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So what does ‘’Amber’’ mean to us eager globetrotters

Well, here we are, waiting at the traffic lights which are moving from red to amber with sloth-like speed, knowing that the green light is soon going to shine big and bright and release us further from our island confinement. The engine is revving high, the handbrake is still on but we are just waiting to slip it off, release the clutch and set off.

We do live in a beautiful island but we do crave the warmth of the sun, the Mediterranean cuisine and the Spanish ‘’alegria’’ that is so electrifying.

So what does ‘’Amber’’ mean to us eager globetrotters (except for ‘’Beaming Sun’’ in Ancient Greek, a brand of Spanish beer, and a cherished resin gemstone)?

In England (and there are regional variances between the countries within the UK), the FCO states that we should not travel to a country on the amber list for leisure purposes and if we do:

Before we travel to England we must:

On arrival in England we must:

  • quarantine at home or in the place we are staying for 10 days
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8

We must follow these rules even if we have been vaccinated. We may be able to end quarantine early if we pay for a private COVID-19 test through the ‘Test to Release’ scheme.
(Source: www.gov.uk *)

The situation in Spain is rapidly improving, perhaps faster than the media is portraying from what our colleagues and the Spanish media are saying. Spain’s major travel show FITUR opened its doors in May so the world of travel in Spain was ignited as the Minister of tourism predicted several weeks ago, along with a mightily firm commitment on behalf of the Spanish people to control this virus and welcome international tourists to their safe holiday destination again from June. We have our fingers crossed that Spain will be moved to the green list soon.

Major UK tour operators are declaring their return to the Spanish resorts from late July and pushing the UK government to give Spain the green light as soon as it is safe and advisable to do so. Staff in airlines and tour operators are practicing their best smiles to welcome you finally on your long-awaited summer holidays.

 

PCR tests are available now in many locations across the country and the Spanish have become as experienced as us at social distancing and mask wearing. Sales of hand cream for dry, overwashed hands are as high in Spain as they are here.

 

So is a holiday in Spain on the cards this summer for those eager to get away?
!Si, Senor! Just perhaps later in the summer than we would have hoped.