Hugh Elliott explains that the treatment for the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands to review in three weeks may be different
UK Ambassador to Spain, Hugh Elliot, He indicated that it would be studied “in principle” The Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands Separately to review the next Covid-19 pause, three weeks from now.
In an interview with Europa Press Televisión, Elliott noted that “in principle” the request of governments, both in Spain and on the islands of the archipelago, with which they have “very good contacts”, would be met to classify the islands separately, but that “in practice we have to To see the situation on the ground with the scientists.”
The whole Spanish group is still amberr within the British traffic light, which means that tourists must undergo a ten-day quarantine upon their return to the UK, despite the fact that Spain, since May 24, has allowed them to enter without any condition.
The ambassador emphasized that for the time being, the traffic light was only applied nationwide, but they had opened up to study the islands (Canary Islands and Balearic Islands) separately because of their “geographical location” and because they had “direct flights to the UK”.
Thus, he asserted that the situation in mainland Spain is “different”, as there is “very fluid movement” between regions without being able to establish controls between them, so the peninsula must be studied “as a whole”.
Elliott explained that he “understands” other communities that “have done a very good job”, such as Valencia “which has very good numbers”, and knows it is “frustrating” not to be able to receive British tourists, but stressed that “unfortunately, due to the liquidity Existing in the borders between regions, it is not possible to conduct a separation within the mainland of Spain.”
“Can Spain enter the next review? Well, yes”, She noted that the situation is under review every three weeks so that the list is “as up-to-date as possible.”