Spain Covid travel update: Which parts of the country could be on the UK green list?

SPAIN is the most popular holiday destination for Brits, with families waiting to hear when they can return once the UK travel ban is lifted.

Here is everything you need to know about a holiday to Spain this summer.

Can I currently go on holiday to Spain?

No – the UK still has not lifted the travel ban on holidays abroad.

This means non-essential travel is not allowed.

Essential travel, which includes reasons for work, education or health, are allowed to go ahead, although Brits will have to quarantine when they return to the UK.

When can I go on holiday to Spain?

While still to be confirmed, the UK government is expected to lift the travel ban on May 17.

This will mean holidays abroad will be able to go ahead.

However, the UK government is still to announce which countries will be on the "green list" of their traffic light scheme, which will not require quarantine restrictions.

Spain has also said that they will welcome fully-vaccinated Brits by June with Covid passports.

Spanish tourism minister Fernando Valdes Verelst said: “June will be the start of the recovery of tourism in Spain."


Will any of Spain be on the green list?

Mainland Spain is unlikely to make the green list initially, and more likely to be on the amber list which will require a 10-day quarantine when back in the UK.

It is hoped it could be on the green list by June, if Covid cases fall and the vaccine rollout continues.

Some parts of Spain may make the green list – which may be the Spanish islands.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has suggested travel corridors with holiday islands could be introduced again, after a similar scheme was last summer.

When asked about whether he would introduce a similar travel corridor scheme, he said: "The simple answer is yes. I want to do that again."

The Canaries and the Balearics have much better Covid rates than the mainland – the Canaries has a 14-day infection rate of 106 per 100,000, while the Balearics has just 54 per 100,000.

However, it is believed that the UK will require destinations to be under 50 per 100,000 to be on the green list, meaning they may miss out.

Parts of Spain which are lower than this include Costa Blanca in Valencia, with 30 cases per 100,000.

Catalonia, which is home to Barcelona, and Andalusia, are unlikely to make the list as they have 250 case per 100,000.

Spain has given the first vaccine jab to 23 per cent of the population, compared to the UK's 49 per cent.

Some experts hope that as many as 30 countries could be on the UK green list when it is announced in the next few weeks.

Malta and Gibraltar are the most likely to be included because Malta has vaccinated 44 per cent while Gibraltar was the first nation to offer every adult the jab, with 97 per cent now vaccinated.

Here is where you are most likely to be able to go on holiday this year, and where you are not.

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