TUI, easyJet, Ryanair, Jet2: 22 countries that could be eligible for the green list
The government is expected to add up to 22 more countries to the UK’s green travel list later this month.
Popular holiday destinations such as France, Italy, Poland, Austria and the Czech Republic are all expected to be included in the list at some point in July.
The 22 countries, listed below, all currently have lower Covid infection rates than countries currently on the green list.
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This is good news for the local Stansted Airport, which was once the main hub for flights to and from Europe.
But, just because a country appears on the green list doesn’t necessarily mean Britons can travel there on vacation, with the UK’s own infection rate on the rise again, governments in other countries could shut down their borders.
The UK’s next greenlist review is slated to take place on July 15 with changes likely to be introduced the following week, LancsLive reports.
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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps added Madeira, the Spanish Balearic Islands and Malta to the green list in the last review on June 25.
The announcement was a huge disappointment to vacationers and airlines alike who expected more additions in time for the busy summer season.
Robert Boyle, former chief strategy officer at British Airways, said 22 countries are now meeting the threshold to be included on the green list based on current calculations used by government scientists to assess which places are safe for travel to quarantine.
Mr Boyle told the Telegraph that all destinations had infection rates below 20 cases per 100,000 population and with less than 1.5% of all tests performed returning a positive Covid result.
It comes after yesterday’s announcement that UK residents who received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine should be allowed to travel without quarantine from July 26, the first full week of the summer school vacation.
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All 22 countries listed below are currently on the Amber List which requires UK tourists to self-isolate for 10 days and pay for at least two Covid-19 tests on days two and eight.
Mr Boyle said: “There doesn’t appear to be anything in the data that the government says it is using that explains why they are languishing on the Amber List at this point.
“I’m sure the answer is political in some way, but there doesn’t even seem to be any obvious political logic as to why two seemingly similar countries are ranked differently.”
The 22 countries that should be eligible to join the green list according to experts are:
– North Macedonia
– Czech Republic
The government will announce this month exactly when it will allow double-bite travelers to return to the UK from Orange List countries without quarantine, Boris Johnson said Thursday.
However, he did not confirm whether the change would take place in time for the school holidays, as hopeful families waited to see if it was safe to book trips abroad.