few countries should be added to the green list – .

few countries should be added to the green list – .

Saint Lucia, Croatia and Antigua and Saint Lucia are set to change their list status (Photo: Getty Images)

Rising coronavirus infection rates could see several countries move to red and orange travel lists, forcing Britons to scramble home to avoid having to self-quarantine.

Experts predict only five countries are likely to go green, with some holiday hotspots slipping off the list and turning orange due to an increase in the number of cases.

According to analyzes, Bhutan, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Saudi Arabia are expected to go green due to Covid-19 infection rates, the proportion of positive tests and the level of vaccination.

But Croatia, Madeira, Israel and Antigua could drop from the green list and turn orange, while the Caribbean islands, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Dominica have been tipped to be on the red list, along with Morocco.

And despite hopes that Turkey – a popular holiday destination for Britons – could turn orange, it is believed to remain on the red list.

Government sources told the Mail last night that no decision has yet been made before this week’s travel review, but suggested that greenlist additions will be “limited”.

The most recent data from overseas is expected to be reviewed tomorrow or Wednesday to inform the decision.

There are currently 36 countries on the green list, and 16 of them are on a “watch list”, which means they could go orange in the short term.

Israel is expected to be on the amber travel list (Photo: Shutterstock / Boris-B)
Caribbean vacations may be cut short as many islands are expected to be moved to the redlist, meaning visitors should self-quarantine at a hotel upon their return to the UK (Photo: Getty Images)

This is because many families had to wait for more countries to go green, so they could go on last minute summer vacation before their children returned to school.

Parents may have older teens who haven’t yet been fully immunized, meaning they couldn’t skip quarantine if they visit an Amber List country.

Currently, those who have suffered a double bite and are returning from an Amber List country must take a Covid-19 test before leaving for the UK and on the second day after their return. They don’t have to quarantine themselves.

Those returning from Red List destinations are currently required to quarantine themselves in hotels for 11 nights at a cost of over £ 2,000, regardless of their vaccination status.

Travel officials say the government’s failure to expand the green list over the summer has affected confidence in booking travel abroad.

Paul Charles, of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said: “There have been so many opportunities for the government to expand the green list and give consumers more confidence to book and travel.

“But they continue to shatter the hopes of not only families wanting late-summer getaways, but also airlines and travel agencies, who desperately need the government to expand overseas travel options.” . “

Martin Chalk, of the Balpa Pilots Union, said the government had “destroyed confidence” in international travel and had an impact on the industry’s ability to recover.

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