Prior to the last travel review, there was speculation Spain would move to the ‘amber watchlist’, but the classification was ultimately scrapped and the country remained on the amber list.
Travellers were told to be wary in the country and advised to take an additional PCR test prior to their departure home, as opposed to the cheaper lateral flow test option.
The Government called this a “precaution against the increased prevalence of the virus and variants in the country,” with Grant Shapps insisting people “can’t ignore” the new requirement, despite it only being advice.
There are now fears Spain could be moved to the red list, forcing UK holidaymakers into hotel quarantine on their return for 10 days at a cost of £2,250 per adult.
This would affect travellers not only in mainland Spain, but in the Canary Islands, which includes Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and La Palma.
A large number of holidaymakers returning from Spain have tested positive for Covid.
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More than one in 35 travellers arriving in Britain from Spain were found to have the virus, according to data from NHS Test and Trace.
The data shows that 2.9 percent of travellers who visited the holiday destination tested positive upon return, which is above the figure for UK residents, currently standing at 1.2 per cent according to the ONS.
While the infection rate data is cause for concern, infections in Spain have dropped since the country’s recent July peak.
In the latest reported case figures in the country, 14,336 people tested positive for the virus.
Meanwhile, the country has fully vaccinated a whopping 63.5 percent of the population – surpassing the UK’s fully vaccinated 61.1 percent of the population.
This could be what keeps Spain from turning red, however high case numbers and the prevalence of positive tests among returning travellers will likely deter it from going green.
The reviews to the traffic travel system typically take place every three weeks, with announcements often made on a Thursday.
The last update came on Thursday, August 5, therefore the next announcement is likely to come on August 26.