Spain fears Spain will be added to ‘amber plus’ list as beta variant rates overtake France – .

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Spain fears Spain will be added to ‘amber plus’ list as beta variant rates overtake France – .


Paul Charles, managing director of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said Spain was in a worse position than other countries after opening up to tourism earlier.

“It is worrying that the government has created this ‘orange plus’ category because it means that it can put more countries in it. He is going back on his word that fully vaccinated people would not have to be quarantined, ”he said.

Spain’s 14-day infection rate rose to 377 cases per 100,000 population, while it rose to 613 per 100,000 in the Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca, which were delivered last week on the orange list. This compares to only 63.3 per 100,000 in France.

The highest variation rate is found in Reunion Island, in the French Indian Ocean, at 31.2%, but it has been excluded from the “amber plus” rules and fully stung travelers entering the UK. Uni will not be subject to quarantine.

On Monday, Clément Beaune, French Minister for European Affairs, said British restrictions on travelers from France were “excessive”. “We don’t think the UK’s decisions are totally science-based,” he told BFM TV.

Meanwhile, Luis Gallego, managing director of IAG, the parent company of BA, has warned that Britain risks losing markets to other European countries due to its “complex and complex traffic light system. ineffective ”which caused“ confusion and uncertainty ”.

“Simply put, you cannot be a ‘Global Britain’ with a closed border. Businesses will go to countries that put up the welcome mat, not the no-entry sign, ”he said.

Commentary: Aviation faces its deepest crisis

Great Britain has always been an outward looking country. After Brexit, we were told, it would be even more of a global nation – open to the world and ready to trade with its most dynamic economies. None of this is possible without aviation.

Today, this industry is facing its deepest crisis. After 16 months of doing our part to keep people safe with some of the strictest movement restrictions in peacetime history, we are enduring a second summer without any significant certainty and clarity on the rationale for government decisions that affect people’s lives. and the ability of businesses to support Britain’s economic recovery.

Despite an unprecedented vaccine rollout, Britain is lagging behind by many of its neighbors in translating this into clear policy that would allow its citizens and businesses to benefit from its success.

Science has concluded that two doses of the vaccine are very effective. Indeed, the government belatedly recognizes the low risks of travel for the 68% of the British population who are fully vaccinated.

But words are not enough. If Global Britain is to mean anything, families and businesses need to have the certainty to confidently book overseas travel and they need the government to set clear, transparent and science-based thresholds for reciprocal agreements. .

Instead, Britain has the most complex and inefficient traffic light system of any country in Europe. This created enormous confusion and uncertainty for the British public. In a recent poll, 80 percent of UK consumers agreed.

No meaningful summer for international travel means fewer jobs, loss of connectivity and no support for an industry that millions of people depend on for their livelihoods.

In fact, IAG was born from the merger of British Airways and Iberia as a consolidation platform with a long-term investment approach.

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