclusion of tourist islands such as the Balearic and Canary Islands in the “green list”, the British Government has decided do not add any territory to that category for now, according to the BBC.
This decision implies a blow to the aspirations of the Spanish tourism sector, since for now the British will have to quarantine on their return if they visit Spain. The Government of Pedro Sánchez hoped that, at least the islands, could enter that green list.
The list review known this Thursday is not final. The relationship of safe destinations is updated without a fixed periodicity, although it is usually updated every two to three weeks.
At present, the British Executive is particularly concerned about the possible import of variants of coronavirus that may show some resistance against vaccines.
The advance of the Delta variant, first detected in India, more contagious than the predominant one so far in the United Kingdom, has questioned in recent days the de-escalation roadmap Johnson, who plans to remove all restrictions against the pandemic on June 21.