Travel list update: Green and amber lists to expand soon – France tipped to be moved

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Travel abroad was off the cards for millions of holiday hopefuls for more than a year as the coronavirus pandemic threatened nations around the world. Green, amber and red travel lists could soon be updated in a bid to boost summer tourism trade according to leading travel experts.

Government Ministers are today discussing allowing fully vaccinated travellers from the EU and the US to enter England without the need to quarantine.

Currently, people who are fully vaccinated in the UK have to isolate themselves when travelling from the EU or the US.

However, the aviation industry is now pushing for a relaxation of these rules.

A 10-day pilot scheme proved Covid vaccination status of travellers from amber list countries can be efficiently and accurately checked away from the border.

Reports suggest France could soon be moved to the amber list meaning fully vaccinated Britons could return home without facing quarantine.

Ministers moved the country into the amber-plus category after reports of a surge in the Beta variant prompted concern.

The latest update on the red, green and amber lists is anticipated next week.

A source told the Telegraph: “The situation in Spain is beginning to feel a lot like the build-up to the decision on France.”

France was moved to amber-plus on July 19, but now the insider has revealed to the Telegraph, change may be on the way for France.

Any changes that are made to the traffic light categories next week would likely come into effect the following week in line with previous Government updates.

The insider added: “France is going to happen. It should never have been left out in the first place – the Department of Health just panicked.

“But there could be no justification for keeping restrictions in place now.”

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Paul Charles, CEO of the PC Agency, has said data suggests Italy, Germany, Poland and Canada could all be added to the green list.

Mr Charles said: “Spain’s infection rate appears to be flatlining and falling. So I would expect a continued reduction by this time next week.”

However, many travel experts fear holiday hotspots such as Spain and Greece could be moved to the amber plus list due to the rise of Beta variant cases.

Both countries have increased lockdown restrictions in recent days and weeks in a bid to keep on top of the virus.

The movement of Spain and Greece to the amber plus category could mean as many as six million Britons have their holiday hopes dashed.

Greece has recorded 178 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 over the past seven days, while Spain has recorded 385 per 100,000 – up 10 percent week-on-week.

In addition to those mentioned above, Mr Charles also predicts the following countries to be moved to the green list next week:

  • Austria
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia

On the green watch list, Mr Charles placed Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Finland, Egypt, Estonia, French Polynesia, Jamaica, Japan, North Macedonia, Norway, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Sweden.

The Balearic Islands could also be a “cause for concern” according to the experts due to the rise of cases across these nations.

These islands joined the amber list on July 19.

The red list is not expected to change hugely with the next travel review.

The head of Emirates Airline’s UK operations has expressed frustration that the UAE is still on the Government’s red list.

The UAE’s seven-day case rate is 108 per 100,000 people and 68.9 percent of the adult population have received a second vaccine dose.

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