PORTUGAL could be removed from the UK’s green travel list, according to reports.
The move would be a blow to British holidaymakers, with Portugal being the only viable major tourist destination, which may soon be moved to the Orange List.
A new traffic light system was introduced last month to allow some overseas travel to resume after months of coronavirus lockdown.
People in England, Scotland and Wales can travel abroad on vacation to a limited number of destinations after restrictions are relaxed.
Summer hot spots such as the Spanish and Greek Islands as well as Malta were hoping to achieve green status on Thursday.
But no new destinations will be added to the green travel list in the government’s latest update, according to reports from the PA news agency.
No additions are expected to be made amid concerns over rising rates of coronavirus cases in the UK.
The green list includes Portugal, Gibraltar, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, as well as several small remote islands which are British overseas territories.
However, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, and the Faroe Islands have severely restricted entry criteria, so it may be worth looking elsewhere.
No newcomer will be asked to quarantine when visiting Green List countries.
Popular destinations such as Spain, France, Italy and Greece currently remain on the Amber List.
People who had previously booked vacations in Portugal would not need to self-quarantine upon their return and will need to take a test after arrival.
However, if Portugal is transferred to the Amber List, those returning from an Amber List country must self-isolate for at least five days and pass two tests.
Additions to the red list are expected Thursday, with Bahrain, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Thailand among the potential candidates.
People returning to the UK from Red List locations must stay in a quarantine hotel at a cost of £ 1,750 for solo travelers.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-03 14:00:46