Spain's Balearic Islands slip back to amber on England's travel list

Airport passengers in Spain. File photograph.
Airport passengers in Spain. File photograph. / SUR
  • The tourist hotspots of Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca have only been on the green list for some two weeks

The UK government's Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced this Wednesday that the Balearic Islands, which include the tourist hotspots of Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca, will be moved back to England's amber travel list, rejoining the mainland Spain and the Canaries that have not budged from it.

Shapps said the move will take effect from 4am (UK time) on Monday and it comes only two weeks after the islands were moved to the green list.

The transport secretary said, "We've seen the infection and positivity rates double, meaning that we're going to need to move quickly, as we said we might always have to do."

People travelling to amber-list countries currently have to isolate for 10 days and take two PCR tests on their return to England.

But from 19 July the requirement to quarantine back home will be scrapped for those people fully-vaccinated by the NHS, and those aged under 18. They will still have to take a test three days before returning the UK and take a PCR test on day two - but not on day eight – after their return.

"Travelling at the moment is not the same as it was before there was a global pandemic," the transport secretary said. "It does mean that when people book, particularly if you're booking to a green watchlist country, you need to make sure you can get your money back or rebook your holiday whenever required."