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The traffic light travel system has caused agony for wannabe summer holidaymakers across the UK, with a measly 11 places, most of which are not European, included on the green list. But this is due to change this week as the Government is due to review which of our favourite holiday destinations you could be jetting off to this summer.
The Government is due to review the travel lists every three weeks, making the next most likely date for an update June 24.
While nothing has been confirmed as yet, Brits are hoping for more choice when it comes to summer travel later this year.
However, countries being added to the green list is highly dependent on Covid data.
So where might you be able to travel to later this summer?
Croatia has a case rate of 14.69 per 100,000, one of the lowest in Europe.
Croatia’s daily case rate shows that its second wave is coming to a close, with only 58 people testing positive for the virus at the end of last week.
Cases in the country were down 38 percent last week, and with 25 percent of the population fully vaccinated, Croatia is likely to be downgraded to the green list.
Easily one of the most popular destinations for British holidaymakers, the country that was once one of the worst affected in the world has come out of the other side.
The weekly Covid-19 case rate in Italy is 12.7 per 100,000, considerably lower than that of the UK, and to boot, the vaccination drive is coming along nicely. with 30 percent of the population having received both doses of the jab.
However, Italy recently imposed a five day quarantine period for British travellers, dampening the desire to fly to the country.
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Minister for Travel Grant Schapps has already confirmed island territories will be considered separately from their mainland counterparts, meaning the Balearic Islands are likely to be downgraded to the green list, even if mainland Spain isn’t.
A quarter of the island’s population has now received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine and is recording a low 19 cases per 100,000 at present, making it a big contender for the green list later this week.
Other destinations which could make it on the green list are Finland, Poland, Morocco, Grenada, Mexico, Canada, Barbados, Germany and Jamaica.
Currently on the UK’s green list are:
- Falkland Islands
- Faroe Islands
- Israel and Jerusalem
- New Zealand
- South George and the South Sandwich Islands
- St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Elsewhere, Turkey is likely to be downgraded from red to amber as cases have dropped across much of the country.
However, this doesn’t change the restrictions other countries have on UK travellers entering their territory, with a number of destinations either not allowing British travellers or still imposing quarantine restrictions on them.
The Prime Minister said on Monday: “I want to stress that this is going to be – whatever happens – a difficult year for travel.
“There will be hassle, there will be delays, I am afraid, because the priority has got to be to keep the country safe and stop the virus coming back in.”
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