Spain red list fears easing with experts claiming there’s ‘no chance’ it will move

There has been speculation that Spain may be added to the UK Government high-risk red list category in the new travel review.

However, despite fears that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will plunge the holiday plans of millions into chaos, it now appears that the holiday hotspot, including the Balearic Islands and Canary islands, will maintain its amber status.

There were concerns that people returning home from breaks in the popular holiday destination were pushing up infection figures and spreading the virus in the UK.

But travel experts have moved to reassure holidaymakers that Spain – and other resorts in Greece and France – will remain in the Amber category, meaning returning holidaymakers will not be faced with expensive quarantine periods at UK Government-approved hotels.

Robert Boyle, former director of strategy at IAG, said there was “no chance” Spain would go on the red list.

He said: “The percentage of people returning from Spain who tested positive from July 22 to August 11 was 1.7 per cent.

“This is down from 3.1 per cent in prior three weeks. Both Beta and Gamma variants of Covid are in full retreat in France in the face of Delta.”

Paul Charles, chief executive of The PC Agency, added: “Its infection rate is dropping fast, meaning any variants are very much under control. “Spain’s rates are half those of France and its vaccine rate is 65 per cent fully-jabbed. British tourists there can rest easy.”

It’s also feared there would not be enough hotels to quarantine the number of Britons who would need to return from the holiday hotspot.

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If Spain was added to the red list, it could “risk the collapse” of the UK’s hotel quarantine system, because of the number of holidaymakers who would potentially need to be housed in the quarantine hotels

Mr Charles added: “I’ve had many followers asking about Spain – do not worry. It won’t be going red at the next review. Rates on every level are falling quite sharply, and the vaccination rollout is going strongly, with over 65% of the population fully-jabbed. August Bank Holiday is safe there.”

Travel expert Simon Calder added on Twitter: “No danger of Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, etc joining the red list when the transport secretary announces the next traffic light changes – expected to be on Wednesday 25 August, taking effect on Sunday 29 August.”

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