Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to announce next week the next round of changes to the government’s traffic light travel system, which will be implemented on August 9.
Industry experts began speculating on which countries could move from the Amber List to the Green List, with one claiming it had “reversed” the algorithm used by the Joint Biosecurity Center (JBC ) to rate countries. Robert Boyle, a former BA strategist, predicts Germany and Italy, as well as Austria, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia are in the running to get the green light for summer vacation.
Likewise, Paul Charles, managing director of travel consultancy The PC Agency, also assesses the chances of Germany and Italy, alongside Canada, the Czech Republic and Slovenia.
The Telegraph understands that 77 countries are under review by government scientists for a possible decision, but government sources have warned that many may not be accepted once the assessment is complete.
However, hopes remain high for Germany and Italy, where cases are incredibly low compared to other popular European destinations, at 13.39 per 100,000 and 51.28 respectively. In contrast, the rate in Spain is 385.42 and in Greece 180.65 – the two countries risk joining France on the “orange plus” list.