Robert Courts, the aviation minister, told MPs the government will separately treat popular tourist islands with low Covid rates “where possible” as it prepares to reveal the next slice of destinations that could be added to the non-quarantine list early next month. .
Transport secretary Grant Shapps Told the BBC’s Today show on Wednesday: “I have always said that it is of course desirable that a plane can fly directly to an island, for example, and that this island is therefore accessible as long as you don’t need to go through the mainland. , that you look at it differently. This is what we did last year as well. “
This would put the Canary, Balearic Islands and The greek islands – all benefiting from data eligible for the green list – back on the map for the holidays before the high season, in addition to other Mediterranean and even Caribbean Islands.
It is also understood that the pioneers include Malta, Grenada, Cayman Islands, Fiji, British Virgin Islands, Finland and the Caribbean Islands including Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Turks Islands -and Caicos and Anguilla.
In less promising news, Austria has joined with Germany in banning direct flights from the UK over concerns over the growing number of cases of the Indian variant.