Balearic Islands should stay orange on next review


The Balearics should stay at least on amber when the UK government conducted its next review of travel traffic lights next week.

Despite initial concerns about the infection rate in Spain earlier this week, the latest data indicated that the infection rate decreases and as a result, concerns about moving Spain to the Red List have been assuaged.

The latest figures released on Thursday showed the 14-day average case rate in Spain to be 457 infections per 100,000 people, compared to 604 the previous week, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

If we look at the European market in general, the majority of the Spanish territory has gone from dark red in red in maps published weekly by the EU Center for Disease Prevention and Control, in support of the Council recommendation on a mutual approach to restricting free movement in response to the COVID pandemic- 19.

The color change means that it is always dangerous to travel in Spain due to the current COVID-19 infection rates there, but yet it is safer than last week.

Due to the color change for most of Spain, EU countries are advised to impose less stringent entry restrictions on arrivals from these regions.

In line with the EU’s common approach to travel measures, all Member States should require people traveling from “”dark red‘areas to take a COVID-19 test before departure and undergo quarantine on arrival.

“This should also apply to essential travelers as long as it does not have a disproportionate impact on the performance of their function or their need. However, transport workers should in principle be exempt from testing and quarantine / self-isolation requirements, ”advises the European Commission.

The ECDC had advised other EU countries to impose stricter entry restrictions over almost all of Spain on August 5, when only the Asturias region was colored red, while the rest of the country was completely dark red.

Since then, Spaniards, especially those who are not vaccinated, have encountered more difficulties when travel all over Europe after EU and Schengen members one by one imposed more entry restrictions on them.