With only a couple of weeks, if that, left of the school summer holidays, hopes of last minute travel for families has been dashed as the latest government travel list shows more possibility of green countries moving to amber under the ‘traffic light’ scheme rather than the other way around.
There are currently 36 destinations on the green list but that could all change later this week.
In fact, some 16 countries are currently on the government ‘watchlist’ and in danger of heading for the amber list.
Holiday destinations at risk of changing status include Caribbean islands Barbados, Dominica, and Antigua and Barbuda, as well as popular holiday getaways such as Madeira and Croatia.
While double jabbed holiday-makers returning to the UK from Amber listed countries are no longer required to quarantine, those not fully vaccination have only green countries on the table if they want to enjoy a quarantine free break.
The travel list is reviewed every three weeks and today, Mail Online reported that Government sources have stressed that no decisions have yet been made ahead of the review this week. However, they indicated additions to the green list will be limited.
The website also quoted analysis by Paul Charles of travel consultancy The PC Agency, saying that only a handful of countries look set to go green from amber, including Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. It added that Jamaica, St Lucia, Dominica and Morocco could go on the red list, meaning anyone returning would have to quarantine in hotels for 11 nights at a cost of more than £2,000.
As always, the government stress that countries can change status at short notice.
Current green list countries and those on the ‘watchlist’
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