Love Island 2021 cleared to return to Majorca as Spanish government lifts travel ban

Spain‘s decision to let British tourists return to the country from next Monday looks set to pave the way for Love Island to take place in Majorca.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez confirmed on Friday that British holidaymakers can enter the country from Monday means all the travel obstacles have been lifted.  

Contracts for this year’s Love Island did have Majorca written into them, although back-up options, such as Jersey and Cornwall, were on the table in case Covid travel restrictions meant Spain was off-limits. 

It will be back! Spain's decision to let British tourists return to the country from next Monday looks set to pave the way for Love Island to take place in Majorca

It will be back! Spain's decision to let British tourists return to the country from next Monday looks set to pave the way for Love Island to take place in Majorca

It will be back! Spain’s decision to let British tourists return to the country from next Monday looks set to pave the way for Love Island to take place in Majorca

Sanchez said at international trade fair Fitur in Madrid: ‘I am pleased to inform you that the ministerial order will be officially published today exempting citizens from the UK from temporary restrictions on non-essential trips to Spain. 

‘I can therefore announce that from next Monday the 24th of May we will be delighted to welcome all UK tourists. 

‘They are welcome to enter our country without restrictions and without health requirements.’ 

At last! Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez confirmed on Friday that British holidaymakers can enter the country from Monday means all the travel obstacles have been lifted

At last! Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez confirmed on Friday that British holidaymakers can enter the country from Monday means all the travel obstacles have been lifted

At last! Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez confirmed on Friday that British holidaymakers can enter the country from Monday means all the travel obstacles have been lifted

There has not yet been any official announcement from ITV about where the dating show will be filmed, though host Laura Whitmore was spotted filming promotional content for the series in east London earlier this month,

The reality show is due to return to TV in early June and typically runs for eight weeks till August.

The villa where the show was filmed in 2019 before the start of the coronavirus pandemic is near the small town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar in eastern Majorca. 

Strict: However, guidelines mean travellers returning to Britain from an amber location must quarantine at home for 10 days and take a pre-departure test and two post-arrival tests

Strict: However, guidelines mean travellers returning to Britain from an amber location must quarantine at home for 10 days and take a pre-departure test and two post-arrival tests

Strict: However, guidelines mean travellers returning to Britain from an amber location must quarantine at home for 10 days and take a pre-departure test and two post-arrival tests 

The news comes despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson dampened hopes of Brits being allowed to visit Spain on holiday.

What is an ‘amber list’ country? 

Any nation that has been placed on the UK government’s Amber List, means travelling to such country is not advised unless for essential reasos.

Countries including China, France, Germany, Greece, Spain and USA.

Anyone who travels to an Amber list country must provide proof of a negative lateral flow test before their flight home.

They must then quarantine for 10 days upon returning to the UK, and must take two further tests on days two and eight of their isolation. 

The quarantine period may be reduced to just five days if Brits are willing to pay for a private test.

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Number 10 immediately moved to warn people against making plans for a holiday to Spain as Boris Johnson’s spokesman said non-essential trips to ‘amber list’ countries remain banned.

The PM’s spokesman said: ‘Our advice hasn’t changed in regards to “amber list” countries.

‘We have been clear that people shouldn’t be travelling to amber list countries for the purposes of holidays.’

Travellers returning to Britain from an amber location must quarantine at home for 10 days and take a pre-departure test and two post-arrival tests. 

Spain will not be added to the UK’s green list until June at the earliest, but Toni Perez, mayor of seaside tourist destination Benidorm, said he saw the latest announcement as ‘very positive’. 

Spain has already confirmed Brit holidaymakers flying to Spain from Monday won’t need to show a negative PCR test or proof they have been jabbed because it is going on the country’s ‘safe’ list. 

It was previously reported that TV bosses were arranging for an extra cast to fly out to Majorca in May and quarantine alongsidethe main set of singletons as a Covid precaution.

Waiting: There has not yet been any official announcement from ITV about where the dating show will be filmed, should it return to screens in June as usual

Waiting: There has not yet been any official announcement from ITV about where the dating show will be filmed, should it return to screens in June as usual

Waiting: There has not yet been any official announcement from ITV about where the dating show will be filmed, should it return to screens in June as usual

A source told The Sun: ‘All precautions have been taken to make sure it goes smoothly. Besides the extra cast, they’ve incorporated Covid safety measures and increased checks on contestants’ mental health.

‘Everyone is very excited. Restrictions are easing, the Euros football is on and Love Island is back in Majorca. What more could you want?’

However, a Love Island representative told MailOnline: ‘We are not currently in a position to confirm locations for the forthcoming series of Love Island.’ 

Going ahead? The reality show is due to return to TV in early June and typically runs for eight weeks till August (2019 winner Amber Gill is pictured)

Going ahead? The reality show is due to return to TV in early June and typically runs for eight weeks till August (2019 winner Amber Gill is pictured)

Going ahead? The reality show is due to return to TV in early June and typically runs for eight weeks till August (2019 winner Amber Gill is pictured)

The summer series of Love Island 2020 was cancelled after production found it ‘logistically impossible’ to organise the show as the pandemic raged on.

Applicants for the next series have reportedly been told they’ll have to be free for 10 weeks abroad and undergo a psychological and physical assessment.

It was previously reported that Jersey has been secured for filming this summer if production cannot take place in the show’s usual location of Mallorca.

Sources told The Sun: ‘The Channel Islands get plenty of sunshine so it makes sense to hold Love Island there if we can’t get back to Spain.’

Plans: It was previously reported that TV bosses were arranging for an extra cast to fly out to Majorca in May

Plans: It was previously reported that TV bosses were arranging for an extra cast to fly out to Majorca in May

Plans: It was previously reported that TV bosses were arranging for an extra cast to fly out to Majorca in May

Which European countries are welcoming UK tourists back? 

Overseas travel is restarting in Europe as vaccine drives gather pace and Covid infections fall.

Britons are now allowed to holiday abroad after the government repealed a law banning non-essential travel abroad.

The UK is using a traffic light system to determine who has to quarantine when they get home, but that is only part of the puzzle – holiday-makers will also have to find a country willing to let them in.

So, where in Europe is allowing UK tourists to visit?

Portugal

A favourite destination of UK sun-seekers, Portugal also has the distinction of being one of a few countries included on the government’s travel ‘green list’ meaning people do not have to quarantine after arriving home.

After some flip-flopping on the issue, Portugal agreed to allow British arrivals into the country starting on Monday.  

All arrivals will have to take a PCR test no more than 72 hours beforehand, and bring the negative results with them to be allowed into the country.

Iceland

Visitors from any foreign nation are being allowed into the country provided they can show proof of vaccination or a previous Covid infection.

Tourists then have to take a PCR test on arrival and wait in their hotel for the results, but border authorities say this will be no longer than 24 hours and is usually over in five or six hours.

There is a complicated list of exemptions for those who are not vaccinated, but it is unlikely that most people will qualify.

Iceland also has the benefit of being on the UK’s green list, meaning you won’t need to quarantine after arriving home.

Greece 

Since April, Greece’s borders have been open to foreign arrivals provided they can show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure or that they have been fully vaccinated with an EU-approved Covid jab.

Arrivals also need to complete a passenger locator form including details of where they have travelled and where they are staying so it can be used by test and trace authorities in the case of an outbreak.

Croatia

Tourists are welcome to travel provided they have taken a negative PCR test within 48 hours of departure, have evidence of previous infection, or are fully vaccinated.

Arrivals will also need to provide evidence that they have paid for accommodation within the country – which can include campsites – or own property there.

Travellers are also required to complete a form, which can either be done on arrival or in advance online.

Cyprus

The Mediterranean island is welcoming tourists provided they have been fully vaccinated, can show evidence of a previous infection or have taken a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure.

Travellers also need to register for a flight pass no later than 24 hours before departure.

For those using a PCR test to get into the country, details of the test will need to be entered into the online form, meaning they will have to plan the timing of the test carefully.

Turkey

Despite the country being in almost-total lockdown, Turkey is allowing tourists in without a PCR test or evidence of vaccination.

Tourists are largely exempt from the lockdown rules – which have confined Turks to their homes for weeks – while hotels and other businesses involved directly in tourism have been allowed to remain open.

However, many other businesses – such as shops and restaurants – remain closed. City streets are also deserted, which could be a blessing or a curse, depending on your idea of a good holiday.

Spain

Spain will follow Portugal’s lead and let UK tourists in from Monday May 24, the Spanish government confirmed on Friday in an official state bulletin.

British holidaymakers planning to jet to Spain from next week will not have to show proof they have been vaccinated or present a negative PCR coronavirus test, it has been confirmed.

Spain’s veto on British tourists had been extended till May 31 before Friday’s announcement, although the country’s tourism minister Maria Reyes Maroto signalled earlier this month it could be lifted sooner. 

But Spain remains on the UK’s amber list and will not be added to the green list until June at the earliest, but Toni Perez, mayor of seaside tourist destination Benidorm, said he saw the latest announcement as ‘very positive’.

Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez also announced on Friday that tourists from around the world would be allowed to enter the country from June 7 if they had been vaccinated.

Other major European tourist destinations have also begun laying out plans to let tourists back in, though have not finalised them yet. They are…

Italy

Prime Minister Mario Draghi said last week that Italy plans to run its own ‘green pass scheme’ which would allow tourists in from any country provided they are vaccinated, have previously been infected, or have tested negative.

Mr Draghi said the scheme would be in place by ‘mid-May’, raising hopes that it might be ready in time for Britain’s rules to relax on May 17.

But since his initial announcement, no further details have been published leading to frustration and confusion among those hoping to travel. 

France

Currently, France is allowing people into the country for non-essential reasons provided they have a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival. 

However, all UK arrivals must also self-isolate for seven days after arriving or face a £1,000 fine – ruling out a large amount of tourist travel.

Plans are in the works to drop the self isolation requirement, with Emmanuel Macron giving a date of June 9 for the rules to change.  

Under the new plans, all visitors would have to obtain a Pass Sanitaire, essentially a green certificate with evidence of a negative Covid test or vaccination required to qualify.

Like the UK’s roadmap, France’s unlocking requires infections to be falling in order to progress, meaning it could be called off or delayed. 

Cases are currently declining in the country, though at a very gradual pace. 

Other European nations are currently not allowing tourists in, and have not announced plans to allow it. 

This includes Germany, which has made it illegal for companies to transport people there for non-essential purposes. 

Others nations which ban non-essential travel include the likes of Norway, Sweden, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland.   

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