Holidays: ‘Green list’ to be confirmed May 7 – ‘likely 20 to 30 countries’ predicts expert

Simon Calder predicts which countries may join green list

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out plans to resume some international travel from May 17 in accordance with his new “traffic light” system. While travel is not set to resume until the middle of May, one expert has said he anticipates the full list of “green” and “amber” countries to be revealed in a matter of weeks.

Paul Charles, CEO of the PC Agency, said in a tweet: “I understand #UKGov will publish its traffic lights system and details of which countries are red, amber, or green on May 7.”

The travel industry expert went on to predict as many as “20 to 30 countries” could be given the go-ahead for quarantine-free travel.

Travellers hoping to head to countries categorised as green will be able to avoid self-isolation on their return to the UK.

However, they will still be expected to follow the specific entry requirements of the destination they are visiting.

Furthermore, the UK Government has also set out specific testing requirements for “green” destinations.

They will be expected to take a pre-departure test, as well as a PCR test on or before day two of their arrival back into the UK.

The cost of PCR tests average at around £120, but some airline deals are offering them for £60.

In a blog post on the PC Agency, Mr Charles explained the Government would be using data from May 6 to determine which nations would be “green”.

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“As global data is updated on a Thursday each week, this enables the Government to take stock of the latest data on May 6 and then publish its thoughts on how countries will be rated,” he said.

“It doesn’t want to reveal the country ratings before then and be held responsible for making the wrong call.”

He also predicted some hotspots which could see holidaymakers jetting off without the need for self-isolation.

“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,” he explained.

“As such, it’s highly likely 20-30 countries could be green from the outset.”

However, the Prime Minister has said the “traffic light” lists will remain under “constant review”.

Much like the travel corridors of 2020, this could mean sudden changes.

Countries categorised as “amber” will require self-isolation at home for 10 days, as well as testing.

Arrivals will need to take a pre-departure test, as well as a PCR test on day two and day eight of their arrival back in the UK.

They will be given the option to shorten their quarantine time by taking part in “Test to Release” on day five.

Arrivals from “red list” countries will be required to quarantine in a Government-approved hotel.

The quarantine package must be booked before departure and costs £1,750 for one adult in one room over the 10 day period.

Any additional days required will be at a rate of £650.

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