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Spain will not go on the Red List on next Government Travel Update?

Spain travel update: ‘No chance’ of country going on red list at next review as Covid cases drop, experts say

Spain travel update: ‘No chance’ of country going on red list at next review as Covid cases drop, experts say

Travel experts have said they are confident the Government will not add Spain to the red list as the country’s infection rate is dropping and doing so could risk the collapse of the hotel quarantine system.

Spain is currently on the amber list but there had been concerns it could be moved up to red at the next travel review, after data showed a high proportion of travellers returning from the country had tested positive for Covid.  

However, latest figures published on Thursday showed Spain’s 14-day average case rate is at 457 infections per 100,000 people, down from 604 the previous week, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevent and Control.

The next travel is due on 25 August, with ministers expected to consider Thursday’s figures in the decision-making process. Any new restrictions, if imposed, are likely to come in from 29 August.

Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy the PC Agency, said there was “no chance” of Spain being moved into the red list.

“Its infection rate is dropping fast, meaning any variants are very much under control,” he said.

“Spain’s rates are half those of France and its vaccine rate is 65 per cent fully-jabbed. British tourists there can rest easy.”

“There are far too many people in Spain to be put into hotel quarantine and I think the Government would not want to risk the collapse of that system,” he said.

“More interesting is whether the Government will use the data and see if there are any Covid hotspots or put a blanket ban on all of Spain and its islands,” he added. 

We would always advise customers travelling to consider whether they can isolate should the rules change and ensure “to purchase a good travel insurance to protect them and consider their choice and style of holiday.”

We would like to think ministers would not put Spain on the red list, there would be “a lot of controlled chaos” if they did.

Within the travel sector we all know how to deal with type of thing now pretty quickly.

It would be interesting to know if its younger unvaccinated people coming back to the UK with the infections as that then suggests keep it Amber but unvaccinated need to quarantine.

We think this has prompted many to not consider Spain at present and head to alternatives like the Greek Islands, Malta, Croatia and further afield like the Caribbean so, for the UK travel industry, travellers just pivot and go elsewhere.

As for Spain, it’s not great as it will impact them financially with tourism being a big part of their GDP. Hopefully it will always be in the short-term while more people are able to be vaccinated and the infection numbers can start to dwindle.

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