Speculating British ministers are doing more harm than good in the UK.

Speculating British ministers are doing more harm than good in the UK.

21-02-2017Xesca Serra¶

Interesting to see that the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is now talking travel restrictions. Now the UK travel industry, not to mention the general public, has to try and make some sense of what not only Raab is saying but also the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

Shapps has been slightly more guarded over the past few days saying that the next review of the traffic light system is not until next week and, in the meantime, they will be monitoring all the data before any decisions are made.

However, yesterday morning he did let slip, while trying to defend France being excluded from the UK’s so-called open doubled-jab borders, that “some people will unfortunately end up missing out on a foreign holiday this summer.” Very comforting I am sure for those still holding out for an overseas break in the Balearics, for example, where 150,000 Britons are currently enjoying the islands and more are booked to come.

What ever happens at the next review of the traffic lights, any new restrictions will not come into force until Monday, August 9, so there is still time for a “safe” holiday. But, on top of Shapps’s little nugget, Raab has revealed that a new classification could be introduced, the amber watch list with Spain, Italy and Greece currently being tipped to join the new club.

Shapps’s message is hold tight until concrete decisions are made but there is so much negative speculation and mixed messages, it is enough to put Britons off booking a foreign holiday.


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Lisa / Hace 6 months

Is it about safety? Or is it politics?

Travelling visitors have to take multiple tests. Generally they are going to be Covid free.

Yet in the UK masses of football fans, without masks and mostly drunk are really not socially distanced. Plus - increasing figures for cases and no masks???? Covid is over in the UK apparently... hummmm.

Europe accepts double vaccinated Brits, but the UK is ‘thinking about’ recognising double vaced Europeans. Humm .... none of this feels very scientific. Double standards.

Of course the test companies are making millions. It feels like Boris is playing isolation tactics, push staycations (at any cost - the independent was reporting sky high Cornwall house price rentals) and blame Johnny Foreigner for new cases. None of this make sense. There is no pattern to the decision making.

Of course closing the route to india when delta was discovered may have been sensible - but hey ho they were doing a trade deal so leave it open for two weeks. Yep, politics. And interestingly Spain’s vaccination rate has just topped that of the UK. So, if vaccines work ( the line they are peddling) why block tested and vaccinated travellers???



Joan / Hace 6 months

There are many more things that those journalists do not understand. That in Mallorca there's a great and prosperous life without tourism, especially the rubbish that plagues cerrain areas here, also that any UK news is far better found in national press, by those that feel it relebant in some way, rather than some little badly translared version of a Spanish "Sun", and then even being capable of spelimgl our place names correctly ...


Compo / Hace 6 months

It seems to be difficult for journalists in holiday destination countries to grasp that foreign holidays and the economies of those countries is not the primary concern of government. Massive sympathy for Mallorca but there's no mileage in complaining about the fact that any gov will protect the interests of their own country first