How travel rules could change for some of Brits’ most popular countries
With just a week to go until the government’s next tri-weekly travel review, travellers are once again speculating about changes which might be made.
Although the review is in a week, the most staggering change we can expect will be at the end of the month.
According to a key spokesperson for the travel industry, the UK’s current traffic light travel system could be scrapped by as early as October.
On Wednesday (September 8), chief executive of the PC Agency Paul Charles tweeted to say the traffic light system would finally end at the end of this month.
But in the meantime, what changes can travellers expect to the red, amber and green lists?
The next travel review is due on the coming Wednesday or Thursday (15, 16 September).
Predictions vary greatly, and aren’t always reliable, but it’s worth taking a look, as they’ve certainly been right before.
The decisions are made by politicians but informed by data from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
For the traffic light system, the experts take into account the percentage of a country’s population that have been vaccinated, the rate of infection, and prevalence of variants of concern.
Current speculation suggests Spain, along with other major European holiday destinations, will remain on the amber list.
This means fully vaccinated people would continue to be able to visit without quarantine.
Greece is also expected to remain on the amber list.
The Turkish embassy said before the last update that it was “confident” it would finally turn amber, but the popular summer holiday destination remained on the red list.
Since the last update, case rates in Turkey have risen, but NHS figures show 1.7 per cent of people arriving from Turkey tested positive for Covid-19 – the same rate as Spain.
Last week, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab raised hopes that Pakistan would move to the amber list at the next update, by suggesting he wanted to see the country taken off the list.
He called on Pakistan and the UK to “work together” to find a solution to the “sensitive issue”.
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The reason for Pakistan remaining on the red list is thought to be the low rate of vaccination, at just 9%.
Like Turkey and Pakistan, the Maldives could be getting bumped up to amber after a long old slog in red.
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