By Deirdre Tynan • 29 May 2021 • 21:53
Spain's Balearic Islands are a favourite with British tourists. Image: Media Centre
Ibiza and Mallorca could stay on the UK government’s amber list because the UK’s border service is terrified it could be overwhelmed by the number of passengers on return flights from the Balearic sunspots.
According to a report in British newspaper The Times on May 29, border officials fear they simply would not be able to cope with the number of returning holiday makers and that border staff would be completely over-stretched and unable to process travellers without huge queues forming.
The incidence rate of Covid-19 infections in the Balearics is low enough to warrant the destination be moved to the green list.
Airports across the UK, including Heathrow, have called on the green list to be expanded as the number of travellers using some airports has fallen by as much as 92 percent.
“There are fears that opening up to hugely popular destinations like the Balearics would overwhelm Border Force while the 100 percent passenger location form checks remain in place. If they open up travel too quickly, they don’t have the capacity to cope with the volumes of Brits returning through border control,” an industry source told The Times.
The Spanish government has urged the UK to put Spain and the Balearics on the green list as soon as possible and airlines have laid on hundreds of flights ready to cope with the much hoped for surge in demand.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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