Spanish and Greek islands might be added to the UK’s inexperienced record as quickly as June 7, ministers have suggested, even when their mainlands keep amber.
Robert Courts, the aviation minister, advised MPs that the Authorities would deal with standard vacationer islands with low Covid charges individually “the place attainable” because it prepares to disclose the following tranche of locations that might be added to the quarantine-free list at the beginning of subsequent month.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps advised the BBC’s Immediately programme on Wednesday: “I’ve at all times stated that in fact it’s fascinating the place an plane can fly direct to an island, for instance, and that island is subsequently accessible in that you simply don’t must go by way of the mainland, that you simply have a look at that otherwise. That’s what we did final 12 months as properly.”
This could put the Canary, Balearic and Greek islands – all boasting eligible information for the inexperienced record – again on the map for holidays forward of the principle season, along with different Mediterranean and even Caribbean isles.
Frontrunners are additionally understood to incorporate Malta, Grenada, Cayman Islands, Fiji, British Virgin Islands, Finland and Caribbean islands thought to incorporate Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, Turks and Caicos and Anguilla.
In much less promising information, Austria has joined Germany in banning direct flights from the UK over issues on the rising variety of circumstances of the Indian variant.
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