Covid: Travel industry bemoans 'cautious' green list


Portugal, Gibraltar and Israel have been placed on the green list, meaning that people going there from the United Kingdom do not need to quarantine when they return.

Iceland, Portugal, Gibraltar and Israel are among just 12 destinations which will be on the green list from May 17 - with some countries on the list still not accepting holidaymakers.

They will still need to take a pre-departure test up to 72 hours before their return travel, and a single PCR test on or before day 2 of arrival into England - this can be booked in the same way as is in place now, through private test providers.

More updates and full Green, Yellow and Red list details and about how this effects your travel plans will follow soon.

The Government will publish the list on Friday, but there is speculation it could include Portugal, Malta, Gibraltar and Israel. With PCR testing playing a significant part in government plans to recommence global leisure travel, airlines realize that making these tests available to customers at a reduced cost will play a big part in stimulating worldwide travel demand.

Quarantine at home, as well as "stringent" testing is required for anyone returning from "amber" destinations, although the Department for Transport said that people should not be traveling to countries rated amber or red for leisure.

Countries such as France, Spain and Greece are on the amber list.

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He said that the colours will be reviewed every three weeks. However, they will not be required to quarantine.

Chief executive Tim Alderslade said: "This is a missed opportunity and, with so few countries making it on to the green list, represents a reopening of air travel in name only".

Grant Shapps has confirmed that people in England will be able to display their status using the NHS app, but there are doubts over whether it will be ready for May 17. The government is working with the devolved administrations to ensure this facility is available to everyone across the UK.

"However, airlines and the wider Travel & Tourism sector will be hugely disappointed that the USA, which has a similar vaccination success rate has not been included on the "green list" as it would have enabled the resumption of transatlantic travel, which would have thrown a vital lifeline to the sector in two of the biggest Travel & Tourism markets in the world".

Welcoming the planned partial reopening of worldwide travel, CEO Steve Heapy said: "Despite "wanting to start looking outward again" there is still a long way to go to meet the huge customer demand for our flights and ATOL protected package holidays, so we look forward to further positive news about where we can fly to in the coming weeks". Obligatory Covid-19 tests will be taken on day two and eight. While holidaymakers may notice longer than usual queues, it is vital we maintain our stringent border checks - which are among the toughest in the world - to prevent new strains of the virus entering the country and putting our vaccine roll out at risk.

The government is constantly trying to improve processes to make them as efficient as possible to minimise wait times, and will be committing to increasing Border Force resources to manage increased demand. A gold star for anyone who can find them on a map.