A Labor analysis showed that summer vacation plans for more than six million British citizens could be ruined if the country’s government decides to move Greece and Spain to the Amber Plus list.
According to them, approximately 5.9 million tourists in the UK may have to face quarantine measures if Greece and Spain are put on this list.
The British authorities have not yet officially announced the decision to transfer the two countries to the Amber Plus list. However, speculation has indicated that this is very likely to happen, Schengen Visa Info reports.
The Amber Plus UK list currently includes only France among the European Union countries. However, if the two countries are added to the list, it means that all Britons who decide to spend their summer holidays in Greece or Spain will have to stay isolated for ten days upon their return to the UK regardless of their vaccination status.
In addition, they will also need to undergo a PCR test on the day of their arrival or two days before their arrival. A second test is also required on the eighth day of the self-isolation period.
People who have been fully vaccinated, that is, they have taken two doses of the vaccine, can leave self-isolation early if they submit a negative COVID-19 test result taken on the fifth day of quarantine. However, they still have to take the test on day 8 as well.
Responding to the speculation, Labor Transport Secretary Jim McMahon said authorities must properly inform the nation’s citizens of any measures to be taken as imposing a ten-day quarantine requirement is not appropriate for anyone already struggling financially. due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis also made a call to the UK authorities, asking them not to move Greece into its own Amber Plus category by claiming that Greece is a safe country for tourists.
Greece is a safe country. The vaccination campaign and program continues unabated,” the minister noted, noting that nearly 60 percent of the total population has been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Based on World Health Organization (WHO) figures, the UK has identified 5,602,325 cases of COVID-19 and recorded 128,980 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Whereas, in the last 24 hours alone, the UK has reported 39,315 cases of coronavirus and 84 deaths.
As for the vaccination campaign, the country has so far provided about 83,473,689 vaccine doses at a rate of 226,331 doses per day during the past week.