Spain’s Balearic Islands are “very optimistic” that they will be on the UK’s “green list” on May 17th.
The islands, which include major tourist attractions of Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza, are seeking to strike a deal with the British government to enable vacationers to return.
“We have the right numbers, and we have the right procedures in place that will allow us to be considered” green, “Rosa Anna Morella Rodriguez, Director General of Tourism for the Islands, told Sky News.
“It is also about the ability of your hospitals to isolate different types of virus, which is something that not all hospitals in Spain do, but we do it here.
“I think Mallorca is an important destination for the UK and I am sure we can have this travel corridor. The British ambassador told us that we have all the factors we need in order to be considered ‘green’ for the UK.”
When leisure travel abroad can be resumed in England from 17 May, a traffic light system will be introduced, with destinations categorized as green, amber or red.
Green countries will impose the lightest restrictions on returning travelers, without the need for quarantine.
“We are completely safe and ready to receive the British visitors again,” said Ms. Morella Rodriguez.
The UK government has already indicated that islands can be given different color classifications to their corresponding mainland countries if rates of coronavirus infection are much lower.
Transportation Secretary Grant Shaps said a “islands approach”, similar to 2020, will be adopted this summer.
“I want to do it again,” Mr. Shaps said at an event on the ConservativeHome website. “I don’t want to go back, I want to move forward.”