UK news The countries set to go on the 'green' list for holidays abroad last minute news
PremierLeague-News.Com- Jet2, easyJet, Ryanair and other airlines are looking to start more commercial flights, but the countries which they will be allowed to fly to have yet to be revealed
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Budget airlines like Jet2, easyJet and Ryanair are bringing back more and more commercial flights at Stansted Airport and others later this month. But the lists of countries that British travellers will and won't be allowed to fly to, known as the green and red lists, has yet to be released. The government has promised a formal announcement on the red and green lists, after allegedly missing their deadline for announcing the news on Saturday. But it has been confirmed by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps that the traffic light travel system will be in place, based on four tests, the Mirror reports. These are: vaccination rates, the number of coronavirus cases, the prevalence of "variants of concern" and the quality of testing data. This will allow Brits to travel to "green list" countries in the near future - which could be as early as May 17. The 'green list' is the most appealing for holidaymakers because it won't require self-isolation or quarantine. Foreign holidays are currently banned (Image: Phil Harris/Daily Mirror) On Saturday, the Department for Transport (DfT) missed a deadline set by a committee of MPs for grading countries under the new traffic light system. The Commons' Transport Select Committee issued a report which stated the list of destinations must be published on that date "at the latest", but this has not happened. Instead, the DfT has only said the lists will be made public in "early May". There has been much speculation about which countries will be opened up to Brits first, with a handful of names appearing often. Green Destinations such as Portugal, Malta, Iceland, Finland and Gibraltar have all been tipped as likely 'green list' countries. Caribbean countries like Jamaica and Grenada, and the Cayman Islands, have also been mentioned after taking into account vaccine rates, infection rates, evidence of variants and data quality, reports the Daily Mail. Funchal on the Portuguese island of Madeira, which travellers can visit without having to quarantine when they return to the UK (Image: Achim Prill) Israel - a world leader at rolling out the Covid vaccine - is also likely to feature, as could Morocco and the Maldives. There is even talk of the US - where the vaccine rollout has progressed well - and Australia and New Zealand, which have been lightly touched by Covid, being added to the list of countries, although strict border controls on landing may still scupper trips to those destinations. Australia and New Zealand have already set up a 'travel bubble' with each other, which has been suggested by some as an option for Britain. Read More Related Articles Covid treatment: The nasal flu spray being developed that could also protect against Covid Read More Related Articles Cambridgeshire Covid latest: Cambs cities remain at top of worst places for Covid in England Analysis by the PC Agency said that based on current rates of infection and vaccine take-up, as many as 24 countries or overseas territories could be declared green for May 17, reports the Daily Express. But other reports have suggested that just a handful of destinations will be allowed initially - before a review is carried out a few weeks later. Ministers could keep the list limited in the first instance, but the PC Agency, a travel consultancy, said it expected it to more than double from June 28 to include more countries. Amber The government is discussing a traffic light system to allow Brits to go on holiday again (Image: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire) Popular holiday destinations such as Spain and Green could initially be on Britain's 'amber list', according to reports. They may then be upgraded to the 'green list' following a review, which could take place every three weeks. Other countries tipped to be on the amber list include: Denmark, Cyprus, Turkey, Italy and Croatia. Many European countries are expected to appear on this list initially due to the slow vaccine rollout on the continent. But, as it speeds up, it is hoped that more and more borders will open. France has already announced vaccinated Brits can travel to the country from early June, while Greece has also offered hope of non-essential travel over the summer. You can find more travel news in the widget below: The EU has previously set out plans for coronavirus vaccine certificates that could be used by UK holidaymakers this summer. Digital green certificates will be accepted as evidence that a person has had a Covid-19 jab, received a negative test result or recovered from the virus, according to the European Commission's proposal.
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. Red A total of 40 countries are currently on the Government's 'red list', meaning travel is banned from those destinations. As the official gov.uk site says: "If you have been in or through any of the countries listed below in the previous 10 days, you will be refused entry to the UK. "If you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK, you will be able to enter. "You must quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days." Although this list is subject to change, it is likely that many of the countries listed now will remain 'red' when the lists announced. Travel from destinations like Brazil, South Africa, India, Argentina and the United Arab Emirates - including Dubai - is currently banned. This is due to a variety of reasons, such as the Covid crisis in India or the fear of variants being transported to Britain. You can find your nearest vaccination centre in your local area in the widget below:
Ahead of the announcement next week, a leading expert has claimed that people will be able to go on holidays "within limits" this summer. But Peter Openshaw, Professor of Experimental Medicine at Imperial College London, said it was vital people do not drop their guard because there are likely to be further outbreaks of coronavirus. Prof Openshaw, who is also a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nertag), told the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday Britain needed to be cautious and prepare. When asked if people will be able to start going on holiday, he said: "Yes, within limits. "It's so important that we do not drop our guard completely. "We know it's perfectly likely there will be further outbreaks unless we use this time to be very cautious and prepare sensibly."
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His comments come as Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the list of nations where international travel will be permitted is "coming shortly". He told The Andrew Marr Show: "We said we'd make the changes on May 17 and we would set out the details of the new system, which is a traffic light system, before then. So, it's coming shortly." Earlier in the week, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said holidaymakers in England will be able to use the NHS app to prove their coronavirus status to destination countries. Mr Shapps said the app - which is currently used to book medical appointments and order repeat prescriptions - will display evidence that someone has been vaccinated or recently tested. He told Sky News: "In terms of vaccine certification, I can confirm we are working on an NHS application; actually it will be the NHS app that is used for people when they book appointments with the NHS and so on, to be able to show you've had a vaccine or you've had testing. "I'm working internationally with partners across the world to make sure that system can be internationally recognised, as that's the way forward."
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