Spain’s popular Balearic Islands are “very optimistic” that they will appear on the UK’s “green list” on May 17th.
The islands, which include the favorite tourist destinations of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, are desperate for a deal to be reached with the British government to allow vacationers to return.
“We have the right numbers, we have the right measures in place that will allow us to be considered ‘green’,” Rosa Ana Morilla Rodriguez, general manager of island tourism, told Sky News.
âIt’s also about the ability of your hospitals to isolate different variants of the virus, which is not done by all hospitals in Spain, but we are doing it here.
âI think Mallorca is such an important destination for the UK that I’m convinced we could have this travel lane. We told the British Ambassador that we have all the necessary factors to be considered ‘green’ for the UK. “
When overseas leisure travel can resume in England from May 17, a traffic light system will be introduced, classifying destinations as green, orange or red.
Green countries will have the lightest restrictions on returning travelers, with no quarantine requirements.
“We are safe and fully prepared to welcome UK visitors again,” said Morilla Rodriguez.
The UK government has previously indicated that the islands could be assigned different color classifications than their corresponding mainland countries if their rates of coronavirus infections are significantly lower.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said an “island approach”, similar to 2020, will be adopted this summer.
âI want to do it again,â Mr. Shapps said at a ConservativeHome online event. “I don’t want to back down, I want to go forward.”