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Balearics holidays setback as Covid cases soar

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Many holidaymakers could be caught by changes

Tourists and the travel industry have been plunged into renewed chaos after the Balearics were downgraded from the green list to amber.

Two weeks after being given quarantine-free travel status, the popular Spanish islands, which include Majorca, Ibiza and Mallorca, have seen a surge in Covid infections.

According to the Spanish government, case rates on the Balearics have more than tripled in the past two weeks.

The islands were added to the green watchlist at the end of June, encouraging thousands of British holidaymakers to make late bookings.

The latest revision to the amber list means that from next Monday those arriving in the UK who have not received two vaccinations would need to self-isolate for 10 days and take two PCR tests. This is likely to hit younger travellers.

Bulgaria and Hong Kong have been put on the green list but Croatia and Taiwan are on the ‘green watch list’ which means they can be reverted back to amber at any moment. 

The latest decision was taken on a four nations basis, and will also see the British Virgin Islands removed from the green list.  Both islands will become amber, and travellers must follow isolation and testing rules that apply.

Scottish Minister Mairi McAllan said: “From the outset we have said caution is required regarding international travel and people should think very carefully about travelling abroad as situations can suddenly change.

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“When we added the Balearic Islands to the green list we said we would be closely monitoring the data, and the increase in cases we have seen means we now have to take it off the green list.”

Travellers currently returning from red list countries are required to enter managed isolation. Amber list returnees must self-isolate at home with two PCR tests on days 2 and 8. Travellers returning from green list countries are not required to isolate, with a PCR test on day 2.

UK residents arriving from amber list countries who have been fully vaccinated by the NHS, and have received their second dose at least 14 days before travel, will not need to isolate and will only need to take a day 2 PCR test. 

A system is in place to provide people with a record of their vaccination status if they need this for international travel, and this certificate should be requested on NHS Inform or via the helpline at least 14 days in advance of travelling internationally.

Commenting on movements on the stock market, Danni Hewson, AJ Bell financial analyst, said: “There have been falls across the board today with TUI the biggest loser. 

“The Balearics is a big draw for Brits looking for a spot of sunshine and there will already be a considerable number of tourists lounging around the pool worrying about what they’ll be faced with when they return.”



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