Holidays: Travelling to Spain ‘is not worth it’ warns Dr Amir
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Covid-weary Britons might be eyeing the sunny shores of Spain for a holiday following the nation’s decision to reopen borders to British travellers without restrictions. However, with the nation still on the UK “amber list” due to its COVID-19 statistics, TV’s Dr Amir Khan has hit out at those who are planning of travelling to the hotspot.
“Flights out of England to Spain have tripled this week which is incredible because Spain is still on the amber list,” he said on ITV’s Lorraine on Tuesday morning.
“You still have to quarantine at home for 10 days, you still have got to have two tests when you come back.
“It’s just not worth it.”
According to the Telegraph, around 100,000 UK travellers were expected to fly to Spanish airports this week.
On Monday alone, an estimated 30 flights took off from UK airports.
However, Dr Amir has suggested that flying to Spain could “scupper” the end of lockdown for “everyone else” in the UK.
“We’ve been so good so far,” he said.
“We’ve got our vaccination rates up, we have got our cases down.
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“Spain isn’t quite at the safe point we are at.
“Don’t scupper it for everyone else.”
Not only could an increased risk of COVID-19 variants come from international travel, Dr Amir also warned holidaymakers who book too soon could face financial woes.
“There is no guarantee it will be on the ‘green list’,” he explained.
“We have to wait until June 7 to know that for sure.
“If you’re booking holidays over the summer period, I know how tempting that is, but you may lose your money so just be careful.”
Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps has said the UK’s “traffic light system” for travel will be reviewed “every three weeks”.
Experts are predicting the next announcement will be made within the first week of June, though there is no clarification as to which countries will be moved onto the “green list”, or indeed if any will be taken off.
According to the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention Spain has record 75,430 new cases in the previous 14 days.
In the UK, over the same time period, this figure sits at 30,576.
On Monday, May 24, Spain lifted its travel restrictions for those arriving from the UK.
UK travellers do not need to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination in order to enter Spain.
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