At the moment, Brits hoping for a summer holiday in Europe are faced with very few options, as only a handful of European countries have made it onto the travel green list. Swathes of Europe remains on the amber list, meaning people in the UK are not advised to travel there and face self-isolation upon their return if they do so. As England is expected to fully unlock later this month, many are hopeful the green list will be extended to include more European countries soon.
When is the next travel review?
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to provide an update later this week on the future of Covid travel rules.
Mr Shapps is expected to address plans to remove the need for fully-vaccinated arrivals to isolate when they return from an amber list country.
But the next review of the travel traffic light system is not expected until Thursday, July 15, with any changes coming into effect the following week, likely on Wednesday, July 21.
At the moment, the Government is reviewing the traffic light system every three weeks.
Several of the countries which could make the green list next based on these predictions are in Europe, such as France, Italy and Bulgaria.
According to the Telegraph, the countries which could be added are France, Italy, Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Norway, Vietnam, Denmark, Slovakia, North Macedonia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Taiwan and Azerbaijan.
Germany is not predicted to be added to the list, despite the fact it was announced this week that Germany is easing restrictions on travel for people visiting from the UK, along with some other countries.
The restrictions were initially imposed because of the rise of the Delta variant in some countries.
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Germany’s national disease control centre, the Robert Koch Institute, said Britain, Portugal, Russia, India and Nepal will be removed from the highest risk category of “virus variant areas” from Wednesday.
Now the countries will be moved to the second-highest category of “high-incidence areas”.
This means people arriving from these areas can avoid quarantine if they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19.
People who cannot prove they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid can cut the 10-day quarantine period in half if they test negative for COVID-19 after five days.
Countries currently on the green list are:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Balearic Islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca)
- British Antarctic Territory
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Falkland Islands
- Faroe Islands
- Israel and Jerusalem
- New Zealand
- Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
- South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
- St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
- Turks and Caicos Islands