The Balearic Islands could risk being taken off the green list and going orange after a spike in new coronavirus infections.
More than 500 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past two days – five days after popular Spanish holiday islands including Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza were upgraded to the Kingdom’s green watch list -United.
Health officials have confirmed that 303 new cases were recorded on July 3 alone; and 203 the next day.
The number of infections per 100,000 people in the last fortnight now stands at 130.
It was announced on June 24 that the islands will turn from orange to green in the UK’s traffic light system for international travel, starting June 30.
However, it entered the Department of Transportation’s green watch list, including destinations that are currently green but are at risk of turning orange.
Of the 27 countries and territories on the green list, 16 are on the watch list.
The requirements for travelers returning to the UK remain the same: they must show a negative Covid test before leaving for the UK, and take a PCR test within two days of arrival.
Green List arrivals do not need to be quarantined upon entering the UK.
However, if a country turns orange, returning passengers are suddenly subjected to a 10-day quarantine and two PCR tests.
Portugal was previously on the green list, but was quickly demoted to orange, forcing thousands of British tourists to return home before the quarantine deadline expired in early June.
Data analyst Tim White predicted that while the Balearic Islands might not turn yellow immediately, they may well change in the next review, due on July 15.
“It’s getting worse and worse according to local data.”
When asked by a vacationer if Mallorca would still be green in 20 days, he replied that “nothing is certain” but “I think it will be amber by then.” The only thing that could save the Balearics is that cases are increasing so much everywhere that there is a very slim chance that the whole of the EU will be allowed to be green. But I think it’s more likely in a future review, not the next one.
Mr White added that he believed the islands would likely stay green until the next update: âNo guarantees, but I think it’s going to be very embarrassing for the government to go orange before then. If they wait until 7/15, they can “hide” it with other changes.
Pedro Homar, director of the Palma Tourist Office, said when the Balearics first went green: âWe are delighted to see Mallorca and the rest of the Balearic Islands, finally added to the ‘green watch list’ from the UK government and we look forward to visitors who can visit us again without having to self-quarantine on their return to the UK.
âThe UK is one of our main tourism markets and it’s a welcome boost to our tourism industry. The past year has been very difficult, with many of our hotel and tourism businesses relying on UK visitors. ”
He added: âThere is no better time for UK visitors to visit Palma and Mallorca for a relaxing break or to enjoy many of our cultural attractions. The sun is shining, we have extremely sophisticated tourist and health infrastructure, and we read and wait with open arms. “