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Travel traffic light system: Which countries could be on the green list?

Things won’t be back to business as usual this summer (Picture: PA)

The promise of a traffic light system has given hope for summer holidays in 2021 – though it’s still up in the air as to which countries will be included on a green travel list.

The most recent reports suggest up to 30 countries could be on the green list.

Earlier reports suggest that only eight countries are likely to be included once restrictions begin to lift, though.

The Daily Telegraph reports that many top destinations, particularly in Europe, are unlikely to be given the green light in the very near future – due to fears over a possible third wave.

The traffic light system will see countries fall into three levels of categorisation – Green, Amber, and Red – to help determine what safety measures need to be in place in order to travel to them.

Here’s what we know so far…

What is the travel green list exactly?

Trincomalee on the east coast of Sri Lanka, a rumoured green destination (Picture: Getty)

The green list of countries is part of the traffic light system that is set to replace the current international travel ban – which will be in place until at least May 17.

Foreign travel could be permitted from this date at the earliest – subject to Covid-19 cases falling, and new strains being kept under control.

‘Green countries’ will be destinations that have been deemed safe enough to travel to and back from without the need for quarantine or self-isolation.

And there will also be amber countries (where some type of quarantine is required) and red countries (to which you won’t be able to travel).

What each category means will become clearer when they’re officially announced.

When will the UK government announce the travel green list countries? 

View of Valletta, Malta’s capital. (Picture: Getty)

‘Early May’ is the date given by the government for announcing the travel green list.

MPs recently called for the list to be released on May 1 – but that date is not confirmed.

A government statement on the matter reads: ‘We will set out by early May which countries will fall into which category.

‘As well as confirming whether international travel can resume from May 17 2021 at the earliest.’

Which countries could be on the travel green list?

The PC Agency’s travel expert, Paul Charles, says as many as 30 countries could be on the list.

Two islands in The Maldives (Picture: Getty)

He revealed: ‘Countries that will possibly be green include Israel, Barbados, Morocco, Maldives, Seychelles, Grenada, St Lucia, Antigua and the British Overseas Territories of Bermuda, Turks & Caicos, Falkland Islands, St Helena and a clutch of others.’

Sri Lanka, Iceland and Jamaica are also potential green list destinations.

Meanwhile, research conducted by Robert Boyle, the former strategy chief at BA and its owner IAG, indicated that only a handful of countries are likely to be included as May comes around.

Eight were mentioned in total: United States, Gibraltar, Israel, Iceland, Ireland, Malta, Australia, and New Zealand.

Interestingly, the United States just placed their UK travel advisory at level 4 – which means ‘do not travel’ – so what this space.

Holidays to the United States soon? Only time will tell (Picture: Getty)

According to The Daily Telegraph, Boyle also suggested that ‘the UK might allow countries which are only ‘amber’ on the case rate to be green if they have very high vaccination rates.

‘That might also bring in Malta and in theory the UAE too. But, the latter’s role as a transit hub where people from countries which have variants of concern mingle may rule it out.’

Possible amber list countries include: Spain, Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Portugal.

While potential red list countries could include: France, Turkey and the Netherlands.

Keep in mind these are just predictions – and we won’t know the exact green, amber and red lists until they’re revealed in early May.

While it’s amazing that summer hols abroad are in sight – be extremely cautious before making any concrete plans.


Credit: Original article published here.

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