SUMMER holidays in Spain, Greece and France look to be on the cards for Brits as the sunny destinations are set to be added to the “green” travel list by the end of June.
Those desperate to take-off for beach holidays abroad are eagerly awaiting the reveal of which countries they will soon be able to visit without the need to quarantine on their return.
Brits could be able to jet off to Greece by the end of June without having to quarantine on returnCredit: Alamy
The government’s ‘green’ travel list is expected to be revealed this weekCredit: Alamy
While just a “handful” of countries are due to get the coveted green status from May 17 when the list is announced later this week, a three-weekly review will pave the way for more places to be added.
Holiday hotspot Portugal is on the “cusp” on making the initial list, with an insider saying it would go green “soonish” even if it missed out this time around.
Popular destinations including Spain, Greece and France are pencilled in by Downing Street to be added by the end of June, reports the Telegraph.
A government source said the list will be updated every few weeks to give Brits the chance to get away,
“It’s a rolling, evolving list that is going to start off cautiously but could start to change quickly,” they told the outlet.
“It is not like a one-off list that affects the totality of the summer. It will update and other countries will be added.”
It means holiday islands in Spain and Greece are expected to be kept off the “green” list – despite reporting fewer Covid cases than the mainland.
With Spain and Greece heading for amber status, it means all their islands will too be kept off the approved list, including the Balearics – whose Covid rate is less than a quarter of that of Spain’s – and the Canary Islands, which has vaccinated almost a third of its adult population.
The tourism minister for the Balearic Islands said it should be considered on a region-by-region basis.
“The British Government (should) take the epidemiological situation of separate regions into account, rather than different countries,” Iago Negueruela told the Telegraph.
“We have the technology available to sequence the virus and its strains at a higher percentage than any other region.
“We have made huge efforts to contain the pandemic, and the epidemiological figures for the Islands are among the best in Europe.”
‘WE HAVE GOT TO BE CAUTIOUS’
Boris Johnson is still mulling over the travel “green” list and today said his approach to foreign travel this summer will be sensible and cautious to avoid “an influx of disease”.
It’s understood the list will remain small, and is likely to include Gibraltar, Malta, Israel and Iceland.
During a campaign visit to Hartlepool, the PM told reporters: “We do want to do some opening up on May 17 but I don’t think that the people of this country want to see an influx of disease from anywhere else.
“I certainly don’t and we have got to be very, very tough, and we have got to be as cautious as we can while we continue to open up.”
It comes as the UK recorded just one new death today – the first time fatalities have been that low since last summer.
It appears to show the vaccine programme is working, with less serious illnesses resulting in less deaths.
The last time there was a daily deaths figure as low as this was on August 30 last year.
Brussels has offered hope for sunshine breaks after revealing proposals for easing border rules for those with vaccinations – as well as those from countries with low infection rates.
Under current EU restrictions, only people from seven countries, including Australia and Singapore, are allowed to enter the bloc for non-essential reasons.
But new proposals would mean foreign citizens who are fully vaccinated or from countries with a “good epidemiological situation” would be allowed to travel.
Green zones will mean quarantine free travel but tests before and after entry.
Travellers from amber list countries will have to quarantine at home for 10 days on arrival.
Entry from red list countries will be outlawed still, with anyone coming through those countries forced to pay to be isolated in a hotel when they arrive at their own cost.