We are only days away from the next travel announcement and there is hope in the travel industry for some key additions to the green list.
The most recent review added Malta and the Spanish Balearic Islands, as well as a number of the Caribbean islands and UK overseas territories.
Italy and Bulgaria are among the mainstream vacation destinations that could make the list this time around.
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Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming announcement.
When is the next travel announcement?
The government reviews the traffic light system every three weeks.
That means the next announcement should be made on Thursday, July 15th, with any changes going into effect the following week, expected to be Wednesday, July 21st.
The Department of Transportation said, “These regular review points will allow the government to help the public understand the Covid requirements when traveling to England, while allowing us to continually assess the risk for different countries.”
Which countries could be included in the Green List?
Robert Boyle, former British Airways chief strategy officer, claims to have cracked the algorithm that the government uses to decide the Green List.
It includes seven-day infection rates of under 20 per 100,000 people and less than 1.5 percent of Covid tests with positive results, as well as high vaccination rates.
According to its metrics, there are 12 countries that could be included in the green list at the next review.
These are Italy, Bulgaria, Germany, Canada, Austria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Switzerland, Slovakia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Italy has fully vaccinated around 37 percent of its population – about half the rate in the UK.
However, the number of cases is significantly lower. It recorded 1,391 new infections on Sunday, July 11, and has a seven-day infection rate of only 13 per 100,000 people.
This is how the traffic light system works
The lists are decided according to the following criteria:
- The percentage of a country’s population that has been vaccinated
- The infection rate
- The prevalence of worrying variants
- The country’s access to reliable scientific data and genome sequencing
Here are the rules for any list of the traffic light system:
- Green: Travelers are required to have a pre-departure test and a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on or before the second day of their return to the UK – but do not need to be quarantined on return (unless they get a positive result) . or take additional tests
- Amber: Arrivals must be quarantined for a period of 10 days and complete a test before departure and a PCR test on the second and eighth days. On the fifth day there is an option to take an additional test to end self-isolation early
- Red: Arrivals are currently restricted for “Red List” countries, which include a 10-day stay in a managed quarantine hotel, pre-departure testing, and mandatory PCR testing on days two and eight
The government has advised people not to travel to countries that are not on the “green list” unless there are essential reasons.
PCR testing must be booked through a government approved provider.
The government has been looking for ways to cut testing costs, with PCR testing generally costing between £ 120 and £ 160, while some travel companies have heavily subsidized the cost.
Amber List Travel for Double Jabbed
The government has confirmed that people who have received both Covid vaccinations will be able to travel to countries on the Amber List without quarantine from July 19.
Under the new rules, UK vacationers who received two doses from the NHS will no longer have to self-isolate for 10 days when they return to England from yellow list destinations.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that under 18s would also be exempt from the requirement and that the official policy not to travel to countries on the Amber List would be lifted from July 19.
To qualify as fully vaccinated, he stated, “A full vaccination means that 14 days have passed since your last vaccination dose.”
People returning from vacation from amber destinations must take a Covid-19 test three days before their return.
Arrivals are required to take a test on or before the second day of their return, subject to previous restrictions, but are exempt from the test on the eighth day.