British vacationers may have the option of taking off overseas – but the list of available destinations may be smaller than many had hoped for.
The government is expected to reveal its traffic light system for international travel this week, after missing his deadline of Saturday over the weekend.
The system will list countries in green, orange or red, with anyone returning from a green country not having to enter any form of quarantine.
Politicians have indicated in recent days that they believe the ban on international travel could end in two weeks on the scheduled date of May 17 in England.
Reports suggest the list could include a dozen countries, although some newspapers say it could be less than 10.
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The Times and The Guardian said the destinations should be on the travel list starting May 17. include Portugal, Malta and Gibraltar.
The Telegraph said popular vacation destinations such as Spain, Greece and France could be added by the end of June, but will initially start in orange.
Israel is also likely to be added to the green list, due to its extremely high vaccine count and low number of cases.
Israel has also previously stated that it is ready to Welcome British holidaymakers vaccinated from May.
The Prime Minister called for caution on Monday, saying we “don’t want to see an influx of disease from everywhere else”.
Boris Johnson said: “Certainly not and we have to be very, very tough, and we have to be as careful as possible, as we continue to open up. “
A lot tourism dependent countries desperately need to get their economies back on their feet, and governments are developing incentives to encourage vacationers to choose their country.
How does the traffic light system work?
The government will use the traffic light system and place each nation in a category based on their current status at Covid.
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 genomic sequencing. .
The rules for people returning from each category are:
Green: there is no need to isolate yourself. Take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on the second day of your arrival in the UK.
Amber: self-isolation for 10 days, unless you receive a negative result from a test carried out at least five days after arrival. Take a pre-departure test and PCR tests on the second and eighth day of your arrival in the UK.
Red: spend 10 days in a quarantine hotel. Take a pre-departure test and PCR tests on the second and eighth day of your arrival in the UK.
Malta has promised to pay foreign travelers up to € 100 (£ 87) when booking a hotel stay for at least three nights from June.Along with Portugal, Malta and Gibraltar, Thomas Cook chief executive Alan French said he hoped Spain and Croatia would be on the green list by the end of June and added “this would be nice if Turkey was open ”.He told the BBC on Monday: “When we look at what’s going on in these countries, both in terms of infection rates and how they’re preparing for vacationers, I think great strides are being made. “
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According to Our World in Data, only Israel has a lower number of Covid cases per million population than the UK at the moment, with Portugal and Malta barely above.
On a seven-day moving average per million population, Israel has 8.5 cases, the UK has 31.5.
Spain has 159, France 318 and Turkey 394.
The United States, which is popular with British tourists, currently has 149 cases per million population on a seven-day moving average.
The United States is also one of the few countries that can compare to UK vaccination rates.
Speculation over which counties could be on the green list comes as EU has revealed plans to reopen borders to holidaymakers countries with low virus rates in early June.
The European Commission said it was proposing “to allow entry into the EU for non-essential reasons not only for all people coming from countries where the epidemiological situation is good, but also for all people who have received the last recommended dose of a vaccine authorized by the EU ”.
An EU official said the UK could be on the list of countries deemed to enter the bloc. The individual, who was not allowed to be cited because the proposal has yet to be passed, said Israel would definitely be on the list.