Britain's Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps.

Britain's Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps.

28-04-2021Reuters/Simon Dawson

When the UK lifts the International travel ban on May 17 and replaces it with a ‘traffic light’ system, countries will be classified as ‘Green’, ‘Amber’ or ‘Red’ depending on a variety of criteria.

But a country's classification is not permanent, so if infections rise or immunisation slows down they could move from ‘Green’ to ‘Amber’ or ‘Red’ or vice versa.

Countries that are at risk of dropping out of the ‘Green’ list may be given two weeks’ notice, according to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who has also said that the need for negative PCRs will be reviewed at the end of June.

MPs, Airlines and Tour Groups are pushing for the ‘Green’, ‘Amber’ and ‘Red’ destinations to be revealed as a matter of urgency, but it looks like they’ll have to wait until the end of next week.

We’ll have the Joint Biosecurity Centre look at four factors,” Schapps told MPs. “The level of coronavirus in a country, the amount of vaccines they’ve dispensed, the concern over any variant, and the quality of the data.”

Hopes are high that Mallorca and the rest of the Balearic Islands will be included in the coveted 'Green' list, which would make the Islands more appealing to British tourists because they wouldn't have to quarantine when they get home.


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Tom / Hace 9 months

Angela , just because the Brits have a date in theirs minds and their own system does not mean other countries will drop their own restrictions such as Spain . In general any travel will continue to be with the risk that the Covid situation may change and quarantine and further restrictions then necessary again . In short your right their is little point and it’s all about lobbying for the tourism lobby and airline lobby who all only car about one thing only and that is to get mass tourism moving so they can make money irrespective of the health risks .


Penny / Hace 9 months

Angela I am also completely baffled by this . Thought that Mallorca was accepting UK visitors as soon as we are permitted to fly after 17th May . Myself and other home owners have already booked flights to travel before the end of May. The majority of these people will have been fully vaccinated! Are we wanted or not.?


Steve, Son Maties / Hace 9 months

It's hard to imagine that Spain or the Balearics could be given any Green Light. The criteria ti qualify for it won't be met in time for this year's summer season obviously. Even if UK touristm was permitted in spite of this, the levels of social activity will skyrocket the new cases within a very short time, and insatantly cause more restrictions both here and in the UK, which they've made very clear they don't want.


johnb / Hace 9 months

Because every decision they make, they change Angela. Getting everyone vaccinated should be their number 1 priority before they even think about green lights and tourism. What they don't realise is no matter what light they get,most of the U.K have already made their decision this summer and are staying home.


Angela / Hace 9 months

I dont understand this, I thought the Spanish Government had extended the regulations in relation to UK and Third Countries to the end of May. If Spain will not let people from Third Countries in what is the point of the UK Government giving the Baleares the green light.