The “green list” of vacations of destinations without quarantine from May 17 will finally be unveiled tomorrow.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to reveal the long-awaited traffic light system after ministers sign the initial list.
But it is understood that there will only be a “very small” number of countries subject to the looser rules when the blanket ban on non-essential travel lifts. The first potential candidates are Gibraltar, Malta and Portugal.
Hopes are now set for a much wider reopening of popular spots next month – by then more people will have been vaccinated and an international certificate system should be operational.
The ban on holidays abroad is expected to be lifted for people in England from May 17 as part of the upcoming easing of coronavirus restrictions.
At this point, a risk-based traffic light system will be introduced, with different rules for returning travelers based on their destination list.
People arriving from a green location will not be quarantined, while those returning from somewhere on the Amber List must self-isolate for at least five days.
The Red List requires a 10 night stay in a quarantine hotel at a cost of £ 1,750 for solo travelers.
Malta is one of the countries invited to make the first “green list” of destinations without quarantine from 17 May
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps set to reveal long-awaited traffic light system for tomorrow’s trips
Boris Johnson has confirmed that “some openings” of international travel will take place from May 17th. An official announcement will be made tomorrow
British tourists won’t need testing from May 17, Gibraltar says
British holidaymakers today received a much needed boost after Gibraltar confirmed British tourists will not need to be tested for Covid-19 after May 17.
Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has said the Rock will provide a “great British stay in the Mediterranean” after the easing of travel restrictions in Boris Johnson’s roadmap.
The British Overseas Territory, near the southern coast of Spain, became the first country to fully vaccinate its entire adult population in March.
Gibraltar has a population of 33,000 and has 4,286 cases and 94 deaths.
Mr Picardo told Sky News: “Gibraltar has an open border with Spain and the rest of the European Union, and we don’t need PCR testing for those crossing our land border.
“So we don’t think it would be appropriate for us to require PCR testing on those coming from the UK, which has a higher vaccinated population and a lower incidence of Covid than the rest of the European Union. . “
Earlier this week, a change in government travel advice gave an idea of destinations that could be on the green list.
Tourists visiting a number of popular summer hot spots do not face an “unacceptable” level of coronavirus risk, according to the latest updates from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
FCDO does not recommend non-essential travel to Portugal (except the Azores), the Canary Islands in Spain, or the Greek Islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zante, Corfu and Crete.
There is no guarantee that the green list will match the FCDO’s travel advice, but the latter does indicate the government’s current assessment of risks to tourists.
Assessments will be based on a range of factors, including the proportion of a country’s population that has been vaccinated, infection rates, emerging new variants, and the country’s access to reliable scientific data and sequencing. genomics.
Sources from Whitehall have revealed that rapid Covid tests will be made available free of charge to people traveling abroad, with the aim of reducing the hassle and cost of obtaining a pre-return test in A strange country.
However, in a move that will dismay the travel industry, people returning from overseas will still have to pay for a baseline PCR test when they return home, at a cost of at least £ 50 each.
Concerns remain that the cost of testing could prove prohibitive for many people hoping to spend a summer abroad.
The Prime Minister said last month that he was determined to “make things as flexible and affordable as possible”, adding that: “I wish international travel would start again”.
Health chiefs have rejected the requirement for all travelers to take a PCR test after returning home because it is the only test capable of detecting the so-called worrying variants that could interfere with the vaccination program.
However, they caved in on the issue of pre-flight testing. Currently, all travelers must undergo a supervised test no later than three days before returning home.
As part of the new plans, which will be unveiled on Friday, they will be offered a quick “side flow” test to pack in their suitcase.
A source said health officials are now confident that these self-administered tests, of the type used in schools, would be sufficient.
Concerns have been raised by the travel industry about the cost of testing.
A single £ 65 PCR test would increase the cost of a one-way plane ticket by 45% on average by £ 144, he warned.
The European Union has announced that it will open its borders to non-EU countries with successful vaccination programs and low infection rates such as the UK.
It aims to drop the EU-wide ban on British holidaymakers and accept vaccinated Britons from June.
People with proof of a negative test could also enter the block for pleasure travel.
The touristes on a bronzer train to Praia do Camilo, Lagos, Faro, Algarve, Portugal