Germans back hogging sun loungers in Spain while Brits stuck at home

GERMAN tourists have been pictured basking in the Spanish sunshine as Brits await the green light for foreign travel.

The new images show a handful of lucky punters enjoying their holidays on the beaches of Gran Canaria as summer rolls ahead for other European nations.  

Germans bathed in the sunshine on the beachCredit: Alamy

Others had their towels at the ready

Others had their towels at the readyCredit: Alamy

Punters could be seen dipping their toes in the sea

Punters could be seen dipping their toes in the seaCredit: Alamy

Tourists enjoying a drink along the promenade

Tourists enjoying a drink along the promenadeCredit: AFP

Some were simply enjoying the football

Some were simply enjoying the footballCredit: Alamy

Many can be seen bathing on sun loungers and dipping their toes into the sea.

Others can be seen partying with drinks in hand on the promenade, eating and meals on the shore and wearing their national colours as they embrace Euro 2020.

However, the scenes on show in Spain are bound to be leaving many Brits stuck at home with a bitter taste in their mouth as the Government faces criticism over their reluctance to open up foreign travel.

Yesterday Boris was accused of letting the Germans steal a march in the sunbed wars.

Currently, Germans are free to travel to beaches in Gran Canaria, Majorca and mainland Spain.

They have free access to travel to most of Europe and only need one negative PCR test before going home, despite the EU’s bungled jabs rollout and the country averaging seven times as many deaths per week as the UK.

Meanwhile, Brits returning from amber list countries — such as France, Greece and Spain — must isolate for ten days and get tested twice even if they are doubled vaccinated.

It has left Scientists, MPs, travel bosses and holidaymakers warning Brits of the risk being left behind despite our plummeting death rate and the fact that almost all adults have had at least one vaccine shot.

Yesterday just five Brits were confirmed to have died as hospitalisations remained extremely.

Despite the statistics, The Sun can reveal the green list for safe travel is “unlikely” to be added to at a review this week.

Another is due at the end of July, but will come too late for many holidaymakers.

The PM was glum when he was recently asked about the prospect of Brits getting away abroad this summer when asked about foreign holidays.

He said: “There will be hassle, there will be delays, because the priority has to be to keep the country safe and to stop the virus coming back in.”

A line of Tui buses ready to depart

A line of Tui buses ready to departCredit: Getty

Tourists been lead away by a tour guide

Tourists been lead away by a tour guideCredit: Alamy

However, Boris is keeping Brits at home amid his bid for caution

However, Boris is keeping Brits at home amid his bid for caution

The foot-dragging comes as Department of Health figures showing that no vaccine-busting Covid strains have been imported from amber list countries.

In the three weeks to June 9, of 1,418 people to arrive home from Spain, 1,222 from France, and 484 from Greece, only four tested positive, none with a mutant variant currently of concern to ministers.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has since provided hope for punters as he said his department was working on measures to allow fully vaccinated Brits more freedom.

Yet he warned: “We’re not ready to be able to take that step yet, but it’s something I want to see and we will introduce, subject to clinical advice, as soon as it’s reasonable.” 

Yesterday, business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng confirmed that No 10 will take a “safer rather than sorry” approach to reopening our borders.

And he insisted new figures that show just one in every 200 arrivals from amber list countries test positive “don’t tell the full picture”.

He said: “You can appreciate that we want to keep people as safe as possible and that’s why we’ve maintained the amber list.

“I totally get the frustration. For me it’s been very difficult because I want to go on holiday but I’ve chosen not to because of the restrictions.

“It’s a difficult one to balance. It’s encouraging, the data we’ve seen from amber list countries.

“But at the moment we want to take an approach that’s more safer rather than sorry.”

Boris Johnson pours cold water on adding more countries to green list this week and says it’ll be a ‘difficult year for travel’


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