Holidays saved as Spain spared from Red list – and seven more countries go Green

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Brit holidaymakers will not be forced to cancel holidays to Spain as the hotspot has narrowly avoided being placed on the UK's Red List for travel during the Covid-19 pandemic.

But, in the latest guidance released today by the UK government, Brits are warned to make sure they get PCR tests before returning to the UK from the Spanish mainland.

Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway have all also been added to the quarantine-free green list.

In other travel news, India is among four countries being removed from England’s red list as part of a host of changes to the traffic light system for international travel, the Government has announced.

Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are also being moved out of the high-risk category.

The decision means arriving travellers will no longer be required to spend 11 nights at a coronavirus quarantine hotel.

But it wasn't all good news for travelling Brits, as Mexico, Georgia and the French overseas departments of La Reunion and Mayotte will be put in the red tier.

As expected, it was also confirmed that arrivals from France will no longer need to self-isolate.

It will be aligned with all other amber nations, from which arrivals only need to quarantine at home if they are not fully vaccinated.

The changes to the travel lists come into force at 4am on Sunday.

International travel was finally given the thumbs up by Boris Johnson on May 17 as part of a strict traffic light system.

Destinations have shifted between green, amber and red restrictions depending on the risk is poses to holidaymakers catching Covid-19 on their trip.

Anyone arriving in the UK from an amber list country must be double jabbed to skip self-isolation and only has to take one PCR test within their first two days in Britain.

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The Independent reports that Mallorca hotel chiefs have blamed the UK government for hotels on the Spanish island expected to be at just 60% occupancy this month.

Mallorca Hotel Federation (FEHM) President Maria Frontera said: "With its continuous succession of decisions, motivated in large part by the disparity of criteria existing within the British government, one more open-minded and the other more conservative that puts restrictions on peoples' return in order to promote staycations and prevent bookings in other countries, it is difficult to consolidate an upward trend in reservations.

"Markets are sensitive, require stability and contract at the slightest detection of possible changes.

"The next review, whatever the outcome, is already making a difference."

According to new research, the lack of Brits going abroad is more down to the government's rule changes than any fear of catching coronavirus.

It found found that nearly half of those polled, claimed the hoops needed to jump through for an overseas trip were not worth it.

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Ant Clarke-Cowell at Holiday Extras said: "It’s been a really long year of tough rules and restrictions, and the prospect of a couple of weeks away in the sun is what got many through it – but now, as lockdown has been lifted, international travel still faces an unnecessary level of uncertainty that has become the biggest blocker for Brits hoping to book their summer breaks.

"When we asked our customers whether they were flying away this year, and if not why not, almost twice as many people cited the restrictions as the reason not to fly.

"That’s almost twice as many that said the pandemic itself was reason enough not to go, and far more than the 5 per cent who said their favourite destination was closed."

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