Germany will try to ban Brits from EU vacations – and it doesn’t matter if you’ve had a jab
Germany is reportedly trying to ban British travelers from the European Union whether or not they have received the coronavirus vaccine.
Holidaymakers rushed to book trips to destinations added to the government’s non-quarantine list after 14 countries and territories, including Spain’s Balearic Islands, Malta and Madeira, moved to the green list and watch list on Thursday .
Ministers have announced plans to remove 10-day isolation rule for return of Amber List countries by the end of this summer – for fully vaccinated Britons
A number of popular hot spots such as France, Greece, Italy and mainland Spain remain in the amber level, meaning travelers returning to the UK from these locations must self-isolate at home for 10 days.
But as the Delta variant spreads, German Chancellor Angela Merkel would like to classify Britain as a “country of concern”.
Senior European and national officials from the EU’s Integrated Political Crisis Response Committee are expected to discuss the issue.
Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Malta and Portugal will resist plans, reports Time.
Britons traveling to Germany are currently required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
French President Emmanuel Macron has already supported mandatory quarantine for travelers who have not had a Covid vaccine.
Ms Merkel is due to meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Checkers next week.
The German Chancellor has pressured EU leaders meeting in Brussels to impose strict quarantine requirements on arrivals to the bloc from Britain.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told BBC Breakfast on Friday: “I think it is understandable that you are in Germany – I heard what the Chancellor said yesterday – and that you have not yet reached the vaccination level that we have seen here or in Malta, that you are going to be more concerned with.
“It may just be a matter of waiting for their immunization schedule.”
Professor Adam Finn, of the University of Bristol and a member of the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI), told Sky News that the UK currently poses more risks to some other countries than the other way around.
He said the destinations added to the green list “pose a very limited risk to the UK”, but UK tourists “can take the virus with them and infect other people there”.
It comes as people arriving in the UK from Green List locations after 4 a.m. on Wednesday 30 June will no longer be required to self-isolate.
British Airways has added flights to its schedules and plans to use larger planes on routes serving the new greenlist locations to meet travel demand.
Another airline, Jet2.com, on Thursday recorded its largest volume of bookings to the Balearic Islands in almost a year.
The company has also put up for sale more than 70 additional flights to Malta and Madeira for the months of July and August.