Britons ready for quarantine-free holiday in Malta and Israel – but France and Spain not on the green list – fr

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Britons ready for quarantine-free holiday in Malta and Israel – but France and Spain not on the green list – fr


HOLIDAYMAKERS were now due to be given the green light to go abroad without having to quarantine – but only to Israel, Malta and Gibraltar.
However, hopes for a summer break in Portugal have faded as ministers are set to put the popular destination on England’s approved list in the traffic light system as well.

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Brits should be given green light to travel to Israel without having to quarantineCredit: Getty – Contributor

It came as Holly Willoughby, 40, of TV, recounted her joy at the vaccine rollout in the UK when she received her vaccine yesterday.

Whitehall insiders said “with the exception of a last minute change” Portugal has been declared safe by both government medics and transport chiefs.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was due to reveal the full list of destinations secured by Covid from May 17 at a press conference in Downing Street this afternoon.

Popular destinations such as France, Spain and Greece are likely to be ‘orange’, so vacationers will need to take two PCR tests during their ten-day quarantine at home.

But ministers are confident they will also go green in time for the summer rush.

Airlines have already started raising prices to Portugal for flights the week legal travel can resume.

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Malta, registered on the “green” list, offers to pay 100 euros to the first 35,000 visitorsCredit: Alamy
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Hopes for a summer break in Portugal have exploded, with ministers set to put it on England’s approved list in the traffic light systemCredit: Alamy

Ryanair’s trips to Lisbon have gone from £ 15 on May 16 to £ 152 on the day the holiday begins.

British Airways charges £ 530 for a flight from Heathrow to the Algarve on May 17, when the ban on overseas holidays will be lifted for people in England.

Taking the same route two days earlier costs just £ 234.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his cabinet were to approve the plan for dividing the world into green, amber and red regions based on their Covid risk this morning.

Destinations deemed safe will be “green,” meaning tourists will have to take a test before they leave, and a second two days after they return home – but not in quarantine.

Those returning from ‘red’ countries will still have to pay £ 1,750 to be quarantined in a government-approved hotel.

‘EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE’

As the successful vaccine rollout continued at home, TV star Holly described the emotional experience of receiving the vaccine – but joked that she felt ‘left out’ because she didn’t. ‘had felt no side effects.

Speaking on this morning of ITV, she confirmed that she received her first dose on Wednesday.

She said, “It’s quite a moving experience, isn’t it?

“There’s a kind of real atmosphere where we finally all get the immunizations we wanted and you’re kind of on your way to being completely safe and protected. “

Co-host Phillip Schofield, 59, said he felt great but had a ‘slightly bruised arm’ when he had his, prompting his co-star to say, ‘I didn’t even had that, I feel positively excluded. “

With hopes for freedom soaring here, the traffic light system will be based on metrics including the proportion of a country’s population vaccinated, infection rates, and new variants emerging.

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Spain is likely to be on the “orange” listCredit: Getty
Holidaymakers traveling to 'orange' countries such as Greece will have to take two PCR tests during their ten-day home quarantine
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Holidaymakers traveling to ‘orange’ countries such as Greece will have to take two PCR tests during their ten-day home quarantineCredit: Alamy
France is also believed to be heading towards the 'orange' list
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It is also believed that France is heading towards the “orange” list.Credit: Getty

Gibraltar, which has vaccinated its entire population, is a dead certainty of being green.

And Malta even offers to pay 100 euros to the first 35,000 visitors.

As The Sun revealed last month, every passenger arriving in the UK will be required to take a test, with the result entered into a passenger tracing form.

Passengers who refuse or do not complete the digital documents will be prohibited from boarding the plane, train or ferry and face a hefty fine.

Mr Shapps is expected to confirm that travelers from England will be able to prepare for a free NHS rapid test to take before returning home to help lower the cost of the tests.

But each arrival will have to pass a standard PCR test – booked before the holidays – at least two days after returning home.

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Private testing will be used to catch and prevent any anti-vaccine variants from entering the UK and typically cost around £ 120, although some providers on the government list drop to around £ 45.

There will be no exemptions for fully vaccinated punters.

But Tui, the UK’s largest holiday company, has announced it will offer testing to customers for a fraction of standard prices.

The cheapest package, aimed at people returning from green destinations, will be available for just £ 20, and will include the rapid lateral flow test and PCR.

A £ 50 package will be available for those returning from Orange Country.

Rory Boland, editor-in-chief of Which? Travel, said the announcement of £ 20 packages was “great news – but only for Tui customers”.

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to reveal full list of destinations secured by Covid from May 17Credit: Alamy
Boris Johnson and his cabinet to approve plan to divide the world into green, amber and red regions
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Boris Johnson and his cabinet to approve plan to divide the world into green, amber and red regionsCrédit: Andrew Parsons / No10 Downing Street

He urged the government to “reduce the cost of testing across the board, rather than letting consumers rely on a currently fragmented and flawed system.”

Yesterday, it emerged that those trying to return from Red List countries were skipping the mandatory hotel quarantine by staying in Turkey instead.

Tour operators offer packages that allow passengers to stay there for at least ten days – so they can isolate themselves at home on their return.

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Holly Willoughby shared her joy at the UK vaccine rollout as she received her vaccineCredit: Instagram

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