When is the next UK travel update?
BRITS who want to plan an autumn holiday abroad are waiting for the next travel update to see which countries could be open to UK travellers.
Here is everything you need to know including when the next travel update is and which countries could go green.
When is the next UK travel announcement?
The traffic light system is reviewed every three weeks.
The government’s last held a travel review on Thursday, August 26, with changes to the red, amber and green list.
The next update is expected this week, on Thursday, September 16.
The last review saw Canada, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the Azores given the added to the green list while France, Spain, Greece, Portugal and other European holiday hotspots stayed on amber.
But the changes weren’t as positive for holidaymakers in Montenegro and Thailand as both countries were added to the red list.
Which countries are expected to be added to the green list?
Holiday Extras’ Seamus McCauley said a number of European hotspots including Spain, Greece and Hungary should all go green this Thursday.
He told the Mirror: “The main holiday destinations – Spain, Greece, Portugal etc – are stable, the Canaries are seeing significant improvements with Gran Canaria dropping down one alert level and the Azores and Lanzarote have very low Covid levels.
“There’s a band of countries in eastern Europe, from Poland down through Slovakia, Czech, Hungary and Romania with very low Covid levels, which should all go green where they’re not already.”
Which countries are expected to be added to the amber list?
PC Agency’s Paul Charles offered his own predictions on Twitter for the countries which could go from red to amber: “There have been no new Covid Variants of Concern since 11th May.
“Our analysis shows 24 countries should come off the UK red list immediately including Argentina, Egypt, Kenya, Namibia, Oman, Pakistan, South Africa, Uruguay, Zambia.”
Many Brits are hoping for Turkey and the Maldives to be moved to the amber list, both popular destinations for package holidays and honeymoons.
Mr Charles also said that Turkey should be taken off the red list, explaining: “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.”
Travel expert Tim White previously said that the Maldives “deserved” to join the amber list because “virtually all restaurants and bars are open air in resorts”.
Which countries are expected to be added to the red list?
There are few predictions for the red list, which experts hoping the list will be reduced.
There are some fears that Jamaica could be put onto the red list, after the government warned against all non-essential travel to the amber destination.
Not only has the Caribbean island only fully vaccinated five per cent of the population, but cases remain high at 645 per 100,000 over the last seven days.
Brits must pay £2,285 to quarantine at a government-mandated hotel for 10 days when returning to the UK from a red country, which includes the Covid tests required as well.
The price for a second adult sharing the hotel room costs £1,430, while kids between 5-12 cost £325. Kids under 5 are free.
Travellers coming into England from the red list countries have to book a stay at a quarantine hotel through an online booking platform.
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