Spain: Paul Scully discusses amber list
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Spain holidays may be back on for Britons, with quarantine now axed for double jabbed travellers returning to the UK from the country. However, data from Test and Trace shows that approximately one in 35 of those entering the UK from Spain test positive for coronavirus within one week of arrival.
New data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) show cases surging across the country.
According to its weekly update, the majority of the nation is categorised as “dark red”, with the agency warning it is “unsafe” to visit these regions.
One of the only changes is for the region of Murcia, which has changed from dark red to red.
Based on data, dark red areas are places where the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case notification rate is 500 or more.
As of August 12, 2021, Spain’s 14-day case rate per 100,000 of the population sits at 603.63.
This equates to 285,716 new cases of the virus.
By comparison, during the same period, the UK recorded 396,331.
Spain has seen an uptick in Britons jetting off on holiday, particularly since quarantine rules relaxed for fully vaccinated travellers.
Unvaccinated travellers are also able to enter Spain with evidence of a negative coronavirus test.
They must also quarantine for 10 days upon their return home, though for many desperate holidaymakers this is a happy tradeoff.
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In July, 2.9 percent of the more than 70,000 travellers entering England from Spain tested positive for Covid.
This was an increase from 0.9 percent in June, based on Test and Trace data.
It is not clear whether Spain will be moved from the amber list to the amber plus list or red list at the next review, which is anticipated on August 25, 2021.
Travel expert Paul Charles believes Spain, and its Balearic Islands in particular, will remain on the amber list “for a while longer”.
However, as the winter approaches, he says the Government could pull a dramatic u-turn on its plans to roll back restrictions, though he remains hopeful this will not happen.
Speaking on Talk Radio on August 12 the CEO of the PC Agency said: “I think the Balearics will be okay for a while longer yet.
“The nervousness is around September October time.
“You start seeing infections rise as you get into the cooler months of the year and therefore it could be that they go back to tougher regulations but I hope not.
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“I hope the Prime Minster can be taken at his word when he talks about rolling the regulations back for good and not bringing them back so I hope for now we are going to see the regulations disappear rather than come back.”
Britons who do plan to jet off to Spain are warned that travel restrictions can change rapidly.
On its travel advice page, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) explains regional restrictions can be “introduced at short notice”, therefore Britons are advised to stay up-to-date with the local authorities in their destination.
“If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there,” it adds.
“Plan ahead and make sure you can access money, understand what your insurance will cover and can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned.”
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