Heathrow and Gatwick: when Spain, Portugal and France could be on the green list


The latest government update saw a number of popular holiday destinations, including Malta and the Balearic Islands, added to the green list for international travel.

This means that people returning from those countries will not need to self-quarantine upon arrival as long as they have a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of their flight.

Passing the costly tests and labor time required when returning from Amber List countries will make traveling much easier.

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The Balearic Islands include Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, all popular with Britons abroad.

A sign directs passengers to a test center at Heathrow Airport

Along with them and Malta, Madeira, several overseas territories of the United Kingdom, Israel and the Caribbean Islands, including Barbados, have been added to the Green List and Green Watch List.

While these updates are welcome for many, they still rule out other destinations such as Spain, Portugal and France.

Looking at the number of coronavirus rates in each of these countries gives us an idea of ​​when they can be moved to the green list and more normal travel can resume.

The next travel review is scheduled for July 15, as they are supposed to be updated every three weeks and the last one was on June 24.

The Balearic Islands, which have just been added to the green list, have recorded an average of only 57 new cases per day in the last week.

With a population of 1.19 million, this gives a daily coronavirus “rate” of 4.8 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

About 30 percent of the island’s population has had both jabs.

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With an average of 1,985 cases per day over the past week and a population of 67.06 million, the coronavirus rate in the country is 2.96 cases per 100,000.

In terms of vaccination rate, 25.7% of the population received their second dose.

With a lower coronavirus rate than in the Balearic Islands and a better vaccination rate, France has strong claims to be added to the green list in the next review.


People sunbathe on Levante Beach on July 21, 2019 in Benidorm, Spain.
Spain is currently on the orange list

Over the past week, the average number of new cases per day was 3,962.

With a population of 46.94 million, this brings the coronavirus rate to 8.44 cases per 100,000, more than the Balearics alone.

Nationwide, 33.2 percent are fully immunized.


With an average number of cases per day over the past week at 1,222 and a population of 10.28 million, that works out to a coronavirus rate of 11.89 cases per day per 100,000 population.

Of the entire population, 29.8% are fully vaccinated.

Madeira has been put on the Green List which is a Portuguese island, but with numbers like the ones above, it wouldn’t be surprising if the country as a whole joins soon enough.

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