The decision may open the doors of the Spanish tourism market to 34 million Britons who will not have to go through the “self-isolation” of ten days when they return from destinations such as Madrid, Barcelona or Malaga.

British Prime Minister Boris JohnsonAndrew Parsons

The British Government will probably lift the quarantine requirement for those vaccinated with a full schedule who visit countries on the amber list such as Spain as of July 19. The decision, to be announced tomorrow, Thursday, opens the doors of the Spanish tourist market to 34 million british that they will not have to go through the “self-isolation” of ten days when they return from destinations such as Madrid, Barcelona or Malaga.

Until now, only the Balearic Islands (included for a week in the “green” list) escaped this requirement, questioned as excessive by airlines such as Ryanair, which took the British Government to court and awaited a ruling this Friday.

The lifting of restrictions on travel to countries in mbar (which also affects Europeans residing in the United Kingdom) is part of the new strategy of the Government of Boris Johnson, with the impulse of the new Secretary of Health, Sajid Javid.

Johnson is determined to “reopen” the country from July 19 and despite having reached 28,773 daily cases Tuesday, the highest since mid-January. Javid acknowledged in Parliament this week that the number of daily cases could skyrocket to 100,000 a day, due to the spread of the delta or Indian variant. Even so, he expressed his confidence that almost the entire adult population is vaccinated in mid-September and that this will serve as a “wall of protection” against the new wave next fall.

Boris anticipated this week that his Government was in talks with the tourism industry “to abolish the requirement of isolation for those vaccinated with the full schedule upon the return of countries on the amber list”, which include Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Portugal and most European destinations.

Currently, visitors to amber countries are forced to keep 10 day quarantine upon return (and be tested on the second and eighth days) regardless of vaccination status. The British Government signed a contract of more than 100 million euros with the private company Mitie to make up to 10,000 visits a day and call three to five times a day, with fines of 1,000 to 10,000 euros for offenders.

As of July 19, British tourists who visit Spain and who are vaccinated with the full schedule will avoid quarantine, although will be required to undergo a PCR at the starting point and another two days after arrival, although they can continue with their lives without restrictions if they test negative.

The British Government will review its traffic light system again before that date, with the possible revision of the “green” list, which currently includes 27 destinations such as Malta, Madeira, Gibraltar or the Balearic Islands. Heathrow airport has announced a pilot plan with the creation of special lanes for passengers vaccinated with a full schedule.


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