Spain turning red and Turkey turning amber
The next government travel review is due on Wednesday or Thursday of this week, with changes to the red, orange and green lists.
Travel experts have already predicted which countries are likely to change color, with speculation over Spain, Croatia, Madeira and Jamaica.
There are currently a number of vacation spots on the Green List, the more laid back of the lists, including Croatia, Madeira and Malta.
However, the majority of the UK’s favorite destinations are on the Orange List, which includes Spain, Greece, Portugal and France.
So which countries expect to go green, amber and red this week? We assess what the experts say.
Paul Charles of the PC Agency predicted that Poland, Bhutan, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Saudi Arabia will all go green, based on their Covid rates, vaccination figures and number of tests. positive returning travelers.
However, the government said there will be limited additions to the green list this week.
The opposition party also doesn’t expect a change, as Labor MP Ben Bradshaw, a member of the House of Commons Transport Committee, said: “With Covid rates in Britain still close to the highest in Europe and with vaccination rates in the most popular holiday destinations having caught or surpassed that of the UK, we should see a strong expansion of the Green List.
“But this government has shown time and time again that it doesn’t care one iota about travel industry jobs, families desperate to meet again, or people just hoping for a break.”
Mr Charles also predicted that a number of Green List destinations could turn orange, including Croatia, Madeira, Israel, Lithuania, Montserrat and the Caribbean islands of Anguilla, Antigua and Turks and Caicos.
There are high hopes that Turkey will move from the Red List to the Orange List this week, after a drop in Covid cases.
Travelers returning from Turkey to the UK are currently required to quarantine in a hotel for ten days, but a switch to amber would mean no quarantine for children and fully vaccinated Britons.
According to The Times, Test and Trace figures show that 1.7% of people have tested positive for Covid upon their return from Turkey in the past three weeks – the same as those arriving from Spain.
Among these cases, there were between 0 and 3 recorded cases of variants of concern, such as the beta variant.
Data analyst Tim White believes Turkey is a “” borderline candidate “to be transferred to the Orange List, but cited reluctance to do so due to the unreliability of their data, and said he the UK was likely to be “suspicious” of the numbers.
He added that the Maldives could be moved from the Red List to the Orange List as infection rates have dropped, adding that “virtually all restaurants and bars are open air at the resorts and there is little threat. “.
There are also fears Spain could move from the orange list to the red list, but Mr Charles said the change would be unlikely as the UK does not have enough quarantined spaces in hotels to accommodate all Britons back.
He said: “” Much of Europe will not change because the government will create utter chaos on our borders over the weekend and public holiday week if it chooses to turn some of the more popular countries red. , like the Balearics or Spain, and forcing so many people into quarantine at the hotel.
There are also concerns that Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Dominica and Morocco may move from the orange list to the red list.
Such a change would cause a rush among UK holidaymakers to return before the change goes into effect next week, otherwise they would have to pay Â£ 2,285 for a quarantined hotel stay.
The latest travel ad saw seven countries – Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Norway and Romania – added to the green list.
The controversial ‘amber-plus’ list was also removed, putting France back on the normal orange list, while the UAE was also added to the orange list.
Mexico was added to the red list, along with Georgia, the French islands of Reunion and Mayotte.