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Balearics Defends Covid Records Despite Moving to UK Amber List

The UK government has published the latest update to its traffic light travel lists, with the main Balearic Islands moving from the “green watchlist” to “amber”.

The Department for Transport said that the move – which is effective for travellers arriving into England from 0400 on Monday 19th July – had been taken “due to a sharp rise in the number of cases”.

However, the head of the Spanish Tourist Office in the UK has insisted that British holidaymakers remain welcome despite the Balearic islands being demoted.

A total of four Balearic islands will move to the amber list – Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca.

The change will not significantly affect fully vaccinated UK travellers, as they do not have to quarantine on return from amber list destinations as of 19th July.

Other changes to the traffic light list include;

  • Bulgaria and Hong Kong added to the green list
  • Croatia and Taiwan added to the green watchlist
  • The British Virgin Islands move to amber
  • Cuba, Indonesia, Myanmar and Sierra Leone added to the red list