The low-Covid countries that are on the UK Government’s green list are expected to be revealed later this week, but current travel advice gives an indication some of the destinations that could be included.
UK Government ministers are expected to decide if foreign holidays can resume from May 17, the date given in Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown, and the traffic light list of countries will preempt that announcement.
The traffic light system will be risk-based with different rules for people returning to the UK depending on which list their destination is on.
People travelling to ‘green’ countries will not need to quarantine on their return unless they test positive for coronavirus while arrivals from ‘amber’ countries will need to quarantine for 10 days.
Those returning from ‘green list’ countries from May 17 may also be fast-tracked through passport control under plans proposed to combat queues at airports, it has been reported.
As things stand, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is not advising against non-essential travel to eight international locations.
- Portugal (excluding the Azores)
- Spain’s Canary Islands
Assessments will be based on a range of factors, including the proportion of a country’s population that has been vaccinated, rates of infection, emerging new variants, and the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing.
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There is no guarantee that the green list will match the FCDO’s travel advice, but the latter indicates the Government’s current evaluation of the risks to tourists.
Travel advice was updated on April 14 for Portugal, in October 2020 for the Canary Islands and the following month for the five Greek islands.
An FCDO spokesman said: “Whilst travelling abroad for holidays is currently not permitted there are exemptions allowing overseas travel for listed essential reasons.
“It is important that British nationals travelling or living overseas have access to the most up to date travel advice to help them make informed decisions about international travel and plan for a safe trip.”