Transport Secretary Grant Shapps made another travel announcement on Wednesday, July 14, with updates to the green, amber and red list.
The traffic light travel list was first unveiled after the ban on travel was lifted on May 17.
But since then, a number of reviews have taken place – and another one is coming.
The latest travel update came just days before England was due to lift its remaining lockdown restrictions. As planned, the country has now entered stage 4 of the government’s roadmap.
Here’s what we know about the next travel review.
When is the travel update?
The next travel announcement is due on either Wednesday, August 4, or Thursday, August 5.
Announcements have been taking place every three weeks, with the first one on June 3, the second on June 24 and the third on July 14.
Announcements are usually made on Thursdays, but the third review was announced on a Wednesday.
If the government follow their usual pattern, the next announcement should be made on either Wednesday August 4, or Thursday August 5.
Any changes are expected to come into effect on the following week. However, this has not yet been confirmed.
The Department for Transport has said: “These regular review points will allow the Government to balance helping the public to understand Covid requirements when travelling to England while allowing us to constantly evaluate the risk for different countries.”
What is the current green list?
This is the current green list, but changes may come on either August 4 or August 5
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Balearic Islands
- British Antarctic Territory
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Faroe Islands
- Falkland Islands
- New Zealand
- Pitcairn Islands
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
- Turks and Caicos Islands
Which countries will be added to the Green list?
With the school holidays in swing, eyes will be on mainstream holiday destinations like Spain, France and Italy.
Paul Charles, CEO of the PC Agency, tweeted earlier in the month that Italy, Canada, Germany and Poland could fit the criteria to be added to the green list.
He said that these countries “have very low test positivity”, below 1%, which means they could go green.
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He also told the Telegraph this week that 14 countries could possibly turn green in the next review.
They are: Austria, Bosnia, Canada, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia and Slovenia.
However, we won’t know for sure which countries will be added to the green list until the announcement – as this is an ever-evolving situation.
How the traffic light system works
The government decide which countries are placed on the Green, Amber and Red list based on these criteria:
- The percentage of a country’s population that have been vaccinated
- The rate of infection
- The prevalence of variants of concern
- The country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing
The Green, Amber and Red colours dictate what travellers need to do after they have returned from the UK.
For example, those arriving from Green countries need to take a pre-departure test, as well as a PCR test on or before day two of arriving back in the UK.
Those returning from Amber countries need to quarantine for 10 days, as well as taking a pre-departure test, and PCR tests on day two and eight.
Red arrivals need to spend 10 days at a quarantine hotel, as well as the mandatory testing.
However, as of July 19, holidaymakers from the UK who have received both jabs aren’t be required to self isolate if they return from an amber list.