Boris Johnson says travel red list is under 'constant review'
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Green list countries will see the lightest restrictions and rules for travellers. The traffic light system which is due to come into effect in Britain will categorise countries into three levels determined by the safety measures needed for travel to them. Several destinations will be open to travellers from May 17, kicking off the holiday season.
International travel is currently only permitted for one of the permitted exceptions.
Leisure travel abroad is not able to resume from the UK until May 17.
Travellers coming to and from the UK will be subject to a traffic light system in 2021 when international travel is permitted once again.
Each country will be categorised as red, amber or green, depending on the risk level of coronavirus in each nation.
The categorisation is contingent on the proportion of vaccinations undertaken, infection rates, prevalence rates and prominence of variants of concern.
For green list countries, the following measures will be required:
- One test within 72 hours of departure to England
- At least one test on arrival back in England, which could be a lateral flow test, which is free to all from April 9.
For amber list countries, the following measures will be required:
- A pre-departure test
- Mandatory quarantine for 10 days at home
- PCR tests on days two and eight, with the option to pay for an extra test on day five to be released from isolation early.
- Rules could be more flexible for fully vaccinated people, with no home quarantine period.
For red list countries, the following measures will be required:
- Compulsory hotel quarantine costing up to £1,750 per person, for 11 days with pre-departure tests and testing on days two and eight
- Direct flights from red-list countries are banned
- Britons living in red-list countries must fly home via a third nation.
Greece has now scrapped all quarantine rules for UK travellers who have been fully vaccinated against Covid or can show proof of a negative PCR test.
The UK is currently one of 33 countries required to self-isolate upon arrival in Greece.
However, the country will no longer require this mandatory quarantine.
The new travel rules have been described as a “pilot measures” by Government spokesperson Aristotelia Peloni.
Given this announcement, if Greece were added to the UK’s green list, Britons would be freely able to undertake quarantine-free trips to the country once international travel is permitted.
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Is Greece on the green list?
The Government has not yet announced countries due to feature on the green and amber lists.
During his press briefing on April 20, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the list would be revealed “as soon as we possibly can”, adding that would not be before early May.
Aviation Minister Robert Courts told the Transport Select Committee: “We need to be in a position whereby when we make those decisions, it is on the data that exists at that time.
“We are still some distance away from that date at the moment.
“I anticipate that in the early part of May we will be able to give some more detail into which category each country will fall.”
The Department for Transport and Foreign Commonwealth Office has not yet provided more insight into when this might take place, but early May could be any time from May 1 to 15.
Although the list may not be confirmed for at least one or two weeks, many travel experts have been hazarding guesses as to which countries are likely to feature on the green list.
The countries often deemed most likely contenders for the green list include:
- The Caribbean
- New Zealand
Greece has mounted a large campaign to fully vaccinate people living on its 85 islands.
More than 10,000 residents should be vaccinated by May if the Government’s target keeps its current momentum.
Potentially some Greek islands are expected to be on the green list.
However, many travel experts instead believe the country will be on the amber list.
IAG Research conducted by the former strategy chief at British Airways indicates just eight countries are expected to be on the green list, including all of the above, apart from the Caribbean and Madeira.
The research identified destinations such as Spain, Cyprus, Greece and Italy as likely to be on the amber list, with places like France, Turkey and Holland could be classified as red.
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