Exact date for next travel review as more countries expected to go green

The travel review that happens every three weeks keeps holiday-goers updated on the government’s foreign travel traffic light system.

Predictions and speculations are made about which countries will go green, amber or red much to the anticipation of travellers hoping to make their journeys easier.

The traffic light system determines what coronavirus rules travellers will face upon re-entry to Britain.

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The next travel announcement could be the last as there as the traffic light system may be scraped with reports that it could end around October 1.

However, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to announce the latest updates on foreign travel this week.

The updates happen every three weeks and with the last announcement taking place on August 26, the next is to be expected this Thursday, on September 16.

The government official has made many of the most recent announcements on Twitter the evening before the review is due.

This means those jetting off abroad are expected to discover their holiday fate tomorrow (September 15).

The latest review saw seven countries turning green – the Azores in Portugal, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, and Switzerland, were the additions to the green list.

European holiday destinations such as Spain, France, Portugal, and Greece remained on the amber list. Rumours around these countries entering the red list were rife but didn’t come to fruition in the end.

Turkey remained on the red list and Montenegro and Thailand moved from the amber to the red list and mandatory hotel quarantine.

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At the next review this week, the countries that are rumoured to go from red to amber may excite some expectant holiday goers.

Pakistan and the Maldives are two of the top three tip-offs to move from red to amber for UK tourists, which will come as welcome news to some.

But the third rumoured to be downgraded to amber is one that many Brits have been waiting all summer for – Turkey.

Paul Charles, founder of the PC Agency travel consultancy, said of the possible move: “Turkey very much deserves to be on the amber list as it has some of the best Covid safety policies in place, especially in hotels and other tourist areas and has worked hard to reduce its infection rates.”

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