Italy, Germany and Bulgaria ‘join no-quarantine green list’ this WEEK after cases drop as Britons hope for summer getaway
ITALY, Germany and Bulgaria are expected to join the government’s green list without quarantine this week.
Holiday hot spots are three of twelve potential new additions, opening up overseas travel to unvaccinated Britons.
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Analysis of official data shows that the number of Covid cases in countries is low enough to get the green light from Boris Johnson, The telegraph reports.
Their testing abilities, vaccination levels, and risk of coronavirus variants are also at the levels required to warrant promotion.
Robert Boyle, a former BA strategist who compiled the research, has already accurately predicted traffic light changes.
Canada, Austria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Taiwan could also be on the list, he said.
The additions would bring the total number of countries on the green list to 39 – which do not require quarantines upon return to the UK.
The Spanish Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Menorca and Mallorca, Malta and Madeira are currently on the green or green watch list.
Further afield, the British can also travel to Antigua, Barbados and Barbuda without spending up to 10 days in isolation upon arrival home.
Travel rules are revised in the UK every three weeks and the next update is expected to take place on July 15.
This will follow an announcement last week that from July 19, Britons who have received two doses of a Covid vaccine can skip quarantine when they return from Amber List countries.
Airline bookings rose 400% after the ruling was confirmed, raising fears travelers could face six-hour queues at airports in a rush to finally make it overseas.
The rule change will open up overseas travel to 140 amber countries.
However, anyone returning from green or orange countries must take a PCR test upon their return.
Boyle has determined which countries he believes will be reverse engineered to develop the algorithm used by the government.
To be considered “safe”, a country must have an infection rate of 20 per 100,000 population or less.
The rate of people who test positive should be 1.5% or less, along with a test rate of one or more per 100,000.
Several countries, including Canada, have figures close to those of the United Kingdom.
Boyle’s analysis also shows that 11 Red List countries – including India, the Philippines and Sri Lanka – are expected to turn orange.
Travelers returning from Red Countries are required to self-isolate for 10 days in a quarantine hotel, costing £ 1,750 per person.