Total, 12 countries and territories have been added to the green list. Some of these include: Portugal, including the Azores and Madeira; Australia; New Zealand; Singapore; Brunei; Iceland; Faroe Islands; Gibraltar; Falkland Islands; and Israel (including Jerusalem).
On the amber list are Spain, France and Greeceamong other popular destinations for UK travelers.
Turkey will be redlisted from May 12. The same will happen with Maldives and Nepal. Another popular destination in red is Seychelles.
The list of countries has been released this Friday by the Minister of Transport, Grant Sharps.
Spanish government assessments
As sources from the Secretary of State for Tourism have pointed out to HOSTELTUR, “the inclusion of Spain in the‘ amber ’category of the traffic light system announced by the United Kingdom does not have an immediate impact on the arrival of British tourists to our country, since, to this day, Restrictions on non-essential travel from the United Kingdom remain in force in our country, as a consequence of recommendation 2020/912 of the Council of the EU “.
“That is to say, regardless of the category in which Spain is today at the British traffic light, tourists from the United Kingdom are not authorized to enter Spain at the moment,” add the same sources.
“However, Spain is playing a very active role within the EU, advocating that the criteria for lifting these restrictions be made more flexible, in the open discussions after the European Commission’s revision proposal of the aforementioned Recommendation 912”, they indicate from the Secretary of State for Tourism.
“We reaffirm our forecast that in June we will have started the reactivation of international mobility”
“Spain is optimistic with the development of the negotiations and reiterates its conviction that this summer it will be possible for British citizens to spend their holidays, if they so wish, in our country. We reaffirm our forecast that in June we will have begun the reactivation of international mobility “, indicate the aforementioned official sources.In addition, they recall that “in June Spain will implement the Digital Certificate, a tool that, together with the relaxation of restrictions on non-essential travel from third countries, will help facilitate this international mobility.”
“Taking into account the progress of the vaccination plan in Spain and that the Accumulated Incidence is already decreasing, we trust that we will soon enter the green category”
Finally, the Secretary of State for Tourism notes that “the British traffic light system will be periodically updated to adjust to the epidemiological situation of each country. Taking into account the progress of the vaccination plan in Spain, according to the planned calendar, and that the Accumulated Incidence in this fourth wave is already decreasing, we hope to soon enter the green category of the British traffic light system “.