//Balearics put back on amber list

Balearics put back on amber list

The Balearic Islands will be added to England’s amber list from next Monday (July 19) in the latest shake-up of the traffic light system

Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca turn amber, while Hong Kong and Bulgaria are added to the green list.

The change means that travellers who are not fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for up to 10 days if they return to the UK from the Balearics after 4am on Monday.

Holidaymakers who have received both vaccines will not need to isolate but they will need to take a test before they return to the UK, and on the second day after returning home.

The Balearic Islands (which include Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera) have only been on the green list for two weeks before returning to the amber list.

But Covid cases on the popular holiday islands have risen to 258 cases per 100,000 people.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps announced that the British Virgin Islands were also being moved to the amber list.

In a major boost for holidaymakers, Bulgaria and Hong Kong were added to the green list, while Croatia and Taiwan were placed on the green watchlist, which means they are at risk of being moved back to amber at any time.

Cuba, Indonesia, Myanmar and Sierra Leone will be moved to the red list from the amber list.

Shapps said: “Travel is not the same as it was before the global pandemic. Clearly if you’re booking to a green watchlist country you need to make sure you can get your money back and change accommodation.”

Last week, the government announced that double-jabbed Brits will no longer need to quarantine when returning to England from an amber list country from July 19.

A spokesperson for ABTA said: “Today’s decision to move the Balearic Islands to the amber list is a step back for the travel industry. 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 19 July, 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.

“The government also needs to continue to capitalise on the successful vaccine rollout by expanding the green list in line with scientific evidence and reducing the need for and cost of testing, which is a significant barrier to travel for many people. Sufficient border control resource must also be provided at our ports and airports to help make travel as smooth as possible.”