Germany will reportedly attempt to ban British travellers from the European Union regardless of whether or not they have had the coronavirus vaccine.
Holidaymakers have been rushing to book trips to destinations added to the Government’s quarantine-free list after 14 countries and territories, including Spain’s Balearic Islands, Malta, Madeira, moved to the green list and watch list on Thursday.
Ministers have announced plans to scrap the 10-day isolation rule for return from amber list countries by the end of this summer – for fully vaccinated Brits
A number of popular hotspots such as France, Greece, Italy and mainland Spain remain in the amber tier, meaning travellers returning to the UK from those locations must self-isolate at home for 10 days.
But as the Delta variant spreads, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is said to want to classify Britain as a “country of concern”.
Senior European and national officials on the EU’s integrated political crisis response committee are set to discuss the issue.
Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Malta and Portugal will resist the plans, reports The Times.
Brits travelling to Germany are currently required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
French President Emmanuel Macron has already backed mandatory quarantine for travellers who have not had a Covid vaccine.
Ms Merkel is due to meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Chequers next week.
The German Chancellor has been pressing EU leaders meeting in Brussels to impose stringent quarantine requirements on arrivals to the bloc from Britain.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told BBC Breakfast on Friday: “I think it is understandable if you are in Germany – I heard what the chancellor said yesterday – and you have yet to reach the level of vaccination that we have seen here or in Malta, that you’re going to be more concerned.
“That may be just a question of waiting for their vaccination programme.”
Professor Adam Finn, from the University of Bristol and a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), told Sky News that the UK poses more of a risk to some other countries at the moment than the other way round.
He said the destinations added to the green list “pose very limited risk to the UK”, but tourists from the UK “may take the virus with them and infect other people there”.
It comes as people arriving in the UK from green list locations after 4am on Wednesday June 30 will no longer be required to self-isolate.
British Airways has added flights to its schedules and plans to use larger aircraft on routes serving the new green list locations to meet the demand for travel.
Another airline, Jet2.com, saw its highest volume of bookings to the Balearic Islands in nearly a year on Thursday.
The firm has also put more than 70 additional flights on sale to Malta and Madeira for July and August.