Only eight countries predicted to be included on green travel list from next month

Only eight countries predicted to be included on green travel list from next month

It has been predicted that only eight countries will feature on the green travel list when the government lifts the non-essential travel ban next month.

The current roadmap out of the Covid-19 national lockdown will see general travel resume from 17 May under a traffic light system, designed to limit arrivals from countries in which coronavirus cases are high.

However, according to a report, Brits will likely only be permitted to visit the eight countries on the green travel list, without the need to self-isolate for 10 days upon return.

These countries are the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Iceland, Malta, Gibraltar and Israel.

They were predicted to be on the green travel list based on the case numbers of Covid-19, vaccination rates, the number of variants spreading and the country’s ability to trace variants with gene sequencing.

A report commissioned by former British Airways strategy chief, Robert Boyle, states: “Gibraltar has essentially zero cases of any type and the population is fully vaccinated.

“Israel must be the next most likely. Again, it has vaccinated close to its entire population and case numbers are below even last year’s threshold.”

The report also did not rule out early summer holidays in popular destinations such as Corfu and Majorca.

It added: “Last year, the Spanish and Greek islands were given a lower-risk rating than the mainland and that could happen again this year.”

Despite these predictions, the government are still warning against making any travel plans.

A government statement reads: “It is too early to predict which countries will be on which list over the summer, and the government continues to consider a range of factors to inform the restrictions placed on them.

“We will set out by early May which countries will fall into which category, as well as confirming whether international travel can resume from 17 May 2021.”

Currently, Brits travelling abroad are permitted to complete a Covid-19 declaration form beforehand to confirm that they have a “reasonable excuse” to do so.

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