BRITS will find out where they can go on holiday from May 17, as the UK government is due to announce which countries are to be on the “green list” later today.
The traffic light program hopes to revive vacations abroad, by opening destinations deemed to be low risk based on their Covid situation and the deployment of vaccines.
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps is due to hold a press conference tonight at 5 p.m. to reveal the green list of vacation destinations this summer.
Only green countries will be exempt from quarantine, with the British being able to avoid self-isolation for 10 days upon their return.
Testing will still be required, with a pre-arrival test before returning to the UK, and a second test on the second day.
However, there may be limited countries on the green list at the start, due to the third wave currently sweeping through Europe.
Malta and Gibraltar, both with higher vaccination rates than the UK, should be on the list, as both countries also report low daily rates of Covid.
Gibraltar was also the first country to offer the Covid vaccine to the entire adult population, while Malta is even offering to pay tourists £ 173 to spend their holidays there this summer.
Portugal may be the only popular vacation spot for Brits to make the list due to their low cases as well.
Other planned destinations include Iceland, Finland and Israel, as well as Caribbean islands such as Barbados and Jamaica.
Unfortunately, most of Europe is likely to be on the Amber List – requiring a 10-day home quarantine as well as a pre-arrival Covid test and two tests to be performed on day two and eight. quarantine.
Spain, Greece, Italy and France are all set to be on the Amber List from May 17, although there are hopes they can be removed from June – in time for the season summer.
A travel corridor between the US and the UK is also hoped for, although it may not happen when the announcement is made as America has yet to lift the travel ban. imposed on the British.
Redlisted countries will still require a 10-day hotel quarantine, which will cost travelers £ 1,750.
Airlines and tour operators are already offering discounted Covid test kits as a way to make vacations more affordable, fearing that families will still be charged due to expensive travel requirements.
TUI has announced £ 20 Covid test kits for Britons heading to Green List countries, saving Britons up to £ 100 per person.
Countries also want to invite British tourists for the summer, thanks to the success of the vaccination campaign.
Greece is already welcoming the return of vaccinated Britons and only requires an NHS vaccination card as proof, while Portugal will do so from mid-May.
Italy and Cyprus also said vaccinated Britons could return from mid-May, while Spain and Malta had said it from June.
Unvaccinated Britons will still be able to travel but will require negative Covid tests.
Britons could even receive free Covid test kits to take on holiday with them, as part of a new program being discussed by the government.