The Balearic Islands are now a coronavirus-free zone and flights from the UK have been busy with crowded planes landing in sunny Ibiza this morning
The first sun-hungry Britons have landed in Ibiza after the party island was put back on the government’s green travel list.
Planes have landed from all over the UK after the thumbs-up was given to visit the Balearic Islands without having to self-isolate on their return.
Thousands of vacationers will finally be able to enjoy the summer sun abroad after the amber restriction is lifted from 4 a.m. this morning.
Much of the Caribbean, Madeira and Malta have also opened up, but all new additions except Malta will be on a special “green watch list” – meaning things could change at any time.
Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Antigua, Barbuda, Dominica, Barbados and Grenada have now also been moved to the green list.
The airports were occupied despite the rise in prices of some airlines following the change of status of Ibiza to a zone without quarantine.
Travelers crammed into planes seeking warmer weather after months of travel bans.
Flight prices to the Balearic Islands have “tripled in hours” after the greenlist changes, leaving many people angry and forced to unplug a getaway.
The cost of trips to Ibiza, as well as Mallorca, Menorca and Malta, have all reportedly increased by up to 200%.
Tickets for a return flight to Ibiza on July 3 and 10 have gone from Â£ 149 to Â£ 314 with the same journeys to Mallorca from Â£ 153 to Â£ 478.
That hasn’t stopped many from leaving the UK today, with island tourism bosses welcoming Britons with open arms.
Currently, Spain allows British holidaymakers to visit without the need for a PCR test. However, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro SÃ¡nchez announced this week that the rules are being changed.
Britons visiting Spain will now either have to prove they are fully vaccinated against Covid or have a negative PCR test result.
The new legislation is expected to come into force on July 2 and will cover Spain, the Canaries and the Balearics.
Mr SÃ¡nchez said the move comes as UK data shows infection rates “well above 150 cases per 100,000 population based on the previous 14 days.”
Some Travel bosses have welcomed the changes, and Virgin Atlantic chief Shai Weiss called Antigua, Barbados and Grenada a “constructive step” to enable “a much-needed vacation.”
But she also criticized the decision to leave the United States on the Amber List and said: âToday’s announcement does not go far enough.
“We urge the UK government to place the US on the UK’s ‘green list’ and on the Biden administration to repeal Proclamation 212F for UK travelers.”
Others have been critical, saying the changes “are not enough to save summer” as Italy, France, Greece and mainland Spain remain on the orange list.
Portugal has meanwhile confirmed that children under 18 will be exempt from its quarantine rules for unvaccinated Britons – but they will still have to meet other entry requirements.
Six countries – Eritrea, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Mongolia, Tunisia and Uganda – have been added to the red list, forcing arrivals to around 40 hotels at Â£ 1,750 per person.
Anyone traveling to an Amber List country must pass Covid testing before departure and after return, as well as quarantine for 10 days once back in the UK.
Malta does not allow entry of double vaccinated people until Wednesday.