Grant Shapps discusses changes to ‘green list’
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In the Government’s travel review yesterday, June 24, it was announced that only one country was to be added to the travel green list: Malta. Thirteen nations were added to the green “watchlist”.
Yesterday, June 24, travel industry leaders and MPs accused the Government of causing “further complexity and confusion” around where Britons can and cannot travel to this summer.
It was expected that Malta and the Balearic Islands would be put on the green list, but Malta was the only new addition.
The Balearic Islands, which include holiday favourites Mallorca and Ibiza, were placed on the green “watch list”.
Grant Shapps appeared on ITV this morning to attempt to clear some of the confusion surrounding the new watchlist.
The transport secretary recommended that Britons pay attention only to the green list, for the moment.
He said: “My advice for the time being would be stick to the green list countries.
“Those are the only ones you can go for holidays.”
But Mr Shapps said holidaymakers should also “be aware” of the green watchlist.
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Thirteen new countries were added to this list yesterday.
They are Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Balearic Islands, Barbados, British Antarctic territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Madeira, Montserrat, Pitcairn Islands, and Turks and Caicos.
Additionally, Israel was moved from the green list to the green watch list.
The watch list is designed to avoid the repeat pf the Portugal chaos, when the country was removed from the green list and added to the amber list with only four days’ notice.
This caused mayhem for British travellers who had to immediately return home from the nation.
Mr Shapps confirmed “things could move very quickly” and so the watch list was created to “give people the heads up”.
He advised Britons to prepare themselves in case the watch list countries are spontaneously added to other lists.
The transport secretary said: “The countries are somewhere between green and perhaps amber.
“We’re just giving people a heads up that we may not be able to give notice as we move those countries in the future.
“So be aware – make sure you’ve got travel insurance, make sure you can change your flight booking, make sure you can change your accommodation.”
Mr Shapps added: “Of course things could move very quickly – that is always a possibility, and we have to reserve that right just to protect health.
“But we’ve always tried to give a bit of notice.
“By putting it on the watch list we’re giving people the heads up with what we’re seeing here – what the scientists are showing us.
“We’re trying to give people as much insight as we have, frankly, so they can come to their own decisions.”
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