4 Aug, 2021 @ 14:24
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Spain will not go onto the red travel list according to ‘Whitehall sources’ as COVID-19 cases fall

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Tourists wearing face covering walk by the Levante beach of Benidorm, a seaside resort on the eastern coast of Spain, where the tourism industry has been hit hard by the latest 14-day quarantine requirement by the British government for all tourists that travel from Spain because of its high levels of COVID-19 cases. Picture date: Thursday July 30, 2020.

REPORTS strongly suggest today(August 4) that Spain will be not be transferred to the ‘red’ list on tomorrow’s anticipated UK government ‘traffic-light’ travel system review.

The Times newspaper quotes a Whitehall source as saying that the 10-day mandatory hotel quarantine system could not cope with a flood of British holidaymakers returning from a ‘red-listed’ Spain.

Another factor is the falling number of COVID-19 cases in Spain.

Officials said that Spain would remain on the current amber list and not go on any amber plus watchlist that warns of a possible switch to red.

The source told The Times: “Spain won’t be going on the amber watchlist”.

“The only danger is it going red but that’s very unlikely.

“Cases are coming down and they haven’t got enough beds to quarantine everybody. So it’s not going to happen.”

The UK government earlier this week backtracked on introducing a new traffic-light category amidt concerns over confusion for holidaymakers.

It also pledged to make the system ‘simpler’.


Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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