Jersey has reclassified the Balearic Islands of Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera, and Gibraltar, as amber on its travel traffic light system.
As of 14 August, passengers returning from the Spanish islands will have to self-isolate for last least five days, pending negative results from two coronavirus tests.
The decision to upgrade the risk level comes more than two weeks after the UK government advised against non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, based on its assessment of Covid-19 risks in the country.
Islanders already in Majorca can continue with their holiday as planned, but will also need to follow the self-isolation rules on their return.
Those due to travel to Majorca with C. I. Travel Group’s FlyDirect operation this weekend and next are being offered a full refund, if desired, though the scheduled departures from Jersey on Sunday 16 and 23 August will operate as planned.
Clients due to travel from 30 August onwards are advised that these departures will be kept under review and a decision on whether to operate will be made in due course.
‘As has been the case throughout this period, the health and safety of our customers is our primary consideration,’ commented Robert Mackenzie, Managing Director of C. I. Travel Group.
‘Now that Majorca has been moved to “Amber” status, we believe it is right to provide the option for our clients to cancel their bookings for the next two weekend departures. Of course, those who still wish to travel can do so, but they will need to observe the rules surrounding testing and quarantineon their return to Jersey’, he added.
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