THE GOVERNMENT has confirmed that holidays abroad will be able to go ahead this summer and that there will be a new traffic light system opening up countries without travel restrictions.
It means Brits will finally have the opportunity to jet off on a foreign break, with countries classified as either green, amber, or red, depending on the state of the pandemic and rate of vaccinations.
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Grant Shapps has confirmed that the countries on the green list would be revealed in “two or three weeks,” adding: “For the first time people can start to think about visiting loved ones abroad or perhaps a summer holiday.”
While we haven’t been given the details of which countries could be on the green list, there are a number of destinations in with a chance as they have kept their cases low or whose vaccination drives are progressing quickly.
According to research by The PC Agency, countries which could be put on the lowest risk list include Malta and Portugal, both of which have kept cases low, while Malta is the leading EU destination for the vaccine. Gibraltar, also in Europe, may also be on the list.
The Caribbean and the UAE may also make the cut, while the US could even make the green list with hopes for a UK-US travel corridor.
For those wanting to take a punt on a potential green list destination, we’ve found cheap holiday deals in the countries most likely to make the cut – although caution is advised that these could change at short notice.
Families wanting to book a holiday should check with their tour operator or airline what their cancellation policy is, as many are now offering free date changes or cancellations if trips can’t go ahead due to Covid.
International travel will start no earlier than May 17 with the new traffic light system being discussed which would use a three-colour guide to mandate what restrictions travellers would face depending on the risk.
Countries on the “green” list would be able to travel without quarantine restrictions but would require a pre-flight Covid test as well as a PCR test on day two of returning to the UK.
“Amber” countries would require a negative Covid test before arrival in the UK, plus two further tests once in the country and a ten-day quarantine at home.
Then arrivals from “red list countries would have to isolate at a quarantine hotel for 10 days, at a cost of £1,750.
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