According to an expert, 22 countries meet the government’s threshold for moving from the amber to the green list for travel.
Including the tourist favorites France and Italy as well as potential European holiday destinations Austria, Norway, Denmark and the Czech Republic.
Robert Boyle, aviation advisor and former British Airways chief strategist, claimed to have compiled the list based on the data the UK government allegedly uses to determine destination color classifications in their traffic light system for international travel.
He identified 22 countries that, in his opinion, meet the criteria for upgrading from amber to green; each has an infection rate of less than 20 cases per 100,000 people and a positive Covid test rate of less than 1.5 percent.
“There doesn’t seem to be anything in the data the government uses to explain why they are languishing on the Amber List at this point,” he said The telegraph of these destinations.
“I’m sure the answer is kind of politics, but there doesn’t even seem to be any obvious political logic as to why two seemingly similar countries are classified differently.”
At the last traffic light check on June 24th with effect from June 30th, 16 countries or regions were switched from yellow to the green or green watchlist. The latter is reserved for spots that are at risk of turning yellow.
Spain’s Balearic Islands, Malta and Madeira all turned green, but most of Europe remained amber, leaving returning travelers self-isolating for 10 days and performing two PCR tests when entering the UK.
The next review is expected on July 15th, with changes going into effect about a week later.
Despite Mr. Boyle’s assessment, various experts have predicted that the update will give little movement to the green list.
The widespread opening of quarantine-free travel from Europe is not expected “before August”, foreign tourism chiefs reportedly announced last month. British ambassadors are said to have warned that vacation favorites like Spain and Turkey won’t turn green until later this summer.
Travel advisor Paul Charles tweeted: “Ministers are still briefing August of the further opening. It is clear that they want 70 percent immunity to double thrusts. “
However, the government has also confirmed that plans are underway to end quarantine for fully vaccinated travelers entering the UK from countries on the Amber List.
Speaking at a coronavirus briefing on July 5, Boris Johnson said, “We will maintain our strict border controls including the red list and recognize the protection that two doses of vaccine provide, and will work with the travel industry to eliminate the need for full vaccinations Arrivals, to isolate them when they return from an amber country. “
22 countries that could go green
- Czech Republic
- North Macedonia