SPAIN is the most popular holiday destination for British travellers, with cheap deals and short flights to the European country.
Holidays abroad are expected to be given the go-ahead from May 17, with a new traffic light scheme opening up countries which are deemed low-risk.
Countries will be placed on a green, amber or red list depending on the risk they pose to the UK, as well as the current Covid situation in the country and their own vaccine rollout.
In the case of “green” countries, Brits can travel and return home without having to quarantine but will need to have a negative test to come back into the UK and then take a PCR test within two days of returning.
Brits returning from amber or red list countries will have to quarantine at home or a hotel, respectively.
However, Spain is unlikely to be on the green list at first, meaning it is unlikely a holiday can resume to the destination from May 17 without having to self-isolate.
While the country’s vaccine rollout has sped up just 25 per cent of the population has been given their first jab, although is hoped that 70 per cent could have their first dose by the end of August.
This means the country is likely to be placed on the “amber” list, which requires a pre-test arrival as well as a 10-day quarantine at home, with tests on day two and eight.
Only if cases go down and the vaccine rollout is sped up, will it likely be put onto the “green” list for the summer.
Despite hopes that the Spanish holiday islands may open earlier than the mainland, in a similar travel corridor scheme to last year’s, this is now thought to be unlikely.
Spain has already said they want Brits back from June with vaccine passports or negative Covid tests.
Spanish tourism minister Fernando Valdes Verelst said: “June will be the start of the recovery of tourism in Spain.
“By then, we will have a digital vaccination certificate in place and we will be able to reopen our borders.”
He said Spain was pushing for the UK’s proposed digital pass to be “mutually recognised”, adding he welcomed PM Boris Johnson’s plans to restart international travel.
Portugal, Malta, Israel and Iceland are contenders for the coveted green status, but holiday favourites France, Greece and Italy are still some weeks away from being approved and are heading for “amber” status it is believed.
Here are some of the best holiday deals you can book to destinations which are most likely to be on the government’s “green” list.
Thankfully UK holidays can already go ahead to self-catered properties such as campsites and holiday parks, for single-household trips.