Holiday Islands May Get Green Light: Travel Hotspots from Greek, Canary and Balearic Islands Can Be Added to Quarantine-Free List
- Minister said that ‘island approach to border measures’ will be taken where possible
- It offers views of summer trips to the Greek, Canary and Balearic Islands
- Move could also see other islands in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean opening up
- Green list will be revised next week with announcement possibly Thursday
Some of the most popular vacation islands can be added to the quarantine-free ‘green’ list – even if their mainland isn’t, ministers say.
It offers the prospect of summer travel to the Greek, Canary and Balearic Islands as the next tranche of green-listed countries is announced next month, even though Spain and Greece remain amber.
In response to a Member of Parliament’s question about using the traffic light system to reopen international travel, Aviation Minister Robert Courts said: ‘The government will take an island approach to border measures whenever possible.
It casts the prospect of a summer trip to the Greek, Canary and Balearic Islands as the next tranche of Green List countries is announced next month, even as Spain and Greece remain amber (photo: the Greek island of Santorini)
“Changes to the country system of traffic lights will be reviewed and implemented every three weeks unless there is evidence that we need to act faster to protect public health.”
The move could also see other islands in the Caribbean and Mediterranean open up to vacationers disconnected from their mainland.
The green list will be revised next week with a formal announcement, possibly on Thursday, with the changes taking effect on June 7.
British Airways boss Sean Doyle said an ‘island policy’ was crucial to get tourism back on track and unlock holidays for millions of Britons.
The green list will be revised next week with a formal announcement, possibly Thursday, with the changes taking effect on June 7 (file photo of passengers in the arrivals hall at Heathrow Airport last August)
British Airways boss Sean Doyle (pictured above) said an ‘islands policy’ was crucial to get tourism back on track and unlock holidays for millions of Britons
But it came when Austria joined Germany yesterday, banning British tourists for fear of the Indian Covid variety.
Great Britain joins Brazil, India and South Africa on the Austrian list of ‘virus variant states’. Only Austrian nationals or people with residency rights are allowed to enter the country from Great Britain. Direct flights from the UK will be discontinued from 1 June.
Nearly a million Britons visit Austria every year, but if the ban continues, leisure trips to the country, popular with skiers, will be off limits this summer.