The country is on the “amber” list under the Ministry of Transport’s traffic light system, and ministers have pleaded with passengers not to fly to amber-colored countries.
Arrivals to the UK from Amber List countries must self-isolate at home for 10 days and pass two coronavirus tests.
But after Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez opened the doors on Monday, many Britons tired of the lockdown are expected to head to the Costas anyway.
Flights from the UK to Spain are expected to double to around 80 per day this week, carrying around 16,000 passengers.
This means that more than 100,000 tourists could travel to Spain in the next few days.
British Airways, Qatar Airways and Iberia are offering direct flights between Heathrow and Ibiza on Monday.
BA, American Airlines and Iberia will also fly from West London Airport to Barcelona.
Further Spanish flights from Heathrow are due to land in Palma, Malaga and Madrid on Monday.
Gatwick has planes to Ibiza, Malaga, Mallorca and Lanzarote with easyJet and to Barcelona and Valencia with Vueling.
Ryanair serves Alicante from Manchester and Stansted, Malaga from Luton, Barcelona from Stansted and Mallorca from Edinburgh and Manchester.
Ryanair also offers flights to the Canary Islands of Tenerife and Lanzarote from Stansted.
Vueling flies to Mallorca from Cardiff tomorrow tomorrow.
Palma de Mallorca Airport will also host Tui holiday flights from Newcastle, Cardiff and Manchester.
Tui serves Lanzarote and Tenerife from Manchester and Menorca from Stansted, Gatwick, Birmingham and Cardiff.
It also has jets to Ibiza from Bristol, Newcastle, Manchester and Birmingham.
12 countries including Portugal, Israel, Iceland, Australia and New Zealand
Each country sets its own requirements, so the type of test you need before you fly will vary.
Portugal requires a negative PCR test 48 hours before travel.
Travelers must take a test before returning to the UK – but it can be a (cheaper) lateral flow test.
No quarantine, but take a PCR test on the second day.
Including France, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Italy and the United States
Each country sets its own entry requirements – so the type of test you need to pass before boarding varies depending on the destination.
Arrivals must self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival in the UK – but this can be done at home.
Travelers must take PCR tests on the second and eighth day after returning home.
Leisure travel is currently banned in countries such as Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Brazil and the Seychelles.
Emergency travel only – and each country will have its own rules.
Red List returnees must pay £ 1,750 to have their 10-day quarantine in a hotel designated by the UK government.
You must also take PCR tests on the second and eighth day after you return to the UK.
However, the Foreign Ministry website said today: “We continue to advise against all but essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic Islands, but excluding the Canary Islands.
Traveling to countries against the advice of the Foreign Office invalidates most travel insurance policies.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has now become the last minister to plead with the British not to visit the amber countries.
“We have the traffic light system. It’s there for a reason, ”she told BBC1’s The Andrew Marr.
“We have measures in place to protect the public.
“When it comes to holidays, of course, the public will follow the advice of the government, for example on the green list.”
Last week, Professor Andrew Hayward, an infectious disease expert at University College London, said: ‘It is important to really minimize full stop trips, whether to Red List or Red List countries. orange, because there is a mixture involved in planes, in airports and of course in the country you are traveling to. “
Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds today called for all Orange List nations to be added to the Red List – meaning a 10 night stay and £ 1,750 in a government approved hotel upon his return to the UK.
He said: “The countries on the Amber List should be moved to the Red List so that you have this full hotel quarantine, then we can put this green list in place. “
However, aviation chiefs called on ministers to support travel to amber countries.
Former British Airways boss Willie Walsh, who is now managing director of the International Air Transport Association, told The Mail on Sunday: ‘If you’ve been fully vaccinated then green and amber should be a smart move. that people have to take on their own.
“People have been promised the benefit of being vaccinated – a vaccine dividend – and they should get it.
“I think if you’ve had both vaccines you can’t argue that these restrictions can stay in place, and people should be free to decide for themselves if they see a risk in traveling to a green country. or amber.
Meanwhile, the possibility that all coronavirus restrictions will be lifted next month looks “good”, the chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency has revealed.
The fourth and final step in the government’s unlocking “roadmap” marked June 21 as the first date for curb removal – despite the rise in cases of the Indian variant.
“It looks good if people continue to heed all the safety signs, then we shouldn’t stop doing what we’re doing, especially in the areas where we have this worrying variant, B.1.617.2, in the North West. and around London, ”said former deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries.
A Public Health England study by (PHE) found the Pfizer / BioNTech jab to be 88%
effective against the Indian variant after two doses. The study found that the inoculation was almost as effective against the symptomatic disease of strain B.1.617.2 as against the Kent variant, with an efficacy of 93%.
Meanwhile, the Oxford / AstraZeneca injection was 60% effective, compared to 66% against the Kent variant.
The latest figures show that more than 60 million doses of the vaccine have been injected,
with 37.9 million people having received at least one shot.
More than 22.6 million received both doses.
2,235 more cases of Covid-19 have been diagnosed, while the death toll has climbed from five to 127,721.
Asked about the start of the fourth stage on June 21, Ms Patel said: “The data is positive for our situation, and look at the vaccine information released today on the level of protection against specific variants.
“But that does not mean of course that it is the green light until the end.
“There are steps we will take. “