‘Britons envy our summer holidays!’ Germans travellers taunt UK over travel restrictions

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The UK Government has implemented a red, amber and green list for foreign travel from England. For red list countries, UK citizens living in England have been told they “should not travel to these countries or territories”. The amber list means that citizens travelling from England must take one pre-departure test and quarantine when they return to the UK for 10 days.

For countries on the UK’s green list, on arrival back in England, travellers must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after they arrive and they do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive.

German media outlet Bild has focussed on the fact that some countries on the amber list have incidents of coronavirus that are much lower than the current rates within the UK.

The tabloid proudly stated that because of the UK’s tough travel restrictions, “envy of us Germans is rising on the island”.

The German news site added that the reason for this jealousy was because of “tough quarantine rules in Great Britain”.

The German tabloid newspaper stated that for British people, “even after travelling to countries with a lower incidence than the UK itself, they have to partially quarantine”.

The Bild report added that people living in the UK are frustrated with the government because “popular holiday destinations such as Spain, Italy and Greece continue to be classified as amber areas on the coronavirus traffic lights system”.

The newspaper added that “this means people need to quarantine for at least five days, even vaccinated people”.

Bild took pride in stating that more German’s would descend on Spanish beaches this summer than Britons.

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The newspaper quoted Steve Heapy, the head of British low-cost airline Jet 2, warning that, “German customers are arriving on jumbo jets that are being put into Mallorca and hotels are filling up”.

The newspaper then stated that “the figures for the British holiday debacle are clear, while around 400,000 tourists from Germany landed in Palma de Mallorca in May, there were just 6,000 Britons”.

The newspaper mocked the UK for its stricter coronavirus travel conditions and said: “For now, we will therefore be able to get comfortable by ourselves on Mallorca’s beaches.”

Rules between Germany and Spain have meant that Germans have been allowed to travel to Mallorca without the need to self-isolate on return since March.

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Germans now have free access to travel to most of Europe and only need a single PCR negative coronavirus test before travelling home.

Greece, France and most of mainland Spain were added to Germany’s own green list on Friday.

Germans can also travel freely to Portugal and Italy.

Meanwhile, Britons when they return back to England you must quarantine at home for 10 days and take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of arrival.

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